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Heating Prices Continue To Drop

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A state of Maine survey indicates the average price of heating oil has dropped 4 cents over the past week to the lowest heating season price recorded in three years.

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Father Accused Of Abuse Had Been Fired From Job

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine man charged with throwing his infant son down a flight of stairs was fired from Riverview Psychiatric Center after authorizing the use of pepper spray on a woman who was restrained for hours with the irritating substance on her skin.

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Maine Students Cast Their Ballots In Mock Election

Rob Poindexter

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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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3 Whooping Cough Cases At Anson School

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ANSON, Maine (AP) — Three cases of whooping cough have been confirmed at an Anson elementary school and district officials have organized a public meeting to discuss prevention and response measures.

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Gardiner Man Pleads Guilty To Robbing Pharmacy

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Gardiner man who robbed a Bridgton pharmacy of prescription painkillers on Thanksgiving Day last year has pleaded guilty.

Robert Richard pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Portland to a felony charge of interference with commerce by robbery.

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Sales Of Single-family Homes In Maine Up

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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Home sales in Maine are bucking national and regional trends, as the number of existing single-family homes jumped by more than 6 percent in September when compared to the year-ago month.

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Theft Charge For Ex-New Hampshire Chief From Maine

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FARMINGTON, N.H. (AP) — The former fire chief in Farmington has been indicted on charges he stole at least $1,500 in town funds.

Fosters Daily Democrat reports that 48-year-old Richard Fowler of Skowhegan, Maine, was charged with taking the money between November 2009 and June of this year.

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Feds Allege Sexual Harassment At Farm

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government has sued a Maine farm alleging that it allowed male workers to sexually harass women hired as seasonal harvesters.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said in its lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Portland that female employees at County Fair Farm in Jefferson were subjected to unwanted sexual propositioning, groping, and that farm management ignored their complaints.

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Mill, Land Owner Files For Bankruptcy

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EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine (AP) — The corporation that owns Great Northern Paper’s East Millinocket mill and the land beneath it is filing for bankruptcy.

The Portland Press Herald reports that the filing by GNP East Inc. follows a similar move by sister corporation GNP Maine Holdings Inc., which filed for bankruptcy in September. That corporation owns the mill’s paper-making equipment.

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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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