Vermont news from The Associated Press for Saturday, Aug. 18, 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 207-772-4157.

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TOP STORIES:

HOSPITAL BUDGETS

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont's 14 hospitals will be presenting their proposed budgets to regulators in public hearings starting this coming week. The Green Mountain Care Board is doing its yearly review of the spending plans. By Lisa Rathke. 400 words.

IN BRIEF:

LEGAL POT THEFTS: Vermont State Police are investigating the theft of four legal marijuana plants that were stolen from behind a fence where they were being grown in the town of East Charleston.

SHOOTING WITNESS SEARCH: Vermont State Police are searching for a man who may have witnessed an incident in which another man shot himself in the neck in Westminster.

MEDICAL CENTER NURSES: The University of Vermont Medical Center says the hospital and nurses have agreed to meet this weekend to resume contract negotiations. The two sides will be meeting on Saturday afternoon.

VT-BENNINGTON BATTLE DAY: The town of Bennington is commemorating the Revolutionary War Battle with events throughout the weekend.

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