Vermont news from The Associated Press for Tuesday, Aug. 28, 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.

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ACLU-PANHANDLERS

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont says several towns across the state should repeal anti-panhandling ordinances. The Vermont ACLU sent a letter this week asking Rutland Town, Barre City, Montpelier, Bennington, Brattleboro and Winooski to repeal their ordinances. The Times Argus reports the letter is in conjunction with a larger campaign with the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words by 5 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

DRUG RECOGNITION EXPERTS: Vermont officials have hired nine new drug recognition experts to help determine if a driver is impaired on something other than alcohol.

UMBRELLA SPARKS LOCKDOWN: Police in Vermont say a high school lockdown was sparked by someone confusing an umbrella for a rifle.

HEAT DEATH: Investigators say a residential facility where a man died during a heat wave violated two state regulations.

STUDENT TRAFFIC SAFETY: A group of Vermont middle school students is doing their part to improve traffic safety.

GUN RESTRICTIONS-LAWSUIT: Gun rights advocates have filed a second legal challenge over Vermont's new gun restrictions.

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