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Wilton Berry Festival To Feature Huge Human Organs

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WILTON, Maine (AP) — One of the main attractions at this year’s Wilton Blueberry Festival isn’t a fruit — it’s a set of giant inflatable human organs for people to walk through.

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Maine Google Barge Soon To Ship Out

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Google’s barge in Portland, Maine, is on the move, but the mysterious structure’s destination is unclear.

The Portland Press Herald reports the four-story barge moved to South Portland on Wednesday. The owner of the cargo terminal where the barge is docked tells the paper an “international barging company” purchased the barge and it and is soon leaving Portland for an “ocean voyage.”

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Maine Senate Confirms LePage Judicial Nominees

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Senate has unanimously confirmed Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s judicial nominees.

The Democratic-controlled Senate on Thursday approved the nomination of Jeffery Hjelm (HELM) to the Maine Supreme Court and Deputy Attorney General William Stokes to Superior Court.

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Senate President’s PAC Fined For Finance Violation

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Senate President’s leadership political action committee will pay a $1,500 fine for a campaign finance violation.

The Maine Commission on Ethics and Governmental Practices commission fined Justin Alfond’s PAC on Thursday. The Democrat says that contributions and expenditures were inadvertently left off two quarterly reports.

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New Law Looks To Avoid Missed Deadlines On Dams

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A new state law about to take effect is aimed at preventing the state from missing deadlines for the relicensing of dams.

The Legislature approved the law after the Maine Department of Environmental Protection missed three federal deadlines. Democratic Rep. Jeff McCabe, the assistant House majority leader, said that resulted in the state losing its power to weigh in on water quality issues for those waterways.

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2 Teens Killed In Boothbay Crash

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BOOTHBAY HARBOR, Maine (AP) — Police are continuing to investigate a crash in Boothbay Harbor that left two teenagers dead.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s office says the teens were in an SUV that was traveling at a high rate of speed when it went off Route 27 early Wednesday morning and struck several trees.

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Blaze At Condo Complex Drives Out Dozens

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WESTBROOK, Maine (AP) — No injuries are reported but authorities say 45 people are homeless after a three-alarm fire at a condominium complex in Westbrook.

Fire Chief Michael Pardue says the fire started in a kitchen Wednesday night and caused damaged to 24 units at the Dolley Brook Condominiums.

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Hebron’s Redneck Games Kick Off Thursday

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HEBRON, Maine (AP) — It’s time for rednecks to start their blanking games in Maine.

The fourth annual event in Hebron, Maine, originally launched as the Redneck Olympics. But it’s now called the “Redneck (Blank)” after the real Olympics threatened to sue.

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Official: Friendly Persona For Saco Abuser Not Unusual

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SACO, Maine (AP) — Friends and neighbors were stunned to learn that a maintenance worker who always presented a friendly face had killed his wife and three children before taking his own life.

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Cops: No Charges In Fatal Accident

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VASSALBORO, Maine (AP) — Police say there will be no charges stemming from a Vassalboro, Maine, accident that killed a Windsor man on Route 3.

Ninety-one-year-old Clifford Welch died in the Tuesday morning crash when a pickup truck hit a car he was a passenger in. Welch’s wife, 82-year-old Grace Welch, was driving the car. Police say on Wednesday that they do not foresee any criminal charges in the case.

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Officer Stops Driver For Speeding, Saves His Life

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KENNEBUNK, Maine (AP) — Not many people can say they owe their lives to a near speeding ticket.

But 86-year-old Gavin Falconer can. He was pulled over Saturday by a police officer in Kennebunk, Maine. But shortly after handing over his license and registration, Falconer suffered an apparent heart attack and slumped over without a pulse.

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Investigator: Bird Sanctuary Fire Was Arson

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ELLSWORTH, Maine (AP) — The district attorney is reviewing the results of a state fire marshal investigation into an arson fire last March at Birdsacre, a nonprofit bird sanctuary in Ellsworth.

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6 MOO Milk Farms Sign On With Organic Valley

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Wisconsin-based milk distributor is expanding its Maine supply network and picking up half of the former MOO Milk organic dairy farms as suppliers.

Organic Valley official Steve Getz said an expansion into Aroostook County includes HB Farms in Woodland and Chase’s Organic Dairy in Mapleton, two partners in the now-defunct Maine’s Own Organic Milk, or MOO Milk.

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$39M In Unexpected Revenue At End Of Fiscal Year

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Gov. Paul LePage’s administration says Maine ended the fiscal year on June 30 with better-than-expected revenues of $39 million.

Department of Administrative and Financial Services Commissioner Richard Rosen said Wednesday that the revenue and unused funds produced a net year-end surplus of nearly $62 million.

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Exhibit To Honor Earhart’s Visit To Maine

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A group representing women pilots is planning to mark the 80th anniversary of Amelia Earhart’s visit to Maine.

An informational display is planned for Saturday in a hangar at Maine Instrument Flight, adjacent to the state airport in Augusta.

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Officer Stops Man For Speeding, Then Saves Him

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KENNEBUNK, Maine (AP) — Getting pulled over for speeding may have been the luckiest thing that happened to an elderly man in Maine.

Gavin Falconer was stopped on Saturday by a police officer in Kennebunk. But shortly after giving the officer his license and registration, the 84-year-old suffered an apparent heart attack and slumped over in the car with no pulse.

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Amtrak’s Downeaster Wrapping Up Difficult Month

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Amtrak’s Downeaster is wrapping up the worst month for train cancellations since the passenger rail service launched more than a decade ago.

The train’s on-time performance usually runs around 80 percent but it dipped to about 15 percent in July and ridership has dropped because of delays and cancelations caused by track repairs following a harsh winter.

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Sentencing For Maine Wife Pusher Set For Sept. 25

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ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) — Court officials say a former Maine resident convicted of trying to kill his wife by pushing her off a cliff will be sentenced on Sept. 25.

A Maine jury convicted 71-year-old Charles Black of six felonies on July 21. The top charge of attempted murder carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison. Officials say the sentencing date is tentative.

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Vigil Held Outside Slain Family’s Apartment

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SACO, Maine (AP) — A candlelight vigil has been held for a Maine family killed in an apparent murder-suicide.

People gathered Tuesday night outside a Saco apartment building, where the family lived.

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Lewiston Man Who Streamed Sex Act Gets 25 Years

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A 30-year-old Lewiston man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for sexual exploitation of a child.

Court documents indicate Ethan Hinkley streamed video online as he forced a teenager to masturbate at knifepoint

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