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Portland Christmas Tree Arrives On Thursday

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s largest city is ready to unveil its Christmas tree for the holiday season.

City officials say the tree will arrive in Monument Square in Portland’s downtown on Thursday at 10 a.m. City residents Mikki Jones-Little and David Little of Brentwood Street are providing the tree. Workers will cut the tree from the couple’s yard at 8:30 a.m.

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Electronic Monitoring Projects Advancing

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine officials are hoping to expand the use of electronic monitoring systems for domestic violence abusers.

The Maine State Board of Corrections is seeking proposals from counties interested in beginning electronic monitoring pilot programs in their areas. The state hopes to launch the six-month projects in one rural and one urban location beginning in January.

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LePage Calls Obama’s Immigration Plan ‘shameful’

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage says President Barack Obama’s plan to shield millions of immigrants illegally in the United States from deportation is “shameful.”

The Republican governor told the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday that it took him 11 years and $80,000 under current immigration procedures to get a green card for a Jamaican whom LePage took into his home at the age of 17.

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Assisters Praise Smoother Enrollment Session

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — People helping to enroll Maine residents in health insurance plans on the exchange say demand appears to be high and that the process is going smoothly, thanks to fewer glitches plaguing the federally-run website.

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Paris Man Charged With Injuring 1-month-old Baby

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PARIS, Maine (AP) — Police say a Paris man is facing charges after allegedly breaking his infant daughter’s ribs.

Joshua Dodd faces charges including assault on a child under 6 years old.

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Augusta Store Wins Court Battle Over Silver Bar

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A bar of silver bullion weighing 100 troy ounces that was the subject of a police investigation has been returned to an Augusta pawn shop under a court agreement.

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OOB Man Gets 9 Years For Pharmacy Robbery

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An Old Orchard Beach man has been sentenced to nine years in federal prison for stealing prescription drugs from a pharmacy and threatening to shoot the pharmacist.

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Police: Naked Burglary Suspect Appeared To Be High

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FALMOUTH, Maine (AP) — Court documents indicate that the Falmouth teenager charged with breaking into two houses while naked was under the influence of drugs.

Eighteen-year-old Logan Valle remained jailed on $10,000 bail Tuesday after his arrest Saturday night on charges of burglary, theft, criminal mischief and criminal trespass.

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Portland Ice Arena To Be Renamed For Former Mayor

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Portland Ice Arena will now bear the name of the politician who fought for it to be built.

The Portland Press Herald reports the 30-year-old arena will be renamed after former mayor and city councilor William B. Troubh (pronounced: TRUBE).

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Maine Senate To Decide Close District 25 Race

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Senate will decide the winner of a close race for one of the chamber’s seats.

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap says a recount of ballots Tuesday showed Republican Cathleen Manchester beat Democrat Catherine Breen by 11 votes in the race for Senate District 25, which covers part of Cumberland County. But unofficial results before the recount showed Breen beating Manchester by 32 votes.

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Panel Finds Religious Discrimination At Restaurant

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WALDOBORO, Maine (AP) — The Maine Human Rights Commission says a Waldoboro restaurant worker was right when she alleged that her employer discriminated against her on religious grounds after she began dating the son of the restaurant’s co-owner.

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Group To Unveil Marijuana Legalization Plan

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A group that wants to legalize recreational marijuana use in Maine is set to present a draft of its plan at the Maine State House.

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Regulators Cut New England Cod Quota

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal regulators are cutting the maximum amount of cod that fishermen can take from the Gulf of Maine by 75 percent.

The New England Fishery Management Council voted Tuesday to reduce the total allowable cod catch limit from 1,550 to 386 metric tons. Regulators say the level of cod spawning in the Gulf is at an all-time low.

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Maine’s Top Court Rules Against Housecleaner

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Supreme Judicial Court says a lower court was right to deny an appeal from a housecleaner who asked the court to suppress a confession she offered about stealing drugs after she failed a polygraph test.

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Augusta Crash Hospitalizes Two

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A head-on collision in Augusta has hospitalized two people.

The Kennebec Journal ( ) reports two women were removed from cars after the Tuesday morning collision. One was taken to a hospital by helicopter and the other by ambulance to MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta. Police say a snow squall prevented a second helicopter from landing at the scene.

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LePage: Medicaid Fight May Go To Supreme Court

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage he expects that the state’s fight with the federal government over whether it can remove thousands of low-income young adults from the state’s welfare rolls will end up in the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Judge Denies Ex-selectwoman’s Bail Request

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BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The former Chelsea selectwoman convicted of federal extortion charges has lost another attempt to be freed on bail pending appeal.

A federal judge denied Carole Swan’s most recent requests.

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Portland Councilors Vote To Allow Library Guards

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Portland City Council has voted to allow the public library to hire private security guards with constable powers to deal with unruly patrons, despite concerns from some that the homeless and minorities would be targeted.

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FairPoint, Striking Workers Return To Table

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — FairPoint Communications and representatives of more than 1,700 striking workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont are going back to the negotiating table.

A federal mediator asked the telecommunications company and two unions to meet Tuesday in Boston to see if they can find any common ground that could end a strike by more than 1,700 workers.

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Regulators To Set Long Term Parameters For Cod

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal regulators are meeting in Rhode Island to consider long term restrictions for the Gulf of Maine’s depleted cod fishery.

The New England Fishery Management Council is meeting Tuesday and could stretch into Wednesday. The meeting is about a week after the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced the emergency closure of commercial and recreational cod fishing in parts of the Gulf. The emergency restrictions include a 200-pound limit on how much a vessel can catch during one trip.

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