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Portland Planning Board Delays Bayside Decision

Updated 4 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Portland Planning Board has postponed a decision on allowing the proposed mixed-use redevelopment of the city’s Bayside neighborhood after several people spoke against it at a public hearing.

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Reopening Group Homes At Riverview Proposed

Updated 4 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The court master overseeing the Riverview Psychiatric Center in Augusta has suggested reopening group homes on state grounds to relieve a space crunch.

Daniel Wathen, a former Maine Supreme Judicial Court chief justice, told a legislative committee Tuesday that even though not every bed is occupied, some of the 53 patients at the state-run hospital are there under court order and are so acutely ill they require higher ratios of staff to patients.

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Ex-Westbrook Man Sentenced For Falmouth Shooting

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A former Westbrook resident who fired six gunshots into a Falmouth home, narrowly missing a couple asleep in bed, has been sentenced to more than three years in prison.

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Maine Lawmakers Tour Early Education Center

Updated 4 months ago

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — Maine lawmakers are touring an early education center that primarily serves low-income children.

The Education Committee is visiting Educare Central Maine in Waterville on Wednesday.

Democratic Sen. Rebecca Millett of South Portland, co-chair of the committee, says touring the facility will allow the committee to see how quality early education programs can be implemented in other communities.

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Report: Yarmouth Park-and-ride Lot Virtually Empty

Updated 4 months ago

YARMOUTH, Maine (AP) — A new 300-spot park-and-ride lot along Interstate 295 in Yarmouth is getting just a handful of cars per day, prompting some people to call it a waste of taxpayer money and an environmental mistake.

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Aluminum Bleachers Stolen From Buckfield Schools

Updated 4 months ago

BUCKFIELD, Maine (AP) — Police think the aluminum bleachers missing from the Buckfield Junior-Senior High School athletic complex were stolen to be sold as scrap.

Jonathan Chalmers, assistant director of buildings and grounds at the school, says a maintenance employee discovered the theft during a check on the fields Friday afternoon.

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Maine Waitress Gets $500 Tip From Kentucky Man

Updated 4 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Kentucky man leaving giant tips at restaurants around the nation in the name of his late brother has struck in Maine.

Seth Collins, of Lexington, Ky., on Monday handed a $500 tip to waitress Emily Young at the end of her shift at the Flatbread Company in Portland.

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Lebanon Man Dies A Week After Being Struck By Car

Updated 4 months ago

LEBANON, Maine (AP) — Authorities say a man struck by a car while walking along the side of a road in Lebanon last week has died.

Jason Cole, Lebanon’s assistant rescue chief, identified the victim as 34-year-old Ryan Kelley, of Lebanon.

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LePage: Maine Manufacturer To Expand, Create Jobs

Updated 4 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage says a manufacturing company in the state is planning to expand its operations.

The Republican governor said that the Ntension Corporation of Hermon, a wholesale tension-fabric structures manufacturer, will expand this spring into a new 40,000 square-foot facility.

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Maine Panel To Discuss Medicaid Consultant, Rides

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine lawmakers are discussing a decision by Republican Gov. Paul LePage administration’s to hire an outside consultant to review Maine’s Medicaid program.

The Health and Human Services committee will consider the nearly $1 million contract for the Alexander Group among other issues involving the state’s health department Tuesday.

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Antifraud Requirement Delays Heating Help

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Advocates say a new mandate that requires that applicants show their Social Security cards before they can get federal heating assistance is delaying aid to those who need it.

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Maine Gas Prices Rise Slightly Over Last Week

Updated 4 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The average retail cost of a gallon of gas has gone up a little over a penny over the past week.

Price-monitoring website MaineGasPrices.com reports Monday that the price is averaging $3.47 a gallon.

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Woman Shot In Gardiner; Police Seek Boyfriend

Updated 4 months ago

GARDINER, Maine (AP) — Police are looking for a man in connection with the weekend shooting of his girlfriend in Gardiner.

Chief James Toman says police received a call just after 6 p.m. Saturday that someone had been shot. The woman was conscious when Gardiner police and rescue personnel arrived. Toman tells the Kennebec Journal, that it’s still too early to say how the gunshot wound was inflicted.

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Police: Pregnant Woman Dies In Topsham Crash

Updated 4 months ago

TOPSHAM, Maine (AP) — Police say a pregnant woman has died in a head-on crash in Topsham that may have been caused by driver fatigue.

The victim was identified by police as 37-year-old Salima Nuh of Auburn.

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Maine Water Utilities Compete In Water Taste Test

Updated 4 months ago

FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — Maine water utilities are squaring off this week in a competition for which one has the best tasting water.

The Maine Rural Water Association is holding its 27th annual water taste test Thursday in Freeport.

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Maine Insurance Regulators Talk Health Overhaul In Bangor

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BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Maine insurance regulators are continuing their tour of the state to educate residents about changes occurring under the federal health care overhaul.

The Maine Bureau of Insurance will hold a public informational session on the Affordable Care Act in the Lecture Hall at the Bangor Public Library on Tuesday.

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Maine Prison Inmate Files Complaint Against State

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine prison inmate has filed notice of a lawsuit against the state and the state prison in Windham because he was pepper-sprayed while restrained and left to suffer for more than 20 minutes.

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Lewiston Woman Faces Welfare Fraud Charges

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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A Lewiston woman has been charged with fraudulently obtaining about $10,000 worth of welfare benefits.

Amina Ege was indicted this week on multiple counts of theft by deception, aggravated forgery and unsworn falsification.

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Farmington Officer Charged With Killing Cow Moose

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FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — A Farmington police sergeant is facing charges for unintentionally killing a cow moose.

The Maine Warden Service has issued a summons for Edward Hastings IV of Chesterville.

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Vassalboro Slaying Suspect To Undergo Evaluation

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A 30-year-old Vassalboro man charged with killing a man he alleges sexually molested him as a boy has been ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation.

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