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BC-VT--Vermont News Digest 1:30 pm, VT

March 20, 2019

Vermont news from The Associated Press for Wednesday, March 20, 2019.

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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking news and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date

TOP STORIES:

SMUGGLING BY SLED

RUTLAND, Vt. — A North Carolina man is due to be sentenced in federal court for plotting to steal a shipment of counterfeit Xanax pills valued at $1.6 million that were smuggled into the United States from Canada. By Wilson Ring. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 5 p.m., photo.

PAID FAMILY LEAVE

CONCORD, N.H. — A paid family and medical leave bill is on its way to Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, who remains opposed to it and is championing a competing plan. By Holly Ramer. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 5 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

DRIVEWAY SHOOTING: The trial for a man accused of shooting two people who tried to turn around in his driveway is underway.

IMMIGRATION PROTEST: Two people accused of blocking a road in front of a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Vermont have been found guilty of disorderly conduct.

MANUFACTURING-SITE REDEVELOPMENT: A proposal is in the works to remake part of a former manufacturing property into a community college.

ELECTION 2020-BETO O’ROURKE: Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke says his first-day $6.1 million in campaign donations came from 128,000-plus contributions in all 50 states.

CASTLETON-CANNABIS STUDIES: A Vermont university plans to offer a cannabis studies program for students starting this summer.

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