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

December 14, 2018

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

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

CHINESE TOURISTS-SEX TRAFFICKING

PORTLAND, Maine _ A New Hampshire husband and wife used a messaging system popular in China to entice women to come to the U.S. on tourist visas to serve in the sex industry in northern New England, according to court documents. SENT: 250 words.

IN BRIEF:

SCHOOL MERGERS-LAWSUIT: The first lawsuit challenging Vermont’s authority to merge school districts under Act 46 has been filed.

HIDE AND SEEK TAUNT-ARREST: A Vermont man who taunted police on Facebook by comparing his active arrest warrant to a game of hide-and-seek has been arrested.

TEACHERS UNION LAWSUIT: Vermont’s largest teachers’ union is suing a Williston company that had administered health benefits to Burlington and other school districts, accusing it of failing to process medical claims and reimburse employees.

CHILD-NEAR MISS

COLCHESTER, Vt. _ Vermont State Police say a 1-year-old barely missed being impaled by a flying piece of metal.

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