Vermont news from The Associated Press for Friday, Aug. 10, 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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CONSOLIDATED-UNIONS

PORTLAND, Maine — Two unions representing about 1,000 Consolidated Communication workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont have approved three-year contracts, their first under Illinois-based company, officials said Friday. SENT: 300 words. May be updated.

IN BRIEF:

HANDGUNS-BORDER LIBRARY: Sentencing has been delayed for a Montreal man who admitted smuggling about 100 handguns into Canada across the Vermont-Quebec border.

DISTILLERY CONSTRUCTION: Officials have broken ground on a Montpelier distillery that represents a fast-growing part of Vermont's economy.

CREDIT CARD FRAUD: A New Hampshire woman has been sentenced to five years of probation for defrauding her Vermont employer of more than $70,000.

LAND CONSERVATION: Open farmland in Vermont that was the center of conflict between environmentalists and a developer will now be permanently conserved.

MEDICAL CENTER NURSES: The University of Vermont Medical Center nurses' union says its parent union will withdraw its money from the New England Credit Union because the institution has ties to the hospital.

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