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BC-VT--Vermont News Digest 12 pm, VT

March 23, 2019

Vermont news from The Associated Press for Saturday, March 23, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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

IN BRIEF:

VERMONT UNEMPLOYMENT: The Vermont Department of Labor says the state’s unemployment rate fell one-tenth of percent in February to 2.4 percent. The current estimate for the number of people unemployed in Vermont — just under 8,500 — is the lowest since 1988.

LAKE FERRY: The ferry service between Charlotte, Vermont, and Essex, New York, has been restored on Lake Champlain. The ferry departed Saturday morning as scheduled after an ice closure.

MAPLE OPEN HOUSE: Maple syrup producers in Vermont — the country’s top maple producing state — are opening their sugarhouses to the public this weekend. Organizers say this year’s Maple Open House Weekend is bigger than ever with 138 sites participating, including restaurants and a brewery offering food and drink made with maple.

VERMONT FATAL: Vermont State Police say it appears that a drug-impaired motorist nodded off before fatal head-on collision in the town of Addison, Vermont. Troopers say a vehicle operated by 28-year-old Ian Labounty, of Crown Point, New York, crossed the center line into the path of an oncoming car Friday morning. The crashed claimed the life of 57-year-old Cecile Druzba, of South Burlington, Vermont.

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