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Defense Chief Hagel Visiting Maine Shipyard

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BATH, Maine (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is paying a visit to Maine’s Bath Iron Works.

Hagel plans Thursday to tour the newest destroyer, the stealthy DDG-1000, which is under construction. The stealthy ship, named the Zumwalt, is the largest destroyer ever built for the Navy. It will be christened this spring.

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Waterville Officials Vote To Sell Old Locomotive

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WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — Waterville officials have voted to sell a historic steam locomotive that sits slowly deteriorating in town because it’s too expensive to restore.

The Morning Sentinel ( ) reports that Mayor Karen Heck cast the deciding vote in a 4-3 decision Tuesday.

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4 Arrested In NH, Maine Bank Robberies

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SOMERSWORTH, N.H. (AP) — Police say a man arrested in a bank robbery has named several alleged accomplices in a series of robberies in New Hampshire and Maine.

A total of four people have been arrested in connection with robbing more than $30,000 from five banks in the two states during a three-month period.

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UMaine System Enrollment Down About 2 Percent

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FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — Enrollment is down 2 percent across the University of Maine System this fall when compared to last fall, and down more than 6 percent when compared to the fall of 2009.

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Threat Reported In 911 Call Before Biddeford Deaths

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Biddeford man called 911 to report that his landlord was making “death threats” just 40 minutes before he and his girlfriend were shot to death, according to transcripts of the call.

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Defense: More To Story In Fatal Augusta Stabbing

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A lawyer hired to represent a Maine man charged with killing his 24-year-old girlfriend says the public is getting only one side of the story.

Defense lawyer James Lawley called the death of Jillian Jones a tragedy and said that it appears that drug and alcohol played a role in her death in an Augusta apartment. He said “a clearer picture” will emerge once he and co-counsel Roger Katz have conducted their own investigation.

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Survey: Propane Prices Surge In Maine

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Governor’s Energy Office says heating oil and kerosene prices are unchanged from two weeks ago but propane has risen 9 cents since late October.

Officials say the statewide price for propane was $2.76, which is 3 cents higher than last week. Meanwhile, heating oil was $3.53 per gallon and kerosene was $3.94 per gallon.

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Maine To Work With Group On Medicaid Expansion

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine health officials will work with a group over the next year to improve the state’s program and study whether to expand it under the federal health care overhaul.

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Bingham Wind Farm Review On Hold Over Bats

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BINGHAM, Maine (AP) — Review of a proposed 62-turbine wind farm in Bingham has been put on hold in part because of concerns about bats.

Bat deaths are a typical concern at wind farms and it is standard practice to evaluate bat habitats and mortality rates during project reviews. The Department of Environmental Protection, however, may be revising its recommendations on the turning speed of wind turbines, which can be a threat to birds and bats.

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2 Maine Woman Face Drug Charges

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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Two Maine women have court dates after getting arrested on drug charges.

The Sun Journal, reports that Carolyn DeBerry of Auburn was arrested at her home last week on a Maine Drug Enforcement Agency warrant charging unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs. Agents allege a search warrant executed at her home turned up 10 grams of heroin, 64 oxycodone pills, $3,700 in cash, scales and other items related to drug trafficking. The value of the drugs is estimated at $4,000. Based on information gathered at DeBerry’s residence, agents seized another 20 grams of heroin from an apartment in Lewiston.

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Portland City Council Approves Clinic Buffer Zone

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Portland City Council has unanimously approved creation of a buffer zone around a woman’s health clinic to separate patients from anti-abortion protesters.

The measure passed 9-0 Monday night creates a 39-foot zone around entrances to reproductive health care facilities from which anti-abortion protesters would be barred. Portland has one Planned Parenthood clinic.

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Gov. LePage Gives $10K To Lewiston Language Program

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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage has awarded $10,000 to a program in Lewiston designed to bolster English skills for immigrant families.

The Republican governor visited the B Street Community Center on Monday to talk to immigrants about the challenges they face and barriers they need help overcoming to secure employment.

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Goal: 65K More Workers By 2020 In Maine

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AUBURN, Maine (AP) — The Maine State Chamber of Commerce and the Maine Development Foundation are holding an event in Auburn to discuss how to grow the state’s workforce.

The organizations are gathering at Procter & Gamble in Auburn to release the fourth edition in its “Making Maine Work” series.” This one focuses on the workforce.

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Lisbon Man Sentenced For Abusing A Minor

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AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A Lisbon mas has been sentenced to 3 ½ years in jail after pleading guilty to sex crimes involving a relative.

James Davis was sentenced this month after pleading guilty in Androscoggin Superior Court to two counts of sexual abuse of a minor. According to court documents, nine counts of gross sexual assault contained in the indictment were dismissed because Davis pleaded guilty.

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Portland City Council To Vote On Clinic Buffer

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Portland City Council is scheduled to take a final vote on establishing a buffer zone around a woman’s health clinic to separate anti-abortion protesters from patients.

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Russians From Greater Portland’s Sister City Visit

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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A delegation from the Russian city of Archangel is visiting the greater Portland area this week to mark the 25th anniversary of a sister-city agreement between the communities.

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Maine Gas Prices Up By A Penny Per Gallon

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — After several consecutive weeks of falling prices, the average retail cost of a gallon of gas in Maine is on the way up.

Price-monitoring website MaineGasPrices.com reports Monday that prices crept up nearly a penny in the past week to an average of $3.38 per gallon.

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Paris Man Appeals Attempted Murder Conviction

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine supreme court will hear the appeal this week of a 23-year-old man who’s serving a 40-year sentence for attempting to burn down the home where his ex-girlfriend lived.

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UMS Trustees To Discuss Broad Range Of Topics

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FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — University of Maine System trustees are meeting to discuss a range of topics from boosting recruitment of international students to creation of a new doctoral program at the University of Maine.

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Tenants Harbor Man On Trial For Allegedly Killing Dealer

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ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) — Jury selection is getting underway in the trial of a Tenants Harbor man charged with killing his drug supplier for cutting him off.

Andrew Kierstead, 41, is charged with murder in the September 2012 shooting death of Richard Mills outside Mills’ home in Cushing. Jury selection begins Monday in Rockland.

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