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Governor Candidates Spar Over Health Care, Jobs

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — In their first debate, the three candidates for Maine governor traded jabs over health care, minimum wage and the state’s struggling paper industry.

Independent Eliot Cutler and Democrat Mike Michaud on Wednesday criticized Gov. Paul LePage over his refusal to expand Medicaid under the federal health care law, which the Republican governor has said will be too costly.

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Flood Of Donations Helps Sanford Food Bank Stay Open

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SANFORD, Maine (AP) — A Maine food bank in danger of shutting its doors because it had run out of cash has been saved by a flood of donations.

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2 Arrested For Allegedly Assaulting Cab Driver

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SACO, Maine (AP) — Police have arrested two men they allege assaulted and robbed a Saco cab driver.

Police were called by a Twin City Taxi dispatcher who told them that one of the company’s drivers had been attacked at about 2 a.m. Tuesday by two men he had driven to a hotel in Saco from Old Orchard Beach.

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Clinton Man Sentenced For Chopping Down Trees

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A former Clinton man who cut down hundreds of cedar trees on his neighbors’ property and sold them as fence posts has avoided serious jail time.

Gregory Hanson pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a charge of theft by unauthorized taking for cutting down about 300 cedars on the private property of three neighbors between October 2013 and March 15. Prosecutors say the 23-year-old Hanson turned the trees into finished fence posts that were put up for sale.

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Boston Man Gets 15 Years On Drug Charges

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Boston man has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for his role in a drug trafficking ring that distributed cocaine in the Lewiston-Auburn area.

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Vermont Wire Fraud Sentencing Postponed Again

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BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The sentencing date for a Vermont man convicted of wire fraud for submitting false invoices to a Maine town will not likely be set until November.

A judge convicted Craig Sanborn, of Maidstone, Vermont, in May. U.S. Attorney Gail Malone says several issues related to his sentencing remain in dispute. She says prosecutors and defense have until early November to return to court with agreements. There was a chance Sanborn could have been sentenced Monday.

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LePage Recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage is planting pink tulips to raise awareness for breast cancer.

The Republican governor will deliver remarks and plant flowers at the Maine Department of Transportation headquarters on Wednesday to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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Murder Trial Nears Conclusion For NYC Man In Portland

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Testimony is drawing to a close in the trial of a New York City man accused killing his girlfriend and leaving her body in an SUV in a motel parking lot in Maine.

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Governor Hopefuls To Face Off In 1st Debate

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The three candidates in a tight race for Maine governor are ready to face off in their first debate.

The debate will be held Wednesday morning at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland. Christopher Hall, CEO of the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce, is serving as moderator.

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Parties File Complaints In Governor’s Race

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Democratic Party says Republican Gov. Paul LePage is inappropriately using state resources to benefit his re-election campaign.

In a complaint filed with the state’s ethics commission Tuesday, Democrats said a campaign spokesman’s trips in a state-funded vehicle are a misuse of taxpayer dollars and should be considered a campaign contribution.

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Defense: Hunting Accident Victim Negligent

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AUBURN, Maine (AP) — Defense attorneys in a Maine manslaughter case say a man who died in a hunting accident had been drinking and was not properly dressed when he was shot and killed.

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Widow Of Man Shot By Police To Sue For $2 Million

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WINDHAM, Maine (AP) — The widow of a man who was shot and killed by a sheriff’s deputy in Maine is planning to sue for $2 million.

The Portland Press Herald reports that Vicki McKenney filed a notice of claim against the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy Nicholas Mangino and the Windham Police Department.

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Christie Headlining LePage Fundraiser Next Week

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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is headlining a fundraiser in Maine for Republican Gov. Paul LePage next week.

LePage Political Adviser Brent Littlefield said Tuesday that Christie will attend a lunchtime fundraiser for the governor in Lewiston on Oct. 14.

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Bath Salts Thrown From Car In Police Chase

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AUBURN, Maine (AP) — Police say a Maine man led state troopers on a chase in which he or a passenger in his vehicle threw bath salts out of his car before he fled into the woods.

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Residents Of Cumberland Debate Beach Creation

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CUMBERLAND, Maine (AP) — Residents of a Maine town are divided about whether it should approve a $3 million bond referendum to establish its first beach.

The Portland Press Herald reports residents argued for and against the referendum at a Monday night town council meeting. The item is on the ballot Nov. 4. The town is asking voters if they want to borrow money to buy 23 acres off Foreside Road including almost 14 acres of shorefront property.

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Regulators Set To Make Decision On Maine Eel Quota

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal regulators will soon approve rules for next year’s Maine baby eel fishing season.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s American Eel Management Board is set to approve a new quota and other rules on Oct. 27. A key federal panel will provide recommendations to the board in about a week.

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York County Food Bank In Danger Of Closing

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SANFORD, Maine (AP) — A York County food bank that makes sure tens of thousands of area residents have enough to eat is in danger of closing this month unless it gets a quick infusion of cash.

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PUC Warns Of Soaring Energy Costs

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — State energy officials are telling mid-size businesses in Maine that their electric bills could more than double this winter.

The Maine Public Utilities Commission said Monday that a medium-sized business such as a grocery store or a small sawmill could see energy costs jump from $870 in September to more than $2,000 in January.

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Sidney Man Pleads Guilty To Sex Trafficking Charge

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — One of two men charged with sex trafficking for allegedly running an escort service out of their Sidney home has pleaded guilty.

Frederick Horne Jr. was fined $1,000 on Monday in Kennebec County Superior Court for the misdemeanor offense.

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Flags At Half-staff To Honor House Clerk

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage has ordered flags lowered to half-staff in honor of Maine Clerk of the House Millie MacFarland.

MacFarland died late last month at a hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska, after a long battle with cancer. She was 58.

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