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BC-VT--Vermont News Digest 12 pm, VT

March 24, 2019

Vermont news from The Associated Press for Sunday, March 24, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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MUD MISERY

UNDATED _ Potholes, frost heaves, mountains of melting snow, and lots and lots of mud. It must be spring in northern New England. The region’s cold and snowy winter is giving way to an early spring and what is known as “mud season” in Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire. This year, it’s muddier and bumpier than most since many parts of the states had especially rainy and snowy winters. By Patrick Whittle. 600 words. AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

COMMENCEMENT-CYNDI LAUPER: A university in Vermont has announced singer, songwriter and activist Cyndi Lauper will return to the school to give its commencement address. Northern Vermont University-Johnson said Lauper will deliver the address May 18. AP Photos NYCD101-1209180615.

VERMONT SHOOTING: Police are searching for a gunman following a shooting in Burlington, Vermont. WCAX-TV reports that police say the victim was shot in a home and taken to a hospital Sunday morning. The victim’s condition is not known.

NEW GRAPE TOMATOES: A colorful collection of stellar new grape tomato varieties has been released by Cornell University’s plant-breeding program. It’s called the Galaxy Suite and includes yellow fingerling Starlight, oval orange Sungrazer, red Comet, marbled Supernova and dark purple Midnight Pear. They’re available from High Mowing Organic Seeds in Wolcott, Vermont.

BAKERY MOVING: The New England Culinary Institute is planning to consolidate its long-running café and bakery in Vermont’s capital city with its flagship restaurant in downtown Montpelier as part of an effort to get a grasp on its finances. The Times Argus reports NECI President Milan Milasinovic said La Brioche’s lease expires Dec. 31 and the bakery will co-locate with the nearby NECI, which is closed during the day.

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