MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The announcement that the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant will close late next year has been chosen as the top Vermont news story of 2013.
The story was a clear No. 1 in results from a poll of journalists working for Associated Press member newspapers and broadcasters in the state.
Troubles with the launch of the Vermont Health Connect insurance exchange were ranked as the second-biggest story of the year.
Third was the debate over the F-35 fighter jet and the announcement that 18 of them will be housed in Burlington by 2020.
The guilty plea by Randolph resident Michael Jacques in the 2008 abduction and murder of his niece Brooke Bennett ranked No. 4.
Fifth was the passage of a law allowing doctors to help terminally ill patients die.
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