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

January 2, 2019

Vermont news from The Associated Press for Wednesday, Jan. 2, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

IMMIGRANT LAWSUIT

MONTPELIER, Vt. _ A lawsuit filed by an immigrant rights group says the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles has forwarded information about immigrant farm workers to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 5 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

MOVING TRENDS: Vermont’s population is among the smallest in the U.S., but a study from United Van Lines indicate people are moving to the New England state.

HOME REPAIR GRANTS: A housing nonprofit is offering grants to help low-income homeowners in western Vermont make repairs.

PLASTIC BAG BAN: A new ban on plastic bags in Wilmington, Vermont, is scheduled to take effect this year.

SCHOOL MERGERS: A new committee tasked with drafting an agreement for a new merged school district in Vermont will start its work shorthanded.

MENTAL HEALTH WORKER-ASSAULT: A Vermont mental health worker who admitted to sexually assaulting a patient at a private psychiatric hospital has been sentenced to four to 15 years in prison.

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