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Auction On New England’s Tallest Lighthouse To End

Updated 2 months ago

YORK, Maine (AP) — The federal government is set to close out an auction on a Maine lighthouse that is the tallest in New England.

The Boon Island Light Station, off the coast of York, is up for auction until 10 a.m. on Tuesday. Seven people have bid on the lighthouse so far, with the top bid coming in at $19,001.

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Mount Abram Makes Summer Improvements

Updated 2 months ago

GREENWOOD, Maine (AP) — Mount Abram says it’s spending more than $300,000 this summer to upgrade snowmaking on its ski slopes in western Maine.

Officials say the money will go toward boosting water-pumping capacity to quadruple uphill capacity and pressure, allowing the mountain to put more machine-made snow on the mountain.

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Pot Advocates Turn In Signatures In Lewiston

Updated 2 months ago

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Marijuana advocates have submitted their petitions as part of a campaign to make it legal for people 21 and older to possess small amounts of marijuana in Lewiston.

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Maine Shuts Down Floating Seafood Restaurant

Updated 2 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine officials say a woman who serves boiled lobsters and baked desserts from a floating restaurant in Penobscot Bay must shut down.

The Portland Press Herald reports Reilly Harvey’s Mainstay Provisions must pass health inspection standards and outfit her 22-foot wooden launch with sinks and running water. Reilly’s business needs licensing through the state Division of Environmental Health’s inspection program.

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Maine Gets $445,000 In Pfizer Settlement

Updated 3 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine is getting $445,000 as part of a settlement with Pfizer Inc. over the marketing of an organ-transplant drug.

Attorney General Janet Mills said Friday that Maine was among 41 states involved in the $35 million settlement with Pfizer, the parent company of Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Inc. The deal resolves allegations Wyeth misrepresented the uses of the drug Rapamune.

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Substance Abuse Help For Maine Passamaquoddy Tribe

Updated 3 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine Native American tribe will receive $800,000 in federal money to improve tribal services for children and families who have a high risk of substance abuse.

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Official: Maine Required To Repay Aid For Hospital

Updated 3 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A federal government official says the state of Maine will be required to repay millions of dollars in Medicaid funding it received to run the Riverview Psychiatric Center in Augusta.

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State Senate Candidate In Critical Condition

Updated 3 months ago

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — State Senate candidate Stuart “Toby” Pennels remains in critical condition at a Lewiston hospital with injuries he suffered in a motorcycle accident last weekend.

The 55-year-old Republican from Casco is being treated at Central Maine Medical Center. He’s running against Democrat Bill Diamond for Senate District 26, which includes Casco, Baldwin, Frye Island, Raymond and Standish.

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3 MOO Milk Farms Sign On With Stonyfield

Updated 3 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Three more former MOO Milk organic dairy farms have signed into contracts, this time with Stonyfield farms.

Officials from New Hampshire-based Stonyfield say Sayer Family Farm in Canton, Brook Ridge Farm in Lyman and Woodside Farm in Sidney are among the first farms in Stonyfield’s Milk Sourcing Initiative.

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Pot Advocates Turn Their Attention To Lewiston

Updated 3 months ago

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Marijuana advocates are ready to submit their final batch of petitions as part of a campaign to make it legal for people 21 or older to possess small amounts of marijuana in Lewiston.

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Homeland Security Training Taking Place In Maine

Updated 3 months ago

FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — First responders are conducting what’s being described as Maine’s first-of-its-kind, full-scale homeland security training exercise, which is being held at the University of Maine at Farmington.

Officials say the exercise on Friday could involve an active shooter or hostage scenario featuring injured individuals.

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Teacher Charged With Aiding Drug Dealers

Updated 3 months ago

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A Maine teacher faces federal charges of aiding drug dealers.

The Sun Journal reports federal and local drug agents arrested 43-year-old Noel Thibodeau on Tuesday and charged him with maintaining drug-involved premises. Thibodeau lives in Lewiston and is a Spanish and French teacher at Coastal Studies for Girls in Freeport.

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LePage: I’ll Either Win Or Lose By A ‘landslide’

Updated 3 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Republican Gov. Paul LePage says he doesn’t think the three-person gubernatorial race is going to be a close one.

On the George Hale-Ric Tyler show on WVOM-FM on Thursday, LePage said that he’s “going to be blown out by a landslide” or he’s “going to win by a landslide.”

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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

Updated 3 months ago

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

Updated 3 months ago

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

Updated 3 months ago

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

Updated 3 months ago

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

Updated 3 months ago

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

Updated 3 months ago

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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