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

January 23, 2019

Vermont news from The Associated Press for Wednesday, Jan. 23, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

SPRAYABLE MAPLE SYRUP

BARRE, Vt. _ Maple syrup lovers can pour, squeeze and now even spray the sweet stuff on their pancakes. A Vermont maple producer has come out with a maple syrup spray that he says will keep kids from drowning their pancakes and is less messy than other modes of application. By Lisa Rathke. Upcoming: 350 words by 5 p.m.

ELECTION 2020-BERNIE SANDERS

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ Even before he announces whether he’s a 2020 presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders is working to avoid the drubbing that South Carolina’s African-American voters handed him in 2016. A day after speaking at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day rally in the state capital on Monday, Sanders stayed through Tuesday for three more events in which African-American audiences were receptive to a message that hewed largely to his 2016 Democratic presidential platform. But the Vermont independent got personal even as he pitched free college tuition and a higher minimum wage, recounting repeatedly that he joined King’s 1963 March on Washington and calling the late civil rights leader a “major political influence on my thinking.” By Elana Schor. SENT: 850 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

BENNINGTON-MANUFACTURING: The new owners of a former furniture store in Bennington, Vermont, have received zoning for light manufacturing.

ATTEMPTED MURDER CHARGE: A Vermont man accused of opening fire on police officers has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and assault charges.

RANDOLPH LABS: New laboratories for the Vermont Agency of Agriculture and the Agency of Natural Resources are expected to be completed by next month.

BURLINGTON MALL: The majority owner of CityPlace Burlington, Vermont, is stepping out of the shadows to tell the city it is still committed to the project that stalled last summer.

FALL-FROSTBITE: Police in Vermont say a woman who fell on her unshoveled porch couldn’t get up and spent the night outside in subzero temperatures.

STATE PRISONS-OPIOIDS: The Vermont Department of Corrections says it plans to expand the number of staff who carries the opiate overdose reversal drug naloxone.

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