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Sales Of Single-family Homes Up

Updated 5 hours ago

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The number of existing single-family homes sold in Maine last month jumped almost 13 percent when compared to the same month a year ago.

Maine Listings, a subsidiary of the Maine Association of Realtors, said 892 homes changed hands in March, compared with 792 homes in March 2013.

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Natural Gas Pipeline Subcontractor Sues

Updated 6 hours ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Another federal lawsuit has been filed in connection with the installation of a natural gas pipeline in the Kennebec Valley.

A subcontractor hired to install the pipeline for the $350 million Summit Natural Gas Inc. project is suing the contractor as well as an insurance company.

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Couple Charged By Moose Under Investigation

Updated 6 hours ago

JACKMAN, Maine (AP) — A New Hampshire husband and wife charged by a moose while snowmobiling in Maine are under investigation for possibly following the animal.

The Maine Warden Service says it is examining video of the encounter last week in Jackman that was posted on YouTube by Janis and Bob Powell of Belmont, N.H.

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Lewiston Couple Sentenced For Housing Fraud

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AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A Lewiston couple convicted of defrauding the federal government out of more $46,000 in housing subsidies by not disclosing substantial income and real estate holdings have been sentenced.

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Property Tax Credit Getting Boost With New Law

Updated 6 hours ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A new Maine law means that some low-and-middle income families will see their property tax credits double.

The bill Republican Gov. Paul LePage recently signed raises a property tax credit for residents under the age of 65 to $600 from $300. The credits for resident ages 65 and older will rise from $400 to $900.

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LePage Vetoes Democrats’ Welfare Bill, 2 Others

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Gov. Paul LePage has vetoed a bill that would direct the administration to report on efforts to combat welfare fraud.

The bill introduced by Democratic Rep. Drew Gattine of Westbrook requires the Department of Health and Human Services to report annually to the Legislature on its efforts to investigate fraud in MaineCare and programs like Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.

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Baby Lobster Decline Could End High Catches

Updated 6 hours ago

YARMOUTH, Maine (AP) — Scientists say the number of baby lobsters settling off the rocky coast of Maine continues to steadily decline — possibly foreshadowing an end to the recent record catches that have boosted New England’s lobster fishery.

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Report: Maine, California Have Top High Schools

Updated 18 hours ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — U.S. News & World Report says Maine and California are tied for the highest percentage of high schools in the top tier of the magazine’s ranking system.

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Wire Fraud Trial Continues In Bangor

Updated 18 hours ago

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Prosecutors say the wire fraud trial of a Vermont man convicted for the 2010 explosion that killed two workers at a New Hampshire gunpowder plant will take at least one more day in Maine.

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Michaud Calls For Maine To Cut Heating Oil Usage

Updated 22 hours ago

YARMOUTH, Maine (AP) – Maine Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud is calling for the state to cut heating oil usage in half with a plan that involves mandatory energy ratings for new homes and initiatives to promote wind power and solar panels.

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Sheriff: Pills, Guns, Cash Seized From Avon Home

Updated 1 day ago

AVON, Maine (AP) — Authorities say they have made a major drug bust in Franklin County.

Sheriff Scott Nichols Sr. says deputies executing a search warrant seized more than 400 oxycodone and hydrocodone pills, as well as more than a pound of processed marijuana, $100,000 in cash and firearms from an Avon man’s home late last week.

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Ticks Thriving After Long, Cold Winter

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Experts say Maine’s long, cold winter has done little to thwart the state’s tick population and the risk of tick-borne diseases.

Chuck Lubelczyk, an ecologist with Maine Medical Center Research Institute, says early counts indicate that the tick population appears to be similar to last year.

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Buxton Home Heavily Damaged By Fire

Updated 1 day ago

BUXTON, Maine (AP) — Buxton’s fire chief says it appears a home in town is a total loss after an early morning fire, but there are no reports of injuries.

The blaze at the home on Narragansett Trail was reported at about 3 a.m. Tuesday.

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Massachusetts Couple Dies In Maine Car Crash

Updated 1 day ago

WALDOBORO, Maine (AP) — Police in Maine have identified the Massachusetts couple who died in a car crash in Waldoboro last week.

Police on Monday said 68-year-old Raymond Thompson and 70-year-old Peggy Aldrich died in a head-on crash on Atlantic Highway on Friday afternoon.

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LePage Celebrating New UNE Campus In Morocco

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage is visiting Morocco to celebrate the opening of the University of New England’s new campus in Tangier.

The Republican governor is scheduled to speak at the inauguration ceremony on Tuesday.

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Police: NYC Man Faces Counterfeiting Charge

Updated 1 day ago

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine police have arrested a New York City man they say used teenage girls to spend counterfeit $100 bills at a mall.

A worker at the Maine Mall in South Portland contacted police at about 6 p.m. Monday to say a young woman had tried to use a fake $100 bill to make a purchase.

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Earth Day Events Come To Maine

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YARMOUTH, Maine (AP) — Mainers are celebrating Earth Day with events ranging from a search for invasive insects to a candidate for governor announcing his energy policy.

In one of the events Tuesday, state agencies are partnering with the town of Yarmouth to survey its ash trees for invasive Emerald Ash Borers from noon to 3 p.m.

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Theater Troupe Says School Ruined Costumes

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BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — A Maine theater company is suing a New Jersey school district with a complaint that the school damaged costumes loaned for a production of the musical comedy “Spamalot.”

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4 Hospitalized In Portland Car Crash

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A four-car crash on Interstate 295 in Portland left three people injured and backed up traffic for more than hour.

The crash occurred late Monday morning in the southbound lane of the interstate near exit 5A. Police told the Portland Press Herald that the accident occurred when Ardo Amir, 57, of Portland, attempted to re-enter the highway from the exit’s off-ramp. His car was struck by a car driven by Katharine Bavoso, 23, of New Jersey.

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Maine Gas Prices Up From Last Week And Last Year

Updated 2 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Averages gas prices in Maine are up nearly 4 cents a gallon from a week ago and analysts say the trend is expected to continue into next month.

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