News Minute: Here is the latest Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont news from The Associated Press - 7News Boston WHDH-TV

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

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MAINE:

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Portland's mayor is drawing up a plan that could have the city raising its minimum wage to $9.50 an hour. Mayor Michael Brennan tells the Portland Press Herald his work with a city task force on the issue could be presented to city council members as soon as September and put in place for the new year.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Former Central Maine Power head David Flanagan has been chosen to become president of the University of Southern Maine. Flanagan will take over for former interim president Theodora Kalikow, who stepped down last week to become acting vice chancellor of the seven school University of Maine System.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A Harpswell man will spend more than five years in prison under a plea deal, admitting he sexually molested a young girl for two years starting when she was 11. The Portland Press Herald reports the judge in Amos Johnson's case acknowledged the relatively short sentence but said it spared the victim from having to testify in a trial.

SIDNEY, Maine (AP) - The town of Sidney is embroiled in a spat with a local farmer and his goats. Officials say Mark Gould's animals have repeatedly escaped his farm and grazed along the side of I-95. Gould could face fines for violating state law but he maintains the state hasn't been properly maintaining its fence.

NEW HAMPSHIRE:

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) - Donations were up significantly at the University of New Hampshire last year, with university officials saying they totaled $49.2 million. That was up by more than a third from 2012. The donations included a $20 million gift from TV producer and alum Marcy Carsey to help set up a public policy school at UNH.

CLAREMONT, N.H. (AP) - Claremont's postmaster is facing charges that she took more than $2,000 from a parent-teacher group's bank account. The Eagle Times reports Rebecca Remick has paid the money back. Police have let the Postal Service know about Remick's arrest although she says she didn't do anything illegal in her job as postmaster.

LACONIA, N.H. (AP) - A Gilmanton man has pleaded guilty to arson charges in a plea deal that will see him sentenced to 1-to-5 years in prison. Authorities tell The (Laconia) Citizen Jason Clairmont had been about to go to trial on charges he set fire to two cars and a porch earlier this year.

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) - University of New Hampshire researchers say power line rights of way along with railroad and road corridors may actually help the endangered New England cottontail. The corridors typically have scrub growth similar to the small, brown rabbit's natural habitat, which has been reduced by development across the region.

VERMONT:

BARRE, Vt. (AP) - Republican Scott Milne is turning up the tenor of his so-far quiet campaign for governor. Milne this morning is holding a campaign appearance at a library in Barre and will follow that up with a hamburger lunch. He is facing Steve Berry and Emily Peyton for the Republican nomination in the race.

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A boater from Hinesburg has pleaded not guilty to assault and other charges after his boat hit a swimmer on Lake Iroquois last month. The Burlington Free Press reports Christopher Thompson told police he and a spotter lost sight of Jane Marinsky as they drove the boat back to a dock. The accident left Marinsky with multiple broken bones.

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) - St. Johnsbury police have issued their first ticket to a driver for smoking with a child in his car. Daniel Berube was ticketed and fined $162 last week after a traffic stop. The Caledonian-Record reports Berube told the officer who stopped him he was aware of the new state law but didn't realize it was already in force.

HARTFORD, Vt. (AP) - The town of Hartford is looking to sign up volunteers to help pull up invasive watermilfoil plants that have invaded some of its waterways. Officials tell Vermont Public Radio the town has been working to keep the plant at bay for more than a decade. Volunteers will be shown how to hand-pull milfoil Saturday from a pond landing in Quechee.

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