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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) - State health and human services officials have chosen three companies to provide patient rides under the MaineCare program. The state sought new bids for the non-emergency ride service after deciding not to renew a Connecticut-based firm's contracts over missed and delayed rides.

RICHMOND, Maine (AP) - Residents ordered to leave a Richmond mobile home park say they have no idea where they'll live. Residents at the Meadowbrook Trailer Park have been ordered to leave by later this afternoon, with the park plagued by leaky pipes and sewage overflows. The town cut the water supply to the nine homes earlier this week.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - An Oakland man hurt by a malfunctioning starting gate during a harness race at a Windsor fair in 2010 has gone to court after efforts at an out-of-court settlement fell through. The Kennebec Journal reports Christopher Charrier and four other people were hurt when the 1,500-pound gate swung into the crowd.

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) - Actress Glenn Close and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Isabel Alexis Wilkerson are among four people named to receive honorary degrees next month from Bates College in Lewiston. Wilkerson will deliver the keynote address at Bates' May 25 commencement, where 450 students will receive their degrees.


CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A state Senate vote is expected today on a proposal that would treat a fetus who dies in a homicide as a person, even in cases where the mother lives. State Representative Leon Rideout proposed the measure after his daughter lost her baby in a traffic accident. The measure has already been rejected in the House.

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) - Democratic state Representative David Campbell says he won't seek re-election to his seat after serving 14 years in the legislature. Campbell tells The (Nashua) Telegraph his decision had nothing to do with a December incident when his car struck and killed five ducks outside a Nashua hotel.

DOVER, N.H. (AP) - A teenage neighbor has been charged with setting a fire that forced a Dover mother and four children out of their home Tuesday night. Shawn Hoyt has been arraigned on an arson charge with police saying they saw him near the scene during the blaze. Court documents say he admitted to being in the garage where the fire began and flicking a cigarette.

LACONIA, N.H. (AP) - Laconia police are investigating an early morning break-in at an antiques store. Police say someone broke a glass door to get into the Laconia Antique Center and then broke into two display cases to swipe the jewelry inside.


MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A national grocers' trade group calls Vermont lawmakers' approval of a labeling law covering genetically modified foods a step in the wrong direction. But yesterday's vote has drawn praise from organic growers. The House gave the measure final approval last night, with Governor Peter Shumlin saying he plans to sign the measure.

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen has asked the Secret Service and IRS to look into tax fraud reports victimizing more than 150 health care providers in Vermont and New Hampshire. Both states' medical societies say thieves have stolen doctors' Social Security numbers and used them to file fraudulent tax returns. Similar cases have also been reported in other New England states.

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Burlington police have made two heroin-related arrests. Samuel Levitz of Burlington faces two drug sales charges while Isiah Harrell of Manhattan is charged with possession and distribution conspiracy charges. Their arrests follow a probe of drug activity involving the city's Old North End section.

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) - A former pharmacist has pleaded not guilty to a charge he diverted more than 700 prescription painkiller pills for his own use. Brandon Cigana had worked at a Rutland Walgreens until he was fired last month, with the manager telling police he discovered pills missing after going over an internal loss-prevention report in February.

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