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

November 23, 2018

Vermont news from The Associated Press for Friday, Nov. 23, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

SAME-SEX PARENTS

BOSTON — When Sara Watson’s partner got pregnant with their son through in vitro fertilization, they were overjoyed. Then the fear came. They weren’t married, so Watson had no legal rights as Eli’s parent even though her eggs were used to conceive him with donor sperm. If the worst happened, Watson wondered, would she even be able to bring their baby home from the hospital? By Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 850 words, photos.

GMP RATE INCREASE

BURLINGTON, Vt. — A former Vermont official who allegedly left a state department that works on behalf of consumers in utility cases over its handling of a rate increase request involving the state’s largest electric utility says he will tell regulators what he knows. Vermont Public Radio reports the comments by Brian Winn came after regulators made public an anonymous letter that claims the Department of Public Service is tied to the state’s largest electric utility, Green Mountain Power. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

IN BRIEF:

RUNAWAY PEACOCK: A Vermont woman whose family peacock ran off with a flock of turkeys says she’s hopeful to get close enough to catch it with a net.

HOUSE FIRE: Firefighters say there is not definitive cause yet for a Thanksgiving morning fire in the Vermont town of Rockingham, but the structure appears to be a total loss.

WORLD CUP SKIING: Organizers of the third World Cup skiing event being held at Vermont’s Killington ski resort are hoping the two-day event will attract 40,000 people to the region.

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