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News Minute: Here's the latest Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont news from The Associated Press

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MAINE:

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The debate over immigration is raging in the three-person race for governor in Maine, far from where an influx of central American youth is crossing the nation's southern border. Republican Governor Paul LePage sharply criticized the federal government for placing eight immigrant children in Maine without his advising him. Democratic Congressman Mike Michaud's campaign contends that the governor is oversimplifying a complicated issue to score political points with his base.

ANSON, Maine (AP) - The Maine Warden Service says it has recovered the body of a 21-year-old man who went missing in the Kennebec River in Anson while swimming. The wardens say the body of Jordan Cummings of Anson was recovered yesterday at 8:55 a.m. Skowhegan police told the Portland Press Herald that Cummings is the son of Skowhegan Police Sergeant Joel Cummings.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A law designed to crack down on the worst drunken driving violators in Maine goes into effect Friday, August 1st. The law changes state statutes so felony drunk driving convictions are never cleared from a person's record and can be used in sentencing for future offense. The Bangor Daily News first reported about the law change.

WEST BRIDGEWATER, Mass. (AP) - The beleaguered New England grocery store chain Market Basket is appealing to workers to return after a week of protests and halted store deliveries demanding the return of its fired chief executive. Arthur T. Demoulas was fired last month by the family-owned company's board, controlled by his cousin. The chain has 71 stores in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.

NEW HAMPSHIRE:

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A New Hampshire judge has struck down as unconstitutional a 2012 law that effectively blocks out-of-state students and others from voting in New Hampshire unless they establish legal residency in the state. The New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union filed a petition on behalf of four out-of-state college students two years ago, arguing the law freezes out eligible voters from participating in the upcoming state and federal elections.

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - A New Hampshire restaurateur has been convicted of indecent exposure and sexual assault involving an employee. Neville Pereira was accused of exposing himself in front of the woman at the Rouge Rill restaurant in Manchester in June 2013, grabbing her hand and forcing it on him. At trial, his lawyer said Pereira was a different restaurant at the time. Prosecutors cited business records of the restaurants to challenge that argument.

MERRIMACK, N.H. (AP) - A New Hampshire man has been arrested on a manslaughter charge in connection with a dump truck-car collision that killed the woman driving the car. Kyle Witty of Cornish turned himself into Merrimack police a warrant yesterday. Police said the collision happened early July 16 on Route 101A at the intersection of Continental Boulevard.

WEST BRIDGEWATER, Mass. (AP) - The beleaguered New England grocery store chain Market Basket is appealing to workers to return after a week of protests and halted store deliveries demanding the return of its fired chief executive. Arthur T. Demoulas was fired last month by the family-owned company's board, controlled by his cousin. The chain has 71 stores in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.

VERMONT:

SHELBURNE, Vt. (AP) - A Shelburne man has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend's 2-year-old son. Twenty-six-year-old Joshua Blow was arrested Thursday in the death Aiden Haskins. A medical examiner's report says the boy died of blunt force trauma.

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A company that had hoped to install 20 wind turbines on a mountaintop in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom says it is ending all work on the project. Seneca Mountain Wind issued a statement today saying it had elected to cease development.

NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) - Vermont State Police say six people in Newport have been arrested on drug charges. Police said Friday that the four men and two women are facing charges of selling narcotics. All six have been cited to appear in court on September 16th.

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) - A 70-year-old Vermont man charged with fatally shooting two electricians who were working on his rented home last winter is asking for a new lawyer. Sylvester Labartino of Fair Haven has been held on $750,000 bail in the February 12th shooting deaths of 57-year-old Shane Plummer and his 26-year-old son Christopher, both of West Haven.

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