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

January 17, 2019

Vermont news from The Associated Press for Thursday, Jan. 17, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORIES:

BACHELOR PARTY ERROR

MONTPELIER, Vt. _ An email about a bachelor party sent to the wrong person has led to an Arizona man taking a trip to a Vermont ski resort to attend the party of someone he doesn’t know this weekend. William Novak of Phoenix got the email on Jan. 7 about the ski weekend for Angelo. He didn’t know the person but the party with its over-the-top invitation sounded like a good time so he emailed back as a joke to say he was in. Novak, 35, about the same age as the others invited, expected to get no response or one recognizing his humor. Instead, the party-goers from New Jersey and New York agreed that Novak should join the fun. By Lisa Rathke. SENT: 490 words.

IN BRIEF:

E-CIGARETTE-ONLINE SALES: A new bill introduced in the Vermont House of Representatives would ban internet sales of electronic cigarettes.

OLD HIGH SCHOOL: A deal that would have turned a Vermont high school into a co-working space has fallen through.

WIRELESS COVERAGE-VERMONT: A Vermont state official has conducted a 6,000-mile road trip around the state to fact-check the adequacy of wireless coverage

UTILITY UPGRADES-BOND: City councilors in Barre, Vermont, say they are eyeing a bond issue to help finance expensive upgrades for public works.

HOUSE FIRE: Firefighters in Vermont are investigating a fire that burned down a house used during the summer.

WINTER WEATHER-NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND: Wintry weather is poised to cause some problems as the week draws to a close in the Northeast, but an even bigger storm is looming for the weekend with up to 2 feet of snow expected in parts of northern New England.

WELCH-INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE: Vermont Congressman Peter Welch has been appointed to the House committee that is investigating Russia’s attempt to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

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