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Secretary Of State Conducts Vote Recounts

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s secretary of state is overseeing recounts of close legislative primary races.

Matthew Dunlap will supervise a recount on Thursday for the Democratic primary for the state senate seat for District 33 in York County. In that race, Sen. John Tuttle was reported receiving 841 votes to Rep. Andrea Bolland’s 821 votes.

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Herring Fishermen Ask For More Haddock Bycatch

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Herring fishermen will ask the New England Fishery Management Council for an emergency action that could include raising their limit for haddock bycatch.

The council will consider the request at a meeting Friday. Federal regulators say Atlantic herring fishermen who fish from mid-water trawl boats are on track this year to exceed their limit for incidental catch of haddock in Georges Bank. That would trigger rules that would effectively shut down the herring fishery.

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Autopsy: Firefighter Died Of Massive Heart Attack

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An autopsy has determined that Portland firefighter who died on a recreational scuba dive died of a massive heart attack.

Officials say 43-year veteran firefighter Capt. Michael Kucsma was diving with friends on Monday off shore near Tukey’s Bridge when he didn’t resurface. The Portland Press Herald reports that friends found him and were able to get him to a dock. His colleagues at the Portland Fire Department attempted resuscitation but were unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead at the scene Monday.

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Cross Insurance Buys Naming Rights For Arena

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Cumberland County Civic Center will be renamed the Cross Insurance Arena.

Cross Insurance announced on Wednesday that it has bought the naming rights of the 7,000 seat Portland arena for $2.5 million. The company will hold the naming rights for 10 years.

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GOP Launches Welfare Attack On Political Foes

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Republicans are launching what’s expected to be a continued push against Democratic legislative candidates this campaign season for their opposition to measures overhauling the state’s welfare programs.

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Former Hostess Plant Up For Sale

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BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — A former industrial bakery in Biddeford, Maine is for sale for $8.45 million.

The Portland Press Herald reports Wednesday that the listing ends hope the bakery will be reopened by the company that took it over after Hostess Brands filed for bankruptcy and laid off 370 employees. Flower Foods acquired the bakery last year and is selling the plant and eight other bakeries and 21 depots across the country.

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Scientists To Study Gulf Of Maine Deep-sea Corals

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A team of American and Canadian scientists are about to depart on a two-week study of deep-sea corals in the canyons in the northern Gulf of Maine.

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3 Maine Cities Defy State Over Aid To Immigrants

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Officials in three Maine cities say they plan to defy the state and continue offering General Assistance welfare benefits to immigrants in the U.S. illegally.

Officials from Portland, South Portland and Bangor said Tuesday they will continue to offer the temporary, emergency aid intended to help individuals and families who show financial need pay for housing, food and heat.

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3 Photos Reported Missing From OOB Town Hall

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OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine (AP) — Three photographs on display at Old Orchard Beach Town Hall have apparently been taken without permission and without payment to the photographer.

Assistant Town Manager V. Louise Reid notified the public of the missing photographs in an email news feed and asked anyone with information about their whereabouts to come forward. She acknowledged that they may have been taken with the intention of paying the artist.

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Bald Eagle Struck By Bus, Euthanized

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NEW VINEYARD, Maine (AP) — Authorities say a bald eagle struck by a school bus in New Vineyard has been euthanized.

Cpl. John MacDonald of the Maine Warden Service says the eagle took off from a pond along Route 27 on Monday and flew into the path of the bus.

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Former Lewiston Man Sues Police

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AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A former Lewiston man has filed a lawsuit against the city’s police chief and three officers in connection with his arrest last year.

Ali Mahmoud filed a complaint this week in Androscoggin County Superior Court alleging his civil rights were violated because police falsely arrested him last July and used excessive and unreasonable force against him. In his suit, Mahmoud said police injured him physically and caused him emotional distress and psychological injuries. He says the charges against him were dropped.

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New National Guard HQ Wins Approval

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine National Guard’s proposal to build a new headquarters in Augusta has won Planning Board approval and construction could start next summer.

The Guard plans to build a 100,000-square-foot building between Civic Center Drive and the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, to serve as for the state’s Army and Air Guard.

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Feds Consider Emergency Maine Gulf Haddock Request

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The New England Fishery Management Council is set to consider a request for an emergency action about the haddock catch limit in the Gulf of Maine.

The council’s meeting takes place Wednesday. The council — an inter-governmental body that represents state and federal interests — is being asked to modify the annual catch limit for the 2014 fishing year for Gulf of Maine haddock. The action would be contingent on a July 2014 stock assessment.

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Guide To Lead Education For Inland Fisheries

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine master guide and small business owner will be the new head of information and education at the state’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

State officials say Bonnie Holding will be named to the post. She will be in charge of overseeing marketing and communications for the department. The information and education division also oversees Maine Wildlife Park in Gray.

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Firefighter Who Died While Scuba Diving Is ID’d

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Officials have identified a Portland firefighter whose body was pulled from Casco Bay near the Maine Yacht Center.

Officials said 21-year veteran firefighter Capt. Michael Kucsma died on a recreational scuba dive while off duty. His colleagues at the Portland Fire Department retrieved him and attempted resuscitation. He was pronounced dead at the scene Monday.

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WEX Inc. Acquires North Dakota Health Tech Firm

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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A South Portland, Maine-based corporate payment systems firm, WEX Inc., will acquire health care technology company Evolution1 for $532.5 million.

The Portland Press Herald reports WEX and the North Dakota-based company announced the deal Monday. WEX officials say the acquisition will advance the firm’s move into the health care industry and help diversify its business.

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Maine Supreme Rejects Appeal In Raw Milk Case

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The state supreme court has rejected a Blue Hill farmer’s challenge of regulations requiring him to spend thousands of dollars to be licensed to sell raw milk at his farm stand.

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Mother Of Slain Maine Infant Sues Baby Sitter

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The mother of a 3-month-old Maine girl who died while in the care of a baby sitter has filed a lawsuit against the caretaker and her 12-year-old daughter.

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Portland Approves Shopping Bag Fee, Foam Ban

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Portland City Council has approved ordinances that charge consumers a nickel for disposable shopping bags and bans polystyrene foam food and beverage containers.

Supporters of the measures — both approved by 6-3 votes Monday night — say they reduce litter and help the environment.

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Augusta Woman Sentenced On Federal Drug Charges

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BANGOR, Maine (AP) — An Augusta woman has been sentenced to more than 2 ½ years in prison for selling oxycodone pills to an undercover informant.

Federal prosecutors say 33-year-old Jennifer Dowling was also sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Bangor to three years of probation.

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