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Gas Prices Down Nearly Another 3 Cents In Maine

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Gas is down nearly another 3 cents in Maine.

Gasoline price-monitoring website GasBuddy.com reports Monday that the average cost of a gallon of gas in Maine is down to $2.94.

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Otisfield House Burns In Fire; Family Not Home

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OTISFIELD, Maine (AP) — A home, a barn and a couple of vehicles have been destroyed by fire in Otisfield, but nobody was home at the time.

A neighbor says two horses and some cats that lived in the barn died in the blaze reported at about 5 p.m. Sunday, but the family that lives in the home was away visiting an ailing relative in Bangor.

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Presque Isle Man’s Van Strikes and Kills Moose

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ASHLAND, Maine (AP) — State police say a northern Maine man narrowly escaped injury when his minivan struck a moose on Route 163.

Police say 34-year-old Mark Forino of Presque Isle was heading east on Sunday night in Ashland when the moose walked into the road in front of his Toyota Sienna.

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3-alarm Blaze Torches Biddeford Apartment Building

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BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — A three-alarm blaze that required the response of more than 100 firefighters severely damaged a Biddeford apartment building, but there were no reports of serious injuries.

The blaze in the three-story Green Street building was reported at about 6 p.m. Sunday.

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Man Faces OUI Charge After Cyclist Killed

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WALDOBORO, Maine (AP) — A Knox County man police say struck and killed a bicyclist with his SUV in Waldoboro over the weekend is facing drunken driving charges.

Chief William Labombarde says 31-year-old cyclist Jessie Hayden was struck at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday by a vehicle driven by 27-year-old Jeffrey Moran, who lives in the town of Washington.

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Scallop Fishing Season Begins In A Week

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s scallop season begins in one week with state regulators again focusing efforts on rebuilding the fishery.

Regulators say their 10-year rotational management plan for scallops in one of Maine’s three scalloping zones will be fully phased in this season. Several areas around the state will also have targeted closures. Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher has said he anticipates cutting back fishing days if scallops become too heavily depleted during the season.

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Bobcat Hunting Season Starts In A Week

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s season for hunting of bobcats starts in one week.

The season for the wild cats runs Dec. 1 to Feb. 14. State Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife says bobcats are rare in northwestern Maine due to the long winters, but are common everywhere else in the state.

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Marijuana Advocates Hope Maine Goes Legal Next

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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine marijuana advocates say their state is in position to become the first state in the Northeast to legalize recreational use of the drug.

Marijuana legalization proponents around the country scored a series of wins on election night, when Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C. all went legal. Supporters of legalization in Maine say their efforts are buoyed by a ballot initiative in South Portland that legalized small amounts of marijuana in the state’s fourth-largest city. Portland voters also legalized marijuana in Maine’s largest city in 2013.

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Coast Guard Aids Fishing Vessel Off Maine Coast

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Coast Guard crews by air and sea and a good Samaritan came to the rescue of a flooded fishing vessel off the Maine coast.

The Coast Guard’s Northern New England Command Center in Portland, Maine received a distress call just after 5 a.m. Sunday from the crew aboard the Two Megs fishing boat that their engine room was flooded.

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Conservationists Release 140,000 Maine Salmon

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EAST MACHIAS, Maine (AP) — A Maine conservation organization says its effort to release more than 140,000 juvenile Atlantic salmon will help restore the fish’s run to the East Machias River.

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Maine District Collects More Than $1.5 Million

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maine says the district collected more than $1.5 million through criminal and civil actions in the 2014 fiscal year.

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Maine Communities Get $1M For In-home Health Care

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Four Maine communities are getting more than $1 million to develop ways to help people who are sick or elderly stay in their homes.

The goal of the grants from the Maine Health Access Foundation is to improve services so that people can receive care in their homes rather than having to go to a hospital or nursing home.

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UMaine Fans Fail To Set World Record For Flannel

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ORONO, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine has fallen short in its quest to break the world record for having the most people in one place wearing flannel apparel.

The university had called on football fans to don plaid or tartan-patterned clothing for Saturday’s game against the University of New Hampshire. It even gave out 1,500 plaid bandanas to attendees.

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1 Dead In Shooting At Portland Apartment Complex

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Police are investigating a shooting at a Portland apartment complex that left a 23-year-old man dead.

Officers called to the apartment complex on Brighton Avenue on Friday night for a report of shots fired found the body of Richard Lobor of Portland. Police say Lobor didn’t live at the apartment. They didn’t say why he was there or who lives there.

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Panel Awarded For Statehouse Dome Project

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine lawmakers are getting honored for their work to restore the Statehouse dome.

The bipartisan Legislative Council received the Honor Award for Restoration from Maine Preservation, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving historic places.

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Portland Task Force To Review Inspection Programs

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The city of Portland is putting together a task force to examine its inspection programs in the wake of a house fire that killed six people.

City officials said Friday that the group will review the city codes and ordinances, fire and code inspection policies and staffing levels.

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Maine Risks Funding Cut Over Food Stamp Policy

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Federal officials say Maine risks losing funding to administer its food stamp program unless it makes clear to recipients that having their photos placed on electronic benefit transfer cards is optional.

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Northern Counties See Most Income Growth

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal data shows two of Maine’s northernmost counties posted the fastest personal income growth in the state in 2013.

The Portland Press Herald reports that Aroostook County’s personal income grew by 4.4 percent while neighboring Piscataquis County saw a rise of 4.2 percent. Piscataquis has been Maine’s poorest county for several years. The national average for personal income growth for the year was 1.3 percent.

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Unemployment Rate Unchanged In October

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine officials say that the state’s unemployment rate held steady in October at 5.8 percent.

The rate is unchanged from September and is down a percentage point from a year ago.

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More Extensive Drills Follow USS Miami Fire

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Firefighters at Maine’s Portsmouth Naval Shipyard train regularly for industrial blazes, but mandates after a huge submarine fire call for an annual drill that’s more extensive than anything done before.

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