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

March 1, 2019

Vermont news from The Associated Press for Friday, March 1, 2019.

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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AFFORDABLE HOUSING-VERMONT

MONTPELIER, Vt. _ Vermont’s State Treasurer is warning against lawmakers approving another affordable housing bond, saying that taking on long-term debt could affect the state’s financial position. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words by 5 p.m.

TRUMP-DEMOCRATS-SOCIALISM

WASHINGTON — As the White House gears up for the 2020 campaign, it’s pressing the case that Democrats are rallying behind what it’s calling the policies of “socialism.” Trying to portray Democrats as out of step with ordinary Americans, Vice President Mike Pence said in a speech Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference that the choice in the next election is “between freedom and socialism, between personal responsibility and government dependence. By Zeke Miller. SENT: 570 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

CITY MANAGER CONTACT: Vermont’s capital city has approved a new three-year contract for its longtime city manager.

CHILD CARE SCHOLARSHIP: City leaders in Burlington say they have created a scholarship program to help place over 20 low-income children into high quality child care programs.

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