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Maine’s Scallop Fishery To Face More Closures

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine regulators want to shut down several waterways to scallop fishing in the coming season as they attempt to rebuild the fishery.

The news comes as Maine’s Department of Marine Resources is warning fishermen that the coming season could be subject to an emergency closure. The season runs from December to April.

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Bingham Food Pantry Closing After 33 Years

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BINGHAM, Maine (AP) — A Bingham food pantry is closing at the end of the month after more than three decades of feeding the area’s hungry because it has been unable to find a new home.

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Defendant In Baby Death Suit Can’t Be Found

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FAIRFIELD, Maine (AP) — Authorities have been unable to find a Maine woman and her 12-year-old daughter who are being sued in connection with the 2012 death of a 3-month-old baby.

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Kennebunk Couple Plead Guilty To Welfare Fraud

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A husband and wife from Kennebunk who told authorities they did not live together so the wife could continue to collect welfare benefits have pleaded guilty to welfare fraud charges.

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Lawmaker Wants To Boost Immunizations

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Some lawmakers plan to renew efforts to increase the percentage of Maine children who are being inoculated against measles, whooping cough and other diseases.

Democratic Rep. Anne Graham of North Yarmouth, who’s a pediatric nurse practitioner, said a story in the Maine Sunday Telegram about the state’s high opt-out rate motivated her to find a solution.

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Three Men Charged With Digging Up Two Relatives

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STANDISH, Maine (AP) — A former local official in a Maine town and two of his nephews are facing charges of abusing a corpse for digging up the cremated remains of two relatives in Standish.

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Gov. LePage, Wife Buy Home In Boothbay

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BOOTHBAY, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage and his wife Ann have purchased a home in Boothbay where they intend to live after he leaves office.

Ann LePage said the couple had been looking for about 10 years for a home near the coast. But she said they’ll continue to live in the Blaine House for as long as her husband is governor. LePage, who’s seeking re-election, is currently locked in a three-way race with independent Eliot Cutler and Democrat Mike Michaud.

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FairPoint Evaluates 2 Unions’ Contract Proposal

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — FairPoint Communications says it has received a contract proposal from two unions representing more than 1,700 workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont and has asked for time to evaluate it.

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Planned Parenthood To Spend $500K In Maine Races

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Planned Parenthood will spend at least $500,000 in support of Rep. Mike Michaud’s Maine gubernatorial campaign and other races in which the group identifies reproductive rights as a key issue.

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Lewiston Police Probe 60-year-old Man’s Death

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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Police in Lewiston are investigating after a 60-year-old man died at the hospital following a fight outside an apartment building.

Officers responded to the Lisbon Street apartment just before 5 p.m. Wednesday after getting calls about an altercation involving several people.

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Portland OK’s Boatyard For Big Commercial Vessels

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland officials say a developer can build a boat repair yard for large recreational and commercial vessels on the city’s downtown waterfront.

The Portland Press Herald reports Phineas Sprague Jr. wants to build a 27,600-square-foot building on five acres he owns on West Commercial Street near the Casco Bay Bridge. The building would be located alongside a recently built 19,000-square-foot building.

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LePage Designates $6,000 To Maine Nonprofits

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage is giving $6,000 from his contingency fund to six Maine nonprofit organizations.

The Republican governor is helping organizations that are being supported by the “Art of Giving Gala,” which is being held in Portland on Thursday.

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Maine Gets $84K For Advanced Placement Tests

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine is getting nearly $84,000 from the federal government to help subsidize the cost of the advanced placement exams for low-income students.

The U.S. Department of Education said that the $83,961 that Maine will receive is part of $28.4 million in grants being distributed nationwide.

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Mainer Reaches Plea Deal On Unemployment Fraud

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Portland man accused of fraudulently collecting state unemployment benefits while he continued to work has avoided jail time with a plea deal.

Forty-nine-year-old Tracy Young was sentenced to three months but the sentence was suspended pending successful completion of a two-year probation term. He pleaded guilty July 28 to theft by deception.

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Head Of Pro-Cutler PAC Resigns

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The head of a political action committee that’s supporting independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler has resigned.

Betsy Smith left her post as director of Campaign for Maine last month.

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1,200 Mainers Must Act To Avoid Losing Coverage

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — About 1,200 Mainers who’ve failed to submit necessary documents verifying their eligibility for the Affordable Care Act exchange must act soon to avoid losing their health care coverage.

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2 Water Companies At Odds Over Poland Spring Label

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A bottled water company that won the right to draw water from Poland Spring is at loggerheads with the Maine-based Poland Springs brand.

The newcomer, Maine Springs, says it’s required by law to identify its water source, which includes Poland Spring. The company is suing Poland Spring, which has told Maine Springs that putting the name on labels infringes upon its brand.

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Judge Weighing Maine Campaign Contribution Limits

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine judge is expected to issue a written decision by next week regarding a federal lawsuit that challenges a law limiting campaign contributions to independent candidates.

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Maine Changes Crabbing Rules To Increase Catch

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine officials are changing fishing rules so commercial fishermen no longer need a special license to harvest and sell green crabs.

The Portland Press Herald ( ) reports fishermen also won’t need to report green crab harvests to the state, and lobstermen will be allowed to take the crabs as bycatch. Fishermen will also be able to harvest green crabs from the Sheepscot, Damariscotta and Medomak rivers when they are closed for fishing other species of crabs between Dec. 1 and April 30.

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Maine Files Counter-claim Over Immigrant Aid

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The state of Maine has filed a counterclaim in a lawsuit brought by the Maine Municipal Association and two Maine cities over the LePage administration’s new policy limiting aid to some immigrants.

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