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

May 9, 2019

Vermont news from The Associated Press for Thursday, May 9, 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. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

LAWMAKER TROOPER RESIGNS

DUMMERSTON, Vt. — The only Vermont State Police trooper serving in the state Legislature has resigned from his law enforcement position. Democratic Rep. Nader Hashim of Dummerston tells the Brattleboro Reformer he resigned after he was denied a residency waiver so he could remain living in Dummerston, in his legislative district, while working in another part of the state. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 5 p.m.

ELECTION 2020-BIDEN-UNION

Former Vice President Joe Biden kicked off his 2020 presidential campaign declaring himself “a union man,” and his aides say he would welcome staffers organizing a bargaining unit. But Biden’s team also believes the work environment he’s offering is good enough to prevent any push for a union. By Bill Barrow. SENT: 460 words.

IN BRIEF:

NATIONAL GUARD RETURN: Members of a Vermont Army National Guard air ambulance unit are back in the United States after a year in the U.S. Central Command area of operations in the Middle East.

PRISON GOOD TIME: Vermont lawmakers are considering steps to make it easier for prison inmates to reduce the length of their sentences through good behavior or acts of heroism.

COLLEGE BUILDING FIRE: Officials at Bennington College say they hope to reoccupy by next week most of a building that was damaged by fire last week.

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