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6 New England Governors Urge Painkiller Reversal

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The six New England governors are urging the U.S. Health and Human Services secretary to reverse the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of a powerful new painkiller, Zohydro.

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Portland Jetport Security Finds Gun In Luggage

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Transportation Security Administration officials say they found a handgun in a passenger’s carry-on luggage at Portland International Jetport.

WCHS6 reports the gun — a .32-caliber Beretta — was detected at the security checkpoint.

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Man Guilty Of Transporting Women For Prostitution

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Boston man has been found guilty in a Maine court of transporting women for prostitution.

Twenty-eight-year-old Fritz Blanchard was convicted on Thursday after a four-day jury trial in Portland.

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Maine Town And Resident Clash Over Critical Signs

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NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine (AP) — A Maine town and long-time local government critic are clashing over whether the town can use a zoning ordinance to force the man to remove political signs from his front lawn.

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Maine To Manage Growing Black Sea Bass Fishery

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine fishery officials are proposing regulations to manage black sea bass, a species that is increasing in abundance in the state’s waters.

Maine Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher says the regulations will govern recreational and commercial fishing of the species. He calls black sea bass a new commercially-viable species for the state.

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Unions: FairPoint Not Playing Fair In Labor Talks

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — FairPoint Communications workers in northern New England say they knew concessions were in the offing going into labor negotiations with two unions. But they say the telecommunications company isn’t playing fair.

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Michaud Rally With Clinton Moved To Bigger Venue

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A rally for Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Mike Michaud that’s being headlined by former President Bill Clinton is being moved to a bigger venue.

The event scheduled for Tuesday night will now take place at the Portland Exposition Building. It was supposed to be at the Ocean Gateway, but Michaud’s campaign said high demand prompted them to move it to a larger location.

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Maine Health Officials Say EEE Found In York Pool

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention says the virus that causes Eastern Equine Encephalitis has been found in a mosquito pool in York.

The sample was collected on Aug. 27 and it was tested Friday.

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Ex-publisher Appears In Court On Child Porn Charge

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AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A former Auburn city councilor who also once published a local magazine and organized a community film festival has appeared in court for the first time since being charged with possessing child pornography.

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5 Things To Know About Maine’s Upcoming Election

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Maine candidates are heading into the final stretch and all eyes are on the battle for the Blaine House. While the tight three-person race for governor is likely to get the most attention this fall, the contest for Maine’s open 2nd Congressional District seat and local races that will determine which party controls the state House and Senate are also sure to be highly competitive.

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Westbrook Officer Claims Sexual Harassment

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WESTBROOK, Maine (AP) — A Westbrook police officer has filed notice of her intention to sue the city, claiming she was sexually harassed after issuing a speeding ticket to another officer’s girlfriend.

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Augusta School Crossing Guard Reports To Work

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Even though the Augusta school board eliminated crossing guards this summer, one dedicated crossing guard is reported for anyway.

Sherry MacArthur, with a hand-held stop sign, helped kids cross the street near Lincoln Elementary School on Wednesday and Thursday.

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Ex-minor League Hockey Coach Gets 2-month Sentence

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A former assistant coach for the Portland Pirates minor league hockey team has been sentenced to two months in jail after pleading no contest to a charge of sexual misconduct with a 13-year-old girl.

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Lost Valley Coming Up With A Plan To Reopen

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AUBURN, Maine (AP) — Maine’s Lost Valley ski area and community volunteers are pulling together a plan to try to reopen this winter.

Lincoln Hayes, one of the owners, said a recent meeting with the Auburn Ski Association yielded some progress but that a plan hasn’t yet been finalized.

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Maine Group Gives Grades On Conservation Issues

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A conservation group in Maine is handing out grades to lawmakers for their votes in the Legislature.

Maine Conservation Voters unveiled its 2014 environmental scorecard on Thursday.

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Workers Cheer Restored Market Basket CEO

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TEWKSBURY, Mass. (AP) — The restored chief of the Market Basket supermarket chain told workers at company headquarters in Massachusetts that he loved them and appreciated their efforts in helping him regain control of the company.

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UMaine-Machias President To Resign In December

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MACHIAS, Maine (AP) — University of Maine officials say the president of the system’s Machias campus will resign at the end of December.

President Cynthia Huggins became the university’s president in 2005 after joining the faculty as an assistant English professor eight years prior. University officials say she announced her intent to retire during a “Welcome Back” breakfast event for university employees on Thursday.

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FairPoint Declares Impasse, Unions Disagree

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – Unions representing more than 1,700 FairPoint Communications workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont want the National Labor Relations Board to reinstate terms of their old contract. In the meantime, they’re evaluating options that include a strike.

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Woman Charged With Stealing $750,000 From Employer

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A New Hampshire woman charged with stealing $750,000 from her Maine-based employer has appeared in federal court in Portland.

Janis Woods of Conway, New Hampshire, a former bookkeeper at a drilling business in the town of Norway, was in court Wednesday to face a bank fraud charge. She did not enter a plea.

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Maine Pays $7.2M For Land On Portland Waterfront

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Department of Transportation has paid a Portland businessman $7.2 million for 18 acres of industrial waterfront land it seized from him this spring as part of a seaport terminal expansion project.

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