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BC-VT--Vermont News Digest, 6 pm, VT

December 30, 2018

Vermont news from The Associated Press for Sunday, Dec. 30, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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MOVE TO VERMONT-GET PAID

MONTPELIER, Vt. _ Vermont is hoping to attract new residents and boost its population and workforce by paying some of them to relocate to the state. SENT: 250 words.

NEW LAWS

JOPLIN, Mo. _ Paychecks will be increasing for thousands of low-wage workers across the U.S. _ but not for all _ as the new year brings a patchwork of new laws in numerous states. By David A. Lieb. Sent: 1,000 words. Photos.

IN BRIEF:

LEAD-SCHOOLS: Some lawmakers and environmental activists say the state of Vermont needs to act faster to test water in schools for the presence of lead. A pilot study this year discovered traces of lead in each of 16 schools that were tested. There was enough lead to require immediate action at five of the schools.

FIRST DAY HIKES: The Vermont Department of Forest, Parks and Recreation is inviting residents to get an active start to the new year with a guided hike at a Vermont state park on New Year’s Day. Professional guides and outdoor experts will lead family-friendly hikes at Mount Ascutney State Park in Windsor, Long Pond and Lake Willoughby in Westmore, and at Big Deer State Park in Groton.

SHOTS FIRED-ARREST: Police say a South Burlington man faces charges for firing his rifle at random in woods behind his home, forcing the closure of a road. Police say 23-year-old Amrou Mohamed was not supposed to have a gun because of pretrial conditions of release stemming from a 2017 sexual assault arrest. Police said they found a handgun and ammunition, in addition to the .22-caliber rifle, in Mohamed’s home.

WATER METERING: Rutland is preparing for a new overhaul of its water metering system in less than a month. Public Works Commissioner Jeffrey Wennberg says the new meters being installed will save the city $130,000 per year. The Rutland Herald reports 4,700 new Fathom-brand water meters will be installed to replace the previous meters.

MOUNTAIN PURCHASE: A Vermont town has completed its purchase of Tucker Mountain. More than a year ago, Newbury residents voted to spend $25,000 to secure the purchase of 636 acres encapsulating Tucker Mountain and nearby Woodchuck Mountain from the Vermont Land Trust. The Valley News reports the purchase grants the town ownership of an area northwest of West Newbury village that has been a popular recreational destination for generations.

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