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:

ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) - Court officials say a former Maine resident convicted of trying to kill his wife by pushing her off a cliff will be sentenced in September. Last week, jurors in Rockland convicted 71-year-old Charles Black of six felonies. The top charge of attempted murder carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Amtrak's Downeaster is wrapping up the worst month for train cancellations since the passenger rail service launched more than a decade ago. The train's on-time performance usually runs around 80 percent, but it dipped to about 15 percent in July. Ridership has dropped because of delays and cancelations caused by track repairs following a harsh winter.

ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) - The 67th annual Maine Lobster Festival is getting underway in Rockland. The five-day festival celebrating the state's signature seafood draws about 100,000 visitors each year who put away more than 20,000 pounds of lobster.

OAKLAND, Maine (AP) - An 80-pound domestic pig that chased children and adults on a walking trail in Maine during three weeks of freedom has been nabbed. The Morning Sentinel reports Oakland's animal control officer and an expert from the U.S. Department of Agriculture tracked, baited and captured the pig yesterday.

NEW HAMPSHIRE:

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Three Republicans hoping to take on incumbent Congresswoman Annie Kuster in November are set to square off in a debate. This morning's debate pits state Representative Marilinda Garcia against former state Senator Gary Lambert and former state Representative Jim Lawrence.

BOSTON (AP) - Texas Governor Rick Perry says New Hampshire voters should be embarrassed by Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen's record on border security. The Republican governor weighed in on New Hampshire's Senate race yesterday in a conference call with reporters. He says Shaheen has jeopardized New Hampshire citizens by not supporting stronger measures to secure the Mexican border.

CONWAY, N.H. (AP) - A man accused of kidnapping a teenager last fall has been arraigned on charges. Nathaniel Kibby was arrested Monday without incident at his Gorham home, about 30 miles north of where Abigail Hernandez lives. The girl returned to her North Conway home more than a week ago.

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A former Manchester police officer has pleaded guilty to running criminal records checks on stolen identities for someone who was the target of a drug-related investigation. Prosecutors say Joseph Cespedes was associating with someone in Lawrence, Massachusetts, and ran the records checks on certain stolen identities to determine whether they were clear of outstanding arrest warrants.

VERMONT:

CHESTER, Vt. (AP) - Governor Peter Shumlin is expected to be in Chester today to examine flash flood damage. The National Weather Service reported flash flooding late Monday afternoon. There's no word yet on whether the damage will be enough to request federal disaster assistance.

COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) - Contract talks have resumed between FairPoint Communications and the largest union representing workers across Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers represents about 1,800 FairPoint employees in the three states. WPTZ-TV reports health and retirement benefits are among the issues yet to be resolved.

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A Bosnian war crimes suspect living in Vermont is slated to go on trial in federal court in Burlington in January. If convicted, Edin Sakoc could be deported. Sakoc is accused of lying to immigration officials when he entered the United States in 2001 as a refugee by telling them he had not committed any crimes in Bosnia.

ESSEX JUNCTION, Vt. (AP) - State environmental officials say the village of Essex Junction has agreed to pay a penalty of more than $22,000 after its wastewater treatment plant released almost 2 million gallons of non-disinfected wastewater into the Winooski River. An investigation found that on two occasions during construction last summer masonry workers moved a dial that released the water that had been treated, but not disinfected.

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