Vermont news from The Associated Press for Thursday, Jan. 4, 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 802-229-0577.

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UPCOMING:

STATE OF THE STATE-VERMONT

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Republican Gov. Phil Scott is planning to give his state-of-the-state address before a joint session of the Vermont Legislature on Thursday. He's expected to continue his push to look for ways to, as he says it, make Vermont more affordable without raising taxes or fees on Vermonters. By Wilson Ring. 400 words by 4:30 p.m.

MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION-VERMONT

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The Vermont House is expected to take up a Senate-passed bill left over from last session that, if approved, would legalize the recreational use of marijuana. If the proposal is amended, as expected, the bill would head back to the senate. UPCOMING: 200 words by 5 p.m.

WINTER WEATHER

HARTFORD, Conn. — Residents across a huge swath of the U.S. awakened Thursday to the beginnings of a massive winter storm expected to deliver snow, ice and high winds followed by possible record-breaking cold as it moves up the Eastern Seaboard from the Carolinas to Maine. Blizzard warnings and states of emergency were in effect, schools and government offices closed for the day and motorists were warned to be careful as conditions began to worsen. By Susan Haigh. SENT: 865 words, photos.

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WINTER WEATHER-THE LATEST

DEEP FREEZE

BOMB CYCLONE

WASHINGTON — When it comes to weather, it's hard to sound scarier than "bomb cyclone." It's a version of a real weather term that applies to a massive winter storm that pulled together Wednesday off the U.S. Southeast coast. But as fearsome as the storm is with high winds and some snow, it may not be quite as explosive as the term sounds. By Seth Borenstein. SENT: 390 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

BARRE BUDGET: The mayor of the Vermont city of Barre has called for a $100,000 cut to the proposed $12.1 million spending proposal.

STATEHOUSE-ICE RINK: The Vermont Statehouse ice rink is scheduled to reopen next week.

ATTEMPTED ROBBERY-LANGUAGE BARRIER: Police in Vermont say a man tried to rob a Chinese restaurant, but left with nothing when the employee he approached couldn't understand his note or what he said.

SALT SHED DISPUTE: Officials in a Vermont town have voted to appeal a federal court judge's decision concerning road-salt shipments and storage at a Vermont Railway facility.

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