Vermont news from The Associated Press for Tuesday, July 31, 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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QUEBEC CITY — For generations, farmers have despised milkweed and done their best to rid their lands of it. Now some farmers in Quebec and Vermont are planting it. They're looking to help the sinking population of monarch butterflies and to serve a new market for the milkweed fiber. Monarchs will only lay their eggs on milkweed and the plant is the only food for the caterpillars. By Calvin Woodward. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.


GOVERNORS AND PREMIERS: The annual meeting of the New England Governors and the Eastern Canadian premiers is going to be held Vermont next month.

HISTORIC BUILDING-STARBUCKS: A developer has announced plans to tear down a historic building in Vermont and replace it with a Starbucks.

SUSPICIOUS FIRE DEATH-TRIAL: The lawyer for a man accused of killing a person whose body was found in a burning Vermont home says his client will stop fighting for his release on bail.

DRINKING WATER-CONTAMINANTS: The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation says two elementary schools in the state have chemical levels in their drinking water above a safe standard.

URBAN WILDERNESS: Officials have come together to ensure a forest within walking distance of downtown Burlington, Vermont, will be preserved for a lifetime.

BODY-RIVER: Police in Vermont are investigating an apparent drowning in a river behind the Green Mountain College campus.


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