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

February 1, 2019

Vermont news from The Associated Press for Friday, Feb. 1, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

E-CIGARETTE TAX

MONTPELIER, Vt. _ The Vermont House on Friday passed legislation that would impose a 92-percent tax on e-cigarettes as a way to dissuade teens from vaping. U.S. Health officials have called the surge in youth using e-cigarettes an “epidemic.” By Lisa Rathke. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words by 5 p.m.

SUPER BOWL-FINE ARTS FEUD

BOSTON — Careful about picking sides in the Super Bowl — one of these world-class art museums may tell you where to Van Gogh. As Sunday’s showdown between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams draws near, Boston’s prestigious Museum of Fine Arts and Los Angeles’ venerable J. Paul Getty Museum are engaging in a little trash talk. By William J. Kole. SENT: 445 words.

IN BRIEF:

ASBESTOS REPORTING: Attorneys general from Maine and Vermont are joining 13 colleagues in other jurisdictions to call on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to tighten rules about reporting of the presence of asbestos.

INFANTS AT WORK: Vermont state employees and parents can now take part in a program that will allow them to take their infant children to work

SKI RESORT CHAIRLIFT: A Connecticut court is deciding whether to approve a settlement agreement between Hermitage Club founder Jim Barnes and club members who invested in a chairlift at the private ski resort in Vermont.

BLACK LIVES MATTER: South Burlington High School students will raise a Black Lives Matter flag to fly during February in honor of Black History Month.

UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE: Forty-eight members of the Vermont House of Representatives have introduced a bill that would pave the way for publicly-financed health care for all state residents beginning in 2023.

MARIJUANA-ATTORNEY GENERAL: Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan has announced his support for a bill taxing and regulating the sale of recreational marijuana.

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