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AP-VT--Vermont News Digest, VT

October 7, 2018

Vermont news from The Associated Press for Saturday, Oct. 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 STORY:

DEER DISEASE-NORTHEAST

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Deer biologists across northern New England are dusting off their plans for dealing with a fatal disease that has been spreading across North America for a half-century and was recently discovered again on a Canadian game farm. Chronic wasting disease has never been found in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, and biologists hope the single case discovered in a captive deer just north of Montreal can be contained. “If they find it in the wild, then the freak-out factor goes through the roof because at that point, it’s only a matter of time before it spreads,” said Nick Fortin, deer biologist for the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife. By Wilson Ring. SENT: 500 words.

KAVANAUGH-BLUE STATE LAWSUITS

UNDATED — Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court has put a spotlight on the dozens of federal cases pitting the Trump administration against Democratic-leaning states, on issues including auto emission standards, immigration and a free-flowing internet. He lashed out against “left-wing opposition groups” and others during the recent Senate hearing over a high school-era sexual assault allegation, raising questions about whether he can be impartial deciding cases that revolve around Democratic policies or that directly involve Democratic officials. By Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 600 words.

IN BRIEF:

SUPREME COURT-KAVANAUGH-VERMONT: Many Vermonters are making it clear that they don’t support the newest member of the U.S. Supreme Court. Demonstrations were held Saturday in Burlington and in Montpelier.

TRADE-PLYWOOD: Vermont U.S. Rep. Peter Welch says he will continue to support American companies as they fight against cheaper Chinese plywood. The Caledonian Record reports Welch met with officials at the Columbia Forest Products plant in Newport Monday, and he called the Chinese competition an “existential challenge” for the plant and the company.

COMMUNITY CENTER: A local nonprofit is moving forward with plans to transform the former Bridgewater Village School into a community center. Valley News reports the Bridgewater Selectboard voted last week to approve a five-year lease for the Bridgewater Area Community Foundation. The nonprofit has agreed to pay a dollar each year.

HOME RANSACKED: Vermont State Police are seeking a man who’s accused of ransacking a home and nearly running over a woman who called 911. The woman said she was out for a walk Saturday when she saw a suspicious man behind an abandoned home in the town of Westmore.

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