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

March 28, 2019

Vermont news from The Associated Press for Thursday, March 28, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

SAP BUCKET THIEF:

A Vermont maple syrup maker’s season was cut short after thieves made off with 140 sap buckets, right from the trees this month. Hearing the news, other maple producers have offered Fred Hopkins metal buckets and help so he can continue to collect sap. Developing. By Lisa Rathke.

SKI-FAST FRIENDS

Ten years ago, Mikaela Shiffrin visited a friend and fellow ski racer in the hospital who was diagnosed with cancer. Thomas Walsh could barely sit up or eat and later had parts of his pelvis and lung removed due to the tumors. Shiffrin grew up skiing with Walsh, the two sharing a similar instructor in Shiffrin’s mom and an equally similar passion for the slopes. By Pat Graham. SENT: 980 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

FATAL CRASH-SENTENCE: A Vermont man faces about a year in prison for his role in a crash that killed a former Massachusetts police chief.

CANNABIS CERTIFICATION: A number of Vermont universities are offering classes on marijuana as lawmakers debate legalizing the drug for retail sale.

FATAL SHOOTING: A Vermont man has admitted he shot and killed his girlfriend at their home in 2016.

WEATHERIZATION TAX: The Vermont House of Representatives has approved legislation that would boost home weatherization programs with a tax on heating fuel.

WIFE KILLED-VERMONT: A Vermont man has pleaded not guilty to a new first-degree murder charge in the death of his wife.

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