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Suit Settlement Benefits Adults With Disabilities

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Adults in Maine with autism and intellectual disabilities will receive housing and other support services through the state’s Medicaid program thanks to the settlement of a class-action lawsuit.

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Mountain Valley High Sees Rash Of Suspensions

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RUMFORD, Maine (AP) — Administrators at Mountain Valley High School in Rumford say eight students have been given 10-day suspensions this month for getting into fights on school grounds.

Principal Matt Gilbert tells the Sun Journal the fights were apparently spurred by comments made on social media websites outside of school.

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Police: Farmington Man Throws Table At Car

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FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — A Farmington man has been charged after allegedly throwing a table at a passing car and then punching the teenage driver because he was upset by the sound of the vehicle’s exhaust.

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Ex-Cape Elizabeth Official Killed In Accident

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CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (AP) — The former director of Cape Elizabeth’s public works department has died after a vehicle backed into him and pushed him into a trash compactor at the town’s recycling center.

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Maine Launching New Job Training Program

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine officials are looking for people interested in participating in a new job training program.

The new program is focused on people who have been out of work for six months or longer and are looking for jobs in the health care sector. Officials say the program’s first phase will begin in the Lewiston-Auburn area next month.

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Officials Warn Of Wreath, Tree-mailing Rules

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry is advising residents who send Christmas trees and wreaths out of state to be aware of mailing regulations.

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Police Arrest 3 In Burglary Ring Case

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YORK, Maine (AP) — Police in Maine say they have arrested three York County residents for a string of burglaries and thefts in three counties over the past two months.

Police say 23-year-old Christopher Michaud of Limerick, 20-year-old Cole Meserve of Standish and 21-year-old Amber Meserve of Limerick are being held at York County Jail on $10,000 bail each and were scheduled for arraignment in Springvale District Court on Monday. A state trooper investigating the case says the defendants are responsible for more than 20 burglaries and used money generated from the thefts to buy drugs.

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Investigators Search For Clues In Biddeford Fire

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BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — Investigators are searching for clues of what caused a fire that destroyed a Biddeford apartment building.

Officials with the State Fire Marshall’s Office and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms were on the scene of the fire on Monday.

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Poliquin To Sit On House Financial Services Panel

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Bruce Poliquin will serve on the House Financial Services Committee after he’s sworn into the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Republican elected to fill Maine’s 2nd Congressional District seat was tapped by his House GOP leadership to serve on the committee that handles housing, banking, insurance and other economic issues.

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Gas Prices Down Nearly Another 3 Cents In Maine

Updated 22 hours ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Gas is down nearly another 3 cents in Maine.

Gasoline price-monitoring website GasBuddy.com reports Monday that the average cost of a gallon of gas in Maine is down to $2.94.

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Otisfield House Burns In Fire; Family Not Home

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OTISFIELD, Maine (AP) — A home, a barn and a couple of vehicles have been destroyed by fire in Otisfield, but nobody was home at the time.

A neighbor says two horses and some cats that lived in the barn died in the blaze reported at about 5 p.m. Sunday, but the family that lives in the home was away visiting an ailing relative in Bangor.

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Presque Isle Man’s Van Strikes and Kills Moose

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ASHLAND, Maine (AP) — State police say a northern Maine man narrowly escaped injury when his minivan struck a moose on Route 163.

Police say 34-year-old Mark Forino of Presque Isle was heading east on Sunday night in Ashland when the moose walked into the road in front of his Toyota Sienna.

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3-alarm Blaze Torches Biddeford Apartment Building

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BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — A three-alarm blaze that required the response of more than 100 firefighters severely damaged a Biddeford apartment building, but there were no reports of serious injuries.

The blaze in the three-story Green Street building was reported at about 6 p.m. Sunday.

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Man Faces OUI Charge After Cyclist Killed

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WALDOBORO, Maine (AP) — A Knox County man police say struck and killed a bicyclist with his SUV in Waldoboro over the weekend is facing drunken driving charges.

Chief William Labombarde says 31-year-old cyclist Jessie Hayden was struck at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday by a vehicle driven by 27-year-old Jeffrey Moran, who lives in the town of Washington.

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Scallop Fishing Season Begins In A Week

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s scallop season begins in one week with state regulators again focusing efforts on rebuilding the fishery.

Regulators say their 10-year rotational management plan for scallops in one of Maine’s three scalloping zones will be fully phased in this season. Several areas around the state will also have targeted closures. Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher has said he anticipates cutting back fishing days if scallops become too heavily depleted during the season.

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Bobcat Hunting Season Starts In A Week

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s season for hunting of bobcats starts in one week.

The season for the wild cats runs Dec. 1 to Feb. 14. State Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife says bobcats are rare in northwestern Maine due to the long winters, but are common everywhere else in the state.

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Marijuana Advocates Hope Maine Goes Legal Next

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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine marijuana advocates say their state is in position to become the first state in the Northeast to legalize recreational use of the drug.

Marijuana legalization proponents around the country scored a series of wins on election night, when Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C. all went legal. Supporters of legalization in Maine say their efforts are buoyed by a ballot initiative in South Portland that legalized small amounts of marijuana in the state’s fourth-largest city. Portland voters also legalized marijuana in Maine’s largest city in 2013.

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Coast Guard Aids Fishing Vessel Off Maine Coast

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Coast Guard crews by air and sea and a good Samaritan came to the rescue of a flooded fishing vessel off the Maine coast.

The Coast Guard’s Northern New England Command Center in Portland, Maine received a distress call just after 5 a.m. Sunday from the crew aboard the Two Megs fishing boat that their engine room was flooded.

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Conservationists Release 140,000 Maine Salmon

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EAST MACHIAS, Maine (AP) — A Maine conservation organization says its effort to release more than 140,000 juvenile Atlantic salmon will help restore the fish’s run to the East Machias River.

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Maine District Collects More Than $1.5 Million

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maine says the district collected more than $1.5 million through criminal and civil actions in the 2014 fiscal year.

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