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Gov. LePage Says Critic Needs Suicide Watch

Updated 3 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has wrapped up his campaign on behalf of Republican governors with a fifth appearance with Maine Gov. Paul LePage.

Appearing Monday evening in Portland, Christie described LePage as a candidate who wants the best for Maine and who “may say things in a way that are rather direct.”

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Huge Fire Destroys Denmark Building

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DENMARK, Maine (AP) — Firefighters from several communities helped battle a large fire in the western Maine town of Denmark.

The fire reported at about 7 p.m. Sunday was in a building on Bull Ring Road that contained several apartments and a restaurant, but there were no reports of injuries.

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Gas Prices Down Another Nickel

Updated 3 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine residents are getting more relief at the pump, as gas prices have fallen another nickel per gallon.

Price-monitoring website GasBuddy.com reports Monday that the average cost of a gallon of gas in Maine has fallen 5 cents in the past week to $3.09.

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Augusta Landlords Get Biohazard Training

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Augusta Housing Authority is holding a special training session to teach landlords and property managers how to clean an apartment after someone dies so it is rentable again.

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2 Teens Die In Hiram Car Crash

Updated 3 months ago

HIRAM, Maine (AP) — Authorities say a second teenager has died following a weekend car crash in Hiram.

Four male teens were in the car that crashed just before 2 a.m. Saturday near Sacopee Valley High School when the 17-year-old driver lost control and struck a utility pole.

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Chris Christie Making Final Push For LePage

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will rally Maine Republicans in a final push for Republican Gov. Paul LePage on the eve of the election.

LePage is in a tight race against Democratic Rep. Mike Michaud. Independent Eliot Cutler is running a distant third and has repeatedly rejected pleas to quit the race and throw his support to Michaud.

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Marijuana Votes Foreshadow Statewide Push

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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Marijuana activists say fall ballot questions about the legalization of marijuana in Maine cities is a run-up to a statewide legalization drive in 2016.

People in South Portland and Lewiston will vote Tuesday on ballot initiatives that would legalize possession of marijuana. Activists also tried to get a question on the ballot in York.

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Portland Explores Bike Sharing System

Updated 3 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s largest city is considering creating a citywide bicycle-sharing program.

A spokeswoman for Portland says its department of planning and urban development is issuing a request for information from bike share vendors interested in working with the city. The spokeswoman says the city is interested in gathering information and “non-binding cost estimates” for a possible bicycle sharing program.

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3 More Maine Communities Deemed Business Friendly

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Three Maine communities are joining the list of places that have been deemed “business friendly” in the state.

Republican Gov. Paul LePage says Madison, Southwest Harbor and Van Buren have earned the business-friendly status, bringing the total number of communities bearing that distinction to 30.

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Lawyer For Murder Suspect In Plea Talks

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AUBURN, Maine (AP) — The lawyer for a 21-year-old Lewiston man charged in the 2013 stabbing and strangulation death of another 21-year-old says he’s talking with prosecutors about a possible plea agreement.

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Portland Nominates New Health Department Director

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland’s acting city manager has chosen a new director of the city’s Health and Human Services Department.

City Manager Sheila Hill-Christian has recommended Dawn Stiles to become the head of the health office. The City Council gets final approval.

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Big Boost In Large Donors In Governor’s Race

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine group seeking to boost public funding for campaigns says that contributions from large donors in this year’s governor’s race have skyrocketed since 2010.

An analysis from Maine Citizens for Clean Elections says that Republican Gov. Paul LePage, Democrat Mike Michaud and independent Eliot Cutler have raised a total of $4.5 million from donors giving at least $500.

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Portland, Gloucester Tie As New England Fish Ports

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A federal report says Portland, Maine and Gloucester, Massachusetts, are now tied for second place in New England in volume of commercial fish landed.

The Portland Press Herald reports the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says fishermen in both ports landed 62 million pounds of fish in 2013. New Bedford, Massachusetts, is the top port in New England at 130 million pounds.

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Canadian Company To Buy Rumford, Maine Paper Mill

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RUMFORD, Maine (AP) — A Canadian company is entering into an agreement to buy the Rumford Paper Co. mill.

The Portland Press Herald reports Catalyst Paper Corp. wants to buy the mill as part of a $74 million deal to purchase two mills owned by NewPage Corp. The other mill is in Wisconsin.

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Driver Dies In Collision With Truck

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LEBANON, Maine (AP) — A Maine driver has died in a collision with a pickup truck in Lebanon.

Police say 65-year-old Antonio Vieira of Acton died at the scene Thursday night. The driver of the pickup, 37-year-old Clarence Butler of Springvale, suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to a hospital.

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Father of Portland Fire Victim Speaks Out

Terry Stackhouse

Updated 3 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – A Maine man who believes his son was one of five people killed in a fire at a two-apartment house says he has questions about the condition of the house and whether smoke alarms were working.

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Nurse: No Option But To Fight Ebola Quarantine

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FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — A nurse who successful fought Maine’s quarantine for health care workers who have treated Ebola patients says she had no option but to challenge how medical professionals were being treated.

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Coast Guard Suspends Search For 2 Maine Fishermen

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Coast Guard is suspending the search for two fishermen who were on a boat that sent out a distress signal Saturday near Matinicus Island.

Coast Guard officials say a crew in the air spotted a flare fired from a survivor inside a life raft and safely hoisted him aboard. He was taken to Maine Medical Hospital in Portland.

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Fairpoint Halts Health Benefits For Strikers

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A FairPoint Communications spokeswoman is confirming that the company has stopped providing health coverage for its striking workers.

Spokeswoman Angelynne Beaudry said Saturday the strikers can continue their health coverage under a federal law that goes by the acronym COBRA, but they must pay for it themselves.

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Update: After Portland Fire, Questions About Victims, Cause

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – A key question still unanswered after an intense blaze tore through an apartment house near the University of Southern Maine is whether the five people killed were students.

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