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News Minute: Here is the latest Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont news from The Associated Press at 7:40 a.m. EDT

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MAINE:

SOUTH THOMASTON, Maine (AP) - Police say one person died and two others were injured in a single vehicle crash in South Thomaston, Maine. Twenty-one-year-old Zachary Elwell of St. George was pronounced dead at the scene. Nineteen-year-old Kelsey Campbell of South Thomaston and 19-year-old Austin Jurkowski of St. George were both taken to a hospital with minor injuries. Police say witnesses saw the vehicle driving at a high rate of speed while passing a vehicle when Campbell, the driver, lost control.

SKOWHEGAN, Maine (AP) - Sen. Susan Collins of Maine is calling for "fanatical moderates" to serve as an antidote to extremes of both parties in Washington, D.C. The Republican senator who tries to work the middle between the two parties made the remarks Friday at the Margaret Chase Smith Library.

WILTON, Maine (AP) - Police say a New Hampshire motorcycle rider has been killed in a collision with a Jeep in the town of Wilton, Maine. Police identified the victim as 29-year-old John Marden of Franklin, New Hampshire.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine GOP Gov. Paul LePage says he has granted conditional commutation orders for 17 prisoners. LePage says released inmates must abide by conditions like curfews. The ACLU of Maine and state prisoner advocates have applauded LePage's idea to release lower-risk inmates and help them find jobs, while some fellow Republicans call it soft on crime.

NEW HAMPSHIRE:

SALEM, Mass. (AP) - A New Hampshire man who police say fatally shot a delivery driver and raped a convenience store clerk before robbing the store has been indicted. The Eagle-Tribune reports that 21-year-old Brian Brito, of Manchester, New Hampshire, is charged with several offenses including first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated rape. A not guilty plea was entered on Brito's behalf after his arrest.

HANOVER, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu says he's glad that a "safe and humane" option has been found for a family of bears to capture and move them, rather than euthanize them. Sununu had asked that the mother and three yearlings not be killed.

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - The USS Manchester, the second one in the U.S. Navy to be named after Manchester, New Hampshire, is going to be commissioned in Portsmouth in early 2018. New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen announced the commissioning site on Friday at Manchester-based Granite State Manufacturing, which built critical systems and components for the ship.

NEW YORK (AP) - President Donald Trump's budget released this week would reduce funding for addiction treatment, research and prevention, and some families feel betrayed. Those most frustrated include parents of those lost to the crisis who shared their stories directly with Trump before and after the election. They say he pledged to make the opioid epidemic a priority.

VERMONT:

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval wants the state to do more to identify patients with addictive behavior and foresee regional drug overdose trends. It would expand a computerized system of prescription drug data and track reports of overdoses in real time. Sandoval said that could enable health and safety officials to foresee and respond to overdose trends,

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont high school student charged with sending death threats to fellow students, teachers and staff at his school, causing three lockdowns and the cancellation of classes, has been jailed for violating the conditions of his release. Eighteen-year-old Josiah Leach, a student at South Burlington High School, was taken into custody Friday after a federal court hearing.

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The state of Vermont has one of the toughest concussion laws in the country, and officials want to know if it's being followed properly. Under the 2013 law, athletic staff must be trained to recognize concussions and schools need a plan for allowing student athletes back onto the field. Vermont Public Radio reports a state health department spokeswoman says the state is now working to survey schools to get a sense of schools' data collection.

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont civil court judge rules the state Agency of Education must respond faster to records requests by the media. The ruling follows a lawsuit filed by a former Rutland Herald reporter and the Vermont chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. Lola Duffort requested records under the Freedom of Information Act for a planned story on incidents of bullying and hazing.

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