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Bath Bat Tests Positive For Rabies

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BATH, Maine (AP) — Bath residents are being urged to make sure their pets’ vaccinations are up to date after a rabid bat was found in town.

Bath’s animal control officer Ann Hartford responded to a report a week ago of a bat on the ground, unable to fly

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Convicted Murderer Appeals To Maine’s High Court

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The lawyer for a Maine man convicted of killing a 12-year-old girl in 1988 is appealing to the state’s highest court.

Steven Peterson, who represents Dennis Dechaine, tells WGME-TV that’s he’s preparing an appeal to the Supreme Judicial Court after a Superior Court judge in April rejected his client’s request for a new trial.

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Police ID Victim Of Fatal Golf Cart Crash

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SOUTH BERWICK, Maine (AP) — Police in Maine are looking into the role that alcohol played in a golf cart crash that claimed the life of a Massachusetts man.

Police say 27-year-old Eric Sullivan of Stoughton, Massachusetts, died Wednesday when the cart he was in crashed at The Links at Outlook golf course in South Berwick.

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Plan To Open Cider Brewery In Gardiner Church

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GARDINER, Maine (AP) — Plans to open a hard cider brewery in a former Gardiner church have been approved by the City Council, and now it’s up to the Planning Board to grant final approval.

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3 Gubernatorial Candidates Gather For 1st Time

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The three candidates for governor in Maine are speaking publicly at the same event for the first time.

Republican Gov. Paul LePage and his challengers, Democratic Rep. Mike Michaud and independent Eliot Cutler, are confirmed to appear at the event Friday at the University of Southern Maine.

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Energy Takes Center Stage In Governor’s Race

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The three candidates for governor agree that Maine energy costs are too high.

But Republican Gov. Paul LePage, Democrat Mike Michaud and independent Eliot Cutler are deeply divided in their visions of the state’s energy future.

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4 Seal Pups Released From Charlestown Beach

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CHARLESTOWN, R.I. (AP) — Four seal pups have been released from a beach in Charlestown by an animal rescue team from Mystic Aquarium.

Two male and two female harbor seals — named Orion, Bullwinkle, Freya and Loki — were released on Blue Shutters Beach on Thursday morning.

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Police: Biddeford Deaths Likely Due To Drugs

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BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — Police say a man and woman found dead in Biddeford motel room likely overdosed on drugs.

The Portland Press Herald reports Police Chief Roger Beaupre says investigators found no evidence of homicide or injuries. Beaupre says the state Medical Examiner’s Office is indicating the deaths of 28-year-old Daniel Pelletier and 31-year-old Lynda Norton look like drug overdoses. They were renting a room at the Sleepy Hollow Motel for about a week.

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Chickens Now Allowed In Sanford’s Non-rural Areas

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SANFORD, Maine (AP) — Sanford residents are now allowed to keep chickens on their property for non-commercial purposes — for the next six months at least.

The Journal Tribune reports that the city council recently approved the ordinance by a 6-1 margin.

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Chebeague Island Crash Victim A Gorham Man

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CHEBEAGUE ISLAND, Maine (AP) — Authorities have released the name of the man who died when his pickup truck struck a utility pole on Chebeague Island earlier this week.

The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday that 68-year-old Stephen Hamilton of Gorham failed to negotiate a curve and struck a pole at about 4:30 p.m. Monday.

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Windham Man Killed By Police Had Gun At His Side

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The state attorney general’s report on the shooting of a Windham man by a Cumberland County sheriff’s deputy says the victim had had his hands — including one holding a gun — by his side when he was killed.

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Massachusetts Man Dies At Maine Golf Course

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SOUTH BERWICK, Maine (AP) — Police say a Massachusetts man has died in a golf cart crash at a Maine golf course.

South Berwick police say the victim was riding in a cart driven by another man when it went out of control on a downhill portion of a cart path on the 14th hole at The Links at Outlook just before 3 p.m. Wednesday.

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Maine Unveils New Hurricane Planning Map

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine officials say a new hurricane mapping tool will assist emergency officials in preparing for hurricanes.

The state announced the creation of the Potential Hurricane Inundation Map series on Wednesday. The state’s Bureau of Resource Information’s Maine Geological Survey created the map with money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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Group Gets Grant For Wind Power Technology

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine research group is getting a $1.1 million federal grant to help develop new technology to detect birds and bats near wind turbines.

Biodiversity Research Institute will use the funding to further create a system of high-technology cameras.

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Maine Groups Battle Over Alleged Phone Recording

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Two Maine groups are asking for attorney general investigations related to a conference call last week.

On the call, advocacy groups discussed their concerns with a television advertisement from the Republican Governors Association that criticizes Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud’s stance on immigration.

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Rare Calico Lobster Turns Up At Bait Shop

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BETHEL, Maine (AP) — The owner of a Maine bait and tackle shop says she found a rare calico-colored lobster that was caught off the state’s coast.

Sarah Lane says the crustacean, covered in orange blotches, appeared in a crate of lobsters brought from the Pemaquid Lobster Co-op in Bristol last weekend. The University of Maine says the odds of finding one are about one in 30 million.

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Casino Study Renews Hope For Indian Tribes

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Bolstered by new study that finds that Maine can handle more casinos, Maine’s American Indian tribes are renewing their push to bring slot machines to their communities.

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Mill Says Value Too High After $104M Break

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SKOWHEGAN, Maine (AP) — The owners of a Skowhegan paper mill say a recent $104 million assessment revaluation by the town doesn’t go far enough.

The Morning Sentinel reports Sappi Fine Paper North America executives still believe the bill is overvalued by the town at $463 million. The mill is the town’s largest taxpayer. The drop in valuation resulted in the town raising its tax rate by about five percent. Sappi paid $9.3 million in taxes last year.

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Supreme Judicial Court To Decide Historic Church Fate

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s highest court will determine if an Australian businessman can convert part of a historic Portland church into office space for a technology firm.

The Portland Press Herald reports the Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday heard an appeal from city officials who want to overturn a lower court’s ruling that blocked construction of the office space. Frank Monsour bought the 1877-built Williston-West Church and attached parish house when the church’s board of trustees sold it in December 2011. He is majority owner of software development company Majella Global Technologies.

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Drug Paraphernalia Found With Biddeford Bodies

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BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — State and local police are investigating the discovery of two dead bodies in a Biddeford, Maine, motel.

The bodies of a 28-year-old male and a 31-year-old female were reported in a room at the Sleepy Hollow Motel on U.S. Route 1 at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Police say both bodies are now at the medical examiner’s office to determine cause of death.

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