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Turner Man Dies In Motorcycle Accident

Updated 3 months ago

TURNER, Maine (AP) — A motorcycle rider involved in an accident with an SUV on Route 4 in Turner has died.

The Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Department says 41-year-old Gary Michaud died at the hospital at about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, about five hours after the accident.

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Fall Pheasant Hunt Starts Wednesday

Updated 3 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s pheasant hunting season is underway.

The season starts on Wednesday. The state’s Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife says it will stock about 2,300 pheasants at 22 York and Cumberland county sites. Hunters must possess a pheasant permit along with a regular hunting license to hunt for the birds. The permits cost $19. Most stocked pheasant sites receive about 40 birds each time they are stocked.

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Heating Prices Down As Fall Begins

Updated 3 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine government survey says the average price of heating oil in the state has dropped 6 cents from earlier this month to $3.32 per gallon.

The Governor’s Energy Office said Tuesday that the average statewide price for a gallon of heating oil ranged from $3.00 to $3.60. It also found the average price of kerosene was the same as it was in the middle of last month at $3.88 per gallon. The average propane price is now $2.83, a 2-cent drop per gallon from a month ago. Heating oil and kerosene are both less expensive than last August, while propane is 13 cents more expensive.

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Archery Deer Hunt Begins This Week

Updated 3 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s season for hunting deer with bows and arrows is set to begin this week.

The archery season begins on Thursday and runs until Halloween. Hunters are allowed to harvest bucks throughout the state during the season. Hunters may only take antlerless deer in parts of the state that recognize “any deer” permits. The “any deer” permit itself is not required during the archery season. Hunters possessing a “bonus deer” permit can use it during the archery season.

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Drug Take-back Effort Yields 19,060 Pounds

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Department of Public Safety says more than 19,000 pounds of prescription drugs were handed over to law enforcement agencies during the National Drug Take-Back initiative over the weekend.

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Time Capsule Put Inside Statehouse Dome

Updated 3 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine lawmakers are leaving a time capsule under the new copper sheath of the Statehouse dome.

A bipartisan group of legislative leaders walked up the scaffolding on Tuesday and placed several items into a copper box marked with the state’s motto, “Dirigo 2014.” The box was then put into the side of the dome and sealed shut.

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Homes Of Peary, Perkins Become National Landmarks

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The island home of arctic explorer Adm. Robert Peary and the homestead of labor leader Frances Perkins have been designated as national historic landmarks in Maine.

Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King of Maine said Tuesday that the two sites are among nine that are joining more than 2,500 national historical landmarks nationwide.

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Cutler Attacks LePage Over GNP Deal

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Independent Eliot Cutler is continuing to attack Gov. Paul LePage over a deal that aimed to save Great Northern Paper, saying taxpayers are on the hook for $15.9 million over seven years.

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Maine Residents’ Personal Income Increases

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine residents’ income rose during the April to June quarter.

The Bureau of Economic Analysis says Tuesday that Maine personal income went up 1.5 percent in the quarter. The increase places the state second in New England and matches the national average increase.

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Senate Rejects LePage UMS Board Nominee Dench

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Democratic-controlled Maine Senate has denied one of Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s nominees to the University of Maine System Board of Trustees.

The Senate voted 17-15 against Susan Dench’s nomination to the board Tuesday.

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Portland Seeks State Reimbursement For Aid

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland is seeking more than $45,000 in state reimbursement for welfare benefits provided to immigrants who cannot prove they are in the U.S. legally, potentially setting up a showdown with the administration of Gov. Paul LePage.

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3rd Company Looks To Expand Gas Pipeline In Maine

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Another major energy company has made a proposal to the Maine Public Utilities Commission to expand natural gas pipeline capacity in the state.

Houston-based Spectra Energy Corp. filed a plan Monday in which the state could contract to secure specific supplies of lower-cost natural gas on two proposed projects.

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DEP Ruling On Chemical Won’t Be Fast

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Patricia Aho will likely take most of the allotted 120 days to rule on new regulations for a chemical used in household products.

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Senate Returns To Consider LePage Nominees

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Democratic-led Maine Senate is coming back to Augusta to vote on more than 50 of Gov. Paul LePage’s nominees.

Among them is Susan Dench, one of the Republican governor’s nominees to the University of Maine System Board of Trustees.

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Cod Fishing Restrictions Up For Vote This Week

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal regulators will consider emergency restrictions to the Gulf of Maine’s cod fishery this week.

The New England Fishery Management Council will consider the restrictions at its meeting in Hyannis, Massachusetts this week. The three-day meeting begins on Tuesday and concludes Thursday. Officials say the restrictions will most likely come up for debate on Wednesday.

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3 Creditors Want GNP Bankruptcy Moved To Maine

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EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine (AP) — Three Maine-based creditors want to move the Great Northern Paper Co. bankruptcy case from Delaware to Maine.

The creditors contend Maine’s attorney general, the towns of East Millinocket and Millinocket and the employees’ unions all support moving the federal bankruptcy proceedings to Maine. The creditors’ petition seeks to stop a meeting of creditors that’s scheduled for Oct. 15 in Delaware, where the holding company is based.

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Changes On The Horizon In Welfare Programs

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s administration plans to move forward next month with new rules requiring food stamp users to have a job and some welfare recipients to be drug tested to continue receiving benefits.

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Gas Prices Drop Slightly In Maine

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Gas prices have fallen slightly in Maine in the last week.

The average price of a gallon of gas in Maine on Monday was $3.44 a gallon, down 5.1 cents from one month ago, according to gasbuddy.com.

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Maine Officials To Discuss Scallop Fishery Health

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DENNYSVILLE, Maine (AP) — Maine fishing regulators are discussing the health of the scallop fishery with fishermen and residents near Cobscook Bay, one of the state’s most critical scallop grounds.

Maine Department of Marine Resources staff are hosting the Monday afternoon meeting at the Dennysville Congregational Church, near the bay. Cobscook Bay is Maine’s most productive scallop fishery. State officials planned to discuss a recent Cobscook Bay scallop survey.

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Longtime Clerk Of Maine House Passes Away At 58

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – The clerk of the Maine House of Representatives has died.

Assistant House Clerk Rob Hunt says that Millie MacFarland died Saturday at a hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska, after a long battle with cancer. Hunt was with MacFarland when she died. She was 58 years old.

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