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Feds Consider Emergency Maine Gulf Haddock Request

Updated 3 months ago

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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Waterville Mother Of Slain Infant Sues Baby Sitter

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The mother of a 3-month-old 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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Low-budget Zombie Comedy Filming In Portland

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A zombie film by a Maine native who spent the past decade in Los Angeles making horror, comedy and science fiction films has spilled into public view on several streets in Portland.

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Fishery Council To Consider Emergency Herring Rule

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland is set to host a meeting of the New England Fishery Management Council.

The meeting begins Tuesday and continues through Thursday. The council — an inter-governmental body that represents state and federal interests — will consider a request for emergency action regarding the Atlantic herring fishery.

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Firefighter Dies In Apparent Scuba Accident

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Police are investigating the death of a Portland firefighter whose body was pulled from Casco Bay near the Maine Yacht Center.

Portland officials said in a news release Monday night that an off-duty firefighter died from an apparent scuba diving accident. The firefighter has not been identified.

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Tax Commissioner Becomes Deputy Finance Chief

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s associate commissioner for tax policy has been appointed deputy finance chief.

Gov. Paul LePage said on Monday that Michael Allen has become the acting deputy commissioner of Finance for the Department of Administrative and Financial Services. The Republican governor said Allen will also continue to serve in his previous role.

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Activists Say Portland’s Sister City Discriminates

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Activists in Portland, Maine say the city should suspend its “sister city” relationship with Archangel, Russia, because of anti-gay laws adopted by the Russian city.

The Portland Press Herald reports that local community groups began a campaign on Monday that includes an online petition to suspend Portland’s relationship with the Russian city of 350,000. Megan LaSala, a member of one of the groups, says in a statement that Portland should “end its official tolerance of the human rights abuses being committed by its sister city.”

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Man Sentenced For Unemployment Fraud

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Cumberland Center, Maine, man will spend two days in jail following his conviction for fraudulently receiving unemployment insurance payments.

Fifty-six-year-old John Willis was sentenced to 48 hours in Cumberland County Jail and ordered to pay restitution of $15,159. State officials accused him of working while collecting unemployment benefits.

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Mapping Company Will Appeal $6.2M Fine

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine-based DeLorme Publishing is digging in for a fight against a $6.2 million fine levied against it in an ongoing patent dispute.

The Portland Press Herald reports DeLorme’s CEO says the firm believes it’s done nothing wrong and will appeal. The mapping company received the fine from the International Trade Commission on June 10 for violating a consent order related to a patent infringement case brought by a Virginia company.

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Maine Residents Win Maine-to-Canada Marathon

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LUBEC, Maine (AP) — Two runners from central Maine have won the Bay of Fundy International Marathon.

Ron Peck of Waterville and Lydia Kouletsis of Oakland won the Sunday marathon in Lubec. Peck, a biology professor at Colby College, finished in 3:02:10. Kouletsis, a pharmacy student at University of New England, finished in 3:24:03. Organizers say the race attracted 220 starters.

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Gas Prices Increase 3 Cents

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Average gas prices in Maine have risen 3.1 cents in the last week.

The average price of a gallon of gas in Maine on Monday was $3.70 a gallon — up 1.4 cents from one month ago, according to gasbuddy.com.

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Waterville Mill Owner Unveils Development Plans

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WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — The owner of the Hathaway Creative Center in Waterville is poised to start developing a former mill building in the complex.

Paul Boghossian says his plans for the 53,000-square-foot building, which formerly housed Central Maine Power Co., include developing work spaces for graphic artists, weavers, ceramic artists, glass blowers and others.

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Norway Voters Consider Historic Building Ordinance

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NORWAY, Maine (AP) — Voters in Norway are being asked to approve an ordinance that would give preservationists a little extra time before historic buildings are demolished.

While the article to be considered at Monday’s town meeting cannot prevent demolitions indefinitely, preservationists say it gives the town or group time to find alternative ways to preserve a historic building or at the very least document the building in photographs and other means before it is razed.

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