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

December 3, 2018

Vermont news from The Associated Press for Monday, Dec. 3, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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-BERNIE SANDERS

BURLINGTON, Vt. — An insurgent underdog no more, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is laying the groundwork to launch a bigger presidential campaign than his first, as advisers predict he would open the 2020 Democratic presidential primary season as a political powerhouse. A final decision has not been made, but those closest to the 77-year-old self-described democratic socialist suggest that neither age nor interest from a glut of progressive presidential prospects would dissuade him from undertaking a second shot at the presidency. And as Sanders’ brain trust gathered for a retreat in Vermont over the weekend, some spoke openly about a 2020 White House bid as if it was almost a foregone conclusion. By Steve Peoples. SENT: 910 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

BRIDGE REPLACEMENT: Vermont state officials say a historically important, but badly deteriorated bridge can only be replaced by a similar looking bridge.

CARBON POLLUTION: The mayor of Burlington, Vermont, says he’s supporting a carbon pollution fee to help Vermont lead the nation in the fight against climate change.

CABLE-ACCESS STATIONS: Television stations in Vermont say a proposed rule change from the Federal Communications Commission could cut their funding and shut the stations down.

GAS PRICES: Gas prices have dipped quite a bit in northern New England.

DRIVER-SHOOTING: A Vermont man has been charged with attempted murder, accused of shooting at someone twice on a state road.

SUICIDE FENCE INSTALLATION: Vermont transportation officials have decided to not move forward with a plan to build a temporary net meant to prevent suicides at a bridge over a deep gorge.

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