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AP-VT--Vermont News Digest, VT

September 20, 2018

Vermont news from The Associated Press for Thursday, Sept. 20, 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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MONTPELIER, Vt. — A Vermont man facing a death penalty retrial on charges of abducting and killing a supermarket worker nearly two decades ago is expected to plead guilty and avoid the death penalty. Donald Fell was convicted in 2005 and sentenced to death under federal law for the 2000 kidnapping and killing of Terry King, a Rutland supermarket worker. The conviction was later thrown out due to juror misconduct. He was facing an upcoming retrial in the death penalty case. By Lisa Rathke. SENT: 330 words.


HARRISBURG, Pa. — The candidate had just chided the media minutes earlier for not being tougher on his opponent when the debate moderator asked him probably his least favorite campaign question: Why won’t you release your tax returns? This wasn’t a scene from the 2016 presidential race. Rather, it was from this year’s campaign for governor in Pennsylvania, where the Republican challenger has refused to release his tax returns amid questions over income from his trash-hauling business. The ongoing dispute highlights a fact that was overlooked in the controversy over then-candidate Donald Trump’s refusal to release his returns in 2016: The nation’s other executive branch leaders, state governors, also are not required to release their tax returns and often don’t. It’s an issue that is playing out this year among several hotly contested races. By Marc Levy. Upcoming: 900 words. Photos.


BURLINGTON, Vt. — The University of Vermont Medical Center has reached a tentative contract agreement with a union representing nurses, after 10 months of negotiations and a two-day nurses’ strike. SENT: 220 words.


MOUSE BOOM: Exterminators around Vermont say business is much busier this year amid a suspected boom in the local mouse population.

SOLDIERS-AVALANCHE: A U.S. Army accident report suggests overconfidence was a factor when Vermont soldiers were hit by an avalanche during a training exercise.


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