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LePage Goes On The Offensive On Social Security

Updated 2 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Republican Gov. Paul LePage is defending his stance on Social Security after coming under fire from his political opponents for characterizing the program as “welfare.”

In a campaign video, LePage pledges to preserve and protect the Social Security system. He also attacks Democratic challenger Mike Michaud for voting to tax some Social Security recipients.

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Senate Confirms Head Of US Humanities Endowment

Updated 2 months ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Senate has voted to confirm the former president of Colby College as chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Following Wednesday’s vote, William “Bro” Adams will become the 10th chairman of the endowment, which is an independent grant-making agency of the government. The humanities endowment supports research, education and preservation programs.

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Missing Waterford Woman Found Alive

Updated 2 months ago

WATERFORD, Maine (AP) — The Maine Warden Service says a missing Waterford woman has been located alive.

The service announced Wednesday that 77-year-old Ruth Frances Brennan has been found. The Warden Service had been searching for her for two days. Authorities say Brennan suffers from dementia.

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Police Contact Men After Biddeford Shootings

Updated 2 months ago

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — Police say they have contacted two other men they sought to question in connection with a weekend shooting in a Biddeford apartment that left two people dead.

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2 Cities To Join Lawsuit Over Immigrant Aid

Updated 2 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland and Westbrook will join a municipal group to challenge Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s administration’s policy banning some immigrants from receiving welfare.

The cities say they will take part in lawsuit the Maine Municipal Association plans to file over the directive that immigrants who can’t prove that they’re in the country legally not be provided general assistance benefits.

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Dog Poop May Be To Blame For Rockland Pollution

Updated 2 months ago

ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) — The levels of E. coli bacteria in the waters off Rockland’s Snow Marine Park are sky high and officials think dog poop is the culprit.

The city’s pollution control director, Terry Pinto, says recent water quality testing by the town and the state found dangerously high levels of the E. coli bacteria from two pipes running into the harbor at the park. With no other source in sight, Pinto tells WLBZ-TV the large number of dogs playing in the park must to be the source.

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FairPoint Has Plans To Ensure Continued Service

Updated 2 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — FairPoint Communications says it has plans to ensure that its services to customers continue in northern New England in the event of a strike.

Unions representing nearly 2,000 employees of the telecommunications firm in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont are scheduling a strike authorization vote from July 11 to 13.

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Medications Stolen From Skowhegan Homeless Shelter

Updated 2 months ago

SKOWHEGAN, Maine (AP) — Police are investigating the theft of about $1,000 in prescription medications from a Skowhegan homeless shelter.

Police Chief Ted Blais says the theft from a locked cabinet at the Trinity Men’s Shelter was reported last weekend.

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High Court Denies Lewiston Man’s Appeal

Updated 2 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s highest court has denied a new trial to a Lewiston man convicted of stabbing his former girlfriend 21 times.

Cleveland Cruthirds was sentenced to serve 22 years of a 28-year sentence after he was convicted last summer of elevated aggravated assault and other charges in the December 2011 attack.

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South Portland To Try Again On Tar Sands Oil Ban

Updated 2 months ago

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The South Portland City Council is scheduled to vote on an ordinance that would prohibit loading tar sands crude oil in bulk onto marine tank vessels in the city.

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Officials Still Looking For Missing Woman

Updated 2 months ago

WATERFORD, Maine (AP) — The Maine Warden Service is still looking for a missing Waterford woman who has dementia.

The Warden Service is searching for 77-year-old Ruth Frances Brennan, who was last seen Monday morning at 10:30 a.m. on Kezars Road in Waterford. She was heading toward Melby’s Store at the time.

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University Of Southern Maine President Leaves Post

Updated 2 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The president of the University of Southern Maine will be leaving her post this month.

University of Maine System Chancellor James Page announced Tuesday that Theo Kalikow will leave the office July 18. She will become acting vice chancellor of the University of Maine System through the end of her contract in 2015.

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FairPoint Workers To Take Strike Vote

Updated 2 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Unions representing nearly 2,000 employees of telecommunications firm FairPoint Communications in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont are scheduling a strike authorization vote from July 11 to 13.

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Searchers, Dogs, Find Missing Maine Man In NH Forest

Updated 2 months ago

JEFFERSON, N.H. (AP) — A combination of teamwork, thermal imaging and search dogs helped rescuers find a 19-year-old autistic man who went missing in the woods for five hours in Jefferson, New Hampshire.

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Maine Sues EPA Over Lack Of Water Quality Action

Updated 3 months ago

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The state of Maine is suing the Environmental Protection Agency, saying the federal agency has failed to approve the state’s water quality standards under the Clean Water Act.

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South Portland Delays Vote On Crude Oil Ban

Updated 3 months ago

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The South Portland City Council has postponed action on an ordinance that would prohibit loading tar sands crude oil in bulk onto marine tank vessels in the city because of the huge public turnout.

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Supplier For Maine Drug Ring Gets 8-year Sentence

Updated 3 months ago

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A New York City man convicted for his role supplying a drug distribution ring in Maine has been sentenced to more than eight years in federal prison.

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Police Seek 4 People In Biddeford Slayings

Updated 3 months ago

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — Police say they want to question four people in connection with a weekend shooting inside a Biddeford apartment that left two people dead.

Investigators say two men and two women were inside the Western Avenue apartment at the time of the shootings at about 7 p.m. Sunday, but then fled the area.

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Lawyer: Poland Man Stabbed Uncle In Self-defense

Updated 3 months ago

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A Poland man charged with stabbing his uncle has been held on $40,000 bail after his lawyer said in court that the stabbing was self-defense.

Phillip Audet appeared in court Monday following his arrest Sunday on charges including elevated aggravated assault.

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Portland Repeals Abortion Clinic Buffer Zone

Updated 3 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Portland City Council has repealed a local ordinance that created a buffer zone around the entrances to women’s clinics that provide abortions in response to a U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down a similar law in Massachusetts.

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