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

November 19, 2018

Vermont news from The Associated Press for Monday, Nov. 19, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

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ELECTION 2020-NEW HAMPSHIRE

NEW YORK — Even before they announce their White House intentions, New Hampshire’s ambitious neighbors are in the midst of a shadow campaign to shape the nation’s first presidential primary election of the 2020 season. Democrats on the ground expect a rush of presidential announcements soon after New Year’s. That could include as many as five high-profile candidates from neighboring states, a historically large contingent of New Englanders led by Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Both have quietly begun courting potential staff, top activists and elected officials. By Steve Peoples. SENT: 1,010 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

TOPS-BANKRUPTCY: The western New York supermarket chain, Tops Markets, says it has emerged from bankruptcy.

GARAGE FIRE: Vermont fire investigators have determined that a weekend fire that destroyed a garage in Grand Isle started near a wood stove and the blaze is considered accidental, and not suspicious.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Officials say they are preparing a new development initiative for two Vermont counties that have suffered population and economic decline.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY FEE: Many of Vermont’s residential electric customers will have a 3 percent drop next year in a fee that goes to energy efficiency services statewide.

GAS PRICES: Gas prices are still falling in northern New England.

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