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

December 20, 2018

Vermont news from The Associated Press for Thursday, Dec. 20, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TOP STORIES:

AVOIDING FLOOD DAMAGE

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has given final approval to a Vermont plan to continue buying out homes and other properties across the state that are prone to flood damage so any structures located in those areas can be destroyed and the land opened up to allow future flood waters to rise without causing damage. By Wilson Ring. SENT: 520 words.

IN BRIEF:

CHILD LURING CHARGES: Police in Vermont say a man accused of luring a runaway child he met online and soliciting children has been ordered held without bail.

BODY FOUND-VERMONT: Police in Vermont are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found in the snow on a remote road.

VERMONT STATE COLLEGES FUNDING: The Vermont State Colleges system is asking for $25 million in additional funding over the next five years so it can compete against public colleges in other states.

HOSPITAL FINANCES: Republican Gov. Phil Scott has appointed a former hospital executive to evaluate, monitor and help Springfield Hospital as it deals with financial troubles, that the governor calls “a very serious situation.”

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