Vermont news from The Associated Press for Wednesday, Aug. 8, 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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INTERNET OUTAGE-VERMONT

MONTPELIER, Vt.— Officials say a break in a fiber optic cable has made the state of Vermont's internet sites unavailable to the public. A break occurred around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Essex area. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words by 5 p.m.

GOATS-POISON IVY

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont's capitol city is trying a natural way to get rid of poison ivy — grazing goats. On Wednesday, three goats munched on the plants along the small city's bike path behind the high school. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 200 words by 4 p.m.

COVERED BRIDGE DAMAGED

CORNISH, N.H. — A 152-year-old covered bridge that connects New Hampshire and Vermont has been damaged a second time this summer. Transportation officials say the Cornish-Windsor Bridge was struck at the entrance approach in New Hampshire on Tuesday. SENT: 215 words.

IN BRIEF:

HOUSING DEVELOPMENT-GOLF CLUB: A Vermont developer has resolved a dispute over water rights that postponed a 91-unit residential project at a Shelburne golf club for two years.

CENTER STREET MARKETPLACE: An open-air meeting space in Rutland, Vermont has officially opened to the public.

DISTILLERY-COCKTAIL PARTY: A distillery in Montpelier, Vermont, will celebrate its groundbreaking on a new 26,000-square foot facility with a cocktail party.

DRY CLEANING CHEMICALS: The Environmental Protection Agency says it is investigating the presence of underground chemical vapors near an elementary school in Burlington, Vermont.

CRASH-UNDERHILL: Vermont State Police have reopened state Route 15 following a multi-vehicle crash.

CLEAN WATER FUNDS: Vermont is going to get nearly $19 million for clean water projects.

BRIDGE CLOSED: A bridge in East Montpelier will be closed part of this week and next week while work continues to replace it.

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