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King: Cooperative Approach Needed On Arctic

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Angus King of Maine says the melting polar ice cap represents an opportunity for U.S. security, economic and diplomatic interests.

King says the nation needs to work cooperatively to demonstrate how the new ocean resource can be “peacefully and thoughtfully developed” while avoiding conflicts attached to similar natural resources in the past.

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Indictment Charges Man With Killing 92-year-old

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WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — An indictment says a Maine man charged in the death of a 92-year-old whom he used to do household chores for also stole two rings from the man’s home.

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Group Says Herrings Surging Since Dams Out

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Environmentalists say the removal of the Edwards Dam in Augusta and Fort Halifax Dam in Winslow has allowed river herring populations to proposer in the Kennebec River.

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Fort Kent Named “business-friendly” Community

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FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — The northern Maine town of Fort Kent has been named one of the state’s “business-friendly” communities.

Republican Gov. Paul LePage says that the town that borders Canada has done things like streamlining regulations to help make it more economically competitive. He says the town is committed to “building and maintaining a strong economic base.”

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Bush Family Behind New Reading Program

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KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) — The daughter of former first lady Barbara Bush is launching a reading mentoring program that’ll begin in 20 high schools and elementary schools this fall.

Dorothy Bush Koch says the Teen Trendsetters aims to pair teenagers with elementary school students who need reading help.

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Lobstermen Group Wants To End Consent Decree

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Lobstermen’s Association wants the U.S. Justice Department to lift a 56-year-old restriction that limits the trade group’s ability to discuss management of the fishery.

A consent decree was put in place after a price-fixing judgment against the organization and its leader. It bans the group from discussions any issues that affect the supply of lobster.

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L.L. Bean’s Maine Home Due For A Makeover

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FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — The house where L.L. Bean raised a family and started the iconic outdoors outfitter that bears his name is getting a makeover to restore it to its historic state.

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Maine Gets 6 Applicants For 4 Charter School Slots

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — At least six organizations intend to apply for the last four available charter school slots in Maine.

The six proposals, including a virtual school that has applied the last three years, sent letters of intent to the Maine Charter School Commission by Wednesday’s deadline.

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L.L. Bean’s Freeport Home Due For A Makeover

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FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — The house where L.L. Bean raised a family and started the iconic outdoors outfitter that bears his name is getting a makeover to restore it to its historic state.

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New Hampshire-Maine Bridge Gets New Lighting

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PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — The Memorial Bridge connecting New Hampshire and Maine has gotten very colorful.

A project to illuminate the bridge at night has succeeded. The Portsmouth Herald reports LED lights on the towers and along the deck of the newly redone bridge show an array of colors — red, magenta, green, blue.

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Pingree Rallies For Ocean Acidification Law

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Rep. Chellie Pingree, environmentalists and fishermen will gather on Portland’s waterfront to discuss the impact of ocean acidification on the Gulf of Maine.

Pingree and others will hold a news conference at 1:30 p.m. Friday behind the Pierce Atwood building off of Commercial Street. Pingree backs a bill in Congress she says would require the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to identify communities that have a “high economic dependency” on ocean resources and how ocean acidification would affect them.

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Candlelight Vigil To Be Held For Slain Teen

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EXETER, N.H. (AP) — A candlelight vigil has been planned for a New Hampshire teenager found stabbed to death in Maine over the weekend.

Eighteen-year-old Aaron Wilkinson of Madbury was reported missing from his home, then later found 20 miles away in Lebanon, Maine.

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LePage Puts Squeeze On Welfare, Immigrants

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine cities and towns are being forced to choose whether they will continue providing benefits only to people who can prove they are living in the U.S. legally — or lose all state funding for welfare programs.

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Man Sentenced For Stealing $14M From Bank

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A former Maine man who pleaded guilty to stealing $14 million and spending it on vacations, his children’s education, prostitutes and a house for his mistress is going to prison for 10 years.

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Officials Release Bear Question Language

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine officials say a November ballot question will ask Maine voters if they oppose three methods of bear hunting except under certain circumstances.

State officials released the ballot language on Thursday. It asks: “Do you want to ban the use of bait, dogs or traps in bear hunting except to protect property, public safety, or for research?”

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Ocean Lab Celebrates 40th Anniversary

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EAST BOOTHBAY, Maine (AP) — Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is celebrating its 40th anniversary in East Boothbay, Maine.

The marine science institute will welcome Sen. Angus King and other speakers to its campus for the Friday anniversary event. King will provide the keynote speech. Laboratory tours and a reception will follow.

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Rules Released To Reduce Whale Entanglement

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal officials are releasing new regulations for commercial fishermen designed to reduce the number of whales caught in fishing gear off the Atlantic states.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released the regulations Thursday. NOAA officials say the measures focus on reducing the number of vertical lines in areas where whales are the most abundant and the lines are most dense. The lines are ropes that connect surface buoys to traps and pots on the ocean floor.

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Maine Spending More On Disabled Home Care

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine has been increasing the level of Medicaid funding it devotes to home-based care for the disabled since a 1999 U.S. Supreme Court ruling gave people a choice to live outside institutions.

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Whale Watchers Help Save Entangled Whale

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BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — A group of Bar Harbor, Maine whale watchers took the Save The Whales slogan to heart.

The group of 200 whale watchers helped release a humpback whale that was entangled in fishing gear near the entrance to the Bay of Fundy on June 10. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports the whale watchers and on-board naturalists alerted the Canadian Coast Guard about the distressed animal. NOAA says the whale watchers were also able to provide whale biologists with information about what they could do to help the whale.

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Candidate Says Dems Violated Written Agreement

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A businessman who considered challenging Mike Michaud in the Democratic gubernatorial primary says the party breached a written agreement and conspired against him in a state Senate primary that he lost.

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