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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:

NEW YORK (AP) - A second, milder wave of flu is hitting the Northeast. Months ago, the flu season seemed to be winding down. But health officials on Friday reported widespread flu-like illnesses in six states. The states are Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island.

VASSALBORO, Maine (AP) - Police are investigating two fatal crashes in Vassalboro and Waldoboro that have killed three people. Waldoboro police are investigating a crash on U.S. 1 that killed two people in the commercial section of the town yesterday. State Police also say a woman died in a one-car crash in Vassalboro after her vehicle went off the road on a curve and hit a tree yesterday afternoon.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - New York authorities have arrested a former Passamaquoddy tribal representative to Maine's Legislature and seven other people on charges of illegally harvesting baby eels on Long Island's East End. Frederick J. Moore III, of Perry, and others surrendered April 8th. Authorities charged them with lacking a foodfish permit and over the limit possession of American eels and undersized eels, all felonies.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The CEO of the Maine Heritage Policy Center is resigning at the end of April to lead Virginia-based State Budget Solutions, a think tank that aims to help states develop fiscally sound budgets. J. Scott Moody made his announcement Thursday at the Maine Heritage Policy Center's monthly luncheon in Portland.

NEW HAMPSHIRE:

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The opposing votes cast by Manchester's two Democratic senators reflect the deep divide of lawmakers and citizens on the topic of repealing New Hampshire's centuries-old death penalty. This year's death penalty debate revolved in large part around slain Manchester police officer Michael Briggs and his killer, Michael Addison, the state's only death-row convict. That debate was punctuated by a 12-12 vote Thursday. The tie vote means capital punishment remains on the books.

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - After six terms in the state Senate, Bob Odell says he will not seek another term. The New London Republican was first elected to the Senate in 2002 and before that had served one term in the state House. Odell was among the lawmakers voting Thursday to repeal the death penalty, saying he would have trouble explaining a vote against repeal to his grandchildren. The measure failed in yesterday's vote.

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - A World War I veteran from New Hampshire is being remembered with a Purple Heart. Senator Kelly Ayotte presented the honor Thursday to Kathryn Fernald, the granddaughter of the late Chris Wick. Wick earned the Purple Heart for injuries suffered while serving in the U.S. Army in France during the war.

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - At least four ski areas will be open this weekend in New Hampshire and one expects to open again next weekend. Wildcat Mountain, Loon Mountain Resort, Cannon Mountain and Bretton Woods plan to operate this weekend. A spokesman for Wildcat says it will be open on Monday and expects to open again next weekend.

VERMONT:

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Governor Peter Shumlin says the latest unemployment statistics show Vermont now has the second lowest unemployment rate in the country. The Vermont Department of Labor announced yesterday the state's unemployment rate dropped three-tenths of a percent last month to 3.4 percent. Shumlin says it's the lowest unemployment rate the state has seen since June 2005.

SWANTON, Vt. (AP) - Fire has destroyed a sugar house in the Vermont town of Swanton. The owner discovered the fire early yesterday morning. When the fire department arrived, the sugar house was fully involved. No one was injured. Authorities had not determined the cause of the fire but said blaze is not considered to be suspicious.

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A former employee of the state of Vermont is facing charges she embezzled more than $50,000 from the state. The state says 51-year Lisa Peduzzi, of Plainfield, worked as a claims examiner in office of risk management. Authorities say would set up false claims against the state and then use the money paid for those claims for her own use.

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Police have released the name of the man killed in a motorcycle crash in the Vermont city of Burlington. They say 24-year-old Tyler Benjamin of Winooski died Thursday, after hitting a guardrail on Route 127 and being thrown from the bike. He died a short time later at the hospital.

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