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News Minute: Here is the latest Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. EDT

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MAINE:

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A court hearing could determine the fate of a dog that was due to be euthanized before Maine's governor tried to grant clemency to the pooch. Republican Gov. Paul LePage's pardon made a celebrity out of the Alaskan husky named Dakota that was ordered to be put down after attacking two dogs, killing one. The hearing is set for Monday.

GARDINER, Maine (AP) - A medical marijuana businessman in Maine is offering weed for weeds in a program to encourage Gardiner residents to clean up their city. WCSH-TV reports that Dennis Meehan, owner of Summit Medical Marijuana, offered residents who collected trash Saturday free marijuana. He says he hopes to expand what he calls "the day of service" program to the entire state. Gifting marijuana is legal in Maine.

LINCOLN, Maine (AP) - Authorities in Maine say a crash involving a motorcycle and a car left one person dead and another injured. The Portland Press Herald reports the crash happened in Lincoln around 3:30 p.m. Saturday when a motorcycle driven by 50-year-old Jeffrey Ludden, of Howland, went into a skid and struck a car on U.S. Route 2. Authorities say Ludden died at the scene of the crash.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine is now accepting applications for the lottery to participate in its expanded deer hunting season this year. The state uses "any-deer" permits, which allow hunters to harvest deer of either sex, to manage the population. Maine is giving out more than 66,000 of the permits this year, up from less than 46,000 last year.

NEW HAMPSHIRE:

KEENE, N.H. (AP) - Smokers will no longer be able to light up in parks and ballfields in nine New Hampshire towns. The towns of Harrisville, Keene, Marlborough, Swanzey, Nelson, Rindge, Troy, Walpole and Winchester are working with the Cheshire Coalition for Tobacco Free Communities to create the smoke-free policies for the towns' recreation areas and signage to reflect the new policies. The towns of Marlborough, Nelson, and Swanzey have taken it a step further and have banned smoking on all town property.

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - Police in New Hampshire say a man who was driving distractedly caused a gas station fire after crashing into a pump. The Portsmouth Herald reports police and firefighters responded to an emergency call from a Portsmouth gas station around 7:50 p.m. Sunday. Police say a Portsmouth man driving along U.S. Route 1 Bypass struck two medians, a gas pump, a parked car and then a stairway before coming to a stop.

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Two New Hampshire hospitals want to hear from the public on their plan to create a regional health care system. Elliot Health System in Manchester and Southern New Hampshire Health System in Nashua announced their plan in June. Officials are holding two sessions to hear from the public, answer questions and provide information about their strategy. The first is set for July 26 at the University of New Hampshire in Manchester. The second will be held Aug. 9 at the Nashua City Auditorium.

UPTON, Mass. (AP) - A 10-year-old girl has been struck and killed by a vehicle after getting out of a car that had pulled over on the Massachusetts Turnpike. Police say the New Carrollton, Maryland girl was in a car that had pulled into the left breakdown lane of the highway in Upton at about 6 p.m. Sunday. She was struck by an SUV that swerved into the breakdown lane to avoid slowing traffic.

VERMONT:

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Department of Labor has awarded a grant for an 11th time to a program that works to educate and train "at risk" youth. The Sunrise Family Resource Center received the Summer Employment Opportunity grant to create the six-week work experience and education program. The Bennington Banner reports this summer fifteen youth have been placed in paid work experiences with onsite Sunrise mentors.

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Four colleges in three New England states are working together to train workers for their region's growing green building and resilient design industries. The Ecovation Hub Education and Training Consortium brings together Anticoch University New England and Keene State College in New Hampshire, Greenfield Community College in Massachusetts and the School for International Training in Vermont.

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The public will get a chance for a close up look at farming during Vermont's annual open farm week. The event takes place from Aug. 14-20 and dozens of farms will be participating. Some farms may offer scavenger hunts, tours, pick-your-own crops, or animals that visitors can meet.

FAIRLEE, Vt. (AP) - A town official in Fairlee, Vermont is stepping down after he announced he's moving to South Carolina. Sixty-three-year-old Brian Hanson has been on the job as Fairlee's town administrator since 2015. The Valley News reports he has had to commute 66 miles to work each day.

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