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Maine’s Nursing Home Funding Challenges To Remain

Updated 2 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine officials are relieved they found a way to provide the state’s nursing homes with an additional $13 million but warn that a long-term strategy must be developed to aid the facilities in the nation’s oldest state.

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LePage Gives $25K To Salmon Federation

Updated 2 months ago

MACHIAS, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage is giving $25,000 to the Downeast Salmon Federation to help with improving the East Machias Aquatic Research Center.

LePage says Friday the money to aid the Columbia Falls-based federation will come from state contingency funds. The federation is working to conserve wild Atlantic salmon populations in Maine.

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In US, Fearful Campers Eye Middle East Conflict

Updated 2 months ago

OTISFIELD, Maine (AP) — A summer camp in the Maine woods is hosting counselors and campers from throughout the Middle East who say fighting back home is making for a summer of tearful calls from their families and unlikely friendships.

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Detectives ID Man Who Fired Fatal Shots

Updated 2 months ago

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — State Police say a New York City man fired the shots that killed two men in Biddeford, Maine.

Investigators said Friday that 34-year-old Fuquan Prince Wilson from the Bronx has a lengthy criminal record. They also said the shooting was drug related, and asked the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency to join the investigation.

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Maine Unemployment Rate Falls To 5.5 Percent

Updated 2 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — State officials say that Maine’s unemployment rate fell to 5.5 percent in June.

The jobless rate released by the Maine Department of Labor on Friday is the lowest reported in the state in nearly six years.

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Maine Land Board To Spend $9.15M On 30 Projects

Updated 2 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Land for Maine’s Future Board will spend more than $9 million on 30 land conservation projects in 37 communities and 13 counties across the state.

The board voted this week to provide $9.15 million to fund the projects. The Portland Press Herald reports the projects vary from 10,214 acres northeast of Moosehead Lake to 215 acres in Cumberland and North Yarmouth.

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Large Grant To Help UMaine At Presque Isle Open N. Maine Art Center

Updated 2 months ago

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine at Presque Isle will receive $50,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts to help open a facility dedicated to visual arts in northern Maine.

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Androscoggin County Law Library To Close Its Books

Updated 2 months ago

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — The thousands of publicly-owned legal books at the Androscoggin County Law Library might soon be headed to the dump, another victim of the digital age.

Maine Court Administrator James Glessner says all 16 counties in the state once had active law libraries, but it’s now too expensive to buy updated volumes and most lawyers do their legal research online these days.

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Suit Aimed At Protecting Kennebec Salmon Revived

Updated 2 months ago

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — A federal appeals court has revived part of a lawsuit brought by two Maine-based environmental groups hoping to save Atlantic salmon and American shad populations from being chewed up in the turbines of hydroelectric dams on the Kennebec River.

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Artist Faces Child Porn Charges

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NEWCASTLE, Maine (AP) — A Maine-based artist whose paintings are galleries nationwide faces child pornography charges.

Police say 58-year-old Robert Ransley of Newcastle was arrested at his home Wednesday and charged with possessing sexually explicit material of someone under the age of 12, a Class D misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $2,000 fine.

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Girl Found Unresponsive In Minot Pool

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MINOT, Maine (AP) — A 5-year-old girl has been taken to a Portland hospital after she was found unresponsive at the bottom of a swimming pool in Minot.

Police say the girl was among several children swimming in the pool at a home of Fortin Drive when she apparently sank to the bottom and did not resurface at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

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Mechanical Problem Caused Railroad Fires

Updated 2 months ago

SACO, Maine (AP) — Maine forest rangers say a series of May railroad fires started because sparks emanated from a Pan Am freight train due to a mechanical problem.

At least 47 separate fires broke out along railroad tracks in Scarborough, Old Orchard Beach, Saco, and Biddeford on May 8. State officials say no charges are pending and a two-month investigation found no violations of state laws.

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Asylum Seekers File To Join City Aid Lawsuit

Updated 2 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Two women seeking asylum in Maine are asking to join a lawsuit against Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s administration regarding general assistance aid.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine and Maine Equal Justice Partners said on Thursday that they have a complaint on behalf of the immigrants.

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Kennebec County Deputy Wins National Award

Updated 3 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — An investigator for the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office has been named the national deputy of the year.

The National Sheriffs’ Association last month presented Sgt. John Bourque with the Charles Meeks Merit Award for Deputy Sheriff of the Year during a ceremony at the association’s conference in Fort Worth, Texas.

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New Grants Bring Purchase Of Pristine Casco Bay Islands Closer

Updated 3 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Coast Heritage Trust has won a $262,500 state grant that buoys it efforts to buy two uninhabited islands in Casco Bay.

The grant announced Wednesday will be combined with $140,000 raised through private donations, as the trust seeks to raise $925,000 by the end of August to exercise its option to buy the Goslings.

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Wilton Man Starts Cleaning Up Trashy Yard

Updated 3 months ago

WILTON, Maine (AP) — A Wilton homeowner fined $9,500 for refusing to clean up his trashy yard has started removing some of the junk, possibly staving off intervention by the town.

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Ex-officer Dies Days After Motorcycle Crash

Updated 3 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A former police officer involved in a motorcycle accident in Augusta earlier this month has died of her injuries.

Karen Nightingale’s husband, Jared, tells the Kennebec Journal his wife died Tuesday at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. She was 53.

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Former GOP Governor Candidate To Market Lobster

Updated 3 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A former nonprofit executive and Maine gubernatorial candidate will lead a collaborative group that promotes the state’s lobster industry to the world.

The Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative says Matt Jacobson is its new executive director. Acting Executive Director Marianne LaCroix will stay with the organization in a supporting role.

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Drowning Victim Identified

Updated 3 months ago

SPRINGVALE, Maine (AP) — Sanford police have identified the man found dead in the Mousam River in Springvale this past weekend.

Police say William J. Fawcett of Springvale drowned. They said Wednesday that no suspicious circumstances were involved in his death.

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Man Gets 10 Years In Prison For Drug Trafficking

Updated 3 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Portland man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison on crack cocaine trafficking charges.

U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II said that Abdullahi Nur was sentenced in the U.S. District Court on Wednesday.

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