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

January 4, 2019

Vermont news from The Associated Press for Friday, Jan. 4, 2019.

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

BORDER PHONE SEIZURE

NEWPORT, Vt. _ A Nigerian man living in Rhode Island is facing charges in Vermont after U.S. agents seized his phone at the Canadian border and he refused to leave the port of entry without it. SENT: 280 words.

IN BRIEF:

TROOPER-STALKING CHARGE: A Vermont state police trooper accused of stalking and harassing his estranged wife has pleaded not guilty.

DOWNTOWN HOUSING PROJECT: An affordable housing complex in the French Block section of Vermont’s capital city has opened.

INFRASTRUCTURE UPGRADES-HARTFORD: Officials in Hartford, Vermont, have proposed a $5.5 million in tax increment financing to fund downtown infrastructure improvements.

US MARSHAL-VERMONT: The U.S. Senate has confirmed the former Essex police chief to be Vermont’s next U.S. marshal.

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