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Parties File Complaints In Governor’s Race

Updated 2 months ago

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

Updated 2 months ago

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

Updated 2 months ago

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

Updated 2 months ago

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

Updated 2 months ago

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

Updated 2 months ago

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

Updated 2 months ago

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

Updated 2 months ago

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

Updated 2 months ago

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

Updated 2 months ago

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

Updated 2 months ago

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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LePage Decries Cut To Vets Funeral Funding

Updated 2 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage is urging the state’s congressional delegation to help restore funding for a federal program that pays for honor guard details at veterans’ funerals.

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Regulators Set Restrictions On New England Herring

Updated 2 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal regulators are reducing the number of days fishermen can fish for Atlantic herring off of Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Atlantic Herring Section’s members from the three states say vessels may fish for Atlantic herring for four days weekly, from 12:01 a.m. Monday until midnight Thursday. Fishermen had previously been able to fish for herring for seven days. The restrictions apply in a section of the inshore Gulf of Maine that is heavily fished for herring. The rules apply to the end of the calendar year.

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Gabby Giffords Ad To Benefit Susan Collins

Updated 2 months ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gabby Giffords is running a new television advertising campaign to benefit U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine in her bid for re-election.

Collins is one of just two Republicans nationwide to get the backing of the former Democratic Arizona congresswoman’s political action committee. The group, Americans for Responsible Solutions, is dedicated to what it calls common sense gun reforms such as expanded background checks.

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Scientists Probe Mass Frog Deaths In Maine, Beyond

Updated 2 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine biologist says a virus-caused die-off of some 200,000 tadpoles in his backyard pond is the largest documented mass natural death of amphibians ever recorded in academic literature.

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Man To Receive Sentence Date For Wire Fraud

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BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A Vermont man convicted of wire fraud for submitting false invoices to a Maine town may receive a sentencing date soon.

Craig Sanborn, of Maidstone, Vermont, was scheduled in U.S. District Court in Bangor on Monday. A judge convicted Sanborn in May; he faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. His case was scheduled for a pre-sentencing conference. Prosecutors say a sentencing date could be set.

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Gas Prices Fall 3.3 Cents A Gallon In Maine

Updated 3 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Gas prices have fallen 3.3 cents a gallon in Maine in the last week.

The average price of a gallon of gas in Maine on Monday was $3.39 a gallon, down 10.5 cents from one month ago, according to gasbuddy.com.

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USM To Cut 50 Faculty and 2 Programs

Updated 3 months ago

 

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – The University of Southern Maine will cut 50 faculty positions and two academic programs to try to close some of its $16 million budget gap.

The Portland Press Herald, reports the moves are expected to cut $6 million off the deficit. The cuts are the first of a three-step plan to downsize the public Portland university. Enrollment at the school has dropped almost 30 percent in the last five years.

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Kennebunk Woman Creates Endowment To Support Rink

Updated 3 months ago

KENNEBUNK, Maine (AP) — A Kennebunk woman has set up a $1.5 million endowment that ensures children in town have a safe place to hone their ice skating skills.

Geraldine Waterhouse’s generosity sparked a fundraising campaign that has raised nearly $900,000 to build the 11,000-square-foot Waterhouse Pavilion, an open-air rink officials hope will bring more people downtown and support the local economy.

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Historic Portland Cemetery Reclaimed

Updated 3 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A small Portland graveyard that dates to the 18th century has been put back on the map of the city’s historic burial grounds.

The Grand Trunk Cemetery, also known as the East Deering Cemetery and Presumpscot Street Cemetery, was the burial ground for settlers between 1793 and 1898.

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