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Fire Displaces Dozens From Lewiston Building

Updated 5 days ago

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — About 40 people were displaced from their homes after a fire tore through a 10-unit Lewiston apartment building.

There were no reported injuries from the fire in the four-story Blake Street building that was reported at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Eighteen of those displaced are children.

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Ceremony For Newest Federal Judge

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — More than 100 guests including current and past state judges are going to attend a ceremony in which former Maine Supreme Judicial Court Justice Jon Levy takes his seat on the federal bench.

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Senate President’s PAC Faces Campaign Finance Fine

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Senate president’s leadership political action committee may be fined due to a campaign finance violation.

The Maine Democratic Party said Thursday that contributions and expenditures were inadvertently left off two quarterly reports from Senate President Justin Alfond’s “Alfond Business Community & Democracy PAC.”

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LePage Designates $10K For Veterans Memorial Park

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CARIBOU, Maine (AP) — Gov. Paul LePage has designated $10,000 from his contingency fund for a park in Caribou that honors veterans.

The Republican governor’s office said that the funds will go to the Veterans Memorial Park Association to further build and maintain the park.

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Wardens Find Lost Hikers, Elderly Man

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine game wardens say an 86-year-old man who suffered a medical event while fishing has been located and taken to a hospital.

Wardens said David Crocker of Portland was fishing on Monday when he had a health scare and it wasn’t until Wednesday when a phone call awakened him that he was able to convey that he needed help.

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Sneaky Goats Back Alongside I-95

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SIDNEY, Maine (AP) — The troublesome goats that keep escaping onto the shoulder of I-95 in Sidney are going to cost their owner.

The goats once again found their way to freedom after state work crews fixed a fence, and an animal control officer told the Kennebec Journal that owner Mark Gould will be issued a summons.

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Cutler Wins Endorsement For Gun Control Group

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine Citizens Against Handgun Violence is endorsing independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler, with long-time board member Bill Harwood touting Cutler’s decision not to shy away from the issue.

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Churches Sell Property As Attendance Falls

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s Catholic churches are selling off properties as the Diocese of Portland grapples with declining church attendance and a surplus of under-utilized buildings.

Parishes in the diocese have more than 20 churches, convents, rectories and schools on the market. Church leaders say a dozen properties in the diocese have sold for a total of more than $2.4 million since the beginning of 2013.

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Judiciary Committee OKs LePage Judge Nominees

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine legislative panel has endorsed Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s nominees for top judicial appointments.

The Judiciary Committee on Thursday unanimously approved Jeffrey Hjelm’s nomination to the Supreme Court of Maine. It also unanimously endorsed Deputy Attorney General William Stokes’ appointment to the Superior Court.

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Maine Trucker To Be Fined After Train Collision

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LIVERMORE FALLS, Maine (AP) — Police say a Sidney, Maine, truck driver will be fined $311 for failing to obey a railroad warning device stemming from a collision between his logging truck and a train.

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Litchfield Woman Faces Sex Trafficking Charge

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Litchfield woman faces a felony charge of aggravated sex trafficking for allegedly coercing a 17-year-old girl into prostitution.

Attorneys for 51-year-old Gretchen Patrick entered a plea of not guilty on her behalf in Augusta District Court on Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge alleging she promoted prostitution.

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Farmington Apartment Struck By Lightning

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FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — Fire officials say a lightning strike started a blaze at a Farmington apartment building that caused as much as $100,000 in damage.

Deputy Chief Clyde Ross says 13 people were displaced from the four-unit Blueberry Hill apartment building but there were no reports of injuries after the fire reported just before 5 p.m. Wednesday.

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Westbrook Woman Found Guilty Of Child Sex Assault

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Westbrook woman who’d been accused of allowing her boyfriend to sexually assault a teenage female relative has been convicted of four of the six counts she faced.

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Marijuana Advocates Await Vote In South Portland

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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Marijuana advocates say they’ve collected enough signatures to send the measure to voters in South Portland.

The South Portland City Council will consider whether to enact the measure on Aug. 4. If they reject the measure, then it’ll automatically go to voters on the November ballot.

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Michaud Helps To Found Medicaid Expansion Caucus

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Democrat Mike Michaud has decried Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s decision to forgo Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. Now he’s a founding member of the State Medicaid Expansion Caucus.

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Train And Logging Truck Collide

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LIVERMORE FALLS, Maine (AP) — A train and a logging truck have collided in Livermore Falls, injuring the truck driver and spilling logs over a busy road.

WGME-TV reports that the accident happened around 3 p.m. Wednesday on Route 17 when the logging truck was hit by a Pan Am Railways train. The truck driver is being treated at a local hospital. His injuries weren’t immediately known.

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Quebec Police Try To Prevent Auction Of Locomotive

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MONTREAL (AP) — Quebec provincial police say they’ve taken steps to prevent the U.S. auction of the locomotive from the runaway oil train that derailed and exploded in the town of Lac-Megantic, killing 47 people.

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University Of Southern Maine Names New President

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — University of Southern Maine officials say former Central Maine Power chief David Flanagan will lead the state’s second-largest university as its new president.

University of Maine System Chancellor James H. Page announced Flanagan’s appointment on Wednesday. Flanagan will take over for former interim president Theodora Kalikow, who stepped down July 18 to become acting vice chancellor of the seven-school system through the end of her contract next year.

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LePage: “Able Bodied” Food Stamp Recipients Must Work

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Updated 1 week ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Maine Gov. Paul LePage wants to require food stamp recipients to work while receiving benefits.

The Republican governor’s administration said Wednesday that Maine will no longer pursue a waiver from the federal government that allows recipients in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to receive ongoing benefits without having a job.

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Portland To Consider A Minimum Wage Hike

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland is considering a plan to raise the city’s minimum wage to $9.50 per hour, two dollars more than the current statewide minimum.

Mayor Michael Brennan said Tuesday the plan he’s developing in conjunction with a city task force could be presented to the City Council for consideration as soon as September, for implementation in January.

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