Vermont news from The Associated Press for Friday, June 8, 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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TOP STORIES:

FISCAL OFFICER SUPPORT

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The Vermont Senate is voicing its support for the office that provides nonpartisan fiscal analysis to the Legislature. A resolution that was passed unanimously on Thursday was introduced in response to criticism of the Joint Fiscal Office by Jason Gibbs, the chief of staff for Republican Gov. Phil Scott. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 5 p.m.

MAINE PRIMARY-RANKED CHOICE VOTING

PORTLAND, Maine — A crowded party primary is typically a recipe for nastiness and mud-slinging: Candidates with few political differences try to distinguish themselves with personal attacks on their opponents. Then there is Maine. By David Sharp. SENT: 980 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

LEAHY-SKIN CANCER: Vermont's Democratic U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (LAY'-hee) has had skin cancer cells removed from his scalp.

STATE PARKS-FREE: The state is encouraging visits to Vermont state parks and historic sites by offering free admission to them this week.

BRATTLEBORO RETREAT-ARREST: Police in Vermont have accused a man of putting a suspected explosive device at the Brattleboro Retreat psychiatric hospital.

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