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Judge Orders Info Released In Baby Death Suit

Updated 3 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A judge has ordered the Maine State Housing Authority to release information on the homeowner’s insurance policy of a woman being sued in connection with the death of an infant in Fairfield in 2012.

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Maine CDC Under Fire For Top Job Vacancies

Updated 3 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Several key jobs at the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention have been vacant for months, drawing criticism from some who say the state is unprepared for an infectious disease outbreak.

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Thousands Still Without Power On Election Day

Updated 3 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — More than 80,000 Maine electric customers remain without power following a weekend snow storm, prompting the state to change some polling places on Election Day.

Central Maine Power Co. was reporting more than 49,000 homes and businesses without power on Tuesday morning, with Waldo and Knox counties the hardest hit.

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2 Victims Of Hiram Car Crash Identified

Updated 3 months ago

HIRAM, Maine (AP) — The two teenagers who died in a car crash near Sacopee Valley High School in Hiram last weekend were recent graduates of the school.

Police on Monday identified the victims of the crash at about 2 a.m. Saturday as 18-year-old Andrew Stanley, of Porter, and 19-year-old Isaac Moore, of Parsonfield. Stanley was pronounced dead at the scene. Moore died at the hospital.

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Group Petitioning For Clean Election Effort

Updated 3 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A group that wants to bolster Maine’s clean election law is going to be collecting signatures on Election Day.

More than 800 volunteers with Maine Citizens for Clean Elections will be collecting petitions at more than 200 polling locations from Kittery to Fort Kent on Tuesday.

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Voters To Decide Close 3-way Governor’s Race

Updated 3 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Republican Gov. Paul LePage is hoping to fend off a challenge from Democrat Mike Michaud to win another four years in the Blaine House.

As residents enter the voting booths Tuesday, LePage and Michaud are locked in a tight race with independent Eliot Cutler trailing in third.

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Ethics Board Rules Against Bear Bait Foes

Updated 3 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Ethics Commission is ruling against supporters of a ban on bear hunting methods who argued that appearances by Maine game wardens in television ads should be reported as a campaign expense.

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Investigators Release IDs Of 4 Portland Fire Victims

Updated 3 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Officials are identifying four of the five people killed in a weekend house fire near the University of Southern Maine.

Portland officials say at least two of the victims were tenants, 27-year-old David Bragdon Jr. and 29-year-old Ashley Thomas. Two non-tenants, 25-year-old Christopher Conlee of Portland and 23-year-old Maelisha Jackson of Topsham, also died in the fire Saturday morning.

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Anti-bear-bait Activist Cited On Hunting Violation

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MASARDIS, Maine (AP) — A Maine hunter who is campaigning against use of bear bait is facing charges stemming from improper hunting of ruffed grouse.

The Maine Warden Service says Joel Gibbs of Lowell was cited Oct. 17 for shooting from a motor vehicle, a class E misdemeanor. Lt. Dan Scott says Gibbs was shooting from the vehicle at ruffed grouse, which he called a “fair chase violation.” Scott says Gibbs is due in court Dec. 3.

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Kaci Hickox’s Boyfriend Still Barred From Campus

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FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — Maine nurse Kaci Hickox is free to go wherever she pleases, but her boyfriend is still staying away from the campus where he’s a nursing student amid Ebola fears.

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Deer And Moose Hunts Get Underway

Updated 3 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s main seasons for deer and moose hunting are getting started.

The firearms season for deer begins Monday and runs until Nov. 29. Two moose sessions also begin on Monday. One session runs until Nov. 8 and is restricted to wildlife management districts 1 through 4 and 19, four of which are clustered in northern Maine. Another runs until Nov. 29 and includes districts 15, 16, 22, 23, 25 and 26, which are in southern and coastal Maine.

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Gov. LePage Says Critic Needs Suicide Watch

Updated 3 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has wrapped up his campaign on behalf of Republican governors with a fifth appearance with Maine Gov. Paul LePage.

Appearing Monday evening in Portland, Christie described LePage as a candidate who wants the best for Maine and who “may say things in a way that are rather direct.”

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Huge Fire Destroys Denmark Building

Updated 3 months ago

DENMARK, Maine (AP) — Firefighters from several communities helped battle a large fire in the western Maine town of Denmark.

The fire reported at about 7 p.m. Sunday was in a building on Bull Ring Road that contained several apartments and a restaurant, but there were no reports of injuries.

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Gas Prices Down Another Nickel

Updated 3 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine residents are getting more relief at the pump, as gas prices have fallen another nickel per gallon.

Price-monitoring website GasBuddy.com reports Monday that the average cost of a gallon of gas in Maine has fallen 5 cents in the past week to $3.09.

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Augusta Landlords Get Biohazard Training

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Augusta Housing Authority is holding a special training session to teach landlords and property managers how to clean an apartment after someone dies so it is rentable again.

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2 Teens Die In Hiram Car Crash

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HIRAM, Maine (AP) — Authorities say a second teenager has died following a weekend car crash in Hiram.

Four male teens were in the car that crashed just before 2 a.m. Saturday near Sacopee Valley High School when the 17-year-old driver lost control and struck a utility pole.

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Chris Christie Making Final Push For LePage

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will rally Maine Republicans in a final push for Republican Gov. Paul LePage on the eve of the election.

LePage is in a tight race against Democratic Rep. Mike Michaud. Independent Eliot Cutler is running a distant third and has repeatedly rejected pleas to quit the race and throw his support to Michaud.

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Marijuana Votes Foreshadow Statewide Push

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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Marijuana activists say fall ballot questions about the legalization of marijuana in Maine cities is a run-up to a statewide legalization drive in 2016.

People in South Portland and Lewiston will vote Tuesday on ballot initiatives that would legalize possession of marijuana. Activists also tried to get a question on the ballot in York.

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Portland Explores Bike Sharing System

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s largest city is considering creating a citywide bicycle-sharing program.

A spokeswoman for Portland says its department of planning and urban development is issuing a request for information from bike share vendors interested in working with the city. The spokeswoman says the city is interested in gathering information and “non-binding cost estimates” for a possible bicycle sharing program.

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3 More Maine Communities Deemed Business Friendly

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Three Maine communities are joining the list of places that have been deemed “business friendly” in the state.

Republican Gov. Paul LePage says Madison, Southwest Harbor and Van Buren have earned the business-friendly status, bringing the total number of communities bearing that distinction to 30.

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