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2-alarm Fire Destroys Brunswick Home

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BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — Authorities say two dogs have died in a two-alarm fire that destroyed a Brunswick home, but no humans were home at the time.

The fire at a home on Route 24 was reported just after 5 p.m. Tuesday by a passer-by.

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Belgrade Mom Charged After Son Wanders Away

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BELGRADE, Maine (AP) — A Maine mother is facing charges after her special needs son wandered away from home and had to be pulled from a stream five miles away by a stranger.

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Livermore Falls Man Gets 17 Years In Arson Case

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AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A Livermore Falls man who says he has set about 1,000 fires has been sentenced to 17 years in prison.

Scott Violette was sentenced Tuesday in Androscoggin County Superior Court after pleading guilty to setting fire to a secondhand store near his apartment in February 2011. The blaze caused $100,000 in damage, but no one was hurt.

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3 Ex-employees Of South Portland Hotel Sue

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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Three former employees of a South Portland hotel have filed lawsuits alleging they were fired after reporting sexual harassment by a co-worker.

The women allege in separate lawsuits that they faced discrimination and were subsequently fired from the Comfort Inn in 2011 after reporting that one of them was repeatedly sexually harassed by a male maintenance worker.

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LePage Vetoes Bill Targeting Tax Havens, 14 Others

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage has vetoed a bill that aims to prevent companies from avoiding paying taxes in Maine by holding their profits overseas in tax havens.

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Maine GOP Senator: Likely ‘No’ On Minimum Wage

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Moderate Republican Sen. Susan Collins says she expects to oppose the Democratic effort to raise the federal minimum wage, all but dooming the election-year proposal.

The Senate is expected to vote Wednesday on the measure. It would gradually raise today’s $7.25 hourly minimum to $10.10 over 30 months.

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Maine Expands Access To Drug Overdose Antidote

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A bill that will expand access to a potentially life-saving anti-overdose drug in Maine has gone into law without Gov. Paul LePage’s signature.

Democratic Rep. Sara Gideon’s bill that went into law Tuesday will allow family members of addicts to be prescribed naloxone, also known as Narcan. The measure also lets police and firefighters administer the drug.

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LePage Signs Bill For Dental Hygiene Therapists

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A bill creating a new level of dental hygienists in Maine will become law.

House Speaker Mark Eves’ office said Monday that Gov. Paul LePage signed the Democrat from North Berwick’s bill that establishes a new license for dental hygiene therapists.

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Alumna Of Maine School Establishes Endowment

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A graduate and former star athlete at Maine’s only Roman Catholic college preparatory high school for girls and her NFL quarterback husband have established a $125,000 scholarship endowment.

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Maine College Of Art Gets $3M Gift

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine College of Art has received a $3 million gift from a foundation named for the co-writer of some of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons’ biggest hits.

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Public Hearing On Interstate 95 Project

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WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — The Maine Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration are seeking public input on a proposed $6 million interchange for entering and exiting Interstate 95 at Trafton Road near the border of Waterville and Sidney.

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CFO Of Portland Pirates Hockey Team Resigns

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The minor league hockey team from Maine’s largest city has announced the resignation of its chief financial officer.

The Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League announced Monday that it accepted the resignation of Brian Petrovek, CFO of the team for the past 14 years.

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Olympian Julia Clukey At Biddeford School

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BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — Native Maine Olympian Julia Clukey will spend her 29th birthday speaking with students at Biddeford High School in her home state.

Clukey is a luger who was born in Augusta and competed in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. She is scheduled to speak with the students at 10 a.m. on Tuesday. She is expected to show a video, share her personal story, take questions and sign autographs.

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Maine Gov. LePage Signs 3 Bond Proposals

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage has signed three bond proposals for research and development, sending the measures to voters this November.

The $21 million in bonds approved by the governor is part of a $50 million borrowing package lawmakers passed as they wrapped up the session this month.

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Maine Beekeepers Take Stock After Long Winter

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ANSON, Maine (AP) — Some Maine beekeepers worry that the long, harsh winter will harm spring honey production, but bees in some parts of the state have done surprisingly well.

Frank Drummond, a professor of insect ecology at the University of Maine, says some beekeepers have experienced considerable losses while others have done OK. He characterizes the winter as not great for bees, but not catastrophic.

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Gas Prices Up Over 4 Cents In Maine In Past Week

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Averages gas prices in Maine are up 4.2 a gallon from a week ago.

The average price of a gallon of gas in Maine Monday is $3.73 a gallon — up 11.5 cents from one month ago, according to gasbuddy.com.

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Work On State House Copper Dome Begins

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The $1.3 million project to replace the copper atop the Maine State House dome is underway.

Crews began erecting scaffolding in late March. By mid-May, they should be finished erecting the staging.

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Maine Ranks 15th In High School Graduation Rate; State Says Reading, Math Could Be Better

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A new report shows Maine ranks 15th in the nation for students graduating on time, with 85 percent of high school students who entered the ninth grade in 2008 earning their diplomas in 2012.

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Nobleboro Couple Injured In Motorcycle Crash

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WEST BATH, Maine (AP) — Police say a husband and wife from Nobleboro were injured in a West Bath motorcycle crash.

The Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Department says a motorcycle operated by Gerald Gifford, with Gayle Gifford as his passenger, was headed north on State Road just after 5 p.m. Sunday when it slowed suddenly to avoid a turning car.

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1 Person Hurt In Portland Home Invasion

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland police are investigating a reported home invasion and robbery that sent one person to the hospital.

Police say three or four masked men dressed in black burst into a man’s bedroom at Brookfield Apartments on Sunday afternoon and hit him in the head with what was described as a “blunt instrument.”

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