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News Minute: Here is the latest Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont news from The Associated Press

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MAINE:

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Creating a state database of concealed handgun permits and encouraging health care providers to screen patients regularly for physical abuse are among dozens of recommendations from a panel of Maine officials and law enforcement members who examined recent domestic violence homicides. The Domestic Abuse Homicide Review Panel released its biennial report Thursday based on 21 cases of domestic violence-related homicides that occurred between 2009 and 2013.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Maine officials say the $29.7 million they're receiving for wastewater treatment upgrades in seven facilities is a small portion of the more than $1 billion needed for similar projects over the next 20 years. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the funding this week.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A Maine man who says he developed a serious disease after getting bit by a rat he bought at Petco has sued the pet supply retailer. Dominic Profenno Jr. said in his complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Portland that he was bitten March 12 by a rat purchased at Petco's South Portland store February 22nd.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Three University of Maine research scientists will receive grants from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for projects related to the fishing industry. Aquaculture professor Heather Hamlin will receive more than $249,000 for a project that seeks to determine if rising ocean temperature is a cause of the lobster population decline in southern New England.

NEW HAMPSHIRE:

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A day after saying he would not seek re-election, a New Hampshire state representative who ran over a group of ducks is described in a state attorney general's report as giving untruthful statements and refusing to cooperate. The Telegraph of Nashua reports David Campbell, a Nashua Democrat, apologized and paid a $695 fine after his car struck and killed five ducks outside the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nashua.

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The New Hampshire Senate has voted not to treat a fetus that dies in a homicide as a person, even if the mother lives. The Senate voted against measures Thursday that treated an 8-week-old fetus as a person, as well as a fetus that could survive outside the womb. Finally, the Senate effectively killed the bill by tabling it. Senate President Chuck Morse said he did not expect it to be taken up again this session.

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire's Senate has voted without debate to study whether to limit government and public use of drones to protect citizens' privacy. The Senate Judiciary Committee had voted 5-0 to recommend more study of the issue, saying regulations proposed by a House bill were premature. The Senate agreed today.

LACONIA, N.H. (AP) - Police in Laconia are investigating a break-in at an antiques store in which several items of jewelry were taken. An alarm at the Laconia Antique Center went off at about 3:10 this morning. Police said someone broke a glass door to get in, then broke into two glass display cabinets to remove the jewelry.

VERMONT:

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont man charged with killing a popular St. Johnsbury teacher is asking a judge to exclude from his upcoming trial a detailed confession he gave to police investigators. The Caledonian Record reports the attorney for Allen Prue says Prue didn't understand what he was doing when he waived his rights to silence before he gave the so-called "river's edge" confession while visiting with police the area where the body of Melissa Jenkins was found.

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont House has passed a measure calling for a study of marijuana legalization, while a Senate committee looks at cracking down on drivers impaired by drugs. The legalization study was an amendment to a bill making adjustments to existing state law allowing some sick Vermonters to use marijuana to relieve their symptoms.

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Police in Burlington have arrested two men on heroin-related charges. Twenty-three-year-old Samuel Levitz of Burlington has been charged with two counts of selling the drug. Twenty-six-year-old Iziah Harrell of Manhattan has been charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin, and possession of cocaine and heroin.

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Two Vermont men are facing federal charges stemming from the left of firearms from a Hardwick gun store and the trading of some of those guns for drugs. The U.S. Attorney's office says Larry Garrow and Albert Torres-Morales, both of Richford, made initial appearances in court this week and were ordered held pending another court appearance.

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