Vermont news from The Associated Press for Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018.

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WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT-VERMONT

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Republican Gov. Phil Scott highlighted an uptick in Vermont's workforce on Wednesday, good news for the state, which has struggled to find enough people to fill jobs being offered. At an event outside the Department of Labor headquarters in Montpelier, Scott said that since the beginning of 2018, Vermont employers have added about 4,500 employees to the state's labor force. That increases the state workforce to about 349,000 people, the highest it's been since early 2011. By Wilson Ring. SENT: 390 words.

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HOT WEATHER-BURLINGTON: The National Weather Service has confirmed that July was the hottest month on record in Burlington, Vermont.

FATAL FIRE-VERMONT: Prosecutors say a woman has received a 15-year prison sentence for her role in a deadly fire in Vermont in 2015.

OVERDOSE DEATH: Police in Albany say a 48-year-old woman and a 53-year-old man are responsible for the March overdose of a Vermont woman.

BODY-RIVER: Green Mountain College in Vermont is hosting a memorial gathering for a student who died in an apparent drowning near campus.

BLOOD TESTS-CHEMICALS: The Vermont Department of Health says it will provide blood tests for people who may have been affected by chemical contaminants in the Bennington area.

LAKE COMMISSION: A joint commission overseeing the border between the U.S. and Canada has appointed 12 people from both countries to oversee runoff into Lake Memphremagog.

HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION: An extensive road resurfacing project in southern Vermont will begin this week.

STUDENT POETS: Five teenagers have been selected as National Student Poets, allowing them to serve as traveling literary ambassadors.

LAKE CHAMPLAIN-POLLUTION LAWSUIT: A Vermont environmental judge heard arguments this week in a case over state permits that would allow more pollution into Lake Champlain.

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