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Biologists Trap 66 Black Bears For Research

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine bear biologists captured 66 different bears a total of 92 times during this year’s capture season.

Officials with the state Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife say biologists also placed radio collars on 16 female bears. Officials say the trapping and collaring is a critical piece of the state’s black bear management program. Collaring the bears allows biologists to collect information on birth and death rates.

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Bellows Finishing 350-mile Walk Across Maine

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KITTERY, Maine (AP) — Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Shenna Bellows is concluding her 350-mile trek across Maine.

The former executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine will celebrate the end of a journey that took more than three weeks with events Tuesday in Portland and Kittery. Bellows began her “Walk with Maine for Jobs and the Economy” last month in Houlton.

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LePage Proclaims Saturday As ‘Maine Day’

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Gov. Paul LePage has proclaimed this Saturday as “Maine Day.”

The Republican governor, who signed the proclamation on Monday, is encouraging residents, businesses, towns and others to spend the day buying local food and beverages and participating in other activities to celebrate Maine.

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University Of Maine At Augusta President Leaving

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The president of the University of Maine at Augusta is leaving to take a job in California.

University of Maine System Chancellor James Page said Monday that Allyson Handley is stepping down to become the executive director of the National University’s Sanford Education Center, which will educate nonprofit leaders and teachers.

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Bath Iron Works To Lay Off Nearly 40 Workers

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BATH, Maine (AP) — Bath Iron Works is in the process of increasing the size of its workforce, but that doesn’t mean it’s immune from the normal ebb and flow of work as it juggles building five ships at the same time.

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Judge Says Lewiston Boy Can Stand Trial For Arson

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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A Maine judge says a 14-year-boy charged with setting one of several Lewiston fires last year is competent to stand trial.

The Portland Press-Herald reports Judge Rich Lawrence lifted an earlier ruling that found Abdi Ibrahim temporarily unfit to stand trial. Lawrence’s Monday ruling clears the way for the case against the boy to proceed.

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Cumberland Voters Will Vote On Beach Creation

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine town will ask voters if they want to spend $3 million to create a new public beach.

The referendum would dedicate a 23-acre chunk of beachfront as the first in Cumberland with public ocean access. The special election is set for this November.

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Maine Launches Database Of Recent Graduates’ Wages

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine has launched a new database designed to help students make more informed decisions about higher education.

The database allows users to view the first-year earnings of recent graduates from Maine schools, by major and degree type. They can also see how many graduates from certain programs have jobs.

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Hearings Focus On Missile Defense Site In Maine

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RANGELEY, Maine (AP) — Pentagon officials are coming to Maine this week to discuss a proposal to build a missile defense site.

The Missile Defense Agency is considering four locations in the eastern U.S. for a missile shield system that’s supposed to protect Americans from attacks by “rogue states” like North Korea and Iran.

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Maine Appoints New Criminal Division Chief

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Veteran prosecutor Lisa Marchese is Maine’s new deputy attorney general and the first woman to be chief of the criminal division of the state attorney general’s office.

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FAA Investigates Maine Biplane Crash

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STANDISH, Maine (AP) — A stunt pilot who landed his biplane on a road in Maine says he wants to apologize to motorists “for scaring the heck out of them.”

Maine authorities say 43-year-old pilot William “Billy” Werth escaped serious injury when his stunt plane crash landed on a road following mechanical problems.

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Gas Prices Fall More Than A Nickel In Maine

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Average gas prices in Maine have fallen 5.2 cents per gallon in the last week.

The average price of a gallon of gas in Maine on Monday was $3.56 a gallon — down 16.9 cents from one month ago, according to gasbuddy.com.

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Skowhegan Fire Chief Fired After 3 Months On Job

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SKOWHEGAN, Maine (AP) — Skowhegan Fire Chief Richard Fowler Jr. has been fired after just three months on the job.

Town Manager Christine Almand said she met with Fowler in her office Friday morning and fired him.

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1 Dead, 1 Hurt In Limerick Crash

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LIMERICK, Maine (AP) — Authorities have released the names of the victims of a weekend crash in Limerick that killed one person and injured another.

Police say 22-year-old Kelsi Banks of Limerick was the driver of the soft-top Jeep that went off the road and flipped over Saturday night. She died at the scene.

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Officers Honored For Life-saving Traffic Stop

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KENNEBUNK, Maine (AP) — A pair of Kennebunk police officers who saved a man’s life during a traffic stop will be honored this week.

Officer Michael Harrington began performing CPR when an elderly motorist stopped breathing and slumped over during a traffic stop on July 26. A second officer, Michael Tucci, arrived with a defibrillator.

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LePage Proclaiming August 16 As ‘Maine Day’

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Gov. Paul LePage is proclaiming Saturday August 16 as “Maine Day.”

The Republican governor will sign the proclamation on Monday and is encouraging residents, businesses, towns and others to spend the day buying local food and beverages and coming up with other activities to celebrate Maine.

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Auction On New England’s Tallest Lighthouse To End

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YORK, Maine (AP) — The federal government is set to close out an auction on a Maine lighthouse that is the tallest in New England.

The Boon Island Light Station, off the coast of York, is up for auction until 10 a.m. on Tuesday. Seven people have bid on the lighthouse so far, with the top bid coming in at $19,001.

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Mount Abram Makes Summer Improvements

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GREENWOOD, Maine (AP) — Mount Abram says it’s spending more than $300,000 this summer to upgrade snowmaking on its ski slopes in western Maine.

Officials say the money will go toward boosting water-pumping capacity to quadruple uphill capacity and pressure, allowing the mountain to put more machine-made snow on the mountain.

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Pot Advocates Turn In Signatures In Lewiston

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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Marijuana advocates have submitted their petitions as part of a campaign to make it legal for people 21 and older to possess small amounts of marijuana in Lewiston.

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Maine Shuts Down Floating Seafood Restaurant

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine officials say a woman who serves boiled lobsters and baked desserts from a floating restaurant in Penobscot Bay must shut down.

The Portland Press Herald reports Reilly Harvey’s Mainstay Provisions must pass health inspection standards and outfit her 22-foot wooden launch with sinks and running water. Reilly’s business needs licensing through the state Division of Environmental Health’s inspection program.

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