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Former President Clinton to campaign for Michaud

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Democratic candidate Mike Michaud's campaign is getting a boost from former President Bill Clinton.

Clinton will be rallying the party faithful and raising money for Michaud and the Maine Democratic Party at events on Tuesday evening at the Portland Exposition Building.

Michaud's campaign said more than 1,500 people are expected to attend the rally, which is open to the public.

Michaud said he's excited to have Clinton's support. He says he has admired Clinton's ability to work across the aisle, which he says is missing in Maine under Republican Gov. Paul LePage.

Republicans note that Clinton also visited Maine in 2010 to support Democratic candidate, Libby Mitchell, who came in third place with just 19 percent of the vote.


Maine governor candidates to speak at energy forum

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Maine Gov. Paul LePage and the two candidates vying to replace him will lay out their positions on energy and the environment at an event this month.

The three are scheduled to speak at the E2Tech event on Sept. 12 at University of Southern Maine's Hannaford Hall in Portland.

Patrick Woodcock, director the Republican governor's Energy Office, and Michael Stoddard, executive director of Efficiency Maine, will also discuss programs Mainers can take advantage of this winter to lower their heating costs.


Pingree: Biden to tour Navy shipyard

KITTERY, Maine (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden is paying a visit to the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard this week.

Joining him on Wednesday will be U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Rep. Carol Shea-Porter of New Hampshire, along with Reps. Chellie Pingree and Mike Michaud of Maine. The shipyard announced the visit on Sunday.

Pingree said Sunday that it's important for Biden to see the shipyard and "get a good, close look" at the work that's done there.

She also said she'll reinforce the importance of getting federal funding to replace the Sara Long Bridge, which is critical to the shipyard.


Coast Guard reports oil spill off Maine coast

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) - The Coast Guard says cleanup is underway following the discovery of an oil spill on an island that's part of Cape Porpoise, Maine.

The Coast Guard says it received the initial report of an oil sheen and oil on the coast of Bickford Island on Sunday.

Clean Harbors, an environmental cleanup company, was on the scene Monday morning, along with local officials and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.

Cape Porpoise is part of Kennebunkport, and the island has homes and several restaurants.

The Coast Guard says it's trying to determine the source of the spill. Lt. Cmdr. Timm Balunis says one of the theories is that a boat pumped its bilge near the island, fouling 100 to 150 yards of shoreline. He says tests were being taken.



Republican 1st District hopefuls meet in debate

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Republicans competing for a chance to take on U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter in November are facing each other in a televised debate.

Former U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta, University of New Hampshire administrator Dan Innis and former Seabrook selectman Brendan Kelly are seeking the Republican nomination in the Sept. 9 primary. The winner will face Shea-Porter, a Democrat who was elected in 2006 and 2008, ousted by Guinta in 2010 and reclaimed the seat in 2012. Everett Jabour is also on the GOP ballot.

Tuesday night's debate on WMUR-TV is the first of four the station will host this week. Second District candidates will debate on Wednesday, followed by U.S. Senate hopefuls on Thursday and gubernatorial candidates on Friday.


Fire chief: 2 dead in plane crash in New Hampshire

NORTH HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) - A New Hampshire fire chief says two people were killed when a small airplane crashed while taking off from an airfield in North Hampton.

Federal officials say the Cessna 180 carrying two people crashed into woods near Hampton Airfield at 10:50 a.m. Monday. Fire Chief Dennis Cote says both were killed.

Witness Bob Lamothe says it appeared to be a normal takeoff before the nose of the plane pitched upward. Then the plane lost airspeed and dropped from the sky. He says the cockpit was "completely crushed."

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

Lamothe says the plane was not participating in the airfield's Labor Day "flour bomb drop," a competition in which participants pass over the runway and drop small sacks of flour over a target.


University reaches out to displaced students

LEBANON, N.H. (AP) - Franklin Pierce University has set up a tuition discount and credit transfer package for students at Lebanon College, which recently canceled its classes for the fall semester.

Based in Rindge, Franklin Pierce University also has a location in Lebanon, where interested students can attend an open house Tuesday afternoon and evening.

Franklin Pierce officials say their online and hybrid undergraduate programs can provide ready alternatives to displaced students.

Lebanon College officials canceled classes last month, saying it was the first step toward closing the college, which faces about $2.2 million in debt and declining enrollment.


State to study erosion along Mascoma River

LEBANON, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire environmental officials will be walking and floating between Mascoma Lake and the Connecticut River this month to gather information about erosion.

The Department of Environmental Services will be assessing the Mascoma river and its banks to identify areas where erosion might be threatening community infrastructure. Officials told the Valley News that the data can be used to secure funding for stream restoration work such as stabilizing banks, replacing culverts and restoring native vegetation.

The state has conducted similar assessments of nearly 400 miles of rivers across the state. The Mascoma study was timed to take advantage of the time of year when water flows are the lowest and before the lake is drawn down on Oct. 15.



Canvassing committee meets Tuesday on election

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A canvassing committee is set to gather at the secretary of state's office to make results from this past week's primary elections official.

Among the results to be announced at the session set for 10 a.m. Tuesday will be how many write-in votes went to specific candidates.

Progressive Primary lieutenant governor nominee Dean Corren also ran as a write-in candidate in the Democratic primary, and Libertarian Dan Feliciano sought write-in votes in the Republican primary.


Ex-Gov. Douglas' memoir tackles gay marriage veto

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Former Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas has written a memoir that recounts his youth, career and Republican roots, from stuffing envelopes for presidential candidate Barry Goldwater in 1964 to a present-day call for a return to civility in politics.

His book, "The Vermont Way: A Republican Governor Leads America's Most Liberal State," will be released Wednesday.

Among other things, Douglas discusses his veto of the gay marriage bill passed by the state Legislature in 2009. He says he was acting on conscience, not out of any objection to same-sex couples.

He says he thought marriage was worth preserving in its traditional form, but he wouldn't speculate on what he would do if he faced the same decision today.

Lawmakers overrode his veto.


Utility and national company to talk energy

ESSEX, Vt. (AP) - Officials from Vermont's largest utility and a national renewable energy company are going to announce plans for a project that they say would make the state a leader in the movement toward cost-effective sustainable energy solutions.

Gov. Peter Shumlin, officials from Green Mountain Power and NRG Energy will be making the announcement on Tuesday in Essex.

The dean of the University of Vermont school of engineering will also attend the event.


Vermont college breaks ground on new center

PUTNEY, Vt. (AP) - Landmark College in Putney has begun construction of a $10 million education and research center focused on science, technology, engineering and math.

At a groundbreaking ceremony this weekend, College President Peter Eden said officials made a conscious decision to locate the new building at the front of the campus to signal to visitors that the college takes risks, invests in its campus and is a progressive institution.

The Brattleboro Reformer reports that the new center is being built as the college expands its mission and programs. It began offering a four-year bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies in 2012 and its board is being asked to approve new four-year degrees in computer science and studio arts.

The college serves students with learning disabilities.

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