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

August 4, 2018

Vermont news from The Associated Press for Saturday, Aug. 4, 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 207-772-4157.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

GOVERNOR PRIMARY-VERMONT

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The opportunity to challenge a sitting Republican governor in liberal Vermont would normally be a tempting opportunity for a Democratic politician. But, with no prominent Democrat in the primary to challenge Republican Gov. Phil Scott, the slate is made up of unconventional, mainly first-time candidates. But before he can defend his post, Scott must defeat a Springfield businessman in his own primary contest against Springfield businessman Keith Stern. By David Jordan. SENT: 700 words.

CONSOLIDATED-UNIONS

PORTLAND, Maine — Consolidated Communications and unions representing more than 1,000 workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont are continuing negotiations as a deadline nears. The two sides are seeking an agreement before the current labor contract expires at midnight Saturday. UPCOMING, 250 words.

IN BRIEF:

FIERY CRASH: State Police are investigating a fiery crash that claimed a motorist’s life in Warren, Vermont. Police say an SUV went off the road, hit a culvert and burst into flames early Friday.

URBAN TRAILS: A group is seeking $50,000 to help preserve a parcel of land in Vermont’s largest city on what’s known as Rock Point, which juts into Lake Champlain near downtown Burlington. The majority of the 163 acres is owned by the Episcopal Diocese of Burlington.

STORM DAMAGE: Powerful thunderstorms that swept across northern New England knocked down trees, caused flooding and set a library afire in New Hampshire. Officials say lighting was to blame for the fire at the Hopkinton Library. The blaze was quickly doused Friday and workers were trying to preserve as many books as possible.

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