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

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The races for the Maine House and Senate are finalized and both parties say they are poised to win this November. Yesterday was the deadline for parties to submit replacements for candidates that had dropped out since the June 10 primary.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The federal government has placed as many as 30,000 minors who have crossed the border illegally with sponsors across the country, spurring a wide range of reactions from governors, many of whom are up for re-election this fall. The issue has dominated gubernatorial races in some Mexican border states, like Arizona, but it has also spilled into political races in states like Maine, where Republican Gov. Paul LePage faces a tough re-election fight in a three-person battle.

GRAY, Maine (AP) - The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado touched down in the town of Limington, Maine. Meteorologist Tom Hawley says a team is in the field today to make measurements and to track the tornado's path. Trees were uprooted, power lines were knocked down and a teenage boy was struck by lightning in Naples as the thunderstorm roared through the area yesterday.

RUMFORD, Maine (AP) - The Maine attorney general has ruled that a Rumford police officer was legally justified in using deadly force against a suicidal woman who was advancing on him with a knife. Police responded after 25-year-old Jessica Byrn-Francisco reported to her counselor that she'd ingested drugs in an attempt to take her own life.


CONWAY, N.H. (AP) - A New Hampshire man has been arraigned on charges he kidnapped a teenager last year. The girl vanished after leaving her high school in October and returned home last week. Nathaniel Kibby was arrested Monday without incident at his Gorham home, about 30 miles north of where Abigail Hernandez lives. He's charged with felony kidnapping, a charge that carries up to seven years in jail if convicted.

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A former New Hampshire police officer has pleaded guilty to running criminal records checks on stolen identities for someone who was the target of a drug-related investigation. Joseph Cespedes was an officer in Manchester. Prosecutors said the 37-year-old was associating with someone in Lawrence, Massachusetts, and ran the records checks on certain stolen identities to determine whether they were clear of outstanding arrest warrants.

MASHPEE, Mass. (AP) - American Indians attending a hearing today at the Mashpee Wampanoag community center on Cape Cod say they support the federal government's plan to make it easier for tribes to gain federal recognition. But the tribal representatives, from New Jersey, Virginia, Missouri, New England and elsewhere, urged the U.S. Department of the Interior to go further.

BOSTON (AP) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry says New Hampshire voters should be embarrassed by Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen's record on border security. The Republican governor weighed in on New Hampshire's Senate race today in a conference call with reporters. Shaheen will likely face former Republican Sen. Scott Brown in a re-election test this fall.


MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont Attorney William Sorrell says he thinks lawmakers should reduce the privacy of cases handled by the Department for Children and Families and other agencies. In comments today before the Legislature's Committee on Child Protection, Sorrell said Vermont is one of a handful of states where "the doors are locked" for family court proceedings.

COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) - Contract talks have resumed between FairPoint Communications and the largest union representing workers across Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers officials say FairPoint is determined to gut benefits. The union represents about 1,800 FairPoint employees in the three states.

WAITSFIELD, Vt. (AP) - Nine solar projects in Vermont are going to get more than $442,000 in grants to help provide power for schools and communities. The money is coming from the Clean Energy Development Fund, which was created to increase cost-effective and environmentally sustainable electric power resources. Gov. Peter Shumlin announced the grants today.

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The state Public Service Board has ordered Vermont Gas Systems to stop digging for its pipeline near power lines owned by the Vermont Electric Cooperative because of nearby pesticide concerns.

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