Vermont news from The Associated Press for Wednesday, Sept. 5, 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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BURLINGTON, Vt. — An elderly woman accused of manufacturing the deadly toxin ricin and testing it on fellow residents at a Vermont retirement community is due in court for sentencing. By Lisa Rathke. UPCOMING: 400 words by 2 p.m.



BURLINGTON, Vt. — Vermont on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against drugmaker Purdue over what it called deceptive marketing of OxyContin and other prescription opioid painkillers that the attorney general says led to the drug crisis in Vermont and around the country. The lawsuit filed in Vermont Superior Court seeks civil penalties, fees and costs and damages — not a specific monetary amount — and calls for Purdue to change its practices. By Lisa Rathke. SENT: 430 words.


BLACK LIVES MATTER-SCHOOL: A Vermont high school has raised back up a Black Lives Matter flag for the beginning of the school year.

ACLU-PANHANDLERS: Barre city officials are debating repeals of the city's anti-panhandling laws in response to a letter from the Vermont American Civil Liberties Union arguing a ban violates the First Amendment.

DEATH PENALTY RETRIAL: A Vermont judge presiding over the expected retrial of a death row inmate has issued an order apparently taking both the prosecution and defense to task.

OFFICER KILLED: A memorial service for a Connecticut police sergeant killed while trying to break up a fight outside a South Carolina bar is scheduled for this week.

PILOT CHARGED: A federal judge in Vermont has postponed the trial of a convicted drug smuggler who's been accused of flying without a license.


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