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BC-VT--Vermont News Digest 6 pm, VT

December 18, 2018

Vermont news from The Associated Press for Tuesday, Dec. 18, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

PREP SCHOOL-SEXUAL ABUSE

CONCORD, N.H. _ A judge declined Tuesday to shorten the jail term for an elite prep school graduate convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old classmate in 2015, saying he needed to consider the victim’s family, which wants him to serve the remaining 10 months of his sentence. Merrimack County Superior Court Judge Larry Smukler appeared unmoved by defense arguments that Owen Labrie, 23, of Tunbridge, Vermont, had become more mature and had already been punished by being under a curfew and having to wear an electronic monitoring device. Prosecutors wanted Labrie to serve the remainder of his sentence. By Michael Casey. SENT: 685 words, photos.

TRANSPORTATION EMISSIONS-AGREEMENT

BOSTON _ A coalition of nine states and the District of Columbia have announced an agreement to work to impose regional limits on carbon emissions from transportation sources. The goal of the agreement, announced Tuesday, is to create “a regional low-carbon transportation policy proposal that would cap and reduce carbon emissions from the combustion of transportation fuels through a cap-and-invest program.” By Steve Leblanc. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 6 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

AUDITORIUM REVAMP: Leaders in Burlington, Vermont, say the City Council is unlikely to ask voters next year to approve a $32.8 million plan to restore Memorial Auditorium.

SKI RESORT FRAUD: A financial institution has filed an objection to a federal receiver’s motion to block any further litigation against the former owner of the Jay Peak ski resort in Vermont.

CHINESE TOURISTS-SEX TRAFFICKING: A New Hampshire husband and wife accused of using Chinese nationals in a sex-trafficking operation in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont are going to be detained until at least next week.

STATEHOUSE ICE RINK: The ice rink in front of the Vermont Statehouse is getting a makeover.

CHRISTMAS DECORATION CONTEST: A former Vermont police chief who was accused of sending inappropriate text messages to a subordinate female officer says he plans to restart a Christmas decorating contest.

WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA: Four hundred people took part in a Wreaths Across America event in Bennington this week.

FIGHTER JETS: Aviation officials have delayed the release of a sound map showing how noise from incoming F-35 fighter jets could affect the areas around Burlington International Airport.

MAYOR RESIGNS: The mayor of a Vermont city says he is stepping down after serving one year of a three-year term.

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