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Rumford Officer Justified In Shooting

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RUMFORD, Maine (AP) — The Maine attorney general has ruled that a Rumford police officer was legally justified in using deadly force against a suicidal woman who was advancing on him with a knife.

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Car Crashes Into Tractor In Maine, Injuring Driver

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LIMINGTON, Maine (AP) — A Limington, Maine, car crash between a tractor and car shut down traffic in the area for hours and hospitalized one of the drivers.

Police say the crash occurred at 4:13 a.m. Tuesday when Limerick resident Richard Chaput crashed his car into an agricultural tractor operated by Gaetan Paulin of Limington. Police say Caput apparently did not see the tractor as he followed a turn in the road.

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Democrats, Republicans Tout Legislative Candidates

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The races for the Maine House and Senate are finalized and both parties say they are poised to win this November.

Monday was the deadline for parties to submit replacements for candidates that had dropped out since the June 10 primary.

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15 Rescued From Saco River Canoe Trip

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FRYEBURG, Maine (AP) — Police say 15 people were rescued from the Saco River after the river swelled during a late-night canoeing trip.

WGME-TV ( ) reports a large group of canoers and campers were taking the overnight trip along the river in Fryeburg. The station reports the river swelled 2 feet in just 10 minutes, capsizing one of the canoes. It took rescue crews four hours to bring all of the campers to safety early Tuesday morning.

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Tornado Confirmed In Limington, Maine

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GRAY, Maine (AP) — The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado touched down in the town of Limington, Maine.

Meteorologist Tom Hawley said a team is in the field Tuesday to make measurements and to track the tornado’s path. Trees were uprooted, power lines were knocked down and a teenage boy was struck by lightning in Naples as the thunderstorm roared through the area Monday.

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Property Tax Break On Way For Seniors

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Property tax relief is on the way for some Maine residents.

The Portland Press-Herald reports that the Property Tax Fairness Credit designed to help seniors and lower-income families takes effect on Friday.

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York Officials Reject Marijuana Plan

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YORK, Maine (AP) — Selectmen in York have said no to placing a proposed ordinance to legalize marijuana in the town on the November ballot.

The 3-2 vote on Monday does not end the issue, however. Supporters of the proposal must now collect 613 signatures to force the question on to the ballot.

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LePage: State Should Fund Psychiatric Center

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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Gov. Paul LePage says Maine should no longer seek federal money for a state run psychiatric hospital because the federal certification requirements are doing more harm than good.

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Hearing On Phthalates Scheduled In Augusta

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Department of Environmental Protection is set to hold a public hearing about the use of chemicals called phthalates in household products in response to petitions from parents.

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Democratic Lawmaker From York Dies Unexpectedly

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YORK, Maine (AP) — A Democrat who represented parts of southern Maine in the Legislature has died.

Democratic legislative leaders say Rep. Paul McGowan of York died unexpectedly at his home on Sunday. He was 67.

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DNC Chair Says Maine Races A Bellwether For Dems

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee says defeating Maine’s sitting governor is critical to the party’s efforts to raise minimum wage and expand residents’ access to health care.

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Head Of California Science Museum Speaks In Maine

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The executive director of the California Academy of Sciences will give a presentation about global environment, climate change and land use at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland.

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Maine Ocean Acidification Group Meets For First Time

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Ocean Acidification Committee will hold its first meeting on Aug. 1.

The committee is studying the impacts of ocean acidification on the state’s environment and its economy. It is slated to meet in Walpole.

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Man Handcuffed After Attending Wedding

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WINSLOW, Maine (AP) — A Sidney man who was charged earlier this year with sex trafficking is in trouble again, this time for attending a wedding in Winslow.

The Kennebec Journal reports that 47-year-old Frederick Horne was handcuffed by police in the parking lot of Fort Halifax Park on Sunday. He was summoned to appear in court on two counts of violating conditions of his earlier release.

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Woman Killed In Saco Crash

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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A fatal car crash is under investigation in Saco.

Police say a 22-year-old woman from Lewiston was killed early Sunday when the car she was driving went off Buxton Road and crashed into a utility pole.

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DNC Chair To Rally Support For Maine Candidates

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee is helping Maine Democrats rally around the candidates at the top of their ticket.

The event with U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida is being held at the Portland Public Library on Monday.

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Union: No Progress In FairPoint Contract Talks

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COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — Unions representing FairPoint Communications workers in northern New England say the sides remain far apart in contract negotiations.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers represents about 1,800 FairPoint employees in Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire. Mike Spillane, a Vermont member of the negotiating team, told Vermont Public Radio that he has little hope of progress when talks resume on Tuesday. Members have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike if necessary.

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Maine University System Eyes Streamlined Courses

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FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — The head of a group working to streamline course offerings in the Maine university system says the goal is to have individual campuses develop specializations that can be offered to students at other campuses.

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Marine Lab Opens Up To The Public On Aug. 1

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EAST BOOTHBAY, Maine (AP) — Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences will open up to the public on Friday to allow science-minded residents a chance to tour the facility, meet experts and participate in hands-on activities.

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Western Maine Towns Get Firefighter Grants

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STRONG, Maine (AP) — Two Franklin County, Maine fire departments will receive more than $119,000 in federal grants to help buy new gear.

The town of Rangeley is set to receive $99,743 to buy 16 new sets of breathing apparatus for firefighters. Strong’s fire department will get $18,456 for new protective gear.

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