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

May 21, 2019

Vermont news from The Associated Press for Tuesday, May 21, 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. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



BURLINGTON, Vt. — A jury began deliberations Tuesday in the trial of a Vermont man facing murder charges in the deaths of five teenagers after he caused a head-on crash by driving the wrong way on an interstate. By Lisa Rathke. SENT: 380 words.


PLYMOUTH, Mass. _ Companies specializing in nuclear demolition and radioactive waste storage are buying up aging U.S. reactors and promising to decommission them in dramatically less time than their utility owners had planned — eight years instead of 60 in some cases. Viewed by experts as an emerging trend in the nuclear power industry, the sales of these retired or soon-to-be-retired reactors present a paradox for residents, state officials and nuclear watchdogs. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 1,290 words, photos.


NEW YORK — Nearly two dozen states and municipalities sued the federal government Tuesday to stop a new rule that lets health care clinicians decline to provide abortions and other services that conflict with their moral or religious beliefs. By Larry Neumeister. SENT: 365 words.


OPIOID LAWSUIT-VERMONT: Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan says he’s filed suit against eight members of the family that owns a drug company that manufactures OxyContin, one of the drugs believed to be partly responsible for the opioid crisis.

STUCK TRUCK: Police say that only six days after Vermont Route 108 through Smugglers’ Notch between Stowe and Cambridge opened for the season, a tractor trailer truck got stuck on the winding road, forcing its temporary closure.

DEATH INVESTIGATION-MEDICAL CENTER: Police reports say the death of a patient at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center was first treated as a possible homicide after employees raised concerns that family members had tampered with her pain medication.

FUGITIVE-VETERANS BENEFITS THEFT: A Massachusetts man who evaded authorities for three years after he was charged with stealing more than $100,000 in veterans’ benefits from his father has been sent to prison for up to three years.

STORM DAMAGE REPAIR: Some central Vermont communities are repairing flood damage caused by heavy rains.

ABORTION VERMONT: A spokeswoman for Vermont Republican Gov. Phil Scott says a bill passed by the state Legislature that protects a woman’s access to abortion services will become law.


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