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Maine Unveils New Hurricane Planning Map

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine officials say a new hurricane mapping tool will assist emergency officials in preparing for hurricanes.

The state announced the creation of the Potential Hurricane Inundation Map series on Wednesday. The state’s Bureau of Resource Information’s Maine Geological Survey created the map with money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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Group Gets Grant For Wind Power Technology

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine research group is getting a $1.1 million federal grant to help develop new technology to detect birds and bats near wind turbines.

Biodiversity Research Institute will use the funding to further create a system of high-technology cameras.

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Maine Groups Battle Over Alleged Phone Recording

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Two Maine groups are asking for attorney general investigations related to a conference call last week.

On the call, advocacy groups discussed their concerns with a television advertisement from the Republican Governors Association that criticizes Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud’s stance on immigration.

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Rare Calico Lobster Turns Up At Bait Shop

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BETHEL, Maine (AP) — The owner of a Maine bait and tackle shop says she found a rare calico-colored lobster that was caught off the state’s coast.

Sarah Lane says the crustacean, covered in orange blotches, appeared in a crate of lobsters brought from the Pemaquid Lobster Co-op in Bristol last weekend. The University of Maine says the odds of finding one are about one in 30 million.

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Casino Study Renews Hope For Indian Tribes

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Bolstered by new study that finds that Maine can handle more casinos, Maine’s American Indian tribes are renewing their push to bring slot machines to their communities.

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Mill Says Value Too High After $104M Break

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SKOWHEGAN, Maine (AP) — The owners of a Skowhegan paper mill say a recent $104 million assessment revaluation by the town doesn’t go far enough.

The Morning Sentinel reports Sappi Fine Paper North America executives still believe the bill is overvalued by the town at $463 million. The mill is the town’s largest taxpayer. The drop in valuation resulted in the town raising its tax rate by about five percent. Sappi paid $9.3 million in taxes last year.

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Supreme Judicial Court To Decide Historic Church Fate

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s highest court will determine if an Australian businessman can convert part of a historic Portland church into office space for a technology firm.

The Portland Press Herald reports the Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday heard an appeal from city officials who want to overturn a lower court’s ruling that blocked construction of the office space. Frank Monsour bought the 1877-built Williston-West Church and attached parish house when the church’s board of trustees sold it in December 2011. He is majority owner of software development company Majella Global Technologies.

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Drug Paraphernalia Found With Biddeford Bodies

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BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — State and local police are investigating the discovery of two dead bodies in a Biddeford, Maine, motel.

The bodies of a 28-year-old male and a 31-year-old female were reported in a room at the Sleepy Hollow Motel on U.S. Route 1 at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Police say both bodies are now at the medical examiner’s office to determine cause of death.

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King: Congress Must Vote On Fighting Islamists

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WASHINGTON (AP) — An independent member of the U.S. Senate is voicing uneasiness with the Obama administration’s push toward a more fierce confrontation with Islamic militants, while criticizing Congress for doing too little.

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Auburn Man Gets 4-year Sentence For Choking

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AUBURN, Maine (AP) — An Auburn man who choked his girlfriend with an electrical cord until she passed out has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Mack Williams Jr. was sentenced Tuesday in Androscoggin County Superior Court after pleading guilty to two counts of aggravated assault.

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1 Dead After Truck Hits Pole On Chebeague Island

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CHEBEAGUE ISLAND, Maine (AP) — Authorities say one person has died after their pickup truck struck a utility pole on Chebeague Island.

The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office says the Ford Ranger left the road and struck a pole at about 4:30 p.m. Monday.

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Burglar Who Paralyzed Man Gets 30 Years

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ALFRED, Maine (AP) — A New Hampshire man who shot and paralyzed a Maine homeowner during a burglary has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Ronald Bauer, of Farmington, New Hampshire, was ordered by a judge Tuesday in York County Superior Court to begin serving his Maine sentence after completing a sentence on an armed robbery conviction in New Hampshire. His earliest release date for that is 2023.

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2 Dead Bodies Found In Biddeford Motel

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BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — State and local police are investigating the discovery of two dead bodies in a Biddeford motel.

The bodies in a room at the Sleepy Hollow Motel on U.S. Route 1 were reported at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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Augusta Man Gets Prison Time In Stabbing Of Wife

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — An Augusta man who stabbed his estranged wife repeatedly in the head and upper body has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

David Delesline was sentenced Tuesday to 16 years behind bars, with eight years suspended, and six years’ probation.

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USM Gets Nearly $132,000 Health And Safety Grant

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The University of Southern Maine is getting nearly $132,000 from the federal government for worker health and safety programs.

The grant is part of $10 million the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is awarding to 78 groups nationwide.

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2 Men Fined For Crossing US Border Illegally

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BOWMANTOWN, Maine (AP) — Federal officials say two men from Canada and the U.S. have been fined $5,000 apiece for illegally crossing the border to do some hiking.

Shelbe Benson-Fuller from U.S. Customs and Border Protection says the two met up in Maine before legally crossing the border into Canada. Then they illegally crossed the border on bicycles to reach a mountain that they wanted to hike.

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Fire In Scarborough Building Was Accidental

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SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — The Maine state fire marshal’s office says a fire that caused at least a million dollars in damage to a commercial building in Scarborough was accidental.

Investigators said Tuesday that the fire was started by an electrical malfunction in a first floor ceiling of Scarborough Commons.

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Eves, Congressional Delegation Talk Aging Issues

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — House Speaker Mark Eves says he hopes to build a strong partnership with Maine’s congressional delegation to address challenges presented by the state’s rapidly aging population.

The Democratic lawmaker is in Washington on Tuesday to meet with Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King and Reps. Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree.

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Augusta Police Chief Still In Hospital

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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Augusta police chief remains hospitalized after suffering an injury in a motorcycle crash during an off-duty charity event.

Chief Robert Gregoire crashed during a Shriners ride in Jay on Saturday. A spokesman for Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston says the 49-year-old Gregoire is still in the hospital but his condition was not immediately available.

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NY Comptroller Gets Involved In FairPoint Dispute

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The comptroller of New York is urging FairPoint’s biggest shareholder to encourage the company to treat its workforce fairly.

Thomas DiNapoli expressed concerns about union allegations that FairPoint improperly declared an impasse in labor negotiations in a letter to John Angelo, CEO of a private equity firm that owns nearly 20 percent of FairPoint stock.

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