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Train And Logging Truck Collide

Updated 2 days ago

LIVERMORE FALLS, Maine (AP) — A train and a logging truck have collided in Livermore Falls, injuring the truck driver and spilling logs over a busy road.

WGME-TV reports that the accident happened around 3 p.m. Wednesday on Route 17 when the logging truck was hit by a Pan Am Railways train. The truck driver is being treated at a local hospital. His injuries weren’t immediately known.

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Quebec Police Try To Prevent Auction Of Locomotive

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MONTREAL (AP) — Quebec provincial police say they’ve taken steps to prevent the U.S. auction of the locomotive from the runaway oil train that derailed and exploded in the town of Lac-Megantic, killing 47 people.

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University Of Southern Maine Names New President

Updated 3 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — University of Southern Maine officials say former Central Maine Power chief David Flanagan will lead the state’s second-largest university as its new president.

University of Maine System Chancellor James H. Page announced Flanagan’s appointment on Wednesday. Flanagan will take over for former interim president Theodora Kalikow, who stepped down July 18 to become acting vice chancellor of the seven-school system through the end of her contract next year.

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LePage: “Able Bodied” Food Stamp Recipients Must Work

Rob Poindexter

Updated 3 days ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Maine Gov. Paul LePage wants to require food stamp recipients to work while receiving benefits.

The Republican governor’s administration said Wednesday that Maine will no longer pursue a waiver from the federal government that allows recipients in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to receive ongoing benefits without having a job.

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Portland To Consider A Minimum Wage Hike

Updated 3 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland is considering a plan to raise the city’s minimum wage to $9.50 per hour, two dollars more than the current statewide minimum.

Mayor Michael Brennan said Tuesday the plan he’s developing in conjunction with a city task force could be presented to the City Council for consideration as soon as September, for implementation in January.

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Veterans Housing Project In Lewiston Progresses

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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A transitional housing program for homeless veterans in Lewiston is scheduled to open this fall, despite some setbacks including a rash of vandalism.

Vincent Perrone, president of Veterans Inc., the Worcester, Massachusetts-based company renovating the former St. Joseph’s School, says the facility should be ready for occupants Nov. 1.

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Clinton Man Sentenced For Antiques Theft

Updated 3 days ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Clinton man has been sentenced to five years in prison for a series of offenses, including the theft of more than $100,000 worth of goods from a Benton antiques dealer.

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Harpswell Man Sentenced For Molesting Girl

Updated 3 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Harpswell man has been sentenced to serve more than five years in prison after pleading guilty to sexually molesting a young girl numerous times over two years starting when she was 11.

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State To Open Center For Migrant Blueberry Farmers

Updated 3 days ago

COLUMBIA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Department of Labor is joining with community service organizations to open a service center for migrant farm workers in Washington County.

The Blueberry Rakers’ Center will open Aug. 4 and offer migrant farm workers and their families legal advice, medical care access, educational resources, and guidance in seeking other services. The center will be open Aug. 4 to Aug. 8, Aug. 11 to Aug. 15, and Aug. 18 and Aug. 19. The Maine Migrant Health Program will open a food pantry on the site on Aug. 3.

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Passamaquoddy Communities Get Federal Help

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture will give $251,000 in grants and loans to three rural Maine communities and the Passamaquoddy tribe for local projects.

The agency says it will give the tribe $99,500 in the form of a rural business enterprise grant to assist in launching Passamaquoddy Maple Syrup Ventures.

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Maine To Pick Order Of Bond Questions On Ballot

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s secretary of state will oversee the drawing that will determine the order of the bond questions on November’s ballot.

The drawing will be held on Wednesday at Matthew Dunlap’s office at the Nash School Building in Augusta.

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Sidney At Odds With Farmer Over Highway Goats

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SIDNEY, Maine (AP) — A Maine town is having problems with goats repeatedly escaping from a farm and grazing on the side of Interstate 95.

The Morning Sentinel reports Sidney, Maine officials say Mark Gould’s goats were seen grazing astride the highway near mile marker 122 on Sunday and Monday. State law says a domestic animal cannot trespass on government-owned property and the animal’s owner could be subject to a fine.

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Michaud With Most Cash On Hand In Governor’s Race

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Democratic candidate Mike Michaud has more than $1 million left in his campaign war chest as he seeks to unseat Republican Gov. Paul LePage this November.

Michaud reported Tuesday that he raised about $355,000, including in-kind contributions, in the period between May 28 and July 15. LePage’s campaign raised $234,000 over that same period. The governor has about $915,000 cash left and has raised roughly $1.3 million since the beginning of his campaign.

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LePage Calls For Health Care Law Fix After Ruling

Updated 3 days ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Republican Gov. Paul LePage says a court ruling shows that the federal health care law is a disaster and is urging Congress to fix it immediately.

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the Affordable Care Act only allows insurance subsidies in states with their own exchanges. Another court found that consumers in all 50 states can buy subsidized coverage.

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Feds: Husband Tried To Smuggle Wife Into Maine

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JACKMAN, Maine (AP) — Federal officials say a Canadian man is facing charges after he tried to illegally bring his wife across the border into Maine.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers say they became suspicious last week when they found women’s clothing in the vehicle of 41-year-old Pierre Poulin of St. Martin, Quebec, as he attempted to cross the border at Jackman. Border Patrol agents found his 27-year-old wife dressed in camouflage in the woods.

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Balloon Fest Rescinds Invitation To Pilot In Crash

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CLINTON, Mass. (AP) — A popular Maine balloon festival is rescinding its invitation to a pilot whose hot air balloon crashed into power lines in Massachusetts, injuring several people.

The balloon, dubbed the Raspberry Ripple, was scheduled to participate in the Great Falls Balloon Festival in Lewiston-Auburn next month. It’s registered to Derald Young, who operates Damn Yankee Balloons in Dixfield, Maine. The business didn’t immediately return a call.

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Lawsuit Expected After Vote To Ban Tar Sands Oil

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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The president of the Maine Energy Marketers Association says zoning changes intended to keep tar sands oil out of South Portland will likely be challenged in court.

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Controversial Maine Park Sale Unlikely For Ballot

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The controversial sale of a tiny park in Portland, Maine, looks unlikely to appear on the November ballot.

The Portland Press Herald reports the City Council showed no urgency about moving forward with the sale of Congress Square Plaza at its Monday night meeting. A June referendum blocked a proposed sale of two-thirds of the park and made it more difficult for the city to sell public parks in the future.

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LePage: Feds Placed 8 Immigrant Children In Maine

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Gov. Paul LePage says that eight unaccompanied children who crossed the nation’s border illegally have been placed in Maine.

LePage said Tuesday that he learned the information on a conference call with White House officials on Tuesday, but received no details on where the children are from or where they were placed.

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Maine High Court: Man Who Shot Friend Is Guilty

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine Supreme Judicial Court is reaffirming the manslaughter conviction of a Belfast man found guilty of shooting his best friend.

A judge in October 2012 sentenced then-21-year-old Luke Bryant to 15 years in prison with nine to serve and four years’ probation. The judge also ordered Bryant to pay more than $3,000 in restitution and forfeit the gun used to kill 19-year-old Tyler Seaney.

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