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Maine House OKs Expanding Drug Overdose Antidote

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s Democratic-led House has unanimously approved a bill that would provide greater access to a drug that can prevent heroin and prescription painkiller overdose deaths.

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Maine House Overrides Veto Of Solar Rebate Bill

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s House of Representatives has voted to overturn Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of a bill restoring a rebate program for solar panels.

The Democratic-led House voted 105-41 to override the Republican governor’s veto of the bill that would provide $1 million for the program that would last more than two years. It now goes to the Senate.

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Web Page Focuses On Mainers With Disabilities

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — State agencies have announced a new web page that provides information on Mainers struggling with disabilities and unemployment.

The web page on the Center for Workforce Research and Information site displays data such as the age, education, gender and statewide distribution of Mainers with impairments.

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Snowmobile Season Expected To Extend To May

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Snowmobilers expect their season to stretch into May in northern and western Maine because of the winter’s heavy snow and cold weather.

The Kennebec Journal, reported Monday that parts of Somerset and Franklin counties have enough snow to continue the season for at least another three weeks. The season is over in most of southern and central Maine.

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Buckfield, Bethel Stores Broken Into

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BUCKFIELD, Maine (AP) — State Police are seeking information about weekend break-ins at stores in Buckfield and Bethel.

Surveillance video captured what appears to be a silver Kia Soul outside the Buckfield Mall convenience store at about 4:15 a.m. Sunday.

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Augusta Man Wins 6th Maine Chess Crown

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WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — A familiar face has been crowned Maine’s top chess player.

Jarod Bryan, a 46-year-old data analyst from Augusta, beat 16-year-old Cape Elizabeth High School sophomore Matthew Fishbein for the Maine Closed Chess Championship on Sunday at a Waterville hotel.

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Lawmakers Quickly Finishing Up Their Work

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine lawmakers are busily pushing bills through the Legislature as they finish up the remainder of their work for the session.

The Democratic-led Legislature is scheduled to adjourn on Wednesday. But Democrats say they’re expecting to return later to override any outstanding vetoes from Republican Gov. Paul LePage.

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Webpage Focuses On Mainers With Disabilities

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — State agencies have announced a new webpage that provides information on Mainers struggling with disabilities and unemployment.

The webpage on the Center for Workforce Research and Information site displays data such as the age, education, gender and statewide distribution of Mainers with impairments.

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Church Leaders Wash Feet In Ritual Outdoors

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Church leaders in Maine will wash the feet of immigrants and homeless individuals as part of a ritual imitating a biblical scene symbolic of humility.

The April 17 ceremony is being held outdoors in Monument Square in Portland. Church leaders will pour water over people’s feet and dry them with a towel, mimicking a biblical scene where Jesus Christ washes the feet of his disciples.

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Tribe Banks On Syrup For Sweet Relief From Poverty

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PRENTISS TOWNSHIP, Maine (AP) — An American Indian tribe is hoping that sweet success with a maple syrup operation in the woods of Maine will help to counter soaring joblessness and poverty.

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Maine Counties Oppose Proposed Jail Bill

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The majority of Somerset County commissioners oppose a bill that would give a state board more authority over Maine’s 15 county jails.

The Morning Sentinel reports that legislation given initial approval Friday would give the state Board of Corrections power to approve county jail budgets, review staffing decisions and withhold state funding if jails fail to comply with board decisions. It also would increase the amount of federal money Somerset County is allowed to use to pay down county debt, but some county officials say the bill overall does more harm than good.

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Rain, Melting Snow Keep New England Rivers High

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COVENTRY, Vt. (AP) — Rain and melting snow are keeping rivers running high in northern New England, increasing the chance of flooding.

The National Weather Service said minor flooding occurred Sunday morning along the Barton River in Coventry, Vt., and urged anyone traveling near streams and rivers to seek higher ground at the first sign of rising water.

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Paper Mill Faces Tax Liens

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MILLINOCKET, Maine (AP) — A Maine paper mill that stopped production and laid off more than 200 workers in February is facing numerous liens over unpaid bills.

The Portland Press Herald reports that the IRS last week filed two liens against subsidiaries of Great Northern Paper alleging that the mill operators failed to pay nearly $2.5 million in corporate income taxes in 2012. Other vendors also have filed liens against the company, and the towns of Millinocket and East Millinocket are owed nearly $3 million for late property taxes.

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Maine Marine Boss Joins International Salmon Group

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — President Barack Obama has appointed Maine Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher as commissioner of the Council of North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization.

Obama announced the appointment on Thursday. Keliher said in a statement that the new post will not interfere with his role as marine resources commissioner. He became chairman of the department in 2011.

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Senate Rejects Gov. LePage’s Business Zones Plan

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Senate has voted down Gov. Paul LePage’s bill to offer business tax breaks and workers the freedom not to pay labor union fees in an effort to attract big companies to the state.

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Police Investigate ‘Suspicious Device’ In Portland

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Police say a section of a downtown street in Maine’s largest city will likely remain closed for several hours as they investigate a suspicious device in connection to a robbery.

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Skowhegan Man Charged With Watching Sleeping Woman

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SKOWHEGAN, Maine (AP) — A Skowhegan man who has spent time in jail for breaking into women’s homes and standing over their beds watching them sleep has been arrested for allegedly doing it again.

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Judge Rejects Convicted Killer’s Bid For New Trial

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine judge who heard testimony about DNA evidence in November has rejected convicted killer Dennis Dechaine’s (duh-SHAYNZ) request for a new trial.

Dechaine attorney Steven Peterson tells the Portland Press Herald he received a copy of the decision by retired Superior Court Justice Carl Bradford on Thursday.

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Lewiston Woman Sentenced To 3 Months In Jail

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AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A Lewiston woman who threw Molotov cocktails at her ex-boyfriend before leading police on a high-speed chase has been sentenced to jail.

Heather Kullson was ordered to serve three months of a five-year sentence and four years of probation after pleading guilty Thursday to two charges of criminal use of explosives and two counts of eluding a police officer.

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LePage Helps Raise Awareness Of Child Abuse

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Gov. Paul LePage is helping bring to light the problem of child abuse.

The Republican governor joined law enforcement officials and advocates at the Statehouse Thursday in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month.

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