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Woman Charged With Stealing $750,000 From Employer

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A New Hampshire woman charged with stealing $750,000 from her Maine-based employer has appeared in federal court in Portland.

Janis Woods of Conway, New Hampshire, a former bookkeeper at a drilling business in the town of Norway, was in court Wednesday to face a bank fraud charge. She did not enter a plea.

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Maine Pays $7.2M For Land On Portland Waterfront

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Department of Transportation has paid a Portland businessman $7.2 million for 18 acres of industrial waterfront land it seized from him this spring as part of a seaport terminal expansion project.

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Pest Spreads Territory In Knox County

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CAMDEN, Maine (AP) — Maine officials say the hemlock woolly adelgid appears to be expanding its territory in Knox County.

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry says a tourist recently found the pest on two trees in Camden. The agency says the insect was found in forested areas of Friendship and Owls Head during detection surveys earlier this year.

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Large Wind Farm Gets Preliminary Approval

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BINGHAM, Maine (AP) — A proposal to build what would be Maine’s largest energy-generating wind farm has received preliminary approval from state environmental regulators.

The Department of Environmental Protection’s draft decision, issued Wednesday by Commissioner Patricia Aho, means the department could issue a final decision as early as Sept. 5. The deadline is Sept. 8.

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Deal Reached To Sell Supermarket Chain To Ex-CEO

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TEWKSBURY, Mass. (AP) — A New England supermarket chain that has been in turmoil for weeks over a workers’ revolt and customer boycott has announced that the former CEO will buy a majority stake in the business.

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Scientists To Evaluate Plummeting Cod Fish Stock

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Scientists are set to begin reviewing an assessment of the Gulf of Maine cod population that says the species is spawning at an all-time low.

A spokeswoman for the New England Fisheries Management Council says the scientists will review the assessment Thursday and Friday in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The management council will consider the scientists’ report in late September and early October. The spokeswoman says the council might use the report to make an emergency action or to craft new regulations for the fishery.

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Lawyer Arrested For Child Porn

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FALMOUTH, Maine (AP) — Maine State Police have arrested a Portland attorney on charges of possessing child pornography.

Steve McCausland of the Maine Department of Public Safety says 63-year-old Lawrence Winger of Falmouth came to the attention of the Maine Computer Crimes Unit last month.

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Donations Can Double In Governor’s Race

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — New donors will now be able to give up to $3,000 to a candidate for Maine governor.

The Maine ethics commission adopted the policy Wednesday after a federal judge ruled that supporters of independent candidate Eliot Cutler should be allowed to donate as much as they can to major party candidates.

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LOVE Artist Robert Indiana At Center Of Exhibit

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VINALHAVEN, Maine (AP) — Maine-based pop artist Robert Indiana will participate in International HOPE Day, a celebration of his art in countries across the world.

The artist is best known for his “LOVE” image, in which the L and O sit atop the V and E. His HOPE image follows a similar theme. The image will be a part of installations and events in Munich, Caracas, Miami, New York City and Vinalhaven, Maine on Indiana’s Sept. 13 birthday. He will turn 86 that day.

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Heating Prices Drop In August

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine government survey says the average price of heating oil in the state has dropped 6 cents from a month ago to $3.39 per gallon.

The Governor’s Energy Office said Tuesday that the average statewide price for a gallon of heating oil ranged from $3.08 to $3.87. It also found the average price of kerosene dropped 4 cents over the last month, to $3.87 per gallon. The average propane price is now $2.85, a 3-cent rise per gallon over the last few weeks. Heating oil and kerosene are both slightly less expensive than last August, while propane is 25 cents more expensive.

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Climber Rescued From Maine’s Tumbledown Mountain

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BYRON, Maine (AP) — Game wardens say a Maine climber who suffered a compound fracture of her leg has been rescued from Tumbledown Mountain.

Officials say rescuers had to carry 28-year-old Maris Toland of Portland off the mountain overnight over difficult terrain. She was airlifted to Maine Medical Center Wednesday morning.

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Unions Delivering Another Proposal To FairPoint

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NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — Unions representing more than 1,700 FairPoint workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont are delivering another contract proposal to the company in hopes of ending a stalemate.

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FDA Investigating Large Maine Lobster Processor

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — One of Maine’s major lobster processors says it has addressed a battery of violations brought forth by the Food and Drug Administration.

The FDA says it has not yet cleared Rockland-based Linda Bean of violations. The FDA in February sent a letter citing the firm for “significant violations” in the way it processed seafood. Company owner and namesake Linda Bean says she has “addressed everything” and the FDA’s letter of violations was “reasonable.”

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Augusta Property Owners Get Confusing Tax Bill

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Thousands of Augusta residents may have been confused when they got tax bills recently that appeared to be from another city.

The mistake involved about 2,500 residents who received bills with the city of South Portland on the letterhead. The communities are about 60 miles apart.

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Inmate Collected Jobless Aid From Prison

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine man who collected unemployment benefits while behind bars is going back to prison.

Joshua Harwood was sentenced to serve 30 days of a 2 ½-year prison term after he was convicted of theft by deception for fraudulently receiving thousands of dollars in unemployment insurance payments while he was incarcerated for a prior conviction.

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3 South Portland Teens Face Burglary Charges

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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Police in South Portland have arrested three teenagers in connection with a burglary spree in the city.

There have been about 30 burglaries in private homes in South Portland in the past two months, some during daylight hours and at least one when the homeowner was home and asleep. The teens arrested Tuesday are thought to be responsible for many, but not necessarily all of them.

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Pot Activists To Deliver Petitions In York, Maine

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YORK, Maine (AP) — A group that wants to legalize marijuana for recreational use by adults is ready to submit its petitions to the town of York.

Citizens for a Safer Maine collected more than 900 signatures. That’s far more than the 641 valid signatures of registered town voters needed to qualify for the ballot.

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CNR Drops Service To Auburn Facility

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AUBURN, Maine (AP) — Officials in Lewiston and Auburn are determining the impact of a Canadian National Rail decision to suspend service to Auburn’s truck-and-rail hub.

Canadian National announced it’s discontinuing service effective Nov. 15. Spokesman Mark Hallman said shipping via the Auburn facility no longer made financial sense.

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Maine Governor LePage Embraces Candor In Campaign

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage sometimes can’t help mouthing off. He’s told the NAACP to “kiss my butt,” called the IRS “the new Gestapo” and has said he wouldn’t be afraid to tell President Barack Obama to “go to hell.”

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Former President Clinton To Campaign For Michaud

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton is coming to Maine next week to campaign for Democrat Mike Michaud.

Clinton is the headliner for a rally and fundraising reception for Michaud and the Democratic Party Tuesday evening at the Ocean Gateway.

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