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AP-VT--Vermont News Digest, VT

September 17, 2018

Vermont news from The Associated Press for Monday, Sept. 17, 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 207-772-4157.

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DRUG RECOGNITION EXPERTS

HARTFORD, Vt. — Multiple defense attorneys are questioning Vermont’s use of drug recognition experts who test people suspected to be under the influence of a substance other than alcohol. Valley News reports attorneys including Norwich-based George Ostler and St. Johnsbury-based David Sleigh argue the tests are not scientifically reliable. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING, 250 words by 2 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

BORDER ARRESTS: Four Guatemalan citizens are facing charges in what federal prosecutors in Vermont are calling an immigrant-smuggling episode in the Beebe Plain neighborhood of Derby. Court documents say Border Patrol agents were notified early Thursday that two people were seen walking in a field just south of the Canadian border.

BUMP STOCKS-VERMONT: Vermont state police barracks are accepting rapid-fire devices attached to guns known as bump stocks that will become illegal on Oct. 1 under new state gun restrictions. The state police say the law directs the Department of Public Safety to collect bump stocks from people who want to get rid of them.

VACANT BUILDING FIRE: Fire officials in Vermont believe a fire at a vacant industrial building was set intentionally. The Caledonian-Record reports Vermont State Police Detective Senior Sergeant Thomas Williams said in a press release Sunday the fire at the former B & W Mechanical building in St. Johnsbury “is considered suspicious.” Authorities have classified the blaze as an arson.

CANNABIS CONFERENCE: A medical marijuana conference that brought people from all over the country is wrapping up in Vermont. About 300 people attended the Healing Power of Cannabis event over the weekend at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier. It is drawing to a close on Monday.

VERMONT LANDFILL: There’s interest on both sides of the border in a proposal to expand Vermont’s only permitted landfill in the Northeast Kingdom. Robert Benoit from Quebec’s oldest nonprofit environmental organization tells Vermont Public Radio that the Coventry landfill is near a major source of drinking water on the Canadian side of the border. He said of the proposal “we are worried.”

RESUSCITATION ACADEMY: All providers of emergency medical services in Vermont will need to participate in a new program aimed at teaching responders to resuscitate more effectively. Grafton Fire and Rescue is offering classes in the surrounding area for Resuscitation Academy. The Brattleboro Reformer reports the average survival rate from cardiac arrest when it is witnessed is 10 percent — but EMS groups have been able to increase the rate to more than 60 thanks to specialized treatments.

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