Vermont news from The Associated Press for Saturday, July 28, 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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FREE CAMPING

MONTPELIER, Vt. — To try to get more people into camping this summer, Vermont is offering first-time campers free equipment and campsites at various state parks, as New York is also doing. More than 600 people have signed up to be picked for 30 individual slots for happy camper weekends offered in July and August at various Vermont state parks. SENT: 375 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

REMOTE POND ACCESS: Public access to a series of small ponds in Vermont's Willoughby State Forest in Sutton has received a makeover to help reduce erosion and improve water quality.

AIRPORT SYRUP JUGS: Burlington International Airport has added a display of 7-foot tall maple syrup jugs to remind travelers they can purchase the Vermont staple online instead of losing it at airport security.

NORTHERN BORDER COMMISSION: An assistant to New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu has been nominated by President Donald Trump as the next federal co-chair of a commission that helps with economic development in northern New England and New York.

CRASH INTO HOTEL: Vermont state police say a man trying to park his car at a Rutland hotel accidentally crashed into the building and two parked cars.

CITY AUDITORIUM: Vermont's largest city is seeking input from residents and businesses about the future of Memorial Auditorium.

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