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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:

YORK, Maine (AP) -- A group lobbying to legalize recreational marijuana use in York is ready to submit petitions on the issue to the city today. The Citizens for a Safer Maine group collected more than 900 signatures in an effort to qualify the proposal for the city's ballot.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- A trial continues today for a Sidney man accused of sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl he was baby-sitting. Eric Bard faces 21 charges in the alleged incidents from 2011 to 2012. The Kennebec Journal reports Bard's attorney told jurors his client suffers from a developmental disorder.

AUBURN, Maine (AP) -- Lewiston and Auburn officials are still assessing the expected impact after CN's decision to suspend rail service to Auburn's truck and rail hub. The railroad tells the Sun-Journal shipping via the terminal no longer makes financial sense so service will be discontinued November 15.

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- South Portland police have arrested three teens in a string of burglaries. Police say there have been roughly 30 break-ins in private homes in South Portland over the past two months, with the teens thought to be responsible for many, but not necessarily all, of the burglaries.

NEW HAMPSHIRE:

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Several hundred people gathered for a vigil at Marquette University last night to remember slain New Hampshire journalist James Foley, who studied at the Milwaukee school. The Milwaukee Journal reports an alumni group chaplain told the crowd Foley cited the Jesuit resolve he learned at Marquette after he was captured a first time I 2011 in Libya.

UNITY, N.H. (AP) - School officials in Unity have pushed back the start of the school year by six days to give teachers more time to set up their classrooms in the newly built school. The Eagle Times reports furniture also is still needing to be delivered. The new opening day for classes will now be Monday, September 8.

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- Less than two weeks ahead of New Hampshire's primary, three Republicans seeking the party's nomination in the race against Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen will debate this morning. Scott Brown, Jim Rubens and Bob Smith will square off on WGIR-AM.

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Both GOP and Democratic officials have asked Attorney General Joseph Foster to investigate campaign finance irregularities in the race for governor. Democrats say Republican Walt Havenstein spent some money before he legally could while Republicans say Democratic Governor Maggie Hassan accepted a donation from Emily's List after filing her campaign paperwork.

VERMONT:

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- It will be Democratic Governor Peter Shumlin and Republican Scott Milne trying to unseat him on November's ballot after both handily won their primaries yesterday. Milne -- a Pomfret businessman -- is a newcomer to elective politics, and goes into the fall campaign facing a more than 20--to-1 fundraising lead for Shumlin.

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- The GOP's primary in the race to challenge Democratic Congressman Peter Welch is too close to call, with results late last night showing Don Russell and Mark Donka separated by just 2 percentage points. Donald Nolte trails in the race.

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Federal and state fish and wildlife officials have laid out a fall schedule to put lamprey killing chemicals into six tributaries and three delta area's feeding Lake Champlain. Vermont's Lewis Creek is among the waterways designated to get the treatment to control lamprey.

BARRE, Vt. (AP) -- Authorities say a fire that heavily damaged a former bed-and-breakfast in Barre appears to have been an arson. The blaze Monday night was the latest in a string of suspect fires this month.

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