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Man Crushed, Dies In Construction Accident

Updated 3 months ago

FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — A 59-year-old Limington man has died in a construction accident when the forks of a loading vehicle fell on him at a Freeport construction site.

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Researchers To Get $16.5M For Sea Scallop Projects

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration says it will award $16.5 million to 14 organizations for research projects about Atlantic sea scallops.

NOAA’S Northeast Cooperative Research Program announced the grants Tuesday. The researchers are from Massachusetts, Maine, Delaware, and Virginia and will work on a total of 16 projects. The award winners include universities, nonprofit foundations, a fish hatchery, commercial fishing vessels, and a state fisheries agency.

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Trial Of Lynn Man Charged In Double Slaying Starts

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SALEM, Mass. (AP) — The trial of a Lynn man charged with killing his mother and grandmother, dumping their bodies behind a Saugus elementary school, and trying to flee to Canada, is getting started.

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Judge Allows Suit Against Sugarloaf Ski Area To Move Forward

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FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — A Maine judge has ruled that a lawsuit brought by a Delaware family injured in a ski lift accident in 2010 can move forward.

Michael Katz, who suffered a broken back and traumatic brain injury, was the most seriously injured of the eight people hurt in the December 2010 accident at Sugarloaf Mountain in Carrabassett Valley. His daughters, 13 and 11 at the time, suffered back and head injuries.

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Brunswick Woman Pleads Guilty To Embezzling

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Brunswick woman has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $300,000 from a nonprofit organization that received federal funds.

Stacey Backman pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Portland to federal program fraud and federal tax fraud.

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Candle Company Exec Faces Harassment Suits

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Three women who once worked at a Maine scented candle manufacturer say in federal lawsuits that the company’s founder and president subjected them to “relentless sexual harassment.”

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2nd District Hopefuls Make Final Campaign Appeals

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The four candidates hoping to fill Maine’s open 2nd Congressional District seat are making last-minute appeals to voters.

Liberal dealmaker Emily Cain and working-class advocate Troy Jackson square off in the Democratic primary on Tuesday. On the GOP side, establishment Republican Kevin Raye is taking on tea-party favorite Bruce Poliquin.

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Portland Votes On City-wide Park Ballot Question

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland residents are voting in a referendum to decide the fate of a half-acre park that has sparked a city-wide debate about the city’s commitment to open spaces.

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LePage Campaign Faces Small Campaign Finance Fine

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s campaign is facing fines for failing to report some contributions on time.

The Maine ethics commission is seeking $210 from the Republican governor’s re-election team for missing reporting deadlines. The campaign failed to file two reports of contributions exceeding $1,000 within 24 hours, as required.

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Fuel Prices Down

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine government survey says the average price of heating oil in the state has dropped 3 cents from two weeks ago, to $3.51 per gallon.

The Governor’s Energy Office said Wednesday the average statewide price for a gallon of heating oil ranged from $3.25 to $3.82. It also found the average price of kerosene dropped 2 cents over the last two weeks, to $3.99 per gallon. The average propane price is now $2.88, a drop of 5 cents per gallon from two weeks ago

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Gas Prices Down Slightly In Maine

Updated 3 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Average gas prices in Maine have fallen nearly a penny in the last week.

The average price of a gallon of gas in Maine on Monday was $3.67 a gallon — down 4.3 cents from one month ago, according to gasbuddy.com.

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Audit: Delays For Care At Maine VA Hospital

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine VA hospital fared better than many other hospitals in a system-wide audit, but hundreds of veterans still had to wait more than a month for appointments.

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Maine Man Stripped Of Lawyer Right Appeals

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine man sentenced to seven years in jail after a judge stripped him of his right to a court-appointed lawyer is appealing his conviction to the state’s highest court.

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King, EPA Official Discuss Global Warming

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Sen. Angus King says it’s “undeniable” that climate change is real and is caused by humans, and poses a threat to the nation’s economic livelihood.

King spoke at a gathering in Portland that included Environmental Protection Agency Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe on Friday, just days after the EPA proposed new rules for reducing carbon dioxide emitted by the nation’s power plants.

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LePage Applauds High Bond Credit Rating

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine has received another positive score from a major credit-rating agency.

Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s office said Friday that Standard & Poor’s Rating Service affirmed Maine’s AA long-term rating on general obligation debt, which means the state has a “very strong capacity to meet financial commitments.”

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State Park To Host Osprey Events

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FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park in Freeport will host a series of osprey watches in June.

Osprey are birds of prey that feed mostly on fish and are sometimes called “fish hawks.” The watches begin by the osprey sign opposite Googins Island and are scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. on June 7, 15, 17, 21, 24 and 29.

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Police Urge Caution Around Farm Equipment

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PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (AP) — Across the state, tourists are starting to trickle into the state, causing busier highways. But in northern Maine, there’s the added presence of tractors as farmers plant their spring crops.

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UMaine Track Star America East ‘Man Of The Year’

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ORONO, Maine (AP) — A senior track and field standout at the University of Maine has been named America East “Man of the Year.”

The inaugural award that goes to a male senior student-athlete who best exemplifies a commitment to service, leadership, athletics and academics goes to Kelton Cullenberg of Chesterville.

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Clam Project Aims At Battling Green Crabs

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — A quarter-million juvenile clams are getting a new lease on life.

Officials say the clams are being placed in an upweller system where they’ll be fed and protected from predators before being transferred to a protected area where they will be able to grow ideally with minimal threat from green crabs.

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Primary Voters Weigh Political Purity, Compromise

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Democratic and Republican primaries for Maine’s open congressional seat have been dominated by one question: What’s more valuable in the state’s representative, political purity or a knack for compromise?

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