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Letter Written In Maine 83 Years Ago Delivered

Updated 3 months ago

SKOWHEGAN, Maine (AP) — A letter written by a Houlton school teacher in 1931 to her mother in Pittsfield has finally been delivered — 83 years later.

The nine-page letter was written by 23-year-old Miriam McMichael, to her mother, Dollena McMichael.

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Lewiston Man Sentenced For Injuring Infant Son

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AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A Lewiston man has been sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison for fracturing his 2-month-old son’s skull.

A judge in Androscoggin County Superior Court sentenced 24-year-old Allen-Michael St. Claire on Tuesday.

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LePage Phone Campaign Focuses On Social Security

Updated 3 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s re-election team has launched a phone campaign seeking to clarify the Republican governor’s position on Social Security.

LePage’s political foes criticized a news release from his office last week that they said categorized Social Security, Medicare payments, Medicaid and unemployment insurance benefits as forms of “welfare, pure and simple.” LePage’s campaign said the governor doesn’t think Social Security is welfare and that Democrats took his words out of context.

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Women’s Clinic Opens At Augusta VA Facility

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A new clinic for women veterans has opened at the VA Maine Healthcare Systems-Togus in Augusta.

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins and U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud were among the dignitaries who attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday.

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Maine Lobster Board Launches Global Initiatives

Updated 3 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative has a simple message for the world: Eat more lobster.

The 11-member board formed late last year is launching its first initiatives to market the state’s most famous product to consumers, restaurants and retailers in response to record harvests that have caused falling prices.

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Thomaston Man Gets 5 Years For Bank Robbery

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Thomaston man has been sentenced five years in prison for robbing a Waterville bank in February.

David Alvarez was also sentenced to three years’ probation after pleading guilty last week.

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Judge Allows Most Statements At Murder Trial

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AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A judge has ruled that most statements made to police by a Lewiston man charged with killing another man will be allowed at trial.

Police say 26-year-old Michael McNaughton strangled 20-year-old Romeo Parent in a wooded area of Greene in April 2013 with a garrote fashioned from a bicycle cable. His trial is scheduled to start next week.

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Man Who Drowned At Campground From Portland

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SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — Police say the man who drowned at a Scarborough campground over the weekend was from Portland.

The victim of Sunday’s drowning at Wassamki Springs Campground was identified Monday as 45-year-old Giot Nguyen.

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Collins, Bellows Battle Over Endorsements

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Political observers say the recent string of endorsements Republican Sen. Susan Collins has received from national groups that traditionally support liberal candidates signals the uphill battle Democrat Shenna Bellows faces in unseating the popular incumbent.

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Grad Student: Picture Of Poet A Rare Find

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine graduate student says an old photographic portrait of English poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson hanging in a South Berwick home is a rare artifact made by 19th century photographer Julia Margaret Cameron.

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Book: LePage Met Sovereign-aligned Individuals

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Gov. Paul LePage has acknowledged meeting with individuals associated with a conspiracy group, saying he meets with many constituents but that doesn’t mean he agrees with them.

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Cops: Man In Standoff Committed Suicide

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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Police say a man was found dead in a South Portland garage after a standoff.

Police say the man died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Monday in the garage of his Memory Lane home. They did not release the name of the man.

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Bangor Folk Festival Releases Final Lineup

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BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The American Folk Festival on the Bangor riverfront will feature an eclectic mix of artists, ranging from a Cape Verdean reggae musician to a Mississippi soul singer.

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Gas Prices Inching Up In Maine

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Average gas prices in Maine have risen a little over half a penny in the last week.

The average price of a gallon of gas in Maine on Monday was $3.74 a gallon — up 7 cents from one month ago, according to gasbuddy.com.

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Group To Ask Judge About LePage Welfare Policy

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The group representing Maine cities and towns will ask a judge to decide whether Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s directive banning general assistance benefits for some immigrants can be legally enforced.

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Railroad In Explosion Has Its Canadian Assets Sold

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The $15.85 million sale of a bankrupt railroad responsible for a deadly oil train derailment in Quebec is now complete with transfer of the company’s Canadian assets to new ownership.

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Man Drowns In Lake At Scarborough Campground

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SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — Authorities say a man has drowned while swimming in a lake at a Maine campground.

Police say the 45-year-old man, who had been drinking, tried to swim to a small island in the lake at Wassamki (wuh-SOM’-skee) Springs Campground, which is in Scarborough and Gorham.

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Feds Hold Maine Meetings To Discuss Elver Fishery

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HALLOWELL, Maine (AP) — Federal regulators are scheduled to hear from Maine elver fishermen and state fisheries officials at two public hearings that will help the government develop a plan to preserve the fishery.

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Traffic Enforcement Already Stepped Up

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Some Maine law enforcement agencies are already launching stepped-up traffic enforcement in advance of the Fourth of July weekend.

Col. Robert Williams, the state police chief, said troopers will be looking for aggressive, drunk and distracted drivers, speeders, those texting, and those not wearing their seat belts.

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Contamination Up Slightly At Maine Beaches

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine environmental protection officials say the number of samples that tested positive for fecal bacteria at the state’s beaches rose slightly from 2012 to 2013.

Volunteers, municipal and state officials test samples from Maine beaches for enterococcus bacteria, which indicates fecal contamination from humans and animals. Officials say the number of times the limit was exceeded rose from 156 in 2012 to 176 in 2013. Nearly 85 percent of those instances happened after a rainfall.

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