Vermont news from The Associated Press for Sunday, Aug. 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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CONSOLIDATED-UNIONS

PORTLAND, Maine — About 1,000 Consolidated Communication workers across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont are going to begin voting this week on tentative contract agreements that were reached over the weekend, averting a potential strike. By David Sharp. 450 words.

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DRUG MAIL BACK: The Vermont Department of Health has introduced a free program that allows people to dispose of unneeded prescription drugs by mailing them to a location where they are destroyed. Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine says the mail-back program builds on the success of Prescription Drug Take Back Days and drug disposal kiosks located around Vermont.

MOTORCYCLE FATAL: Police say a Vermont woman died from injuries caused when she was thrown from her motorcycle. Police say 19-year-old Myrabelle Kidder, of Benson, lost control of her motorcycle in wet conditions Saturday afternoon in West Rutland. They say she died at Rutland Regional Medical Center.

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