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

December 21, 2018

Vermont news from The Associated Press for Friday, Dec. 21, 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org

TOP STORIES:

MERGING SCHOOL DISTRICTS-LAWSUIT

MONTPELIER, Vt._ Thirty Vermont school districts are suing the state over the Board of Education’s recent vote to force certain school districts to merge their boards and budgets. The board issued its final report on Nov. 30, after the education secretary made her recommendations based on Vermont’s school district consolidation laws. By Lisa Rathke. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 5 p.m.

ELECTION 2020-WOMEN

WASHINGTON _ A year defined by the political power of women is ending with men enjoying much of the attention.Outgoing Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders have emerged as early favorites in the opening phase of the 2020 campaign. All the attention on the presidential prospects of this white male trio might seem to miss the message of the midterm elections, in which a record number of women were elected to public office across the country. By Elana Schor, Juana Summers and Holly Ramer. SENT: 1,115 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

OPIOIDS-PROGRESS REPORT: A Vermont panel has released a progress report on previous recommendations on how to deal with the ongoing opioid crisis.

PEDESTRIAN STRUCK: Police in Burlington, Vermont, say a man crossing a street with his dog was struck and killed by a vehicle.

FORMER LAWMAKER-SEX CHARGE: Prosecutors say they will try a former Vermont state senator for the third time on a charge of sexual assault.

TEENS CHARGED-ATTEMPTED SEX ASSAULT: Police have charged two teens in connection to an attempted sexual assault at a Vermont high school.

WINTER WASHOUT: The first day of day of winter is bringing soaking rain and warm temperatures, eliminating snow in New England and dashing hopes for a white Christmas for millions.

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