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

April 5, 2019

Vermont news from The Associated Press for Friday, April 5, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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

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ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS

NEW YORK — Democratic presidential candidates on Friday touted their plans on criminal justice reform, the study of reparations and other racial equality issues, highlighting the critical role black voters will play in choosing the party’s 2020 nominee. By Elana Schor. SENT: 485 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

GENERAL STORE-NEW OWNER: Volunteers are searching for a new owner for what is considered the oldest continuously operating general store in Vermont.

COUPLE-SEARCH: Police in New Hampshire have enlisted the help of neighboring states in their search for a husband and wife who both have dementia.

CONSTITUTION-SLAVERY: Vermont Senate members are hearing testimony on a proposed constitutional amendment that would eliminate any mention of slavery in the state constitution.

DAIRY INDUSTRY RELIEF: Maine’s two U.S. senators are joining more than a third of their colleagues in the Senate to call for the government to implement provisions of the most recent farm bill that are designed to help struggling dairy farmers.

PAID FAMILY LEAVE: Vermont’s House of Representatives has approved legislation that would create statewide paid medical and family leave.

VT-GMP-MULTIYEAR RATE PLAN: Vermont’s largest electric utility is requesting a multiyear rate plan from the state’s Public Utility Commission.

SALAMANDER WARNING: Biologists are urging drivers to watch out for amphibians that will be crossing roadways across Vermont during their early spring migration. It’s the time of year when frogs and salamanders are crossing the roads.

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