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

December 24, 2018

Vermont news from The Associated Press for Monday, Dec. 24, 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 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TOP STORIES:

VERMONT-TOP STORIES

MONTPELIER, Vt. _ In April, while standing on the steps of the Vermont Statehouse and being booed by some who called him a traitor to his rural upbringing, Gov. Phil Scott signed the state’s first significant gun restrictions. Scott’s sudden change of heart after what was described as a near-miss school shooting — and his push for the legislation was overwhelmingly voted the top Vermont story of 2018 by journalists at news organizations in the state that belong to The Associated Press news cooperative. By Wilson Ring. SENT: 800 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

GAS PRICES: Gas prices are falling across norther New England as drivers head home for the holidays.

SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT GIFTS: A Vermont county sheriff’s department delivered holiday cheer in the form of gifts instead of traffic tickets.

FATAL CRASH-DRIVER SENTENCED: A judge has sentenced a Vermont man to eight to 15 years with seven years to serve in jail for a crash that killed an engaged couple and injured a third woman.

SHOPPING MALL-BOMB THREAT: A bomb threat has forced the evacuation of a Vermont shopping mall on one of the busiest shopping days of the holiday season.

INFORMATION SECURITY-VERMONT: The state of Vermont has hired a new chief information security officer.

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