Vermont news from The Associated Press for Wednesday, Sept. 5, 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:

DRUG LAWSUIT

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan said Wednesday the state filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma and related organizations alleging misleading claims about long-acting opioid products from 2010 to the present. By Lisa Rathke. UPCOMING: 400 words by 5 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

BLACK LIVES MATTER-SCHOOL: A Vermont high school has raised back up a Black Lives Matter flag for the beginning of the school year.

ACLU-PANHANDLERS: Barre city officials are debating repeals of the city's anti-panhandling laws in response to a letter from the Vermont American Civil Liberties Union arguing a ban violates the First Amendment.

DEATH PENALTY RETRIAL: A Vermont judge presiding over the expected retrial of a death row inmate has issued an order apparently taking both the prosecution and defense to task.

OFFICER KILLED: A memorial service for a Connecticut police sergeant killed while trying to break up a fight outside a South Carolina bar is scheduled for this week.

PILOT CHARGED: A federal judge in Vermont has postponed the trial of a convicted drug smuggler who's been accused of flying without a license.

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