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

May 17, 2018

Vermont news from The Associated Press for Thursday, May 17, 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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TOP STORIES:

IMPORTING PRESCRIPTION DRUGS-VERMONT

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont’s first-in-the-nation program to allow the wholesale importation of low-cost prescription drugs from Canada will need federal approval from skeptical Trump officials. The bill signed by Republican Gov. Phil Scott Wednesday is an attempt to address rising prescription drug prices. By David Jordan.

CIA-HASPEL-POLITICS

WASHINGTON — The political schism in the Democratic Party is playing out in the confirmation vote for Gina Haspel as CIA director, as support from red-state senators facing re-election bumps up against a more liberal flank eyeing potential 2020 presidential bids and rejecting the nominee over the agency’s clouded history of torture. Haspel’s confirmation became all but certain with a favorable 10-5 vote Wednesday by the Senate Intelligence Committee. Yet the division in the Senate is set in large part by the election calendar, home-state geography and personal views — and it may define Democrats for years to come. By Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 830 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

STORM DAMAGE: Vermont and federal officials are reviewing damage caused by severe storms earlier this month to see if the state qualifies for federal assistance.

DEATH INVESTIGATION: Police in Vermont have issued an arrest warrant on suspicion of second-degree murder for a man whose wife was found dead shortly after she called 911 to say he was pointing a handgun at her.

FATAL FIRE-VERMONT: Police are investigating a fire at a Vermont home and the discovery of a badly burned body.

AUDUBON SOCIETY AWARD: The National Audubon Society has awarded a medal to the CEO of Green Mountain Power.

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