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

May 19, 2019

Vermont news from The Associated Press for Sunday, May 19, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

UPCOMING TOMORROW:

DEADLY WRONG-WAY CRASH

BURLINGTON, Vt. _ Closing arguments are expected in the trial of a Vermont man facing murder charges in the deaths of five teenagers after he drove the wrong way on Interstate 89.

TOP STORIES:

PRANK-PAYBACK

MONTPELIER, Vt. _ A high school prankster who damaged school property in Vermont is finally paying the price — and then some — just in time for his 25th reunion. As a Montpelier High School senior, Michael Burzycki painted and stitched together tarps to create a 60-by-16-foot banner that read “LIVE LONG AND PROSPER CLASS OF 1994.” He and a classmate lugged it up to the school’s roof and triumphantly hung it up outside the auditorium. But water bottles they used to weigh down the corners ended up breaking a window. SENT: 300 words.

MARIJUANA-SOCIAL JUSTICE

NEW YORK _ Advocates for legalizing marijuana have long argued it would strike a blow for social justice after a decades-long drug war that disproportionately targeted minority and poor communities. But social equity has been both a sticking point and selling point this year in New York and New Jersey, among other states weighing whether to join the 10 that allow recreational use of pot. By Jennifer Peltz. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

PRISON COMPOSTING: The Vermont Department of Corrections says the composting of food scraps in the state’s prisons keeps 572,000 pounds (257,400 kilograms) of food waste out of landfills every year.

MILITARY MEMORIAL DEDICATION: A small town in Vermont’s rural Northeast Kingdom is going to be honoring local soldiers who served in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.

OVERDOSE CALL-CHASE: A call about a possible drug overdose turned into a police chase and hours-long search involving multiple law enforcement agencies in South Burlington.

WIND POWER TOURS: Vermont’s largest utility will again offer free tours of a wind farm in the Northeast Kingdom this summer.

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