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

January 31, 2019

Vermont news from The Associated Press for Thursday, Jan. 31, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

DAIRY FARMING-PRICES

ESSEX, Vt. _ Dairy farmers are in for a fifth consecutive year of low milk prices, with some rebounding happening in the second half of the year, economists said Thursday. By Lisa Rathke. UPCOMING: 400 words by 5 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

SMOKE SHOP-ILLEGAL POT SALES: Police in Burlington, Vermont, say the owner of a city smoke shop is accused of illegally selling marijuana to adults and minors.

REFORM-POLICE VOLUNTEERING: A Vermont man who previously went on the run from police is now working to help the police connect with people suffering from addiction

LANDFILL SITES: A new bill in the Vermont Legislature would require the state to assess the possibility of creating another landfill in Vermont.

FARM SHOW-FIRE: Firefighters are at the scene of a fire at the Vermont Farm Show, where they’ve evacuated vendors and livestock out into the cold.

ASSAULT INVESTIGATION: A Vermont police department is continuing to investigate an assault of a woman by two men wearing ski masks that left the victim with life-threatening injuries.

RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT: A group of Vermont high school students backed by a powerful conservative Christian legal organization is accusing the state of religious discrimination

TRAIN CRASH-MAN KILLED: Police say a train hit a tractor in Vermont, killing the driver.

BOIL WATER NOTICE: Residents of Montpelier are urged to continue to boil their drinking water before using it or use bottled water as the city works to repair a major water leak that may have caused tap water to become contaminated with bacteria.

WINTER WEATHER-NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND: The polar vortex that’s bringing misery to the upper Midwest is making an appearance in northern New England, where some places will struggle to reach the single digits.

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