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USM To Cut 50 Faculty and 2 Programs

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – The University of Southern Maine will cut 50 faculty positions and two academic programs to try to close some of its $16 million budget gap.

The Portland Press Herald, reports the moves are expected to cut $6 million off the deficit. The cuts are the first of a three-step plan to downsize the public Portland university. Enrollment at the school has dropped almost 30 percent in the last five years.

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Kennebunk Woman Creates Endowment To Support Rink

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KENNEBUNK, Maine (AP) — A Kennebunk woman has set up a $1.5 million endowment that ensures children in town have a safe place to hone their ice skating skills.

Geraldine Waterhouse’s generosity sparked a fundraising campaign that has raised nearly $900,000 to build the 11,000-square-foot Waterhouse Pavilion, an open-air rink officials hope will bring more people downtown and support the local economy.

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Historic Portland Cemetery Reclaimed

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A small Portland graveyard that dates to the 18th century has been put back on the map of the city’s historic burial grounds.

The Grand Trunk Cemetery, also known as the East Deering Cemetery and Presumpscot Street Cemetery, was the burial ground for settlers between 1793 and 1898.

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Expert Testimony At Issue In Wales Hunter Death

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AUBURN, Maine (AP) — Prosecutors say two experts for the defense should not be allowed to testify at the trial of a man facing a manslaughter charge in connection with the hunting death of another man.

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Jay’s Police Chief Dies Of Cancer

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JAY, Maine (AP) — The town of Jay is in mourning following the death of police Chief Larry White Sr.

The department announced on its Facebook page that White died Sunday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

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Governor Candidates To Square Off In First Debate

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The three candidates for Maine governor are preparing for their first debate this week.

The first of five scheduled debates is Wednesday at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland. It will be moderated by Christopher Hall, CEO of the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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Maine Supreme Court Visits High Schools This Week

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s supreme court is taking a road trip this week, with justices holding court in two high schools.

The court will hear three appeals Wednesday at Mattanawcook Academy in Lincoln. On Thursday, the court will hear three more appeals at Yarmouth High School. Later this month, the justices will visit Presque Isle High School.

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US Sen. Angus King Traveling To India

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Sen. Angus King is heading to India this week to meet with senior defense and foreign affairs officials and members of Parliament.

The independent senator’s visit to the country follows Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s trip to the U.S. last week.

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Regulators To Set Options For Elver Fishery

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal regulators will meet to propose options for Maine’s forthcoming baby eel season.

A spokeswoman says the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s American Eel Working Group will craft the options on Monday. A management board’s vote on the recommendations could happen at an Oct. 27 meeting.

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Portland Living Facility Gets $2M From HUD

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development is giving more than $2 million to a Portland independent living facility owned by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland.

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Sen. King To Tour Nuclear Weapons Labs

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — U.S. Sens. Angus King of Maine will visit the country’s nuclear weapons laboratories in New Mexico.

King and U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer of Nebraska , both members of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, will tour the Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratory and meet with leaders and scientists on Sunday and Monday.

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Duck Hunters Rescued In Ocean

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SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — Two duck hunters have been rescued after their boat tipped over in the Maine ocean near Scarborough Beach.

The father and son were thrown into the water Saturday morning when a wave tipped over their boat.

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Maine Looking For Innovative Chicken Coops

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine is looking for a few good chicken coops.

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Poultry Growers Association are looking for entries into the 2015 Maine Poultry Coop Contest. The groups are accepting the submissions until Nov. 1. The contest is open to farmers and hobbyists.

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Colby College Honors Journalist James Risen

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WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — A New York Times reporter who faced the prospect of jail for refusing to reveal a CIA source of classified information is recipient of this year’s Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award.

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Man With 6 Drunken Convictions Indicted Again

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — An Augusta man convicted six times of drunken driving including in a crash that killed his mother is being indicted again on a charge of drunken driving.

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Man Sentenced For Recording, Assault Charges

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BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — A Biddeford man has been sentenced to 12 years for trying to secretly video record a fellow employee in a tanning booth at the fitness center where they worked and having sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl.

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Wardens Say Photo Showed Bobcat, Not Cougar

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SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — A sighting of a large cat that a Scarborough resident says could be a mountain lion or a bobcat has rekindled a debate about whether mountain lions live in Maine.

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New England Jobless Rate Edges Up To 5.9 Percent

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The unemployment rate for New England edged up in August to 5.9 percent but remains below the U.S. average.

The regional information office of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the figure for the six-state region on Friday. The regional rate for July was 5.8 percent. A year ago, it was 7.2 percent.

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Cops: Drunk Former Des Moines Mayor Caused Deaths

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DEDHAM, Maine (AP) — Police say the former mayor of Des Moines, Iowa, was drunk and speeding when he caused a Dedham, Maine, car crash that killed himself and two others in August.

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MPUC Staff Wants Evaluation Of Natural Gas Plan

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Public Utilities Commission staff says the state’s electric customers should be charged up to $75 million to pay for a natural gas pipeline expansion in New England. But the staff is nonetheless recommending accepting the proposal so it can be fully evaluated.

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