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Popular Balloon Festival Draws To A Close In Lewiston

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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A popular summer festival featuring more than a dozen balloons and tens of thousands of spectators is drawing to a close in Lewiston, Maine.

Warm, sunny weather served to boost attendance for the Great Falls Balloon Festival on all three days, including the final balloon launches on Sunday.

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Maine Launches Website About Bear Hunt Ban

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is adding a new section to its website with information about an upcoming referendum that could ban three methods of bear hunting in the state.

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Autopsy: Landlord Died Of Heart Attack After Fight

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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — An autopsy shows a 60-year-old Lewiston, Maine, who died after trying to break up a fight in his building died of a heart attack.

Louis St. Pierre died at a hospital following the apartment house fight on Wednesday night. Police said there was an altercation in the building during which St. Pierre collapsed.

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Mainers Hear About Proposed Missile Defense Site

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FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — Creation of a missile defense site in western Maine would mean upgrading roads, construction of housing and a backup power plant, and 60 missiles located in silos.

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US Rethinks Giving Excess Military Gear To Police

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WASHINGTON (AP) — For years, Washington has sent military equipment to U.S. police departments. But federal officials are now reconsidering the idea in light of the violence in Ferguson, Missouri.

Attorney General Eric Holder says that when police and citizens need to restore calm, he’s concerned that using military equipment and vehicles sends “a conflicting message.”

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Dad Pleads Not Guilty To Assaulting Infant Twins

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ALFRED, Maine (AP) — A Maine man accused of assaulting his infant twins has pleaded not guilty.

Twenty-two-year-old Anthony Carpinelli of Sanford on Friday denied charges of aggravated assault, aggravated assault with indifference, two counts of assault on a child younger than 6, and two misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

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Foghorn Switch Leaves Mariners In Fear

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KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) — Boaters needing foghorn assistance around Kennebunkport, Maine, now need to request it, instead of hearing it automatically.

Mariners and residents say boaters are at risk because of the U.S. Coast Guard decision to change the operating system of the Goat Island Light.

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Nova Star Sees Healthy Growth In July, August

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Company officials say the Nova Star ferry that runs between Portland, Maine, to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, is starting to see some healthy growth.

The company said Friday that 17,255 people sailed on the new vessel in the first two week of August, for an average of 557 passengers per day. That compares with 13,043 passengers in July, an average of 421 passengers per day.

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Nurse Who Failed To Report Abuse Loses License

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine nurse who failed to report signs of abuse of an infant who later died has lost her license.

Former home health nurse Virginia McNamara signed a voluntary agreement with the state Board of Nursing, and the agreement was made final this week.

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AP Source: King To Endorse Cutler For Governor

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A person familiar with the plans says Sen. Angus King will back fellow independent candidate Eliot Cutler in the three-person race for Maine governor.

The person tells The Associated Press that King will endorse Cutler on Monday. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the endorsement had not yet been made public.

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Maine’s Scallop Fishery To Face More Closures

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine regulators want to shut down several waterways to scallop fishing in the coming season as they attempt to rebuild the fishery.

The news comes as Maine’s Department of Marine Resources is warning fishermen that the coming season could be subject to an emergency closure. The season runs from December to April.

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Bingham Food Pantry Closing After 33 Years

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BINGHAM, Maine (AP) — A Bingham food pantry is closing at the end of the month after more than three decades of feeding the area’s hungry because it has been unable to find a new home.

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Defendant In Baby Death Suit Can’t Be Found

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FAIRFIELD, Maine (AP) — Authorities have been unable to find a Maine woman and her 12-year-old daughter who are being sued in connection with the 2012 death of a 3-month-old baby.

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Kennebunk Couple Plead Guilty To Welfare Fraud

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A husband and wife from Kennebunk who told authorities they did not live together so the wife could continue to collect welfare benefits have pleaded guilty to welfare fraud charges.

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Lawmaker Wants To Boost Immunizations

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Some lawmakers plan to renew efforts to increase the percentage of Maine children who are being inoculated against measles, whooping cough and other diseases.

Democratic Rep. Anne Graham of North Yarmouth, who’s a pediatric nurse practitioner, said a story in the Maine Sunday Telegram about the state’s high opt-out rate motivated her to find a solution.

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Three Men Charged With Digging Up Two Relatives

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STANDISH, Maine (AP) — A former local official in a Maine town and two of his nephews are facing charges of abusing a corpse for digging up the cremated remains of two relatives in Standish.

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Gov. LePage, Wife Buy Home In Boothbay

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BOOTHBAY, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage and his wife Ann have purchased a home in Boothbay where they intend to live after he leaves office.

Ann LePage said the couple had been looking for about 10 years for a home near the coast. But she said they’ll continue to live in the Blaine House for as long as her husband is governor. LePage, who’s seeking re-election, is currently locked in a three-way race with independent Eliot Cutler and Democrat Mike Michaud.

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FairPoint Evaluates 2 Unions’ Contract Proposal

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — FairPoint Communications says it has received a contract proposal from two unions representing more than 1,700 workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont and has asked for time to evaluate it.

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Planned Parenthood To Spend $500K In Maine Races

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Planned Parenthood will spend at least $500,000 in support of Rep. Mike Michaud’s Maine gubernatorial campaign and other races in which the group identifies reproductive rights as a key issue.

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Lewiston Police Probe 60-year-old Man’s Death

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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Police in Lewiston are investigating after a 60-year-old man died at the hospital following a fight outside an apartment building.

Officers responded to the Lisbon Street apartment just before 5 p.m. Wednesday after getting calls about an altercation involving several people.

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