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

June 13, 2018

Vermont news from The Associated Press for Wednesday, June 13, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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VOLKSWAGEN-EMISSIONS SCANDAL-VERMONT

BURLINGTON, Vt.— The state of Vermont and people who bought certain Volkswagen diesel models that were rigged to cheat on emissions tests will be getting a total of $6.5 million from the automaker. Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced Wednesday that the state had reached the settlement that will pay Vermont consumers up to $1,000 for each qualifying VW, Audi and Porsche vehicle from the model years 2009 to 2016 sold or leased in the state. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 5 p.m.

GUN RESTRICTIONS-NEW JERSEY

TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey on Wednesday enacted measures to tighten its already strict gun control laws. Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed the half-dozen bills that began advancing after the fatal high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, in February that left 17 people dead. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Alfonso Calderon joined Murphy on stage. By Mike Catalini. SENT: 455 words.

IN BRIEF:

INFANT DEATH: Vermont State Police say the January death of an 11-month-old Ludlow boy has been ruled a homicide.

MAPLE SEASON: Vermont’s longer-than-average maple season helped make it the nation’s largest producer of maple syrup, yielding 1.9 million gallons of the sweet stuff this year.

BORDER SMUGGLING: Federal court documents say U.S. Border Patrol agents caught six people after they had crossed illegally into the United States from Canada.

MOTORCYCLE FATAL: Police in Vermont say a motorcyclist is dead after he was found near the scene of a crash.

NURSES’ STRIKE VOTE: Unionized nurses at Vermont’s largest hospital have voted overwhelmingly to strike if no new contract can be reached with the administration.

BOAT FIRE: A Vermont boat owner whose boat was destroyed by another boat that unexpectedly burst into flames says he doesn’t blame his neighbors.

SCHOOL BUS CRASH: Officials say a Vermont school bus crashed into another vehicle, causing a traffic backup in Colchester.

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