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Lawyer Arrested For Child Porn

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FALMOUTH, Maine (AP) — Maine State Police have arrested a Portland attorney on charges of possessing child pornography.

Steve McCausland of the Maine Department of Public Safety says 63-year-old Lawrence Winger of Falmouth came to the attention of the Maine Computer Crimes Unit last month.

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Donations Can Double In Governor’s Race

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — New donors will now be able to give up to $3,000 to a candidate for Maine governor.

The Maine ethics commission adopted the policy Wednesday after a federal judge ruled that supporters of independent candidate Eliot Cutler should be allowed to donate as much as they can to major party candidates.

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LOVE Artist Robert Indiana At Center Of Exhibit

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VINALHAVEN, Maine (AP) — Maine-based pop artist Robert Indiana will participate in International HOPE Day, a celebration of his art in countries across the world.

The artist is best known for his “LOVE” image, in which the L and O sit atop the V and E. His HOPE image follows a similar theme. The image will be a part of installations and events in Munich, Caracas, Miami, New York City and Vinalhaven, Maine on Indiana’s Sept. 13 birthday. He will turn 86 that day.

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Heating Prices Drop In August

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine government survey says the average price of heating oil in the state has dropped 6 cents from a month ago to $3.39 per gallon.

The Governor’s Energy Office said Tuesday that the average statewide price for a gallon of heating oil ranged from $3.08 to $3.87. It also found the average price of kerosene dropped 4 cents over the last month, to $3.87 per gallon. The average propane price is now $2.85, a 3-cent rise per gallon over the last few weeks. Heating oil and kerosene are both slightly less expensive than last August, while propane is 25 cents more expensive.

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Climber Rescued From Maine’s Tumbledown Mountain

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BYRON, Maine (AP) — Game wardens say a Maine climber who suffered a compound fracture of her leg has been rescued from Tumbledown Mountain.

Officials say rescuers had to carry 28-year-old Maris Toland of Portland off the mountain overnight over difficult terrain. She was airlifted to Maine Medical Center Wednesday morning.

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Unions Delivering Another Proposal To FairPoint

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NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — Unions representing more than 1,700 FairPoint workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont are delivering another contract proposal to the company in hopes of ending a stalemate.

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FDA Investigating Large Maine Lobster Processor

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — One of Maine’s major lobster processors says it has addressed a battery of violations brought forth by the Food and Drug Administration.

The FDA says it has not yet cleared Rockland-based Linda Bean of violations. The FDA in February sent a letter citing the firm for “significant violations” in the way it processed seafood. Company owner and namesake Linda Bean says she has “addressed everything” and the FDA’s letter of violations was “reasonable.”

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Augusta Property Owners Get Confusing Tax Bill

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Thousands of Augusta residents may have been confused when they got tax bills recently that appeared to be from another city.

The mistake involved about 2,500 residents who received bills with the city of South Portland on the letterhead. The communities are about 60 miles apart.

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Inmate Collected Jobless Aid From Prison

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine man who collected unemployment benefits while behind bars is going back to prison.

Joshua Harwood was sentenced to serve 30 days of a 2 ½-year prison term after he was convicted of theft by deception for fraudulently receiving thousands of dollars in unemployment insurance payments while he was incarcerated for a prior conviction.

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3 South Portland Teens Face Burglary Charges

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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Police in South Portland have arrested three teenagers in connection with a burglary spree in the city.

There have been about 30 burglaries in private homes in South Portland in the past two months, some during daylight hours and at least one when the homeowner was home and asleep. The teens arrested Tuesday are thought to be responsible for many, but not necessarily all of them.

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Pot Activists To Deliver Petitions In York, Maine

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YORK, Maine (AP) — A group that wants to legalize marijuana for recreational use by adults is ready to submit its petitions to the town of York.

Citizens for a Safer Maine collected more than 900 signatures. That’s far more than the 641 valid signatures of registered town voters needed to qualify for the ballot.

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CNR Drops Service To Auburn Facility

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AUBURN, Maine (AP) — Officials in Lewiston and Auburn are determining the impact of a Canadian National Rail decision to suspend service to Auburn’s truck-and-rail hub.

Canadian National announced it’s discontinuing service effective Nov. 15. Spokesman Mark Hallman said shipping via the Auburn facility no longer made financial sense.

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Maine Governor LePage Embraces Candor In Campaign

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage sometimes can’t help mouthing off. He’s told the NAACP to “kiss my butt,” called the IRS “the new Gestapo” and has said he wouldn’t be afraid to tell President Barack Obama to “go to hell.”

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Former President Clinton To Campaign For Michaud

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton is coming to Maine next week to campaign for Democrat Mike Michaud.

Clinton is the headliner for a rally and fundraising reception for Michaud and the Democratic Party Tuesday evening at the Ocean Gateway.

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Teens Plead Guilty To Putting Kitten In Microwave

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Two Maine teenagers have been sentenced to 100 hours of community service each after pleading guilty to animal cruelty charges alleging they put an 8-week-old kitten in a microwave and turned it on.

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Police: Man Used Rubber Band To Try To Neuter Cat

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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Lewiston police have charged a man with criminal cruelty to animals for allegedly trying to neuter a cat with a rubber band.

Authorities say 25-year-old Derek Edgerton, who recently moved from Lewiston to Dixfield, was charged Monday.

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Bear Heads Stolen From Remote Maine Cabin

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FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — The person who broke into an off-the-grid cabin in remote western Maine didn’t get away with money, jewelry or other valuables. Police say the thief took a pair of bear heads.

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Sen. Collins Begins Campaign Bus Tour Across Maine

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BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Sen. Susan Collins is starting her re-election campaign bus tour that will take her to all 16 counties.

The Republican senator’s “All of Maine” bus tour is kicking off in Bangor on Tuesday.

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3 Groups Apply To Open Maine Charter Schools

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Three groups, including a virtual charter school that is applying for the third time, have filed papers to open charter schools in Maine.

There are four spots available for new charter schools in Maine under the state’s 10-school cap.

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Augusta Women’s Home To Close Soon

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A church-run home for poor women in Augusta is closing after nearly 150 years.

Leaders of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, which operates the St. Mark’s Home on Winthrop Street, voted last week to close the facility, which opened in 1870 but now has just four residents.

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