AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine food retailers would have to put special labels on products that contain genetically modified ingredients, under a measure advanced by the House. The measure debated today would also ban products that are genetically engineered from being labeled as "natural." It wouldn't go into effect until five contiguous states, including Maine, pass similar laws.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine lawmakers have killed a bill that sought to start the process toward marijuana legalization in the state. The Senate voted 24-10 Monday to kill Portland Democratic Rep. Diane Russell's bill, which sought to legalize, tax and regulate the sale of marijuana for personal consumption for people over 21 years old. The House of Representatives last Friday voted 71-67 to reject the bill.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Divers have recovered a body that's tentatively identified as a fisherman who disappeared from a commercial fishing boat docked in Portland Harbor. Police say 66-year-old George Manning was last seen yesterday walking down Custom House Wharf toward his boat, Northstar. Divers began searching for him after his phone and wallet were found on the boat, and crew members became concerned that they hadn't heard from him.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Maine's newest casino generated more than $65 million in net revenues in its first year of operation. Maine Gambling Control Board records show that Oxford Casino had about $53 million in revenues - the amount lost by gamblers - from slot machines between June 2012 and May, and another $12 million from table games such as blackjack and roulette.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Members of a legislative committee overseeing the implementation of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law in New Hampshire say they are at a stalemate. The committee's three Republicans and three Democrats have spent a significant amount of time over the last few months disagreeing about their own authority and the role the state should ply in educating businesses and consumers about the law.
EFFINGHAM, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire authorities are still searching for an 18-year-old woman who walked away from a neurological rehabilitation center in Effingham. Fish and Game conservation officers, the New England K-9 Search and Rescue and a state police helicopter have been searching since yesterday for the woman, whose first name is Joelle.
LACONIA, N.H. (AP) - The sister of a New Hampshire man accused of strangling a man at a Laconia home offering mental health care says her brother has struggled with mental illness his entire life. Nineteen-year-old Kasey Riley is being arraigned today on a second-degree murder charge in the death Monday of 27-year-old Zachary March. They were living at a home owned by Genesis Behavioral Health.
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Police in Manchester say a man walked into an 89-year-old woman's bedroom and took her jewelry box while she was in bed watching a Red Sox game. The woman told police the man tried to conceal his face last night by pulling a dark-colored sweatshirt over his face as he removed the wooden box from her dresser before fleeing.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The U.S. Air Force is admitting giving out wrong information on public support for basing the F-35 fighter jet in Burlington. In a revised draft environmental impact statement, the Air Force said last month it had received 913 public comments on the proposal to base up to 24 of the next-generation fighter jets at the Burlington International Airport, and that 80% of them were in support, with 20% opposed.
RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) - A sentencing hearing is continuing for a man suspected of being involved in the killing of a Sheffield grandmother nearly three years ago. Twenty-6-year-old Richard Fletcher of Sheffield is being sentenced in another case after pleading guilty to sexual exploitation of a child. Prosecutors have linked Fletcher and his brother Keith J. Baird and his cousin Michael Norrie to the killing of 78-year-old Mary "Pat" O'Hagan, but no charges have been filed in connection with her death.
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont man has been sentenced to five to 15 years in prison for causing a 2011 collision that killed a Texas woman. Police say 20-year-old Carlos Garcia had a blood-alcohol content more than three times the legal limit when he collided with an oncoming car on Route 14 in Sharon.
EAST MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont man involved in the land deal gone sour with Governor Peter Shumlin now has a lawyer. Jeremy Dodge has retained Brady Toensing of Charlotte. Dodge sold his property to Shumlin and then expressed remorse about it. At the time of the deal, Shumlin says he asked Dodge to get a lawyer, but Dodge did not. Shumlin's lawyer now says the governor now has offered to sell the property back to Dodge.
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