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AP-VT--Vermont News Digest, VT

September 21, 2018

Vermont news from The Associated Press for Friday, Sept. 21, 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 FOR TOMORROW:

ELECTION 2018-STATE LEGISLATURES

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Democrats were trounced in their bids for state legislature during the tenure of former President Barack Obama, losing 968 seats in eight years. That’s a big part of the reason Republicans controlled the redistricting process that cemented GOP control of Congress. Democrats hope to reverse that this year or at least put a big dent in the previous Republican gains. They have embarked on a coordinated and well-financed effort to win state legislative seats, although the heavy partisan gerrymandering accomplished under the Republicans could thwart many of their efforts. By David A. Lieb. 1,000 words. Photos.

With:

— BC-US-Election 2018-State Legislatures-Glance, a by-the-numbers breakdown of partisan control in state legislatures.

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SCHOOL MERGERS

CHESTER, Vt.— The Vermont Board of Education has held its last public meeting before it decides which school districts should merge. Sent 256 words.

IN BRIEF:

UNEMPLOYMENT AUGUST: Vermont labor officials say the state’s unemployment rate held steady at 2.8 percent in August.

SKI RESORT CLOSURE: Officials at a Vermont ski club say they may reopen for the winter with the help of a $30 million loan.

FATAL CRASH: Authorities in Vermont say a crash has left one person dead and another critically injured.

GAS STATION DEATH: A year after a man doing maintenance at a gas station was struck and killed by a pickup truck, the driver has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

WASTEWATER BOND: Burlington officials are seeking a $30 million bond to upgrade its sewer systems following a succession of summer beach closures due to potentially harmful bacteria.

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