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

April 1, 2019

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

SCHOOLS-ETHNIC STUDIES

MONTPELIER, Vt. _ Vermont’s governor has signed into a law a bill aimed at making Vermont’s schools and their curriculum more inclusive. UPCOMING: 250 words.

STATE BUDGET

CONCORD, N.H.— New Hampshire’s House budget writers are putting the final touches on a $13.4 billion two-year spending plan that includes significant departures from Republican Gov. Chris Sununu’s proposal. By Holly Ramer. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.

SODA TAXES

HARTFORD, Conn. — Nearly three decades after a U.S. state last imposed a special tax on sugary drinks, Connecticut’s governor is pushing for one to help close a budget deficit — and bracing for a fight. Taxes on soda and other sugar-loaded drinks have taken effect in recent years in several cities around the country, but lobbying from the beverage industry and its allies has been credited with helping to block statewide proposals that emerge annually in state legislatures around the country. By Susan Haigh. SENT: 920 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

SUSPICIOUS FIRES: Vermont State Police say they are investigating a pair of weekend fires that damaged a Stowe library and destroyed a building housing five businesses.

RACIST GRAFFITI: Police in Vermont say two teenagers have admitted they vandalized an office with racist graffiti last week.

BANK ROBBERIES: Police in Vermont have arrested a man they say is involved in two bank robberies.

GASOLINE PRICES: Gasoline prices continue to climb in northern New England.

BIRTHING CENTER: Officials at Vermont’s Brattleboro Memorial Hospital say they hope to be able to pick up some of the slack caused by the upcoming closure of the Childbirth Center at Springfield Hospital.

INTERSTATE PAVING: With spring arriving, paving season is coming to Vermont’s Interstate 89.

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