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Environmentalist Group Targets Gov. LePage

Updated 2 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A California billionaire’s environmental group is launching operations in Maine as it looks to defeat Republican Gov. Paul LePage.

The political action committee NextGen Climate says its targeting 90,000 Maine voters that it believes are concerned about climate change and hopes to use the issue to get them to the polls.

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Activists Go To Court To Get Pot On York Ballot

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YORK, Maine (AP) — Maine pro-marijuana activists are going to court to try to force a town to put a question about legalizing possession of small amounts of pot on this November’s ballot.

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Mayor Offers To Help McGraw Find Portland, Maine

Updated 2 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland, Maine? Tim McGraw doesn’t know where it is. And he doesn’t want to know, either.

The country singer included a song, “Portland, Maine,” on his latest album, “Sundown Heaven Town,” which came out Tuesday.

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Political Foes Slam New LePage Vacation Policy

Updated 2 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s political foes are criticizing a new policy that’s giving more vacation time to political appointees and staff.

The policy change allows 54 officials to count years worked before their appointment when calculating vacation time. The change was first reported Wednesday by the Bangor Daily News.

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Feds Issue Recommendation On Cod Shortage

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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal regulators are recommending a host of new restrictions to protect the Gulf of Maine’s declining cod fishery.

The federal New England Fishery Management Council’s Groundfish Oversight Committee on Wednesday recommended a battery of changes, including implementing expansions to existing inshore spawning closures. The panel also requested a review of the extent of cod bycatch in the lobster fishery.

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House Speaker Boehner To Raise Money For Poliquin

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner is visiting Maine next week to raise money for 2nd Congressional District Republican candidate Bruce Poliquin.

Poliquin Finance Director Jessica Corbett said that Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, will host a closed-door fundraiser on Sept. 25. She declined to provide further details.

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Traffic Stop In Maine Leads To Drug Bust

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GRAY, Maine (AP) — A Massachusetts woman is facing drug charges in Maine after a police officer pulled her over for speeding and found hundreds of oxycodone pills in the vehicle.

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Probe Into Maine Police Chief Ends With Reprimand

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HALLOWELL, Maine (AP) — A city investigation into the conduct of Hallowell’s police chief has ended with an official reprimand but no punishment more than a year after he was accused of sexually assaulting a subordinate female officer.

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Augusta Murder Suspect Wants Statements Dismissed

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The lawyer for an Augusta man charged with fatally stabbing his live-in girlfriend wants statements his client made to investigators dismissed as evidence.

A lawyer for Justin Pillsbury told a judge Tuesday in Kennebec County Superior Court that those statements should be kept out of any trial because his client was not properly advised of his rights and was too sedated after surgery to think straight.

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Maine’s Oldest Chocolatier Under New Ownership

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WESTBROOK, Maine (AP) — Maine’s oldest chocolate maker is under new ownership.

Erin Collins of Freeport this week took over 99-year-old Haven’s Candies in Westbrook, which counts Intel and HBO among its customers.

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LePage To Highlight Toy Brand Coming To Maine

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BURNHAM, Maine (AP) — Republican Gov. Paul LePage is praising a toy company’s decision to manufacture in Maine.

LePage is visiting with Pride Manufacturing officials in Burnham on Wednesday to announce that an “iconic American toy brand” has selected the Maine company as its new manufacturer.

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Feds To Issue Recommendation On Cod Shortage

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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal regulators are set to issue a recommendation about the future of the Gulf of Maine’s declining cod fishery.

The federal New England Fishery Management Council’s Groundfish Oversight Committee will meet Wednesday to discuss a recommendation, which could include shutting down the fishery or imposing a stricter quota.

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Conservation Group Targets Gov. LePage

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A powerful national conservation group is setting its sights on defeating Gov. Paul LePage.

The League of Conservation Voters added the Republican governor to its “dirty dozen” list of candidates it is targeting this year. The group says LePage is the first incumbent governor to make the list, reflecting the “urgency to stop his extensive anti-environment agenda.”

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Maine Communities To Share $1.2 Million In Grants

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The state of Maine is receiving more than $1.2 million in grants for community and economic development in distressed parts of the Northern Forest area.

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Oil Train Protester Convicted

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AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A jury has found one of two defendants who sat on train tracks to block a train carrying crude oil guilty of trespassing.

The jury returned the verdict Tuesday against Douglas Bowen Jr. of Porter. A second defendant, Jessie Dowling of Unity, was awaiting the outcome of her case, which was heard by a separate jury.

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Number Of Uninsured Mainers Rose In 2013

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — New figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau show that the number of Mainers without health insurance grew in 2013.

According to data released Tuesday, Maine was one of two states that saw an increase in the uninsured rate between 2012 and 2013. The other was New Jersey.

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Bailey Island Residents Win Access To Cedar Beach

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HARPSWELL, Maine (AP) — A Maine judge has ruled in the public’s favor in a dispute over beach access on Bailey Island.

Superior Court Justice Nancy Mills ruled Monday that the public had earned an easement because Cedar Beach Road has been used for beach access for more than nine generations.

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Navy Prison Redevelopment Plan Moving Forward

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KITTERY, Maine (AP) — The Navy says it has received more than one proposal in its latest attempt to enlist the private sector to redevelop the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard’s shuttered prison.

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Couple Sues Portland Police After May Arrest

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Bar Harbor couple who were arrested after trying to film police officers in Portland.

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Maine Close On Endangered Species Proposal

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine environmental officials expect to craft legislation to add several new species to the state’s threatened and endangered animals list within a month.

State officials are considering adding the little brown bat and northern long-eared bat to the endangered list after white nose syndrome hurt populations. The eastern small-footed bat also faces threatened status.

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