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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:

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) -Former NASA engineer John Houbolt, whose contributions to the U.S. space program were vital the successful moon landing in 1969, has died. He was 95. Houbolt's family confirmed his death at a Maine nursing home of complications from Parkinson's disease.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine is seeking applications for grant funding for projects designed to boost job creation in struggling communities. Governor Paul LePage says that that several Maine counties, including Androscoggin, Franklin and Kennebec are eligible for a piece of $4.5 million in grants that will be handed out by the Northern Border Regional Commission. Individual projects will receive as much as $250,000.

WESTBROOK, Maine (AP) - A Maine library says it doesn't have the resources to care for the archives of the state's second-most famous horror writer, the best-selling author Rick Hautala. His widow, Holly Newstein, told the Portland Press Herald that Hautala wanted his archives to go to Walker Memorial Library. She says she's going to have to look elsewhere in the state, or out of state.

JACKMAN, Maine (AP) - A New Hampshire couple got a scare while snowmobiling in Maine: They were charged by a moose. Janis and Bob Powell, of Belmont, say they were just outside of Jackman on Friday when they came across a moose. They say the animal stopped and charged at them. No one was injured.

NEW HAMPSHIRE:

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire's Senate is voting whether to treat a fetus who dies in a homicide as a person even if the mother lives. The House bill would let judges hand out stiffer sentences if the woman is pregnant when she dies, but critics say the fetus' death should be a crime if the mother lives. A Senate committee is recommending that the Senate vote this week to treat an eight-week-old fetus as a person.

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A judge has dismissed a Massachusetts couple's lawsuit against the operators of a New Hampshire ski area, saying the companies can't be held liable for a crash between a ski instructor and a teenage boy. Susan and Michael Hanus sued Loon Mountain Recreation Corporation and Boyne USA after their 13-year-old son ended up with a concussion, broken arm and broken leg when an instructor on a snowboard collided with him in February 2011.

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - There's a new person about to head the Community Development Finance Authority in New Hampshire. Taylor Caswell is assuming the executive director job on May 5th. He's replacing Kathy Bogle Shields, who retired in January. Caswell was New England Regional Administrator for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development from 2005 to 2009.

BRETTON WOODS, N.H. (AP) - The Mount Washington Hotel and its setting for the genesis of the International Monetary Fund in 1944 is the subject of an upcoming talk. It's been nearly 70 years since the Bretton Woods conference laid the groundwork for the fund and the World Bank. Carl Lindblade, a lecturer in the hospitality management department at the University of New Hampshire, is speaking about the conference on April 24th in Concord.

VERMONT:

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Vermont police are looking for a man accused of trying to strangle a woman in Burlington. Police say 34-year-old David Godin is being charged with attempted homicide, burglary, criminal mischief and interfering with access to emergency services. He was last seen early Saturday morning, when neighbors say he forced his way into the victim's apartment.

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - The city of Burlington is holding a public meeting next month to discuss proposed improvements to the bike path along Lake Champlain. A team working on a plan is seeking input from the community, city officials and abutting land owners specifically on the proposed improvements from Perkins Pier to North Beach.

WATERBURY CENTER, Vt. (AP) - The Green Mountain Club is urging hikers to stay off muddy and high-elevation trails in Vermont. Club officials say the trails need time to dry out. Soil, especially at high-elevations, is still thawing and can take until Memorial Day to be completely dry. Staying off of trails helps protect them. Walking on trails and dodging puddles on the trails can widen them and increase erosion.

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Three Vermont ski areas at least partially located in the Green Mountain National Forest could expand their summer recreational activities by taking part in a new national program designed to promote year-round recreation activities on the federal land. The Eastern Region winter sports program manager says Vermont's Bromley, Mount Snow and Sugarbush are eligible to participate as well as four alpine and two Nordic resorts in New Hampshire.

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