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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) -- GOP Governor Paul LePage says Democrats have finally seen the light on issues important to seniors. LePage tells WVOM-AM he's willing to work with Democrats on House Speaker Mark Eves' proposal this week to add affordable housing and boost tax credits for seniors. LePage claims he's been trying to get Democrats to work on aging issues for years.

AUBURN, Maine (AP) -- A Lewiston man accused of falsifying evidence in the probe of a slaying last year has been sentenced to time served. The Sun Journal reports Sebastian Moody admitted falsifying physical evidence in the killing of Romeo Parent. Moody was one of five people charged in connection with Parent's death, allegedly he had cooperated with police.

GARDINER, Maine (AP) -- A man suspected of holding up a Gardiner pharmacy for prescription drugs has been captured after an hours-long manhunt through the woods. Police say Jesse Mansir was captured yesterday evening with the help of dog teams about 9 hours after the robbery of the town's Rite-Aid outlet.

NORRIDGEWOCK, Maine (AP) -- A Norridgewock man says he'll consult with others in his family before deciding whether to take a town-owned cemetery's offer to move his relatives in a family plot to another cemetery. The Moring Sentinel reports the offer came after Stephen Bishop found members of another family buried in his family's plot. Efforts to find the other family failed.


ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- The parents of slain journalist James Foley say they regarded an email from his captors last week as a hopeful sign they might be able to negotiate with the Islamic State militants. John and Diane Foley of Rochester tell NBC this morning they had tried to send the militants multiple email messages in an effort to engage them.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The killing of New Hampshire journalist James Foley has reopened a debate about paying ransom in -- something the U.S. has historically ruled out. Foley's Islamic State captors demanded a ransom of more than $132 million, with an official saying similar ransom demands were also issued last year for two other Americans the militants are holding.

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- Republican Scott Brown has made up ground in the state's Senate race. A new WMUR Granite State poll shows the race right now between Brown and Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen would essentially be a dead heat. Brown is still battling with Bob Smith and Jim Rubens for the race's GOP nomination. Both of them trail Shaheen in the poll.

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- A man who took hostages in 2007 at a Hillary Clinton presidential campaign office in Rochester has been cleared for parole in mid-October. Leeland Eisenberg spent about two years in prison for the siege. WMUR-TV reports that Eisenberg would be released to transitional housing.


MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Three Republicans get a late chance to make their case to voters ahead of Tuesday's gubernatorial primary. Scott Milne, Steve Berry and Emily Peyton will meet in a midday debate on Vermont Public Radio. They are seeking to advance to an expected matchup in November against Democratic Governor Peter Shumlin.

NEW YORK (AP) -- Waterbury-based Keurig Green Mountain says it has struck a deal to make Kraft's branded coffees for its single-serve brewing systems in the U.S. The companies have not disclosed the financial terms of the deal.

NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) -- A development deal floated by the owner of the Jay Peak Resort to buy a plaza in Newport for a convention center appears to be off the table. Vermont Public Radio reports talks over the waterfront plaza have resulted in an on-again, off-again agreement but a real estate developer says Bill Stenger failed to make an initial $1 million down payment for the site.

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Former Montpelier city planning chief Gwendolyn Hallsmith has been granted a new hearing over her dismissal last year. The Times Argus reports a judge ordered the city to include an "impartial adjudicator" in a new hearing. Hallsmith says she was deprived of due process in her initial post-firing hearing.

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