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Navy Prison Redevelopment Plan Moving Forward

Updated 4 months ago

KITTERY, Maine (AP) — The Navy says it has received more than one proposal in its latest attempt to enlist the private sector to redevelop the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard’s shuttered prison.

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Couple Sues Portland Police After May Arrest

Updated 4 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Bar Harbor couple who were arrested after trying to film police officers in Portland.

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Maine Close On Endangered Species Proposal

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine environmental officials expect to craft legislation to add several new species to the state’s threatened and endangered animals list within a month.

State officials are considering adding the little brown bat and northern long-eared bat to the endangered list after white nose syndrome hurt populations. The eastern small-footed bat also faces threatened status.

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PAC Mailers Attack LePage On Education

Updated 4 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A political action committee has begun a $70,000 campaign hitting Gov. Paul LePage for his education policies.

The PAC run by the Maine Education Association is sending out mailers attacking the Republican governor for proposing to eliminate Head Start funding and to cut $12.5 million from education, among other things.

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Judge: Police Assault Investigation Details Closed

Updated 4 months ago

HALLOWELL, Maine (AP) — A judge says the Maine State Police do not have to release the details of an investigation into a sexual assault complaint brought against the chief of the Hallowell Police Department by one his subordinates.

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Deal Reached To Pay For Proposed I-95 Interchange

Updated 4 months ago

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — The city of Waterville, the state and a private developer have worked out to a deal to share the $6 million cost of a proposed new interchange off Interstate 95 in town.

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Cruise Ship Passengers Bolster Portland’s Economy

Updated 4 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — City officials say the number of passengers scheduled to sail into Portland on cruise ships this year is up 15 percent over last year, providing a valuable boost to the area’s economy.

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Maine Seeking Information About Hard-to-fill Jobs

Updated 4 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine officials want to know which jobs businesses have a hard time filling.

The Department of Labor’s Center for Workforce Research and Information is sending a survey to 3,500 Maine businesses this month. Officials hope the results will help the department tailor its worker training programs to ensure Mainers have the skills they need to get open jobs.

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Maine Makes Emergency Rule To Save Fishing Gear

Updated 4 months ago

MOUNT DESERT ISLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine regulators are implementing an emergency change to fishing rules off of Mount Desert Island to prevent gear conflict between herring fishermen and lobstermen.

The state Department of Marine Resources says the emergency rule creates a temporary exception to the department’s three lobster trap trawl limit. The rule went into effect on Sept. 12. Officials say the exception will apply to an area northeast of Mount Desert Rock where there is a high density of lobster gear.

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Panel To Examine State’s Learning Standards

Updated 4 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine panel that begins meeting this week is trying to improve the learning benchmarks for students.

The 24-member panel will hold its first meeting on Tuesday at the Cross Office Building in Augusta.

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Democrat Michaud Outlines Ideas Around Health Care

Updated 4 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Gubernatorial hopeful Mike Michaud says Maine must take advantage of telemedicine and support preventative care services that can reduce health care costs down the road.

The Democrat’s 10-part health care plan released on Monday also includes expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, which he has pledged to put forward on his first day in office, if elected.

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Marijuana Doc Reprimanded In Maine

Updated 4 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A doctor who held a marijuana clinic at a hotel and failed to adequately document examinations has been reprimanded by the board that licenses physicians in Maine.

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Maine Airports To Get $5.8M In Federal Money

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WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — Two Maine airports will receive $5.8 million in grants from the federal government for construction projects.

The Portland Press Herald ( ) reports Robert LaFleur Airport in Waterville will get $4.3 million to reconstruct its main 5,500-foot runway. Brunswick Executive Airport is set to receive $1.5 million to build a snow removal equipment building. The Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program is funding both grants.

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Gas Prices Falling In Maine

Updated 4 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Gas prices have fallen 1.4 cents in Maine in the last week.

The average price of a gallon of gas in Maine on Monday was $3.49 a gallon, down 4.8 cents from one month ago, according to gasbuddy.com.

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Maine’s Problematic Crabs Dwindled In 2014

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Scientists say an explosion of invasive green crabs that threatens Maine’s lucrative soft-shell clam industry appears to have tapered off, at least temporarily.

The crabs took over hundreds of acres of Maine mudflats last year, pressing regulators and fishermen into action to slow the crustacean’s rapid growth. But University of Maine at Machias marine ecology researcher Brian Beal says the amount of crabs is 10 percent of last year’s level at a key Freeport trapping site. He says anecdotes from around Maine’s coast suggest the same trend is happening elsewhere.

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Final Comments About Maine Scallop Rules Due

Updated 4 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine officials are accepting the final public comments about the proposed rules for the upcoming scallop fishing season.

The comments are due by 5 p.m. Monday. The 2014-15 proposal maintains the number of fishing days from last season. Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher says he expects to have to cut days if scallops become too heavily depleted during the season.

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Augusta’s Gannett House Expected To Be Sold

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The granddaughter of Maine publishing magnate Guy Gannett says the family wants to repurchase his Augusta home from the state and turn it into a First Amendment museum.

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Portland, LePage Dispute Over Immigrants Aid Looms

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The dispute between the city of Portland and the administration of Gov. Paul LePage over welfare benefits to some immigrants could heat up at the next city council meeting.

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Oil Train Protesters Head To Trial

Updated 4 months ago

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — The trial of two Maine residents who sat on train tracks last year to block a train carrying crude oil will be held this week under unusual circumstances.

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Nova Star Ferry Finds Winter Work

Updated 4 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Nova Star Cruises expects to announce this week details of winter work, something that’s necessary for the cruise ship to be profitable in its first year.

President Mark Amundsen said the company has lined up work to keep the ship busy this winter.

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