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

February 19, 2019

Vermont news from The Associated Press for Tuesday, Feb. 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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ELECTION 2020-BERNIE SANDERS

WASHINGTON _ Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, whose insurgent 2016 presidential campaign reshaped Democratic politics, announced Tuesday that he is running for president in 2020. “Our campaign is not only about defeating Donald Trump,” the 77-year-old self-described democratic socialist said in an email to supporters. “Our campaign is about transforming our country and creating a government based on the principles of economic, social, racial and environmental justice.” By Juana Summers. SENT: 850 words, photos.

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ELECTION 2020-BERNIE SANDERS-THE LATEST.

SANDERS-CLINTON

WASHINGTON — The tension between supporters of Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton resurfaced on Tuesday after the Vermont senator announced his second run for the White House. Longtime Clinton aide Philippe Reines tweeted that the media had given Sanders a “WELCOME BACK!” reception despite his 2016 primary loss while telling Clinton to “go away.” By Elana Schor. SENT: 265 words.

ELECTION 2020-COURTING FRESHMEN

WASHINGTON _ Elizabeth Warren gave a nod to the first two Native Americans elected to Congress. Sen. Jeff Merkley got a moment on-camera with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. And virtually all of the Democrats who would be president have reached out to freshman Rep. Joe Cunningham in early-voting South Carolina. Think of it as dancing with the freshman stars, 2020 edition. By Laurie Kellman. SENT: 1, 115 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

MISSING BOATERS: A probate court trial of a man accused by relatives of killing his millionaire grandfather for inheritance money is now scheduled for June.

GARAGE PROJECT: The city of Montpelier, Vermont, is pushing back against an appeal filed by opponents of a proposed parking garage project.

RAIL SAFETY GRANT: The Vermont Agency of Transportation is getting more than $2 million for safety upgrades along the route of the Amtrak Vermonter, addressing conditions that resulted in a 2015 derailment.

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