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Gubernatorial Candidates Spar Over Environmental Policy

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler is launching an attack on the environmental records of his opponents.

Cutler, an independent, is running against Republican Gov. Paul LePage and Democratic Rep. Mike Michaud. He says LePage has “demonstrated outright disregard” for environmental protection, and Michaud’s record is “at best uneven.”

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Michelle Obama Coming To Orono

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ORONO, Maine (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama is coming to Maine to campaign for Democrat Mike Michaud in the governor’s race.

The Michaud campaign said Monday that Mrs. Obama and Michaud will appear together Oct. 3 at the University of Maine. They’ll be joined by Planned Parenthood Action Fund President Cecile Richards.

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LePage Wants To Work With NFL On Domestic Violence

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Gov. Paul LePage is urging the commissioner of the NFL to team up with the nation’s governors to tackle the problem of domestic violence.

In a letter to Roger Goodell last week, LePage said that the NFL should create a coalition of team owners and governors to turn the “national spotlight on this reprehensible crime.”

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University Of Maine System Seeks More State Funds

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine System will ask lawmakers in Augusta for more funding in order to maintain a freeze on tuition rates.

The proposal unanimously approved by the Board of Trustees on Monday calls for increases in state funding from the current $176.2 million to $182.2 million for fiscal year 2016, and $189.1 million for fiscal year 2017. If approved by the Legislature and governor, the system will be able to maintain for an additional two years a tuition freeze that’s been in place since the 2012-13 school year.

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Cutler Outlines Environmental Plan

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler says he wants to rebuild the state’s Department of Environmental Protection, encourage environmentally sound business investment and assist municipalities with aging sewer infrastructure.

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Amtrak Death A Suicide, Police Say

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NORTH BERWICK, Maine (AP) — Police say the death of a man killed when he was hit by the Amtrak Downeaster train was likely a suicide.

The Portland Press-Herald reports the train struck 27-year-old Christopher Sprague of North Berwick on Saturday. Police say Sprague apparently walked up the tracks heading north out of North Berwick, where he was hit by the train. The train was heading north from Boston.

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Bidder Offers $283K For Historic Lighthouse

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SOUTH HARPSWELL, Maine (AP) — The top bidder in a government auction for a Maine lighthouse is willing to pay $283,000 for the 1871-built structure.

The federal General Services Administration shut down the auction for the Halfway Rock Light Station on Saturday. The government will now take from a week to a month reviewing the bid before deciding if it will be awarded. The agency typically identifies the winning bidder after the sale is approved.

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St. Albans Man Dies In Car Crash

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PALMYRA, Maine (AP) — Police say excessive speed is to blame for a car crash in Palmyra that took the life of a St. Albans man.

State police say 51-year-old Earl Hanson died when he lost control of his car, left the road and struck a utility pole at about 2:30 p.m. Monday.

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LePage Says He May Not Participate In Debates

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage says he’s considering not participating in any debates in the three-person governor’s race.

The Republican governor tells WMTW-TV ( ) that he doesn’t want to share the stage with Democratic Rep. Mike Michaud. He says doesn’t think he’ll be on a stage with Michaud “from here on out.”

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Gas Prices Falling In Maine

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Gas prices have fallen 2.8 cents in Maine in the last week.

The average price of a gallon of gas in Maine on Monday was $3.45 a gallon, down 4.5 cents from one month ago, according to gasbuddy.com.

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West Paris House Fire Displaced 21 Residents

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WEST PARIS, Maine (AP) — Investigators say an improperly installed wood pellet stove caused a weekend blaze in West Paris that destroyed a home and displaced 21 people.

About 60 firefighters from more than a dozen surrounding communities responded to the blaze reported just before midnight Saturday.

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Union Man Arrested After Police Pursuit

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WISCASSET, Maine (AP) — A Union man has been arrested after leading police on a high speed chase in an allegedly stolen car.

Police tell WGME-TV that 23-year-old Anthony Baker took off when an officer tried to pull him over for speeding in Wiscasset at about 4 a.m. Sunday.

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Partnership To Help Resolve Rental Disputes

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The National Alliance on Mental Illness is partnering with the Augusta Housing Authority to offer training to landlords and tenants to prevent crises that might result in someone with mental illness becoming homeless.

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Former US Ambassador To Syria Speaking at UMaine

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ORONO, Maine (AP) — The former U.S. ambassador to Syria is speaking at the University of Maine.

Robert Ford, who held the position from 2011 until earlier this year, will discuss domestic policies and U.S. strategy in Syria on Monday at the Buchanan Alumni House.

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Man Who Pushed Wife Off Cliff Nears Sentence

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ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) — A former Maine resident convicted of bashing his wife on the head with a rock and pushing her off a cliff is due to be sentenced this week.

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Trustees To Vote On Budget Proposal

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FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — University of Maine System trustees are meeting to consider asking the state for more money to continue a tuition freeze. They’re also discussing the elimination of three academic programs at the University of Southern Maine.

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Artists Hope To Turn Statehouse Copper Into Art

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine is considering a plan to sell or give some of the weathered green copper from the Statehouse dome to jewelers and artists.

Artists say that preserving the beauty and history of the 100-year-old copper through art is a no-brainer.

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Advocate Groups Gets $1 Million In Grants

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine groups working to eliminate elder abuse and violence against children are getting more than $1 million.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree said the Maine groups will receive the funds through the Department of Justice.

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Bidding Closes On Historic Lighthouse

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HARPSWELL, Maine (AP) — A historic lighthouse in Casco Bay will likely have a new owner after the federal government closed out an auction for the structure.

The Halfway Rock Light Station, built in 1871, is located on a two-acre ledge of rock off of Bailey Island, near South Harpswell.

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Absentee Ballots Are Being Mailed Out

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Early voting is getting under way in Maine — for those in uniform.

Maine election officials say that they’re mailing absentee ballots for military service members and civilians living outside the country. There were 300 requests on file, and those ballots were due to be sent Saturday.

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