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Maine’s Apple Growers Expecting A Good Season

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LIVERMORE, Maine (AP) — Maine’s apple growers say they’re expecting a good crop this season despite several hailstorms that caused damage at some orchards.

Rob Boothby, a sixth-generation farmer and owner of Boothby’s Orchard & Farm in Livermore, tells the Sun Journal he was spared hail damage and is expecting a “better year than most.”

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66-year-old Bank Robbery Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

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BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A 66-year-old Maine man police say claimed to have a grenade and a gun when he robbed a Hallowell bank in June has pleaded not guilty.

John Cecil Slater entered his plea Wednesday in U.S. District Court and remains in custody.

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Hebron School Oil Spill Cleanup Discussed

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HEBRON, Maine (AP) — A heating oil company is picking up the tab for a 1,500-gallon spill at a Hebron elementary school.

Superintendent Rick Colpitts and Jessamine Logan, a spokeswoman for the Department of Environmental Protection, tell the Sun Journal that C.N. Brown oil company of Paris has assumed full responsibility for the cleanup.

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FRA Funds Safety Initiative For Smaller Railroads

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Railway Administration is awarding two grants totaling $350,000 to help short line and regional railroads reduce the risks associated with shipping crude oil, propane and other hazardous materials.

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Navy SEALs Swim 13-plus Miles For Charity

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CASCO, Maine (AP) — Four active-duty Navy SEALs are swimming more than 13 miles for charity in Maine.

The SEALs plan to swim the entire length of Sebago Lake on Thursday to raise money to send dozens of military families to Camp Sunshine, a retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses.

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Parks Service Bans Drones Over Appalachian Trail

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — The National Park Service has banned drones from flying over the Appalachian Trail.

The Park Service said Wednesday the interim rule prohibits launching, landing or operating unmanned aircraft from or on Appalachian National Scenic Trail lands.

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Data: Connecticut, Maine Have Slow Economic Growth

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — New federal statistics show economic growth in New England has been slowest in Connecticut and Maine since the end of the Great Recession.

The Commerce Department released statistics of quarterly gross domestic product — the measure of all goods and services — from 2005 to 2013. From the second quarter of 2009 until the end of 2013, the economies of Connecticut and Maine grew by 3 percent.

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Matthew Gagnon To Lead Conservative Advocacy Group

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine native is leaving his job at the Republican Governors Association to return to his home state to lead a conservative advocacy group.

Matthew Gagnon will assume his duties as CEO of the Maine Heritage Policy Center, effective Sept. 1.

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George W. Bush Takes Ice Bucket Challenge

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KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) — Former President George W. Bush took the ice bucket challenge then nominated former President Bill Clinton to do it next.

The challenge has caught on with notable figures participating in the campaign to raise money for the fight against ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

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Closing Date Coming For Historic Lighthouse

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HARPSWELL, Maine (AP) — The federal government will announce a closing date for its auction of a historic lighthouse in Casco Bay next week.

The Halfway Rock Light Station has attracted four bids so far, with a top offer of $58,000. It is located off Harpswell, Maine, and is an active aid to navigation. An inspection for registered bidders is set to take place on Thursday.

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Google Barge Leaves Maine, Heads For Scrap

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Google’s four-story barge left Portland for Boston, and will soon be scrapped.

The Portland Press Herald reports the barge itself will remain in Boston for some time before it is put to commercial use somewhere in the Gulf of Mexico. Portland Tugboat LLC Capt. Brian J. Fournier’s company escorted the barge to Boston Harbor. He says the four-story, white-colored structure that sits on the barge will be scrapped.

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Man Who Lived As Hermit Adjusting To Society

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A man who lived nearly three decades in the Maine woods now has a job and is adjusting to life back in society.

Kennebec County District Attorney Maeghan Maloney says Christopher Knight could complete his time in a special court program this fall. Police say Knight, known as the North Pond Hermit, stole food and other things from homes while he lived in the woods for 27 years.

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Rangeley Man Charged With Stealing $6,000 Bike

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RANGELEY, Maine (AP) — Rangeley police say they have charged a local man with stealing a $6,000 mountain bike and trying to sell it on Craigslist.

Chief Dennis Leahy says 18-year-old Randall Thompson is charged with felony theft by unauthorized taking.

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NYC Man Pleads Guilty To Maine Counterfeit Scheme

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A New York City man authorities say used teenage girls to spend counterfeit $100 bills in Maine has pleaded guilty to related charges.

Andrew Cupidore pleaded guilty this week in federal court to passing counterfeit U.S. currency.

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Death Of 3-year-old Lovell Girl Investigated

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LOVELL, Maine (AP) — Maine State Police and the Oxford County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the death of a 3-year-old Lovell girl.

A spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety says an autopsy on the girl’s body was performed Tuesday and more tests are scheduled for Wednesday.

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Maine House Speaker’s Bills Address Aging Issues

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BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — Maine’s Democratic House speaker is outlining a series of policy proposals aimed at helping the state’s rapidly aging population.

House Speaker Mark Eves will unveil the proposals on Wednesday at the Creekside Village adult housing apartments in Brunswick.

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Attorney General Dismayed By No Pay Boost For Assistants

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Attorney General Janet Mills and some lawmakers are raising concerns about Gov. Paul LePage’s delay in signing off on a pay boost for assistant attorneys general.

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Autopsy Confirms South Paris Man Shot To Death By Police

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MEXICO, Maine (AP) — Law enforcement officials say a Maine man was shot multiple times by police during an exchange of gunfire with officers.

The attorney general’s office says an autopsy concluded that 52-year-old Steven R. Piirainen of South Paris died from gunshot wounds to the neck and chest. The wounds were not self-inflicted.

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Police Van Driver Didn’t Have Valid License

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ALFRED, Maine (AP) — Maine State Police say the driver of a York County Sheriff’s Department van that was hit by a tractor-trailer had a suspended license.

State Police spokesman Steve McCausland says Roger Lanoie of Shapley was cited for operating after suspension on Tuesday. His license was suspended for failing to pay a civil fine for a seat belt violation.

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Cutler Releases First TV Ad In Governor’s Race

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler has released his first television advertisement.

The ad launched Tuesday touts Cutler’s business experience. Cutler highlights a company he helped start after the 2010 campaign that he says has sold more than 5 million pounds of Maine lobster to China.

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