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Biologists To Resume GPS Collaring Of Moose

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GREENVILLE, Maine (AP) — The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is resuming the radio-collaring of moose this week.

Special teams will be using helicopters in the Greenville and Jackman areas in the second year of a five-year study aimed at providing a better understanding of the health of Maine’s moose population.

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Flooding Fears Again Delay Major Portland Apartment Plan

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A much-anticipated Portland, Maine development is being delayed again because of concerns about flooding.

Miami-based developer The Federated Companies wants to building 445 units outside of downtown Portland, the state’s largest city. Residents say it could have a major impact on the rental market in the city, which has very vacancy rates for prospective tenants.

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Man Settles Lawsuit With Petco Over Rat-bite Fever

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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine man is settling a lawsuit he filed against pet supply chain Petco over a case of rat-bite fever.

The Portland Press Herald reports a Petco spokesman confirmed there was a settlement but said the terms were confidential.

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GOP Touts Historic Vote Tally For Gov. Paul LePage

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage picked up the most votes for any candidate in a Maine gubernatorial race even though he fell short of a majority in the three-way race.

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New England Gets Windfall From Plummeting Heating Oil

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The lowest heating oil prices in six years are giving an unexpected boost to New England’s economy.

Officials say families using oil to heat their homes can expect savings of $1,200 to $1,500 on average this year based on lower prices for heat and transportation fuel. Across the region, cheaper heating oil translates to hundreds of millions of dollars in savings, putting more money in people’s pockets.

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Group Looks To Bolster Public Financing Elections Law

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine group is preparing to deliver tens of thousands of signatures to get a measure on the ballot aimed at strengthening the state’s struggling public financing elections law.

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Susan Collins Announces Additional Grant For New Bridge

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KITTERY, Maine (AP) — Maine U.S. Sen. Susan Collins says a new federal grant of $1 million for the Sarah Long Bridge replacement project should help expedite the construction of a new bridge.

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Endowment To Fund Teacher Program At Hospital

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Medical Center is getting an endowment to permanently fund its hospital-based teacher program.

The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center is the only one in northern New England with an on-site teacher dedicated to helping young patients from 5 to 18.

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Portland Launches Phone App For Resident Service Requests

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Residents of Maine’s largest city can now use smartphones to request public services.

Portland is unveiling its new “Fix It! Portland” mobile application that allows residents to report issues such as potholes and streetlight outages. A city spokeswoman says the requests are submitted direct to city officials and are then assigned based on location and the nature of the problem.

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Maine Secures $4.3 Million To Help Small Businesses

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine is getting an additional $4.3 million in federal funding to help grow small businesses.

The Department of Economic and Community Development says that the state secured the funding from the U.S. Treasury Department’s Small State Business Credit Initiative.

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Angus King To Speak About International Issues In Farmington

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FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King will speak in Farmington about international issues at an event hosted by the University of Maine at Farmington and the Maine Chapter of the Fulbright Association.

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Maine Giving More Than $400K To Agriculture Projects

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine officials are giving out more than $400,000 in grants to 11 agricultural projects in the state.

Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Commissioner Walter Whitcomb announced the $422,855 in grants at the Maine Agricultural Trades Show last week. The projects were chosen from 47 proposals. The department says the projects address the state agricultural industry’s need to accelerate marketing and improve technology.

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Investigators Unable To Find Cause Of Augusta Fire

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Officials have been unable to pinpoint what caused an apartment building fire last month in Augusta that left 27 people homeless.

Sgt. Kenneth Grimes of the state fire marshal’s office told the Kennebec Journal on Friday that the Dec. 5 fire has been classified as undetermined.

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Feds Begin Review Of Canada Lynx

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is starting a review of Canada lynx at a time when the largest population of the cats in the Lower 48 is poised for a decline.

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LePage Budget Aims To Reorganize Forestry Department

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s administration wants to reorganize the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.

The administration is proposing to create a new unit in the department that will handle natural resources law enforcement and to eliminate some forest ranger positions. The proposal is part of LePage’s $6.3 billion budget and lawmakers will have the final say.

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14 Indicted On Federal Drug Charges

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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Law enforcement officers have rounded up 11 people on drug charges who’ll join three men already in custody, as agencies targeted cocaine and heroin in the Lewiston area.

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Advocates Criticize LePage Plan To Trim Anti-smoking Fund

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Health advocates are criticizing Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s proposal to reduce a fund that supports anti-smoking programs.

LePage’s $6.3 billion budget proposal includes $20 million in cuts to the Fund for Healthy Maine.

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King Invites Auburn-based Manufacturer To State Of The Union

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Independent Sen. King has invited the head of an Auburn-based manufacturing company to next week’s State of the Union Address in Washington.

Kathie Leonard, the president and co-founder of Auburn Manufacturing, Inc., will sit in the House gallery for President Barack Obama’s speech on Tuesday.

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Lawmakers Seek To Make Hayrides Safer

Updated 2 weeks ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine state lawmakers are proposing bills aimed at making hayrides safer following the death last fall of a 17-year-old girl who was on a Halloween-themed hayride in Mechanic Falls that crashed.

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Nova Star Ferry Will Spend Winter In South Carolina

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Nova Star ferry that spent the summer taking passengers between Portland and Nova Scotia will spend the winter in Charleston, South Carolina.

The Portland Press Herald reports the ferry left its berth in Shelburne, Nova Scotia, early on Thursday morning. Nova Star cruises President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Amundsen says the cruise line has been unable to secure winter work for the ferry. He says keeping the ship in a warmer winter climate will save money and make it easier to keep the ferry ready if off-season work is found.

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