Vermont news from The Associated Press for Thursday, June 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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TOP STORIES:

LEGISLATIVE STANDOFF-VERMONT

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Republican Gov. Phil Scott's administration says it stands firmly behind a plan to avoid raising taxes, despite concerns of a government shutdown. In a letter to Scott and Democratic leaders sent Tuesday, state Treasurer Beth Pearce urged the two sides to find a solution to avert a shutdown. Pearce said that a shutdown would have "real and permanent costs," and could jeopardize the state's credit rating. By David Jordan. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 5 p.m.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA

PROVIDENCE, R.I.— Rhode Island lawmakers are considering requiring medical marijuana dispensaries to pay 50 times more for their licenses, making the fee the highest in New England by far. The latest budget proposes increasing the annual fee from $5,000 to $250,000. By Dylan McGuinness. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 5 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

CHOCOLATE MARIJUANA: Police say two employees of an inn at a popular Vermont tourist destination ate marijuana-laced chocolate left behind by guests and got sick.

NATIONAL GUARD DEPLOYED: About 60 members of the Vermont National Guard will leave the state Thursday for deployment in the Middle East or southwest Asia.

JOB CUTS: A Vermont semiconductor company says it will cut jobs at its plant in Essex Junction as part of a 5 percent global reduction of its workforce.

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