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Inmate Dies At Relative’s House

Updated 3 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Officials say a Maine Correctional Center inmate who was allowed to serve his sentence in the community has died.

The Department of Corrections said 65-year-old Charles Edmond Fulcher died early Tuesday while participating in the Supervised Community Confinement program, which allowed him to stay outside the prison.

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Democrats Blast LePage Over Consultant Contract

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Democratic leaders are criticizing Republican Gov. Paul LePage for not pursuing a full refund of payments made to a consultant that studied Maine’s Medicaid program.

House Speaker Mark Eves said that LePage told legislative leaders on Thursday that he won’t try to recoup the more than $470,000 paid to the Alexander Group for its reports.

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Maine Technology Institute President Ousted

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BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — The president of the Maine Technology Institute has been removed from his post.

Alan Caron, the director of Envision Maine, tells the Portland Press Herald that Republican Gov. Paul LePage removed Robert Martin from his leadership position with the Brunswick organization.

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State Suspends Doc For Practicing While On Drugs

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WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — A Maine licensure board is suspending a Waterville physician for 450 days for violations including practicing medicine after ingesting drugs.

The Morning Sentinel reports the state Board of Osteopathic Licensure imposed the sanction on Paul Gosselin. He also was found to have prescribed medicine for himself in circumstances that didn’t require self-treatment.

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Judge Orders Maine To Release 911 Call Transcript

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine judge has ordered state officials to release a transcript of a 911 call made by a woman whose husband was killed by a Cumberland County sheriff’s deputy in April.

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Lewiston Man Gets 5 Years In Prison For Arson

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AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A Maine judge has handed down a five-year prison sentence to a suspect in one of three major fires in Lewiston in span of less than two weeks last year.

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Lightning Injures Woman, Causes Fires

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GORHAM, Maine (AP) — Authorities say lightning strikes during severe storms in southern Maine Wednesday injured a woman in Gorham, sparked fires in South Berwick and damaged trees in several towns.

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Regulators Expected To Issue New Elver Quota

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal regulators are set to make a recommendation about a new quota for Maine’s lucrative baby eel fishery.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s American Eel Management Board is meeting Thursday in Alexandria, Virginia to vote on recommendations for the fishery. Federal officials say the recommendation could range from keeping the status quo to closing the fishery.

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Audubon Names New Executive Director

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The former president and CEO of Trout Unlimited has been named the executive director of one of Maine’s top wildlife conservation organizations.

Charles Gauvin replaces Ted Koffman, who retired earlier this year and is now running for the state Senate.

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Some Maine Welfare Applicants To Be Drug Tested

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Gov. Paul LePage’s administration is advancing an effort to require welfare applicants and recipients who’ve been convicted of drug-related felonies to be tested for drugs.

The Republican governor said Wednesday that the state must ensure that taxpayer dollars don’t enable the “continuation of a drug addiction.” LePage has made overhauling the state’s welfare programs a priority of his administration.

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More Than 2,200 Without Power In Maine

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HOLDEN, Maine (AP) — Emera Maine says it’s working to restore power to more than 2,200 customers in Penobscot County after thunderstorms caused outages.

The utility says Holden was hardest hit by Wednesday morning’s storms. Outages also were reported in Brewer, Orrington, Dedham and Lucerne.

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Woman Who Stole From Boss Gets 3 Years In Prison

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine woman accused of stealing more than $70,000 from her boss after he ended their affair has been sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to repay the money.

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Mom Who Did 124 Mph With Kids In Car Sent To Jail

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine mother busted for driving 124 mph with her two kids in the car in April has been sentenced to six months in jail, and police say she’s now facing a driving under the influence charge.

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Maine, Feds Working On Plan For Trapped Lynx

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine officials are working with the federal government to craft a plan to manage the impact of animal trapping programs on the Canada lynx.

The Canada lynx is protected under the federal Endangered Species Act, but is sometimes incidentally caught via recreational fur trapping and predator management programs.

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EPA Holds Hearing On Power Plant Emissions

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency’s New England chief is attending a public hearing to get feedback on the first-ever federal standards for power plants.

The hearing set for Wednesday at the University of Southern Maine focuses on President Barack Obama’s plan to cut carbon-dioxide emissions by 30 percent by 2030.

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Senators Honor Monhegan Island Anniversary

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MONHEGAN, Maine (AP) — Maine Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King are traveling to Monhegan to celebrate the island’s 400th year anniversary.

The parade and ceremony on the tiny island Wednesday will honor the anniversary of Cpt. John Smith’s visit to Monhegan Plantation in 1614. The parade is scheduled to kick off at 1 p.m. at Lobster Cove, followed by a ceremony at the schoolhouse.

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Scientists Ask Bird Oglers To Help Study Puffins

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EASTERN EGG ROCK, Maine (AP) — The Audubon Society wants bird lovers to contribute to a project scientists hope will help save Atlantic puffins in Maine.

There are about 1,000 pairs of the seabirds in the state. The National Audubon says the number of fledging puffin chicks has declined in the last two years.

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Maine Company Plans $125M Tidal Power Plant

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine company that wants to build a $125 million tidal energy project in the state will hold meetings with state officials and investors this week to move the project forward.

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Inspectors Target Food Bound For Casco Bay Islands

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine and Portland health inspectors are randomly checking the temperature of food being transported by ferry to Casco Bay’s islands, after an official noticed food that was supposed to be refrigerated sitting on a city dock.

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Maine To Launch Anti-distracted Driving Program

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Gov. Paul LePage is helping unveil a new program designed to prevent distracted driving on Maine roads.

The Republican governor, State Police Chief Col. Robert Williams and members of the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety will announce the new effort on Tuesday in Augusta.

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