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

August 6, 2018

Vermont news from The Associated Press for Monday, Aug. 6, 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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TOP STORIES:

CONTRACTOR KICKBACKS

RUTLAND, Vt.— A Florida man who worked as a project manager for a company that has done tens of millions of dollars in energy efficiency work for the U.S. government has pleaded guilty to charges he took more than $2.5 million in kickbacks. Bhaskar Patel, of Windermere, Florida, appeared in federal court in Vermont on Monday. By Wilson Ring. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 450 words by 2 p.m.

CRAFT BREWERY TOUR

Beer tourism is a growing piece of the economy in northern New England, where hopheads flock for a crack at limited release beers and a chance to schmooze with fellow brew nerds. Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont are emerging as major destinations for roving beer lovers. Western states like California and Oregon have drawn beer tourists for years, but a growing number of breweries is bringing hops lovers to New England to tour brewhouses, sample beers and hit food trucks. By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 975 words.

2020-IOWA

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa State Fair opens this week, complete with its signature deep-fried Oreos and prize hog judging. Country star Reba McEntire will be on the grandstand, but another type of celebrity will be missing: marquee names eyeing the White House. The fair’s time-honored mix of late-summer family fun and high-wattage political pageantry will instead feature the Democratic backbench of presidential hopefuls, including Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro and Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan. The visit generating the most buzz this week is Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for the adult-film actress suing Trump who is attending the state Democratic Party’s annual summer fundraiser. By Thomas Beaumont. SENT: 865 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

DRIVES INTO LAKE: Authorities say a man on the run from police in Vermont drove into a lake in an attempt to escape.

SAVING ELECTRICITY: A Vermont electric utility is urging customers to conserve energy as temperatures rise across New England.

BODY FOUND-CREEK: Vermont State Police say they recovered a body from the mouth of a creek.

UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT: The president of the University of Vermont has announced that he will step down at the end of this upcoming school year.

GAS PRICES: Gas prices haven’t changed much in northern New England.

VERMONT YANKEE: Vermont Yankee has moved its remaining spent nuclear fuel into storage.

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