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BC-VT--Vermont News Digest, 6 pm, VT

January 12, 2019

Vermont news from The Associated Press for Saturday, Jan. 12, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

UPCOMING TOMORROW:

CATHOLIC BISHOP TOURING

MONTPELIER, Vt. _ Vermont’s Catholic bishop is holding public meetings at churches around the state this month in an effort to increase transparency amid mounting pressure on the church to respond to sexual abuse claims around the country. Upcoming: 300 words.

TOP STORIES:

HEALTH OVERHAUL-STATES 1ST LD-WRITETHRU

SEATTLE _ Riding the momentum from November’s elections, Democratic leaders in the states are wasting no time delivering on their biggest campaign promise — to expand access to health care and make it more affordable. The first full week of state legislative sessions and swearings-in for governors saw a flurry of proposals. By Sally Ho and Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 950 words, photos.

HEALTH OVERHAUL-VERMONT: Republican Gov. Phil Scott wants to make health insurance more affordable for young people, but he’s not planning a major overhaul after the state’s failed attempt to create a single-payer system. SENT: 130 words.

IN BRIEF:

NEW POLICE CHIEF: A former social studies teacher is going to become the new police chief in the Vermont town of Norwich.

TRUMP FLAG REPLACEMENT: A Vermont man whose Trump 2020 flag was removed and burned by vandals last year has a replacement, and he’s raising it with a bit of fanfare.

NONPROFITS-GRANTS: The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation has provided nearly $3.9 million through its Community Grants Program to support almost 70 nonprofits in the state and in Vermont.

HOUSING PROJECT-OPPOSITION: Nine neighbors of a proposed housing development in South Burlington are arguing the project violates city guidelines.

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