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AP-VT--Vermont News Digest, VT

October 12, 2018

Vermont news from The Associated Press for Friday, Oct. 12, 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 207-772-4157.

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TOP STORIES:

BLACK LEGISLATOR-THREATS

BENNINGTON, Vermont— Voters in this very liberal, very white state made Kiah Morris a pioneer when in 2014 they elected her as its first black female legislator. Not long after, another Vermont surfaced: racist threats that eventually forced her to leave office in fear and frustration. Sent 800 words

IN BRIEF:

SEXUAL HISTORY SURVEY: Several Vermont parents are upset about a survey sent to fifth grade students that asked about their sexual history, preference and gender identity.

UNIVERSITY-INFECTIOUS DISEASE GRANT: The University of Vermont has received a $12.3 million federal grant to open a new center to study infectious diseases.

MISSING TEENAGER: Vermont police are continuing to investigate the shooting death of a South Royalton teenager who disappeared last January and whose body was found five months later.

BIRD SCOOTERS: MONTPELIER: A new type of bird is flocking to Vermont’s capital. The Times Argus reports the Montpelier City Council approved a pilot program to allow California-based Bird Rides, Inc. to deliver 100 electric scooters to the city.

INVASIVE WEEDS-NO CHEMICALS: Vermont environmental officials say they won’t use a chemical herbicide to control the spread of Eurasian milfoil in Lake Iroquois.

DOWNTOWN REDEVELOPMENT: Burlington officials say they’re worried about a stalled redevelopment project in Vermont’s largest city.

WWII-SHIP VETERAN: One of the last surviving World War II crewmembers of a Navy ship that’s the last of its kind still afloat is making a visit to the vessel at its Hudson River dock.

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