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

May 1, 2019

Vermont news from The Associated Press for Wednesday, May 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. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

TOP STORIES:

SMOKING AGE

MONTPELIER, Vt. _ Vermont’s governor is expected to sign a bill that would raise the legal smoking age to 21, as 13 states have done. Developing.

MAINE GOVERNOR-ABORTION

AUGUSTA, Maine — Health care providers on both sides of the abortion debate have begun to weigh in on a Maine bill to allow nurse practitioners, physician assistants and certified nurse-midwives to perform abortions. Supporters buoyed by Democratic wins in November said at a Wednesday hearing that the bill would expand rural women’s access to care. Opponents said Democratic Gov. Janet Mills’ bill lacks physician oversight over such mid-level providers. By Marina Villeneuve. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.

MAINE-FOAM CONTAINERS

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine has become the first state to ban single-use food and drink containers made from polystyrene foam, commonly known as Styrofoam. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills signed the bill, which takes effect in 2021, into law Tuesday. The Natural Resources Council of Maine said that Maine’s the first state to enact such a ban. Similar legislation passed Maryland’s legislature in April, but it’s unclear whether that state’s Republican governor, Larry Hogan, will sign it. By Marina Villeneuve. SENT: 510 words.

IN BRIEF:

PATRIOTS OWNER-PROSTITUTION CHARGE: Vermont’s governor is expected to sign a bill that would raise the legal smoking age to 21, as 13 states have done.

DEADLY WRONG-WAY CRASH: Jury selection is continuing for a third day in the trial of a Vermont man accused in a wrong-way crash that killed five teenagers.

COLLEGE BUILDING FIRE: Investigators say a building fire at Bennington College was accidental and may have been caused by electrical issues.

BURLINGTON MALL: Developers of a mall in Burlington, Vermont, say they’re making progress on financing plans and have construction documents out to bid.

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