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Farm Gets Grant To Promote Local Food

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GORHAM, Maine (AP) — A Gorham farm will receive a $97,000 federal grant to promote local food production.

The Cumberland County Commissioner’s Office says Plowshares Community Farm is receiving the money through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Local Food Promotion Program. The money will be used to expand the farm’s store, which markets local food.

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Hearing Set For Man Charged With Mailing Cyanide

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BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A Maine man accused of sending poison to a depressed Englishman who used it to kill himself is headed for a bail hearing.

Sidney Kilmartin’s hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Monday in Bangor. He is accused of sending potassium cyanide to Andrew Denton of Hull, England. Police say Denton was found dead in December 2012.

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Director Named For Child And Family Services’ Office

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew has named a new director of the Office of Child and Family Services.

Jim Martin, who has been leading the Office of Aging and Disability Services, will become the director of the child and family services office.

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Maine Told To Reduce Striped Bass Harvest

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YARMOUTH, Maine (AP) — A multistate commission is directing Maine to reduce its harvest of striped bass by 25 percent next year.

Maine fishery regulators are planning an informational meeting about the ruling, approved recently by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. The commission’s ruling directs coastal states to reduce their catch of striped bass. A stock assessment found that the fish’s 2012 mortality was higher than anticipated and the spawning female population is declining.

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Blaine House Christmas Trees Honoring Troops

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Christmas trees at the Blaine House are being decorated to honor those who serve in the military.

First lady Ann LePage says this year’s theme for the two trees at the governor’s mansion is “Tribute to the Troops.” The Kennebec Garden Club decorated the trees.

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Northern New England States Cool Off On Moose Hunt

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GRAY, Maine (AP) — Interest in northern New England’s moose hunt is cooling as the animals’ declining populations make them more difficult for hunters to find.

Moose hunting in New England remains popular, as tens of thousands of people from around the country continue to enter the states’ moose lotteries. But the number of people entering the lotteries has declined from ten years ago — down about 20,000 in Maine, 5,000 in New Hampshire and 4,000 in Vermont.

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About 250 Protest In Portland

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — About 250 people chanted and marched through Portland to protest grand juries’ decision to not indict white police officers in the deaths of two black men.

They joined nationwide protests Friday night after a New York grand jury decided not to indict a white police officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner.

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LePage Urges Fire Safety After Several Fatal Fires

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine officials are working to install smoke detectors in homes for free.

State Fire Marshal Joseph Thomas said his office received 1,000 smoke detectors from the Southern Maine Community College, which is using a grant to distribute the devices.

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Muzzleloader Season For Deer Restricted

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s season for hunting deer with muzzleloaders is entering its restricted phase.

Saturday was the final day that it’s legal to hunt deer with muzzleloaders in all of the state’s 29 wildlife management districts. There is no deer hunting with muzzleloaders on Sunday. Hunting resumes on Monday and is restricted to 14 of the state’s 29 wildlife management districts. The restriction prohibits hunting in much of northern Maine.

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Casco Bay Patroller Retiring After More Than 2 Decades

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YARMOUTH, Maine (AP) — The Maine man who patrolled Casco Bay for more than 20 years is retiring.

Maine’s first baykeeper, Joe Payne, announced Thursday that he’s stepping down after years of working to improve water quality, restore clam flats, protect young lobsters and mobilize oil spill cleanup efforts.

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Names Of Officers Involved In Fatal Shooting Released

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SOUTH BERWICK, Maine (AP) — The two Maine officers who fatally shot a suicidal woman they say pointed a gun at them have been identified.

Officials say South Berwick Lt. Christopher S. Burbank, a 22-year veteran, and York Police Detective John Lizanecz, an 18-year veteran, fired Thursday at 55-year-old Karin S. Moller of York. She was pronounced dead at a hospital.

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Gorham Man Arrested On Child Porn Charges

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GORHAM, Maine (AP) — A part-time faculty member at the University of Southern Maine has been charged with disseminating child pornography.

Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland said that 28-year-old Micah Maurio of Gorham was arrested on Friday and taken to the Cumberland County Jail in Portland.

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Welfare Case To Remain In State Court

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A federal judge says that a case challenging Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s policy on municipal welfare benefits for immigrants will stay in state court.

LePage’s administration had tried to have the case moved to federal court because it said that federal issues are involved. But U.S. District Court Chief Judge John Woodcock ruled Thursday that the case belongs in state court.

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AP Interview: Amid Clashes, Maine AG Opens Term

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Democratic Attorney General Janet Mills’ re-election this week over Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s objections sets the stage for what’s sure to be another combative two years.

Mills, who was re-elected by the Legislature on Wednesday, has frequently and publicly clashed with the governor. She says she has an obligation to stand up for what she believes is the public’s interest — even if that means going against the administration.

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Maine Treasurer Wants More Transparency On Bonds

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s treasurer-elect says she wants to create more transparency about how the state is spending bond money approved by voters.

Terry Hayes says voters have a right to know exactly how their tax dollars are being spent after they sign off on millions of dollars in state borrowing.

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2 More Police Dogs Get Vests From Charity

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Two more Maine state police dogs will be outfitted with protective vests due to charity efforts.

State police say police dogs Champ and Merry will get the vests, which protect against bullet and stab wounds. Vested Interest in K9s of Taunton, Massachusetts, VPI Pet Insurance of Brea, California and Madeline Hamersley of Sorrento, Maine are providing the vests. Police say Champ is the thirteenth dog to receive a vest from Hamersley’s donations.

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Officials Investigate Breakwater Collapse

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EASTPORT, Maine (AP) — Authorities in Eastport say several boats were damaged and one person suffered minor injuries after a section of the breakwater gave way.

The collapse of the breakwater in the inner harbor was reported shortly after 2 a.m. on Thursday. Police and the U.S. Coast Guard responded to the incident.

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Union Rejects FairPoint’s Back-to-work Request

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BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Striking FairPoint workers say they have received a letter urging them to return to work next week.

More than 1,700 workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont have been on strike since Oct. 17 in a contract dispute.

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Police Fatally Shoot Suicidal Woman In South Berwick

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SOUTH BERWICK, Maine (AP) — Police say they shot and killed a 55-year-old woman after she made calls indicating she wanted to kill herself then pointed a gun at officers.

The Portsmouth Herald reports that Karin Moller had called police dispatchers and medical personnel around noon Thursday and said she was suicidal.

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Teen Indicted In Fire That Killed 2

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ALFRED, Maine (AP) — A York County grand jury has indicted a teenager on arson and murder charges in connection with a September fire that killed two people in Biddeford.

Dylan Collins has been in custody since his arrest in November. The 18-year-old was transferred to a hospital on Nov. 20 with injuries after jumping off the railing of a stairwell at the York County Jail in what officials believe was an attempt to take his own life.

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