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Mainers Urged To Prepare For Severe Summer Weather

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine officials are encouraging residents to protect their homes against severe summer weather.

Gov. Paul LePage and Bureau of Insurance Superintendent Eric Cioppa say that the beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season means that residents should be ready for possible high winds, flooding and other things that can damage homes. Hurricane season runs June 1 through Nov. 30.

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Red Sox Employee, Girlfriend Dead In Car Accident

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BOSTON (AP) — A 28-year-old man who produced the video and scoreboard entertainment at Fenway Park was killed along with his girlfriend when they were struck by a car in the Back Bay.

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Free Screening Of Cancer Documentary In Freeport

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FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — The L.L. Bean Casco Conference Center will host a free screening of The Peloton Project, a documentary about living with cancer.

The screening is set for June 26 at 7 p.m. The film follows 39 cyclists who travel 2,500 miles from Calgary, Alberta to Lewiston, Maine over the course of ten days to raise money for cancer. Each cyclist is paired with someone who is fighting cancer. The film also tells the story of three of the people fighting cancer.

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Portland Latino Festival Scheduled For July 12

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland will host a Portland Latino Festival at Sacred Heart / St. Dominic Parish in Portland.

The July 12 festival will take place in the church hall and parking lot and will include food native to Central and South America, games, handmade crafts and live music. It is intended to raise money for repairs to the church. The parish is home to the Diocesan Hispanic Ministry for the Greater Portland area and serves people from 12 Spanish-speaking countries.

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Kittery Church Celebrates 80th Anniversary Sunday

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KITTERY, Maine (AP) — St. Raphael Church in Kittery, Maine is set to celebrate its 80th anniversary.

The Catholic church will hold a special 1 p.m. Mass and reception on Sunday. Bishop Joseph E. McCarthy dedicated the church in June 1934. It sits on the foundation of a former stable and was built with hand-cut hard pine from Maine.

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NTSB: Poor Visibility At Time Of Rockefeller Crash

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NEW YORK (AP) — Investigators say bad weather and poor visibility may have been factors in a New York plane crash that killed a great grandson of Standard Oil co-founder John D. Rockefeller.

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After Year Apart, Pair Joined For 71st Anniversary

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PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (AP) — A couple in Maine will celebrate their 71st wedding anniversary next week, one year after they marked a big but bittersweet milestone.

Ninety-one-year old Delbert McCrum and 92-year-old Wilda Chase had their first date 75 years ago at a picnic on Mars Hill Mountain. They became sweethearts and were married on June 24, 1943.

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Maine Seeking Applications For Scholarship Program

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine is accepting applications for a scholarship program that will help pay for education and training to help people get jobs in high-demand fields.

The Maine Department of Labor says it’s seeking applications for the Competitive Skills Scholarship Program starting Monday until July 3.

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LePage Travels To China To Meet With Businesses

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Gov. Paul LePage is heading to China to try to bring a manufacturing project to northern Maine.

The Republican governor departs for Beijing Saturday. He’s scheduled to return Thursday.

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Navy SEALs To Swim Lake To Support Camp

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CASCO, Maine (AP) — Four Navy SEALs will swim the 13-mile length of Sebago Lake this summer to help military families go to camp next year.

The SEALs hope to raise $80,000, or enough money for 40 military families to attend Camp Sunshine, a Casco camp for children with life-threatening illnesses. Two of the SEALs planning to swim on August 21 are from Maine.

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Cross-dressing Bank Robber Sentenced

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Massachusetts man who robbed a Maine bank dressed as a woman and later exploited a jail security lapse to have a tryst with a female inmate has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

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3 Arrested For Boathouse Fire 2 Years Ago

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WALDOBORO, Maine (AP) — The Maine fire marshal’s office has arrested three men in connection with a fire two years ago that destroyed a Waldoboro boathouse and a 36-foot lobster boat that was inside. Investigators from the fire marshal’s office and Maine Marine Patrol conducted dozens of interviews, served search warrants and collected evidence over a two-year period before going to a grand jury last week. Maine Public Safety Department spokesman Steve McCausland said a “dispute among fishermen” led to the arson fire. Arrested were three fishermen: 39-year-old James Simmons of Friendship; 30-year-old Frederick Campbell of Friendship and 36-year-old Jeffrey Luce of Whitefield. Officials say Luce was already held on unrelated charges. Simmons was released from jail Friday on $50,000 bail while Campbell remained jailed. It was unknown if they’d hired lawyers.

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Great White Shark Numbers Are Surging, Study Says

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Great white shark numbers are surging in the western North Atlantic after decades of decline.

A new study by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists says great white abundance in the area has climbed since about 2000. The scientists report the shark’s growing numbers are due to conservation efforts and greater availability of prey.

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Maine Unemployment Rate Still 5.7 Percent

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — State officials say Maine’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for May was 5.7 percent.

The figure was unchanged from April and down from 6.7 percent a year ago. Officials say the number of unemployed declined 7,000 over the year to 40,600.

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Gardiner Atheist Alleges Religious Discrimination

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AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A former worker at a Lewiston sporting goods store has filed a lawsuit against the store and his former supervisor, saying she discriminated against him and harassed him because he is an atheist.

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Waterville Police Crack Down On Loud Exhausts

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WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — Waterville police have launched a crackdown on loud vehicle exhausts after getting several complaints in the past month.

Chief Joseph Massey says officers will be looking for all vehicles that violate the state law on excessive or unusual exhaust noise. The six complaints the department has received in the last month have all been about motorcycle noise.

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Man Sentenced For Selling Drugs In Lewiston Area

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A New York man has been sent to federal prison for longer than six years for selling heroin and cocaine near a Lewiston school.

Corey Ray Howard was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Portland on four counts of aggravated drug trafficking and on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and violating conditions of release.

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Lewiston Man’s Motion For New Murder Trial Denied

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AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A Lewiston man convicted of killing his neighbor has had his bid for a new trial turned down.

Buddy Robinson appeared in Androscoggin County Superior Court last week where his attorneys argued he should be granted a new trial because the prosecutor improperly influenced the jury by gesturing and mouthing answers behind the back of the defense during closings.

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Portland Observes World Refugee Day

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland officials and residents will observe World Refugee Day in Congress Square Park.

Poet and Maine resident Richard Blanco will deliver an address at the park at 4 p.m. Friday. Portland Mayor Michael Brennan and U.S. National Refugee Congress state representative Eklas Ahmed will also speak.

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Bus Refurbishing Group Gets $19 Million Contract

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A business that got its start overhauling military vehicles has been awarded a $19 million contract to refurbish 32 Massachusetts transit buses.

Maine Gov. Paul LePage says that the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority board of directors approved the contract with the Maine Military Authority in Limestone. He says the contract could increase to $24 million with optional and additional tasks.

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