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Use Caution While Driving, Troopers Say, After Four Crashes on I-395

Updated 3 hours ago

Troopers are urging drivers to use caution in this weather after a one-vehicle crash turned into four wrecks on I-395 this morning.

Troopers say that a vehicle traveling east near Exit 2 lost control on the wet road, hit the guard rail and rolled onto its roof.

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8,000th Whale

Joy Hollowell

Updated 5 hours ago

A big milestone for staff at Allied Whale.

They just entered an image of a humpback whale into their North Atlantic Whale Catalog.

The 8,000th one to date.

The program at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor uses these photos showing the markings and patterns of the mammals, to identify and track them.

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2nd Congressional District Profiles: Technology

Updated 6 hours ago

Technology is the topic we tackle next in our 2nd Congressional District Candidate Profile series.

Here’s what we asked both Democrat Emily Cain and Republican Bruce Poliquin, the major contenders in Maine’s race for second congressional district:

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Man Pleads Guilty To Selling Fake Cellphone Cases

Updated 6 hours ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Pennsylvania man who sent a shipment of fake OtterBox cellphone cases to a reseller in Maine has pleaded guilty to federal charges of conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods.

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Berwick Man Faces Child Pornography Charges

Updated 6 hours ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Berwick man facing federal child pornography charges has been released on bail.

Peter Anderson was taken into custody of the U.S. Marshals Service on Wednesday after a warrant charging him with possession of child pornography was issued last week, according to court records.

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Lewiston Man Convicted Of Murder Seeks New Trial

Updated 6 hours ago

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A Lewiston man convicted of killing another man in Greene and disposing of his body in Monmouth is asking for a new trial.

Michael McNaughton was convicted in July of murder in the 2013 stabbing and strangulation death of Romeo Parent.

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Opposed Portland Apartment Plan Scaled Way Back

Updated 6 hours ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Miami-based developer is dramatically scaling back a plan that formerly called for four 14-story apartment buildings outside Portland’s downtown.

The Press Herald reports Federated Cos. Chairman Jonathan Cox says the new plan is instead a “more traditional, mid-rise project” with four six-story buildings. The number of market-rate apartments would decrease from 850 to 440. The project would also have one garage instead of two.

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Cutler To Appear At Governor Debate Alone

Updated 4 hours ago

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The debates in the tight race for Maine governor aren’t over yet. Not technically, at least.

The Maine Public Broadcasting Network is set to air a statewide debate on Thursday at 8 p.m., but independent Eliot Cutler is the only candidate who has agreed to participate.

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Maine Man’s Ashes Being Launched Into Space

Updated 6 hours ago

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — The ashes of a Maine man that have been scattered all over the world by strangers who connected with his mother on social media are now being launched into space.

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DIW Allowed to Campaign for Question One

Updated 6 hours ago

A Superior Court Justice ruled members of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife may appear in campaign commercials about referendum Question 1.

According to court documents the group ‘Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting’ argued the Department was using illegal campaign activity against Question 1.

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University of Maine System Panel Backs Program Cuts

Updated 5 hours ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A University of Maine System committee is backing a plan to cut some programs at the University of Southern Maine.

The Portland Press Herald reports that the committee voted 6-1 on Wednesday in favor of eliminating the undergraduate French major and master’s program in applied sciences.

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Former President Bush Backs LePage For Governor

Updated 6 hours ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush are endorsing Maine Gov. Paul LePage in his re-election bid.

In a statement Wednesday, the Bushes called LePage a “get-it-done-leader” who’s committed to solving Maine’s problems.

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30 Maine Guard Members Home From Middle East

Updated 6 hours ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — About 30 members of the Maine National Guard are home from a six-month deployment to Afghanistan.

Thirteen members of the 243rd Engineering Installation Squadron arrived late Tuesday and another 15 arrived shortly before noon Wednesday to waiting family and friends at the Portland International Jetport.

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High Court Allows Grand Falls Wind Farm

Updated 6 hours ago

GRAND FALLS TOWNSHIP, Maine (AP) — Maine’s highest court is upholding a state Board of Environmental Protection decision to give a developer the go-ahead to build a wind farm on Passadumkeag Ridge in Grand Falls Township.

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Regulators Consider Future Of Shrimp Fishery

Updated 7 hours ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal regulators are gathering findings to determine if there will be a commercial season for the Gulf of Maine’s northern shrimp next year.

Regulators closed the shrimp season for 2014 for the first time in more than 30 years because shrimp populations dipped to their lowest recorded levels. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Northern Shrimp Technical Committee is meeting in Portland on Wednesday to update the status of the shrimp stock. The technical committee’s findings will be the basis for regulators’ decision about next year’s season.

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Heating Prices Continue To Drop

Updated 7 hours ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A state of Maine survey indicates the average price of heating oil has dropped 4 cents over the past week to the lowest heating season price recorded in three years.

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Collins and Bellows Square-off in Bangor Debate

Terry Stackhouse

Updated 15 hours ago

Republican Senator Susan Collins and Democratic challenger Shenna Bellows shared the stage at Husson University in Bangor Wednesday for the second of 5 televised debates.

The candidates clashed over issues such as healthcare, the minimum wage, the war on terror, campaign finance, and responsible spending.

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Father Accused Of Abuse Had Been Fired From Job

Updated 19 hours ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine man charged with throwing his infant son down a flight of stairs was fired from Riverview Psychiatric Center after authorizing the use of pepper spray on a woman who was restrained for hours with the irritating substance on her skin.

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Well Known Troop Greeter Passes Away

Terry Stackhouse

Updated 4 hours ago

The Maine Troop Greeters are mourning the death of one of their own.

According to a Facebook post, Joan Gaudet passed away Wednesday.

Joan was featured in the 2009 film The Way We Get By.

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Ill Hunter Gets “Big One” Thanks to Stacyville Guide

Tania Morales

Updated 19 hours ago

While on a bird hunt, sisters Tina Alton and Joyce Grandmason, began planning a moose hunting trip for Joyce’s husband, who’s battling cancer.

The trip wasn’t possible until they met a hunting guide from Stacyville.

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