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Investigator: Bird Sanctuary Fire Was Arson

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ELLSWORTH, Maine (AP) — The district attorney is reviewing the results of a state fire marshal investigation into an arson fire last March at Birdsacre, a nonprofit bird sanctuary in Ellsworth.

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6 MOO Milk Farms Sign On With Organic Valley

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Wisconsin-based milk distributor is expanding its Maine supply network and picking up half of the former MOO Milk organic dairy farms as suppliers.

Organic Valley official Steve Getz said an expansion into Aroostook County includes HB Farms in Woodland and Chase’s Organic Dairy in Mapleton, two partners in the now-defunct Maine’s Own Organic Milk, or MOO Milk.

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$39M In Unexpected Revenue At End Of Fiscal Year

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Gov. Paul LePage’s administration says Maine ended the fiscal year on June 30 with better-than-expected revenues of $39 million.

Department of Administrative and Financial Services Commissioner Richard Rosen said Wednesday that the revenue and unused funds produced a net year-end surplus of nearly $62 million.

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Exhibit To Honor Earhart’s Visit To Maine

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A group representing women pilots is planning to mark the 80th anniversary of Amelia Earhart’s visit to Maine.

An informational display is planned for Saturday in a hangar at Maine Instrument Flight, adjacent to the state airport in Augusta.

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Officer Stops Man For Speeding, Then Saves Him

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KENNEBUNK, Maine (AP) — Getting pulled over for speeding may have been the luckiest thing that happened to an elderly man in Maine.

Gavin Falconer was stopped on Saturday by a police officer in Kennebunk. But shortly after giving the officer his license and registration, the 84-year-old suffered an apparent heart attack and slumped over in the car with no pulse.

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Amtrak’s Downeaster Wrapping Up Difficult Month

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Amtrak’s Downeaster is wrapping up the worst month for train cancellations since the passenger rail service launched more than a decade ago.

The train’s on-time performance usually runs around 80 percent but it dipped to about 15 percent in July and ridership has dropped because of delays and cancelations caused by track repairs following a harsh winter.

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Sentencing For Maine Wife Pusher Set For Sept. 25

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ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) — Court officials say a former Maine resident convicted of trying to kill his wife by pushing her off a cliff will be sentenced on Sept. 25.

A Maine jury convicted 71-year-old Charles Black of six felonies on July 21. The top charge of attempted murder carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison. Officials say the sentencing date is tentative.

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Vigil Held Outside Slain Family’s Apartment

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SACO, Maine (AP) — A candlelight vigil has been held for a Maine family killed in an apparent murder-suicide.

People gathered Tuesday night outside a Saco apartment building, where the family lived.

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Lewiston Man Who Streamed Sex Act Gets 25 Years

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A 30-year-old Lewiston man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for sexual exploitation of a child.

Court documents indicate Ethan Hinkley streamed video online as he forced a teenager to masturbate at knifepoint

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Judge Keeps Bail Provisions For Former Chief

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A former Maine State Police chief charged with sexually assaulting a 4-year-old relative has been denied permission to have supervised contact with four of his grandchildren.

A judge ruled Tuesday against 74-year-old Andrew Demers Jr. of New Gloucester. He pleaded not guilty in April.

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Peace Camp In Otisfield Unites Israeli, Palestinian Teens

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A raging conflict in the Gaza Strip isn’t dimming the hopes for peace among those who’ve taken part in a unique American camp.

Seeds of Peace is preparing to welcome teens from Israel, the Palestinian territories and other conflict-plagued countries at its camp in Otisfield, Maine.

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Rumford Officer Justified In Shooting

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RUMFORD, Maine (AP) — The Maine attorney general has ruled that a Rumford police officer was legally justified in using deadly force against a suicidal woman who was advancing on him with a knife.

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Car Crashes Into Tractor In Maine, Injuring Driver

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LIMINGTON, Maine (AP) — A Limington, Maine, car crash between a tractor and car shut down traffic in the area for hours and hospitalized one of the drivers.

Police say the crash occurred at 4:13 a.m. Tuesday when Limerick resident Richard Chaput crashed his car into an agricultural tractor operated by Gaetan Paulin of Limington. Police say Caput apparently did not see the tractor as he followed a turn in the road.

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Democrats, Republicans Tout Legislative Candidates

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The races for the Maine House and Senate are finalized and both parties say they are poised to win this November.

Monday was the deadline for parties to submit replacements for candidates that had dropped out since the June 10 primary.

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15 Rescued From Saco River Canoe Trip

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FRYEBURG, Maine (AP) — Police say 15 people were rescued from the Saco River after the river swelled during a late-night canoeing trip.

WGME-TV ( ) reports a large group of canoers and campers were taking the overnight trip along the river in Fryeburg. The station reports the river swelled 2 feet in just 10 minutes, capsizing one of the canoes. It took rescue crews four hours to bring all of the campers to safety early Tuesday morning.

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Tornado Confirmed In Limington, Maine

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GRAY, Maine (AP) — The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado touched down in the town of Limington, Maine.

Meteorologist Tom Hawley said a team is in the field Tuesday to make measurements and to track the tornado’s path. Trees were uprooted, power lines were knocked down and a teenage boy was struck by lightning in Naples as the thunderstorm roared through the area Monday.

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Property Tax Break On Way For Seniors

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Property tax relief is on the way for some Maine residents.

The Portland Press-Herald reports that the Property Tax Fairness Credit designed to help seniors and lower-income families takes effect on Friday.

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York Officials Reject Marijuana Plan

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YORK, Maine (AP) — Selectmen in York have said no to placing a proposed ordinance to legalize marijuana in the town on the November ballot.

The 3-2 vote on Monday does not end the issue, however. Supporters of the proposal must now collect 613 signatures to force the question on to the ballot.

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LePage: State Should Fund Psychiatric Center

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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Gov. Paul LePage says Maine should no longer seek federal money for a state run psychiatric hospital because the federal certification requirements are doing more harm than good.

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Hearing On Phthalates Scheduled In Augusta

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Department of Environmental Protection is set to hold a public hearing about the use of chemicals called phthalates in household products in response to petitions from parents.

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