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Students Participating In Mock Election

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine students are casting their ballots for governor and representatives in Washington in a mock election.

Students from more than 125 schools are expected to participate in the “Rally and Tally” event at the Augusta Armory on Wednesday.

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Man Who Fired Shots With Kids Nearby Gets 18 Years

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine man accused of chasing and firing at another man as children were preparing to catch their school bus is going to prison for 18 years for being a felon in possession of ammunition.

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Maine Unemployment Up Slightly In September

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine officials say seasonally adjusted unemployment rose slightly in the state from August to September.

The state’s Department of Labor reports preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rose from 5.6 percent in August to 5.8 percent in September. The figure is down one percentage point from a year ago. Officials say the number of unemployed declined by 6,000 over the course of the year to 40,700.

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Nor’easter To Test FairPoint’s Replacement Workers

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Striking workers say a nor’easter is going to test FairPoint Communications’ replacement workforce in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

More than 1,700 FairPoint workers went on strike Friday, demanding that the company return to the bargaining table. The company is hiring temporary replacement workers to maintain the system.

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Firefighter Faces Arson Charge

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WILTON, Maine (AP) — A Maine firefighter is facing an arson charge for allegedly setting a small blaze at an outdoor music theater in the village of East Dixfield.

An investigator with the state Fire Marshal’s office says Jason Baldwin set a fire at the Countryfolk Music Theatre on U.S. Route 2 on Oct. 15 and then helped extinguish it with only minor damage.

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Colorado Man Pleads Guilty To Child Porn Charge

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Colorado man has pleaded guilty to sending a picture of himself engaged in sexually explicit behavior with a minor to an undercover federal agent in Maine.

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Police Identity Victims Of Bridgton Crash

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BRIDGTON, Maine (AP) — Police say a 16-year-old Gorham High School student was one of the two people who died in a weekend car crash in Bridgton.

Police on Monday identified Branden Denis, a starting lineman on Gorham’s football team, and 35-year-old Eric Morey, or Portland, as the victims of the crash on Route 302 south just before 6 p.m. Sunday.

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Ocean Acidification Group To Issue Report

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine committee charged with studying the impacts of ocean acidification on the state’s environment is expected to issue a draft of its recommendations.

The Maine Ocean Acidification Study Commission is meeting on Tuesday in Augusta to finish the draft. A spokeswoman says the commission will likely make a final vote on the recommendations Nov. 12. The 16-member council will report findings to the state legislature’s Marine Resources Committee.

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Recommendations For Elver Season Due Soon

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A key federal panel will provide recommendations to fishery regulators soon about Maine’s elver quota for next year.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s American Eel Management Board is considering options for elver fishermen that range from closing the fishery to maintaining this year’s quota of 11,749 pounds. A spokeswoman for the commission says the American Eel Working Group’s recommendations to the board will be released on Wednesday.

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Gubernatorial Candidates Tangle Over Taxes, The Economy

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The three candidates in a tight race for Maine governor have engaged in a fiery TV debate, quarreling over tax cuts, energy and Maine’s economic health.

Democrat Mike Michaud blasted Republican Gov. Paul LePage for tax cuts that benefited wealthy individuals and accused him of ignoring education in the budget. LePage countered that his tax overhaul removed more than 70,000 low-income residents from the tax rolls altogether.

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Restaurateurs Sentenced For Illegal Workers

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Two restaurateurs who pleaded guilty to hiring 10 or more people who were living in the U.S. illegally are going to prison.

A federal judge on Monday imposed sentences of 37 months in prison for Guillermo Fuentes and 30 months for his brother, Hector. They pleaded guilty to activities at the Fajita Grill in Westbrook and at the Cancun Mexican Restaurant in Waterville. The brothers also owned a third restaurant in Biddeford.

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Maine’s First Footgolf Course Opening In Portland

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Officials in the city of Portland say they are opening the first footgolf course in Maine.

Portland Mayor Michael Brennan is unveiling the course at Riverside Golf Course on Monday morning. Footgolf is a sport that combines soccer and golf. The sport will be playable at the golf course’s South Course from Friday until Nov. 30. City officials say the golf course is the first to offer the sport in the state.

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Bangor Nurses Hold Press Conference in Support of Ebola Safety Standards

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Registered nurses in the Bangor area have scheduled a press conference for Tuesday morning.

They’re demanding President Obama and Congress take immediate steps to guarantee the safety of healthcare employees when it comes to the Ebola virus.

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Gas Prices Drop 7 Cents In Maine

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Gas prices have fallen 7 cents a gallon in Maine in the last week.

The average price of a gallon of gas in Maine on Monday was $3.21 a gallon, down 25.5 cents from one month ago, according to gasbuddy.com.

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City Approval Sought For Portland Music Festival

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A broadcasting company is seeking permission from the city of Portland for an all-day music festival at the Eastern Promenade.

Townsquare Media Portland — which owns 15 radio stations — is expected to ask the City Council on Monday to approve a festival for next August.

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2 Dead In Bridgton Car Crash

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BRIDGTON, Maine (AP) — Police say two people have died in a car crash in Bridgton.

Chief Kevin Schofield says the victims were passengers in a car that went out of control while trying to pass another vehicle and struck a tree on Route 302 south just before 6 p.m. Sunday.

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Final Debates On Tap For Governor Candidates

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The three men vying for Maine governor are getting ready to join for their final two debates this week.

Republican Gov. Paul LePage, Democrat Mike Michaud and independent Eliot Cutler will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the University of Maine’s Hannaford Hall for a debate that will air live on WGME-TV in Portland.

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Hillary Clinton To Campaign With Mike Michaud

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Hillary Clinton is scheduled to campaign with Democratic nominee for governor U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud (MEE’-shoh) in Scarborough on Friday.

Michaud says if Maine residents want change in Augusta they have to make it happen. He says that’s why he’s “so humbled and excited” to have Clinton visiting to rally voters and join him in energizing supporters to help ensure a great turnout on Election Day.

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Bowdoin Completes Installation Of Solar Project

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BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — Bowdoin College has completed the installation of the largest solar project in Maine.

The college says there are nearly 4,500 solar panels in the 1.2 megawatt project. There are four major installations: a ground-mount at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station, rooftop systems at the Farley Field House and the Sidney J. Watson Arena and Greason Pool.

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Group Gets $1M To Help People With Dementia

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SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — A group in southern Maine is getting nearly $1 million from the federal government to help older adults living with dementia.

The Southern Maine Agency on Aging tells Maine Public Broadcasting Network that the grant will help the group better identify and serve people living with dementia and boost support given to caregivers, among other things.

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