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:

ELLSWORTH, Maine (AP) - A 17-year-old girl will spend 10 days in a juvenile corrections center as punishment for causing a crash that killed another teenager in Bucksport in October. WABI-TV reports the girl will also perform community service and cannot drive for five years. Police charged the girl earlier this year with manslaughter and aggravated driving to endanger. She was tried as a juvenile. Her sentencing took place today at an Ellsworth court.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A rally for Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Mike Michaud that's being headlined by former President Bill Clinton is being moved to a bigger venue. The event scheduled for Tuesday will now take place at the Portland Exposition Building. It was supposed to be at the Ocean Gateway, but Michaud's campaign said high demand prompted them to move it to a larger location.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A Boston man has been found guilty in a Maine court of transporting women for prostitution. Twenty-eight-year-old Fritz Blanchard was convicted on Thursday after a four-day jury trial in Portland. Officials say that Blanchard and Samuel Gravely drove three Maine women from Portland to Boston with the intention of having them work as prostitutes there.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Transportation Security Administration officials say they found a handgun in a passenger's carry-on luggage at Portland International Jetport. WCHS6 reports the gun - a .32-caliber Beretta - was detected at the security checkpoint. Officials say they found the gun in the luggage of a man who was flying from Portland to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Thursday.

NEW HAMPSHIRE:

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The New Hampshire Supreme Court says four of the state's most notorious young killers should receive new sentencing hearings in light of a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that mandatory life sentences for juvenile killers are unconstitutional. The New Hampshire court's unanimous ruling mandates new sentencing hearings for Robert Tulloch, Robert Dingman and two other convicted killers who were under the age of 18 when they killed their victims.

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Officials in a New Hampshire town have agreed to suspend their efforts to crackdown on panhandlers while a federal lawsuit is pending. The Nashua Telegraph reports the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union earlier this month filed a lawsuit claiming Hudson officials are violating the free speech rights of panhandlers by telling them to stop seeking handouts and move along.

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Unions representing more than 1,700 FairPoint Communications workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont are continuing to evaluate a contract imposed by the company. FairPoint announced Thursday that it had reached an impasse with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and Communication Workers of America.

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The six New England governors are urging the U.S. Health and Human Services secretary to reverse the Food and Drug Administration's approval of a powerful new painkiller, Zohydro. In a letter dated yesterday, the governors of Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island tell Secretary Sylvia Burwell that the region is in the midst of an addiction crisis.

VERMONT:

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Former FBI Director Louis Freeh says he's grateful for the care and support he has received since he was injured in a car crash this week in Vermont. Freeh issued a statement today through the office of U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy after the Vermont senator visited Freeh in the hospital. The two have been friends for years.

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The new contractor hired to fix Vermont's troubled health care website says the project's management structure and processes contributed to the failures that still plague the system almost a year after it went live. Vermont's top health reform officials say the report gives a clear picture of myriad problems with the system.

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Vermont health officials are urging people to take precautions after six batches of mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile virus. Three of the six batches were collected in Rockingham. The other batches were collected in Brattleboro, Putney and Newbury.

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The six New England governors are urging the U.S. Health and Human Services secretary to reverse the Food and Drug Administration's approval of a powerful new painkiller, Zohydro. In a letter dated yesterday, the governors of Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island tell Secretary Sylvia Burwell that the region is in the midst of an addiction crisis.

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