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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:

DEDHAM, Maine (AP) - Former U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe and her husband, former Gov. John McKernan, are among the hosts for a fundraiser for Republican Gov. Paul LePage. But a Snowe spokesman says the two aren't sure if they'll be able to attend the Aug. 12 event at the Lucerne Inn in Dedham.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Maine environmental officials are proposing to add two bird species to the state's list of endangered animals. The black-crowned night heron and the great cormorant could be upgraded from "threatened" to "endangered." State officials are also considering listing the little brown bat and northern long-eared bat as endangered.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The Maine Department of Corrections is investigating a complaint that a group of employees has created a hostile work environment at the Maine State Prison. The investigation comes after a change of leadership and several security lapses including two inmate killings by other inmates in the past 13 months.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Maine's state and federal courts have issued warnings about phone and email scams by those trying to trick people into giving them money or steal their identities. The courts say they do not require people to provide such information by phone or email.

NEW HAMPSHIRE:

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Motorists in New Hampshire are seeing electronic highway signs warning them about distracted driving. The signs are part of a new public awareness campaign about the state law that bans the use of all hand-held electronic devices while driving. The law takes effect next summer.

CONWAY, N.H. (AP) - The New Hampshire teenager who returned home nine months after she vanished says she's "feeling a lot better every day." Abigail Hernandez was 14 when she disappeared Oct. 9 on the way home from high school. She came home July 20. This week, police charged 34-year-old Nathaniel Kibby with kidnapping her.

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed into law a measure that changes when fuel dealers can contract with customers to buy fuel in advance. The law prohibits dealers from soliciting consumers earlier than May 1 to enter contracts for fuel season. Currently, the contracts couldn't be offered before Jan. 1.

HUDSON, N.H. (AP) - A New Hampshire man faces reckless conduct and other charges after police say he fired a gun inside a Hudson home last night and then tried to flee as police arrived. Police have not said whether anyone was hurt in the incident involving Joshua Griffin.

VERMONT:

COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont's public television station says it's paying a $15,000 fine to settle a complaint about its open meeting practices. An internal investigation found the Vermont PBS board of directors properly closed some meetings but violated federal requirements by failing to notify the public that private meetings were held.

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont is asking officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help them determine if repairs to damage from flash flooding in the Chester area would be eligible for disaster assistance. The Monday storm dumped more than 3 inches of rain parts of Windsor and Windham.

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - An Arizona man is in Vermont to receive the Purple Heart medal his father earned when he was killed during World War II fighting on the island of Iwo Jima in the Pacific Ocean. Harold Andreason will receive the medal on behalf of his father, U.S. Marine Pvt. George Harold Andreason of Cleveland, at a ceremony in Burlington.

PUTNEY, Vt. (AP) - The Putney Mountain Association has bought a 144-acre tract connecting two already-conserved areas near Putney Mountain. The Brattleboro Reformer reports the land had been held by two families since the 1920s. The association raised about $424,000 for the purchase and plans to add a kiosk and trails.

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