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BC-VT--Vermont News Digest 6 pm, VT

May 1, 2019

Vermont news from The Associated Press for Wednesday, May 1, 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. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

SMOKING AGE

MONTPELIER, Vt. _ Vermont is close to joining a dozen states that have raised the smoking age to 21.The Legislature has passed the bill and the governor expects to sign it pending a review. By Lisa Rathke. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 6 p.m.

MAINE GOVERNOR-ABORTION

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine has banned single-use food and drink containers made from polystyrene foam, commonly known as Styrofoam, becoming the first state to do so. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills signed the bill, which takes effect in 2021, into law Tuesday. By Marina Villeneuve. SENT: 530 words.

MAINE-FOAM CONTAINERS

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine has become the first state to ban single-use food and drink containers made from polystyrene foam, commonly known as Styrofoam. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills signed the bill, which takes effect in 2021, into law Tuesday. The Natural Resources Council of Maine said that Maine’s the first state to enact such a ban. Similar legislation passed Maryland’s legislature in April, but it’s unclear whether that state’s Republican governor, Larry Hogan, will sign it. By Marina Villeneuve. SENT: 510 words.

PATRIOTS OWNER-PROSTITUTION CHARGE

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A Florida police officer testified Wednesday that New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was “very engaging” during a “happy-go-lucky traffic stop” after his luxury car was pulled over following his visit to a massage parlor where he is charged with paying for a sex act. The testimony came on the third day of a hearing in which Kraft’s attorneys are arguing that hidden surveillance video of the Patriots owner at the spa should be thrown out. SENT: 250 words.

IN BRIEF:

BERNIE SANDERS-DEATH THREATS: A Florida man has been convicted of leaving threatening voicemails for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders.

DEADLY WRONG-WAY CRASH: Jury selection is continuing for a third day in the trial of a Vermont man accused in a wrong-way crash that killed five teenagers.

COLLEGE BUILDING FIRE: Investigators say a building fire at Bennington College was accidental and may have been caused by electrical issues.

BURLINGTON MALL: Developers of a mall in Burlington, Vermont, say they’re making progress on financing plans and have construction documents out to bid.

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