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AP-VT--Vermont News Digest 1:30 pm, VT

December 4, 2018

Vermont news from The Associated Press for Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018.

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in Vermont. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to the northern New England desk at 802-229-0577.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking news and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date.

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

TOP STORIES:

CONSOLIDATING SCHOOL DISTRICTS

STOWE, Vt.— Efforts to force school districts to merge their boards and budgets in Vermont — a rural state with declining enrollment and rising education costs — have sparked backlash with more than 20 communities planning to take legal action. The state Board of Education released its final plan on Friday to merge 45 districts in 39 towns to form 11 new union school districts. By Lisa Rathke. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

NATIONAL GUARD-RETIREMENT: The Vermont National Guard’s top officer says he will retire next year.

DRIVER-SHOOTING: A Vermont man accused of shooting at his nephew twice on a state road has been ordered held without bail.

NUCLEAR PLANT SALE: Vermont state regulators have again pushed back the deadline for the sale of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant due to a delay on a state decision.

DCF LAWSUIT DISMISSED: A judge has dismissed a negligence lawsuit against the Vermont Department of Children and Families.

THEFTS-SLED HOCKEY: Police in upstate New York say a woman stole from patrons and players attending an event promoting athletics for people with physical or developmental disabilities.

COLLEGE STUDENT BEATING: Authorities say a third suspect has been arrested in the beating of a college student in Burlington, Vermont, this fall.

MIDDLE FINGER SCULPTURE: A man says he built a massive sculpture of a middle finger off a Vermont highway to show the local government how he really feels.

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