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Nova Star Ferry Finds Winter Work

Updated 2 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Nova Star Cruises expects to announce this week details of winter work, something that’s necessary for the cruise ship to be profitable in its first year.

President Mark Amundsen said the company has lined up work to keep the ship busy this winter.

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SMCC, UNE Announce Partnership

Updated 2 months ago

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Southern Maine Community College and the University of New England are forming a partnership to allow students to transfer their credits.

Leaders from both institutions are gathering Monday to sign 16 transfer agreements ensuring students can transfer seamlessly from Southern Maine Community College programs to programs at the University of New England.

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Maine’s Moose Hunt Starts In A Week

Updated 2 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s annual moose hunting season is set to begin in a week.

The moose hunt starts Sept. 22 in eight of the state’s 29 wildlife management districts. The districts are all in far northern and northeastern Maine. More management districts open up Oct. 13, and others on Nov. 3. The hunt closes Nov. 29, with a Maine “resident only” day set for Nov. 1.

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Nonprofits Get $1M From L.L. Bean Grandson’s Group

Updated 2 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The foundation started by the grandson of L.L. Bean’s founder is giving almost $1 million to dozens of Maine nonprofits.

The John T. Gorman Foundation says that 62 nonprofit organizations throughout Maine will be given between $2,500 and $23,000 each.

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Statehouse Dome Dons New Copper Coat

Updated 2 months ago

 

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — For the first time in decades, the Maine Statehouse dome is no longer its signature green.

Workers are nearing the end of a more than $1 million, months-long project to replace the century-old copper sheath, making the dome look like a shiny penny and setting the Capitol abuzz.

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UMaine To Study Hemlock Tree Die-off

Updated 2 months ago

ORONO, Maine (AP) — University of Maine researchers are studying the impact of hemlock tree die-offs on the state’s freshwater forests.

UMaine stream ecology assistant professor Hamish Greig and Climate Change Institute Jacquelyn Gill are leading the researchers as they study past and present declines of the trees.

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UMaine To Host Climate Change Conference

Updated 2 months ago

ORONO, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine Climate Change Institute is hosting a conference next month about preparing for extreme weather events.

The Climate Change Adaptation and Sustainability Conference will take place Oct. 23 at the Wells Conference Center at the university’s main campus in Orono. University officials say the event is for business people, farmers, community planners and other interested residents and will cover subjects such as the spread of ticks and rising sea levels.

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Health Groups Get $600K To Help Consumers

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Two Maine health organizations are getting $600,000 to help consumers sign up for insurance under the federal health care overhaul law. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says Fishing Partnership Health Plan and Western Maine Community Action will receive navigator grant funding. The grants are part of $60 million given to 90 organizations nationwide. The money will be used to pay for workers to help Mainers navigate the exchange website and their options under the law. Maine is one of 36 states using the federal website, . More than 44,000 Mainers signed up for coverage on the exchange during the six-month open enrollment period, nearly doubling federal health officials’ target. The open enrollment period begins again on Nov. 15 and will last through Feb. 15.

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‘LOVE’ Artist Indiana Doesn’t Show At Celebration

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VINALHEAVEN, Maine (AP) — Maine-based artist Robert Indiana was expected make an appearance outside his island residence to take part in a celebration of his art around the world on his 86th birthday but he didn’t come out his home on Saturday, disappointing dozens of fans.

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AG Investigating Secret Recording Of Call

Updated 2 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine attorney general’s office is investigating whether laws were broken when a conservative blogger listened in and recorded a conference call by several liberal groups.

Mike Tipping of the Maine People’s Alliance tells the Portland Press Herald that investigators are talking to participants in the Sept. 4 call. The liberal advocacy group contends blogger Steve Robinson violated Maine law when he secretly recorded the call because he was not invited and his presence was unknown.

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HHS Providing $3M For Maine Health Centers

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The federal government says $3 million in Affordable Care Act funding will be used to help 14 health center centers expand service in Maine.

Officials say the funding will help the centers hire an estimated 48 new staff, stay open for longer hours and expand their services. The government believes the funding will help the centers reach an estimated 10,367 additional patients.

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LePage A No-show At Candidate Forum In Portland

Updated 2 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — It was supposed to be the first time all three candidates for governor in Maine spoke publicly at the same event.

But it didn’t happen Friday morning.

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Bath Bat Tests Positive For Rabies

Updated 3 months ago

BATH, Maine (AP) — Bath residents are being urged to make sure their pets’ vaccinations are up to date after a rabid bat was found in town.

Bath’s animal control officer Ann Hartford responded to a report a week ago of a bat on the ground, unable to fly

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Convicted Murderer Appeals To Maine’s High Court

Updated 3 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The lawyer for a Maine man convicted of killing a 12-year-old girl in 1988 is appealing to the state’s highest court.

Steven Peterson, who represents Dennis Dechaine, tells WGME-TV that’s he’s preparing an appeal to the Supreme Judicial Court after a Superior Court judge in April rejected his client’s request for a new trial.

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Police ID Victim Of Fatal Golf Cart Crash

Updated 3 months ago

SOUTH BERWICK, Maine (AP) — Police in Maine are looking into the role that alcohol played in a golf cart crash that claimed the life of a Massachusetts man.

Police say 27-year-old Eric Sullivan of Stoughton, Massachusetts, died Wednesday when the cart he was in crashed at The Links at Outlook golf course in South Berwick.

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Plan To Open Cider Brewery In Gardiner Church

Updated 3 months ago

GARDINER, Maine (AP) — Plans to open a hard cider brewery in a former Gardiner church have been approved by the City Council, and now it’s up to the Planning Board to grant final approval.

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3 Gubernatorial Candidates Gather For 1st Time

Updated 3 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The three candidates for governor in Maine are speaking publicly at the same event for the first time.

Republican Gov. Paul LePage and his challengers, Democratic Rep. Mike Michaud and independent Eliot Cutler, are confirmed to appear at the event Friday at the University of Southern Maine.

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Energy Takes Center Stage In Governor’s Race

Updated 3 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The three candidates for governor agree that Maine energy costs are too high.

But Republican Gov. Paul LePage, Democrat Mike Michaud and independent Eliot Cutler are deeply divided in their visions of the state’s energy future.

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4 Seal Pups Released From Charlestown Beach

Updated 3 months ago

CHARLESTOWN, R.I. (AP) — Four seal pups have been released from a beach in Charlestown by an animal rescue team from Mystic Aquarium.

Two male and two female harbor seals — named Orion, Bullwinkle, Freya and Loki — were released on Blue Shutters Beach on Thursday morning.

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Police: Biddeford Deaths Likely Due To Drugs

Updated 3 months ago

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — Police say a man and woman found dead in Biddeford motel room likely overdosed on drugs.

The Portland Press Herald reports Police Chief Roger Beaupre says investigators found no evidence of homicide or injuries. Beaupre says the state Medical Examiner’s Office is indicating the deaths of 28-year-old Daniel Pelletier and 31-year-old Lynda Norton look like drug overdoses. They were renting a room at the Sleepy Hollow Motel for about a week.

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