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Lawmakers Examining 51 LePage Nominees

Updated 6 days ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine lawmakers are starting to vet 51 people that Gov. Paul LePage has nominated to state boards and commissions.

Legislative panels begin several days of public hearings begin on Wednesday. The full Senate is scheduled to reconvene on Tuesday to vote on whether to confirm the nominees.

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Ex-York Hospital Nurse Charged With Stealing Drugs

Updated 7 days ago

YORK, Maine (AP) — A former nurse at York Hospital has been charged with stealing narcotic drugs from the hospital for her personal use.

Police say 45-year-old Nicolle Dauphinee of Kennebunkport was summoned to court next month to face a charge of stealing drugs.

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Maine Trusts Raises Enough To Buy Islands

Updated 7 days ago

HARPSWELL, Maine (AP) — The Maine Coast Heritage Trust says its effort to raise nearly $1 million to buy two uninhabited islands in Casco Bay and keep them open to the public has been a success.

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Student Charged With Having Knives At School

Updated 1 week ago

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — A Scarborough High School student is facing charges after allegedly bringing two knives to school, including a spring-loaded switchblade.

Eighteen-year-old Jonathan Germano was charged Tuesday after fellow students on a school bus told the driver they saw him sharpening a knife.

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Victim Of Biddeford Fire Died Of Smoke Inhalation

Updated 1 week ago

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — The medical examiner says the victim of a fire at a Biddeford apartment that was deliberately set died of smoke inhalation.

Michael Moore, and his roommate, James Ford, were removed unconscious from their Main Street apartment early last Thursday.

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Portland Man Sentenced On Prostitution Charges

Updated 1 week ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Portland man has been sentenced to four years in prison for transporting three women across state lines for the purposes of prostitution.

Samuel Gravely was also sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Portland to three years of probation.

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Gas Turbine Fired Up On Stealthy Warship

Updated 7 days ago

BATH, Maine (AP) — Workers have fired up one of the main turbines aboard the future USS Zumwalt, marking a milestone in construction of the stealthy warship.

Engineers and technicians at Bath Iron Works have spent months in preparation for lighting the turbines, similar to units on the Boeing 777. The turbines will provide the grunt for generators that drive the largest destroyer ever built for the U.S. Navy.

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Rangeley Town Manager Quits After 4 Days In Town

Updated 1 week ago

RANGELEY, Maine (AP) — The town manager of a Maine town is quitting after four days on the job.

The Sun Journal reports Rangeley, Maine hired Jeff Grossman on Thursday and he quit on Monday. Select Board Chairman Dave Burgess says the selectmen and the manager agreed it wasn’t a good fit. Burgess says the town will release more information about the resignation later this week.

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Forum To Explore Casco Bay Environment Risks

Updated 1 week ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine environmental group is holding a community forum about environmental threats to Casco Bay.

Friends of Casco Bay will hold the “Casco Bay Is at Risk” forum on Wednesday evening at the University of Southern Maine in Portland. The event will include information about coastal acidification, the growth of invasive green crabs, and threats to Maine’s coastal economy.

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Pregnant Woman Killed In Hit and Run

Updated 1 week ago

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Authorities want to question the boyfriend of a pregnant woman who was struck and killed by a sport utility vehicle in Lewiston.

State police and Lewiston police say 32-year-old Laudrinha Kubeloso was fatally injured Tuesday afternoon. She was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

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Study Shows TV Ad Spending Down In Maine Races

Updated 1 week ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A new report shows that Maine candidates and outside groups have spent just one-third the amount to run television advertisements in state races this election cycle than four years ago.

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Fire Tears Through Lewiston Apartment Building

Updated 1 week ago

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Officials say 11 families have been displaced after a three-alarm fire ripped through an apartment building in Lewiston.

Flames broke out Tuesday evening at the apartment building downtown.

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Cutler Gets Boost, But Michaud Keeps Money Lead

Updated 1 week ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud continues to lead the pack in fundraising and in cash on hand.

Michaud raised more than $430,000 in the latest reporting period and has more than $1 million in his war chest as the three-way race for governor enters its final weeks. Michaud has raised more than $2.4 million since launching his campaign.

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Michaud Will Debate Cutler Without Gov. LePage

Updated 1 week ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud says he will debate independent Eliot Cutler one-on-one if Gov. Paul LePage refuses to participate.

Michaud had originally said he would only attend debates if the Republican governor was present. But the Democrat’s campaign told WMTW-TV on Tuesday that he will participate in the debates even if LePage decides not to attend them.

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Man Sentenced To 8 Years In Child Porn Case

Updated 1 week ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for possessing child pornography and testifying falsely under oath in court.

Joel Dudley of Westbrook was convicted following separate jury trials in February and April.

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Lawmakers Call For Riverview Investigation

Updated 1 week ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Key Maine lawmakers are calling for a full investigation into the state-run Riverview Psychiatric Center following a newspaper article alleging abuse of patients by workers.

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Suspect In Augusta Stabbing Arrested

Updated 1 week ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The suspect in a weekend stabbing in Augusta has been taken into custody after a brief standoff with police.

Deputy Chief Jared Mills says officers acting on a tip went to an apartment on Cedar Street at about 7:30 p.m. Monday and knocked on the locked door.

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Cumberland County Drug Court To Remain Open

Updated 1 week ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Portland program intended to keep drug addicts out of jail is staying open after Gov. Paul LePage intervened to end a dispute between the Department of Corrections and court officials.

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Brewer Woman Dies Days After Hit-and-Run Crash

Updated 1 week ago

ORRINGTON, Maine (AP) — A Brewer woman injured in a hit-and-run crash in Orrington earlier this month has died, and authorities are looking into whether the other driver should be charged.

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19 Mainers Died From Work-related Injuries In ’12

Updated 1 week ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A new report from Maine’s Bureau of Labor Standards says 19 Maine workers died from occupational or work-related injuries in 2012.

The state’s fatality rate of 3.2 per 100,000 workers was slightly less than the national rate of 3.4 per 100,000. State officials say the rate declined one percentage point from 2011.

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