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Biddeford Teen’s Mom: I Called Police Before Fire

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BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — The mother of a Maine teenager charged with murder in a fire that killed two men says she contacted police several times to report her son had collected bomb-making materials and she was concerned about his behavior.

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Nanny, With 3 Children Arrested In Saco Drug Bust

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SACO, Maine (AP) — Saco police say a nanny taking care of three children was one of two people arrested in a drug bust.

Deputy Chief Jeffrey Holland says officers acting on a tip staked out a hotel in town earlier this week. He tells the Portland Press Herald an SUV pulled up.

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Man Gets Jail Time For Stealing Blind Man’s Meds

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PARIS, Maine (AP) — A Maine man has been sentenced to nine months in prison for stealing the pain medication of a blind man who uses a wheelchair.

The Sun Journal reports that Daniel Keirstead, of Sandy River Plantation, was also sentenced to three years of probation, after he agreed to plead no contest to felony charges of robbery, burglary and stealing drugs. He was also fined $400, barred from having contact with the victim and prohibited from using drugs and alcohol.

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Sens. Collins, King Visiting Guantanamo Bay

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King are heading to Guantanamo Bay to review the detention center there.

Collins, a Republican, and King, an Independent, are among a bipartisan group of seven lawmakers traveling to the U.S. military base in Cuba on Friday.

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Maine Among Highest Student Loan Debt States

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine continues to have one of the highest undergraduate student loan burdens in the country.

The Portland Press Herald reports graduating seniors from Maine’s public and private nonprofit colleges in 2013 averaged $29,900 in debt. The national average was $28,400. The Project on Student Debt says Maine’s figure is seventh in the nation. Maine also ranked seventh in 2012.

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Hearing Friday For Man Charged With Mailing Poison

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BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A Maine resident accused of sending poison to a depressed Englishman who used it to kill himself will likely be in court for a bail hearing next month.

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Commission OKs Maine’s 2nd Virtual Charter School

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A second virtual public charter school in Maine is getting the green light.

In a 6-1 vote on Thursday, the Maine Charter School Commission voted to enter into contract negotiations with the Maine Virtual Academy.

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Recounts Taking Place In 5 Senate Races

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine officials will recount ballots to officially determine the winner in five close state Senate races.

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap says that five requests were submitted by Wednesday’s deadline.

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Man Who Defrauded Maine Town Sentencing Is Jan. 21

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BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A Vermont man convicted of wire fraud for defrauding a Maine town is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 21, 2015.

Federal prosecutor Gail Malone says Craig Sanborn of Maidstone will be sentenced in federal court in Bangor that day. A judge convicted him in May of submitting $300,000 worth of false invoices to Brownville, Maine, for materials and services he never bought. He faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Documents say Judge John A. Woodcock Jr. will handle the case.

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Portland House That Burned Was In Foreclosure

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The apartment house in Portland where a fire killed six people on Nov. 1 was in foreclosure.

The Portland Press Herald ( ) reports that this summer, landlord Gregory Nisbet was given 300 days to buy the Noyes Street home back from the bank for more than $300,000. The paper cites records from the Cumberland County Register of Deeds. Nisbet did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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APNewsBreak: Inquiry Cites Complacency In Sub Fire

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An investigation into a fire that crippled a U.S. submarine concludes that the Navy was complacent about fire safety during shipyard repairs and put too much faith in firefighters who’d never trained to battle a blaze aboard a submarine.

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Services Agency Replaces 2 Top Managers

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Two top managers at Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services are no longer employed there, but the agency is not saying why.

Department spokesman John Martins confirmed Wednesday that Guy Cousins, director of the Office of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, and Therese Cahill-Low, director of the Office of Child and Family Services, no longer work for the department.

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Ex-Rumford Official Gets 30 Days In Jail

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PARIS, Maine (AP) — A former Rumford town official has been sentenced to a month in prison after pleading guilty to possessing more than 1,000 sexually explicit images of children.

Jeremy Vashaw was sentenced Wednesday to serve 30 days of an 18-month sentence after pleading guilty in Oxford County Superior Court to a charge of possession of sexually explicit materials.

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Suspect In Biddeford Arson Faces Weapons Charge

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BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — The Biddeford man charged with starting a fire that killed two people is also facing a concealed weapons charge.

The new charge against 18-year-old Dylan Collins was originally impounded, but some documents in the case were made public Wednesday at the request of the Portland Press Herald.

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Anson Man Pleads Not Guilty To 2 Manslaughter Counts

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SKOWHEGAN, Maine (AP) — An Anson man prosecutors say caused a head-on car crash that killed two people has pleaded not guilty to two counts of manslaughter.

Mark Schobel was arraigned Wednesday in Skowhegan District Court in connection with the February crash on Route 16 in Emden. His passenger, 22-year-old Jennifer Nile, of Embden, as well as a passenger in the other vehicle, 67-year-old Ruth Souweine, of Bangor, died.

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Maine’s Second Online Charter School Up For Vote

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Charter School Commission is set to vote on a recommendation to authorize contract negotiations between the state and a group that wants to open Maine’s second online charter school.

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Fish Regulators Want Herring Science Pitches

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Fishery regulators are looking for proposals to support scientific studies about the conversation of river herring.

The interstate Atlantic States Marines Fisheries Commission is providing funding for proposals to gather data to measure the performance of fish passage improvement projects. The commission is also accepting proposals about habitat restoration, dam-related herring mortality, and the impacts of fisheries on river herring. Other potential projects include documentation of the life history of the marine phase of river herring and reviews of contaminant effects on freshwater ecosystems.

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Portland Cuts Budget As Showdown Looms With LePage

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The city of Portland has advised departments to prepare for spending cuts because of uncertainty during a legal fight with the state over benefits provided to immigrants.

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Forbes: Maine Now Next-to-worst State For Business

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Forbes magazine’s annual rankings of the best and worst states in which to do business show Maine improving from worst to 49th.

The Portland Press Herald says Maine has held the distinction for the past four years, but is now one spot ahead of Mississippi. The magazine places the blame for Maine’s low ranking on “the state’s high corporate tax burden and lousy job and economic growth forecast.”

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Heating Oil Prices Drop 3 Cents

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine government survey says the average statewide cash price for heating oil dropped 3 cents in the past week.

The Governor’s Energy Office says the average price according to the Nov. 10 survey was $3.09. The average kerosene price of $3.65 was down 3 cents from the previous week. Propane prices held steady at $2.82. Heating oil averaged $3.52 per gallon a year ago at this time, while kerosene dropped 28 cents in that time and propane rose 9 cents.

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