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BC-VT--Vermont News Digest 6 pm, VT

August 9, 2018

Vermont news from The Associated Press for Thursday, Aug. 9, 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 207-772-4157.

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UPCOMING TOMORROW:

BORDER HANDGUNS

A Canadian man who has pleaded guilty to charges he helped smuggle almost 100 handguns from Vermont to Quebec is due in federal court for sentencing. Developing.

TOP STORIES:

AFRICAN EGGPLANT FARMER

A woman who survived refugee camps in Africa now has a thriving business growing African eggplants in Vermont and selling them across the United States. Janine Ndagijimana says she hopes the money she makes from farming will allow her to send her five children to college. By Lisa Rathke. SENT: 730 words, photos.

INDEPENDENTS-DARK MONEY

AUGUSTA, Maine — Hoping to capitalize on voter frustration over growing polarization in politics, a group fueled partly by so-called “dark money” plans to spend $3 million this year to elect independents. But some free-spirited lawmakers are declining their help. By Marina Villeneuve. SENT: 740 words, photos.

GUIDANCE COUNSELOR-SEX ASSAULT

CONCORD, N.H. — The director of a Vermont summer camp says there have been no misconduct allegations there involving a longtime counselor who recently pleaded guilty to sexual assault in New Hampshire. By Holly Ramer. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.

OPIOID CRISIS-PREGNANT WOMEN

NEW YORK — U.S. health officials say they found a dramatic rise in the number of women who are hooked on opioids and delivering babies in hospitals. Opioid use during pregnancy can cause death of the mother or baby, preterm birth and infant withdrawal symptoms like seizures, excessive crying and breathing problems. By Mike Stobbe. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m., photo.

SMALL DAIRIES FIGHT BACK

FAIRFIELD, Iowa — Small family operated dairy farms with cows freely grazing on verdant pastures are going out business as large confined animal operations with thousands of animals lined up in assembly-line fashion are expanding into the organic market. Many traditional small-scale organic farmers are determined to fight back against the industry transformation by appealing to consumers to look closely at the organic milk they buy to make sure it comes from a farm that meets the idyllic expectations portrayed on the cartons. While the large operations say they’re meeting U.S. Department of Agriculture standards for organic milk, the smaller farms say federal regulators under Republican and Democratic administrations have relaxed enforcement of strict organic standards for dairy farms, allowing confinement dairies to grow and put intense competition on small family operated dairies. By David Pitt. SENT: 825 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

CHEMICAL CONTAMINATION-WELLS: Additional testing of wells outside of a Vermont airport have found chemical contamination, but not enough for officials not to recommend the water for drinking.

BERNIE SANDERS-SENATE CAMPAIGN: U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is poised to wrap up the Democratic primary in Vermont next week without officially holding a promised campaign kickoff rally.

BOARDWALK GIFT: A recent $2 million lawsuit settlement with a ski resort developer has prompted the Vermont city of Newport to hold off accepting a free boardwalk from the state in favor of other potential property deals.

LIQUOR DISCOUNTS: To highlight New Hampshire’s tax-free status and to thank out-of-state customers who make up more than half of its annual sales, the state liquor commission is offering them discounts at its liquor and wine outlet stores.

RUTLAND FIRETRUCK: The Rutland City Fire Department has added a new firetruck to its fleet.

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