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

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MEXICO, Maine (AP) - An autopsy has confirmed that a 52-year-old man was shot multiple times during an exchange of gunfire with police. Authorities say Steven Piirainen (puh-RAIN'-en) died from gunshot wounds to the neck and chest. Investigators say the South Paris man stole a truck before exchanging gunfire with a state trooper and a local officer outside a convenience store and gas station on Sunday in the town Mexico.

SURRY, Maine (AP) - Police say a blind pedestrian has been struck and killed by an SUV in Hancock County. Authorities say 54-year-old James Miekka (MEE'-kah) was walking along a road in the town of Surry with his guide dog yesterday when he was hit. The former physics teacher created an artificial vision device that helped him practice target shooting, despite being totally blind.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine Attorney General Janet Mills and some lawmakers are raising concerns about Governor Paul LePage's delay in signing off on a pay boost for assistant attorneys general. The state budget calls for a four percent raise for Maine's district attorneys, assistant district attorneys and assistant attorneys general.

BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) - Maine's Democratic House speaker is outlining a series of policy proposals aimed at helping the state's rapidly aging population. House Speaker Mark Eves will unveil the proposals today at Creekside Village, a senior housing complex in Brunswick.


WASHINGTON (AP) - Two U.S. officials say they believe American journalist James Foley was the person executed by Islamic State militants in a video released yesterday. Foley went missing in Syria nearly two years ago. The 40-year-old grew up in Rochester, New Hampshire. Foley's family has confirmed his death in a statement posted on a webpage created to rally support for him.

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Texas Governor Rick Perry is set to visit the first-in-the-nation primary state this weekend after his indictment on charges he abused the power of his office. Some Republican voters are focused less on the indictment and more on how Perry handles it, for clues of his prospects in the 2016 presidential race.

ALLENSTOWN, N.H. (AP) - Dog owners in New Hampshire are being warned about a deadly virus that has killed more than a dozen dogs in Massachusetts. Parvovirus can cause intense defecation and vomiting. The disease is transmitted when healthy dogs come into contact with the feces or vomit of an infected dog. There is a vaccine available.

GOFFSTOWN, N.H. (AP) - Officials say two children will spend the day with their mother who is serving time at the women's prison in Goffstown as part of program designed to strengthen families and reduce recidivism. The program started in 2012 to give children a chance to play games and dine with their incarcerated moms or dads while also attending a traditional two-week summer camp.


MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A spokesman for the U.S. Transportation Security Agency says it's likely a Vermont man who tried to carry a gun onto a plane at the Burlington International Airport on Monday will face a fine of up to $3,000. The man told authorities that he forgot the weapon was in his possession. Burlington police say he most likely won't face criminal charges.

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Five former Milton High School football players have pleaded not guilty to assault charges. The Burlington Free Press reports court documents allege allege football players held initiations involving sexual assaults with broom sticks or pool cues at homes and at the high school in 2011 and 2012.

WINOOSKI, Vt. (AP) - A Winooski police sergeant has been named the city's interim chief. Richard Hebert will take over as interim chief on September 1st. Current Chief Steve McQueen is retiring after 36 years in police work. He plans to continue to work for the city through next June.

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. (AP) - Green Mountain Power says it doesn't mind that bats have taken up residence in a hydroelectric station it owns on the Otter Creek in Middlebury. The little brown bats are endangered due to white nose syndrome. Biologists say about 170 of the bats have created a colony in the hydro station. It's one of about 12 such colonies left around Vermont.

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