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Ex-Tribal Official Pleads Not Guilty

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BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The former finance director of the Passamaquoddy Indian Tribe has pleaded not guilty to stealing $20,000 from the Maine tribe.

Charles Fourcloud was ordered detained at his arraignment Monday in U.S. District Court in Bangor on charges of theft from an Indian tribal government and three counts of embezzlement from an Indian tribal organization.

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Augusta Man Charged With Arson, Attempted Murder

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — An Augusta man is facing charges for allegedly setting fire to a city home in an attempt to kill an occupant.

Jason K. Brown pleaded not guilty Monday at his arraignment via video in Kennebec County Superior Court to charges of attempted murder, arson and aggravated criminal mischief. He was held on $50,000 bail.

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University Of Maine Hosts Artic Sea Ice Event

Updated 4 months ago

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine will host a two-day conference about the implications of diminishing Arctic Sea ice.

The conference takes place Tuesday and Wednesday and is hosted by University of Maine School of Policy and International Affairs and the Maine Army National Guard. Organizers said in a statement the event will “explore challenges and emerging opportunities in the Artic.”

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Lawyerless Defendant To Be Sentenced For Robbery

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine man who was stripped of the right to a court-appointed lawyer before being convicted of robbery is due to be sentenced.

Joshua Nisbet of Scarborough had two lawyers serving in standby capacity at his trial. He’s agreed to let them represent him at his sentencing Tuesday in Superior Court by Justice Thomas Warren.

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APNewsBreak: LL Bean CEO To Step Down In 2016

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FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — The first non-family member to lead L.L. Bean says he’s planning to step down.

CEO Chris McCormick told employees in a memo Monday that he plans to retire from the Maine-based company in March 2016. He said he’s giving early notice to ensure a smooth transition.

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Anti-gay Marriage Group May Face $50,000 Fine

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A national anti-gay marriage group that helped defeat a same-sex marriage law in 2009 in Maine could face more than $50,000 in fines for violating campaign finance laws.

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Psychiatric Worker Sues Over Attack While Pregnant

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A mental health worker at a Maine psychiatric center says the state failed to protect her when she was repeatedly stabbed in the hand and face by a patient while she was pregnant.

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Accused Man Blames Co-defendant In Murder Trial

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BANGOR, Maine (AP) — One of two men accused of killing three people and burning their bodies after a drug dispute in Bangor, Maine, has blamed all three murders on his co-defendant in his testimony.

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Defendant Weeps On Stand In Triple-murder Trial

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BANGOR, Maine (AP) — One of two men accused of killing three people and burning their bodies after a drug dispute in Bangor, Maine, is testifying in his defense.

Nicholas Sexton of Warwick, Rhode Island, wept on the stand Monday while describing one of the victims, 24-year-old Nicolle Lugdon of Eddington, as a friend.

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Coast Guard Urges Boaters To Be Safe

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Marine Patrol and the Coast Guard are urging boaters to focus on safety as they get their boats ready for the season.

Maine Marine Patrol Pilot Steve Ingram said it’s important to remind boaters of safe practices as the state approaches the Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of the boating season in Maine.

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Bear Encounters Rise As Hunt Vote Nears

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s black bears have emerged from hibernation and are pawing through garbage cans, birdfeeders and pet dishes, igniting a debate between hunters and conservationists about an upcoming referendum about the state’s bear hunt.

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Anglers Wanted For Brook Trout Survey

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FALMOUTH, Maine (AP) — Maine Audubon, Trout Unlimited and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife are seeking volunteer anglers to participate in a trout survey this season.

Anglers are needed to survey remote ponds and coastal streams in Maine, which are believed to be home to 97 percent of the wild brook trout habitats in the eastern U.S.

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2 Fire Departments Get Federal Grants

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Eddington and Denmark fire departments will receive more than $57,000 in Federal Emergency Management Agency operations and safety grants.

Rep. Mike Michaud says FEMA is providing more than $34,000 to the Eddington Fire Department and more than $23,000 to the Denmark Volunteer Fire Department.

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Ocean Lab Welcomes Students For 25th Year

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EAST BOOTHBAY, Maine (AP) — Sixteen Maine high school students will participate in the 25th annual Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Science mentoring program.

The students will begin the program at the East Boothbay laboratory on Sunday. They will work with scientist mentors, collect samples, conduct lab experiments, analyze data and present scientific findings. The laboratory has allowed 400 high school juniors from around the state to participate in the program.

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UMS Trustees To Vote On Operating Budget

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BANGOR, Maine (AP) — University of Maine System trustees are ready to vote on a proposed operating budget.

Trustees will discuss a proposal to freeze in-state tuition for a third consecutive year. If approved Monday, it would be the first time that’s happened since the 1990s.

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Home Invasion Suspect Surrenders

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BUXTON, Maine (AP) — A suspect in a Buxton home invasion has turned himself in after hiding in the woods for several days and getting assurances he would be fed.

Authorities say 30-year-old Michael Crockett Jr. surrendered Sunday after negotiating with police through his attorney.

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Search For New USM President Launched

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BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The search for a new president for the University of Southern Maine has been launched.

University of Maine System trustees Chairman Samuel Collins and Chancellor James Page announced Sunday that a presidential search committee will be formed this summer.

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Maine’s MOO Milk Brand Leaving Shelves

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s Own Organic Milk is folding after about five years on the market.

The company’s chief executive officer Bill Eldridge says in a statement Friday that the product — better known as MOO Milk — will immediately cease commercial availability. The statement says the milk is produced by 12 Maine organic farms and the company is working to secure long-term contracts for those providers’ milk supply.

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Maine Unemployment Rate Drops In April

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine labor officials say the state’s unemployment rate fell to its lowest point in more than five years last month.

Officials say in figures released Friday the state had a 5.7 percent seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for April, the lowest figure since September 2008. The figured dropped from 5.9 percent in March and 6.8 percent a year ago. The national unemployment rate was 6.3 percent for the month, and the New England rate was 6.1 percent.

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Bankrupt Railroad In Quebec Derailment Sold

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The sale of the Maine-based railroad blamed for a deadly oil train derailment in Quebec has been completed 10 months after the disaster that claimed 47 lives.

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