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Maine’s First Footgolf Course Opening In Portland

Updated 3 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Officials in the city of Portland say they are opening the first footgolf course in Maine.

Portland Mayor Michael Brennan is unveiling the course at Riverside Golf Course on Monday morning. Footgolf is a sport that combines soccer and golf. The sport will be playable at the golf course’s South Course from Friday until Nov. 30. City officials say the golf course is the first to offer the sport in the state.

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Bangor Nurses Hold Press Conference in Support of Ebola Safety Standards

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Registered nurses in the Bangor area have scheduled a press conference for Tuesday morning.

They’re demanding President Obama and Congress take immediate steps to guarantee the safety of healthcare employees when it comes to the Ebola virus.

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Gas Prices Drop 7 Cents In Maine

Updated 4 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Gas prices have fallen 7 cents a gallon in Maine in the last week.

The average price of a gallon of gas in Maine on Monday was $3.21 a gallon, down 25.5 cents from one month ago, according to gasbuddy.com.

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City Approval Sought For Portland Music Festival

Updated 4 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A broadcasting company is seeking permission from the city of Portland for an all-day music festival at the Eastern Promenade.

Townsquare Media Portland — which owns 15 radio stations — is expected to ask the City Council on Monday to approve a festival for next August.

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2 Dead In Bridgton Car Crash

Updated 4 days ago

BRIDGTON, Maine (AP) — Police say two people have died in a car crash in Bridgton.

Chief Kevin Schofield says the victims were passengers in a car that went out of control while trying to pass another vehicle and struck a tree on Route 302 south just before 6 p.m. Sunday.

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Final Debates On Tap For Governor Candidates

Updated 4 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The three men vying for Maine governor are getting ready to join for their final two debates this week.

Republican Gov. Paul LePage, Democrat Mike Michaud and independent Eliot Cutler will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the University of Maine’s Hannaford Hall for a debate that will air live on WGME-TV in Portland.

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Hillary Clinton To Campaign With Mike Michaud

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Hillary Clinton is scheduled to campaign with Democratic nominee for governor U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud (MEE’-shoh) in Scarborough on Friday.

Michaud says if Maine residents want change in Augusta they have to make it happen. He says that’s why he’s “so humbled and excited” to have Clinton visiting to rally voters and join him in energizing supporters to help ensure a great turnout on Election Day.

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Bowdoin Completes Installation Of Solar Project

Updated 4 days ago

BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — Bowdoin College has completed the installation of the largest solar project in Maine.

The college says there are nearly 4,500 solar panels in the 1.2 megawatt project. There are four major installations: a ground-mount at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station, rooftop systems at the Farley Field House and the Sidney J. Watson Arena and Greason Pool.

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Group Gets $1M To Help People With Dementia

Updated 4 days ago

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — A group in southern Maine is getting nearly $1 million from the federal government to help older adults living with dementia.

The Southern Maine Agency on Aging tells Maine Public Broadcasting Network that the grant will help the group better identify and serve people living with dementia and boost support given to caregivers, among other things.

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Flood Worries Have City Looking At Sewer Bond

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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — In South Portland, Maine, the weather may be campaigning for a city bond issue.

Nearly six inches of rain that fell this past week, flooding numerous basements in the city. It came just weeks before residents vote on a $3.5 million bond proposal for part of a planned upgrade to the city’s sewer and stormwater systems.

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Woman Cited After Vehicle Hits 2 Others, House

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NAPLES, Maine (AP) — A 65-year-old Maine woman faces drunken driving and other charges after police say her pickup truck hit two other vehicles and then a house.

Barbara Thorpe of Casco was arrested by Cumberland County sheriff’s deputies on Friday evening after the crashes were reported in Naples.

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Second Moose Hunt Session Ends, Fox Hunting Begins

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The second of Maine’s moose hunting sessions has ended.

The session that began on Oct. 13 and ended Saturday covered 19 of the state’s 29 wildlife management districts.

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Waterville Man Gets 3-plus Years For Copper Theft

Updated 1 week ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A man caught stealing copper piping from a vacant Waterville building in July has been sentenced to more than three years in jail.

Sean Rancourt of Waterville was sentenced to three years and four months behind bars and was also ordered to pay $1,000 in restitution for the damage he caused.

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Bowdoin Completes Solar System

Updated 1 week ago

BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — Construction of Maine’s largest solar power complex is complete with the installation of a ground-mount array at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station.

The system comprised of more than 4,000 solar panels at four locations will produce 1.2 megawatts of power, or about 8 percent of the needs of Bowdoin College.

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Gov. LePage To Host Food Drive At Blaine House

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage is taking some time off from the campaign trail this weekend to open up his home for the 4th annual Blaine House food drive.

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Heating Prices Dip In Early October

Updated 1 week ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine government survey says the average price of heating oil in the state dropped 5 cents from the end of September to $3.27 per gallon.

The Governor’s Energy Office said Thursday that the average statewide price for a gallon of heating oil ranged from $2.88 to $3.60. It also found the average price of kerosene was five cents less than the end of last month at $3.83 per gallon. The average propane price is now $2.86, a 3-cent climb per gallon from last month. Heating oil is down 27 cents per gallon from a year ago while kerosene fell 12 cents. Propane is 21 cents more expensive.

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At Least 2 Still In Hospital After Hayride Crash

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MECHANIC FALLS, Maine (AP) — At least two people remain hospitalized in the wake of a fatal Maine hayride crash that is under investigation.

A Jeep towing a wagon full of passengers in Mechanic Falls crashed during a Halloween-themed hayride Oct. 11. The crash killed 17-year-old Cassidy Charette and injured more than 20 others. Passengers were initially sent to Maine Medical Center in Portland, Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston and St. Mary’s Hospital in Lewiston.

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Business Incubator Opening On Portland Waterfront

Updated 1 week ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine company and an Icelandic businessman are partnering to establish a business incubator on Portland’s waterfront that commercializes new products related to the ocean.

Portland officials announced the new enterprise on Thursday. The Iceland Ocean Cluster led by Thor Sigfusson is working with North Atlantic Assets & Soli DG Inc. to create the New England Ocean Cluster. Portland city officials say the cluster’s goal will be to create, encourage and spin off new companies and products.

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Maine, States Settle TD Bank Data Breach

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine will receive $130,015 in a multi-state settlement with TD Bank that resolves a 2012 data breach.

Attorney General Janet Mills says the state is one of nine that investigated the breach and negotiated the settlement. Mills says the settlement resolves consumer protection and privacy claims against the bank. She says it also requires TD Bank to reform policies and procedures that allowed the breach to occur.

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Maine PUC: Gas Lines Too Close To Sewer Lines

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine energy regulators have recommended a $150,000 fine against Summit Natural Gas after an investigation found the company damaged sewer lines in 25 places.

The Public Utilities Commission said while installing gas mains, Summit failed to locate existing underground utility lines and laid their lines too close to them. A PUC inspection found damage to sewer lines in 13 places in Augusta, eight in Gardiner, three in Yarmouth and one in Cumberland.

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