Vermont news from The Associated Press for Monday, May 14, 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.

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VERMONT BUDGET

KILLINGTON, Vt. — Vermont Gov. Phil Scott is defending his plan to reject any state budget proposal that increases taxes. The Republican governor is speaking Monday at a conference in Killington where he will talk about his plan for the budget. By David Jordan. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words by 5 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

RETURN OF THE COTTONTAIL: University of New Hampshire scientists have developed a method to estimate New England cottontail populations, whose numbers have been declining over the past 50 years.

TURTLE WATCH: The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is urging people to watch out for turtles on the state's roadways.

GARAGE FIRE: Vermont fire investigators are seeking the cause of a garage fire that caused a propane explosion and ended up destroying two houses as well as the garage.

GAS PRICES: Gas prices are still climbing in northern New England.

PLAYING WITH MATCHES: Police say a group of children playing with matches caused a brush fire that spread to a dilapidated sugar house.

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