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Nova Star Sees Surge In Motor Coach Bookings

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The company that runs the Nova Star ferry between Portland, Maine, and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia says it has already received advance bookings for 43 motor coaches in 2015.

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Elver Fishing Quota May Be Slightly Reduced

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s baby eel fishermen might see a slightly reduced quota in 2015.

A federal regulatory panel is recommending a quota of 9,688 pounds of elvers next year. That would be a slight reduction from the quota of 11,749 pounds this year, the first time a quota was imposed. A spokeswoman for the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission says the number reflects the amount of elvers caught in Maine this year.

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Lobsterman Jailed, Fined Over Illegal Lobsters

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine lobsterman who kept undersized and V-notched lobsters has been sentenced to two days in jail and fined $50,000. The Department of Marine Resources is also suspending his license for three years.

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Agency Approves Poland Springs Water Deal

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FRYEBURG, Maine (AP) — The Maine Public Utilities Commission says Fryeburg Water Co. can enter into a long-term contract to sell water to Nestle Waters, bottler of Poland Springs.

The commission ruled Thursday that the contract between the privately-owned utility and Nestle could benefit the utility’s ratepayers. Nestle would pay higher rates than household customers.

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Democrat Cain Skipping 2nd District Debate

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine television station has canceled a debate in the race for the 2nd Congressional District seat after Democrat Emily Cain said she wouldn’t attend.

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Woman Killed By Truck 1 Hour After Release

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AUBURN, Maine (AP) — Auburn police say a woman who was ticketed in a parking lot for theft early Thursday was run over by a truck less than an hour later in the same lot.

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Maine Man’s Ashes Launched Into Space

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AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A Maine man’s ashes that have been scattered all over the world have taken their greatest journey yet: to space.

Using her Facebook page, which has more than 17,000 likes, Hallie Twomey has connected with strangers willing to scatter the ashes of her son, who was 20 years old when he died four years ago.

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Pot Activist, Police Chief Debate Marijuana

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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A pro-marijuana activist and a Maine police chief sparred in a debate about referendums that would legalize recreational use of the drug in two cities.

The Portland Press Herald reports Marijuana Policy Project Maine political director David Boyer and South Portland Police Chief Edward Googins attracted a crowd of nearly 100 people to the Thursday night debate.

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Maine Students Pick LePage In Mock Election

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Students from 130 Maine schools want to give Gov. Paul LePage another four years in the Blaine House.

The Republican governor won the annual mock election Wednesday with 38.5 percent of about 12,000 votes. Democrat Mike Michaud came in second with 35.8 percent and Cutler finished in third with 25.4 percent.

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Man Pleads Guilty To Selling Fake Cellphone Cases

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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University of Maine System Panel Backs Program Cuts

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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