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Maine House OKs Bill To Expand Preschool Programs

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine House has given final approval to a bill designed to boost the number of public preschool programs in the state.

The measure endorsed Tuesday directs the Department of Education to use $4 million it receives in casino and slot machines revenues to cover districts’ startup costs for the programs for 4-year-olds.

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Animal Shelter Buried Under Carrot Avalanche

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SKOWHEGAN, Maine (AP) — A Maine animal shelter has so many carrots it doesn’t know what to do.

The Somerset Humane Society in Skowhegan received the carrots last week from a trucking company that wanted to get rid of them after a supermarket manager turned them away because some were bruised.

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Hockey Team, Circus, Battle Over Arena Time Slot

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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — There will either be a hockey game or a circus at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston on Saturday night, but exactly which has yet to be determined.

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Use Of Tobacco Barred At Fort Williams Park

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CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (AP) — Visitors to Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth will soon face fines if they smoke or use tobacco products on park grounds.

The Town Council voted 6-1 Monday night to ban smoking and tobacco products from the popular seaside park, home to Portland Head Light.

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Role Of Books Debated At Colby College

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WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — A debate is brewing at Colby College over the role of books in the digital age.

Thousands of volumes from the Waterville school’s Miller Library have been moved to off-campus storage as part of a $12.3 million renovation project. The books moved amount to about 40 percent of the collection.

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NOAA Needs Help Finding Beached Marine Mammals

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is still looking for a member organization for its Marine Mammal Stranding Network for the Massachusetts North Shore, Nantucket, and Martha’s Vineyard.

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Deadline Set For Claims Against Bankrupt Railroad

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Creditors who are owed money following a deadly train derailment and Chapter 11 bankruptcy of the railroad have two months to file a claim.

Bankruptcy judges in the U.S. and Canada have agreed on a June 13 deadline for claims that relate to fiery disaster in which 47 people were killed in Lac Megantic, Quebec.

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Ohio-based Outfit Buys Historic Cliff House

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OGUNQUIT, Maine (AP) — An Ohio-based hotel group has purchased the historic Cliff House Resort & Spa on the Maine coast.

A statement by Rockbridge plans a major renovation after the upcoming summer season. The 142-year-old resort with 166 rooms is situated on 70 oceanfront acres atop Bald Head Cliff in Ogunquit .

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Maine House OKs Expanding Drug Overdose Antidote

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s Democratic-led House has unanimously approved a bill that would provide greater access to a drug that can prevent heroin and prescription painkiller overdose deaths.

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Maine House Overrides Veto Of Solar Rebate Bill

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s House of Representatives has voted to overturn Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of a bill restoring a rebate program for solar panels.

The Democratic-led House voted 105-41 to override the Republican governor’s veto of the bill that would provide $1 million for the program that would last more than two years. It now goes to the Senate.

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Web Page Focuses On Mainers With Disabilities

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — State agencies have announced a new web page that provides information on Mainers struggling with disabilities and unemployment.

The web page on the Center for Workforce Research and Information site displays data such as the age, education, gender and statewide distribution of Mainers with impairments.

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Snowmobile Season Expected To Extend To May

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Snowmobilers expect their season to stretch into May in northern and western Maine because of the winter’s heavy snow and cold weather.

The Kennebec Journal, reported Monday that parts of Somerset and Franklin counties have enough snow to continue the season for at least another three weeks. The season is over in most of southern and central Maine.

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Buckfield, Bethel Stores Broken Into

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BUCKFIELD, Maine (AP) — State Police are seeking information about weekend break-ins at stores in Buckfield and Bethel.

Surveillance video captured what appears to be a silver Kia Soul outside the Buckfield Mall convenience store at about 4:15 a.m. Sunday.

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Augusta Man Wins 6th Maine Chess Crown

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WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — A familiar face has been crowned Maine’s top chess player.

Jarod Bryan, a 46-year-old data analyst from Augusta, beat 16-year-old Cape Elizabeth High School sophomore Matthew Fishbein for the Maine Closed Chess Championship on Sunday at a Waterville hotel.

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Lawmakers Quickly Finishing Up Their Work

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine lawmakers are busily pushing bills through the Legislature as they finish up the remainder of their work for the session.

The Democratic-led Legislature is scheduled to adjourn on Wednesday. But Democrats say they’re expecting to return later to override any outstanding vetoes from Republican Gov. Paul LePage.

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Webpage Focuses On Mainers With Disabilities

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — State agencies have announced a new webpage that provides information on Mainers struggling with disabilities and unemployment.

The webpage on the Center for Workforce Research and Information site displays data such as the age, education, gender and statewide distribution of Mainers with impairments.

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Church Leaders Wash Feet In Ritual Outdoors

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Church leaders in Maine will wash the feet of immigrants and homeless individuals as part of a ritual imitating a biblical scene symbolic of humility.

The April 17 ceremony is being held outdoors in Monument Square in Portland. Church leaders will pour water over people’s feet and dry them with a towel, mimicking a biblical scene where Jesus Christ washes the feet of his disciples.

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Tribe Banks On Syrup For Sweet Relief From Poverty

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PRENTISS TOWNSHIP, Maine (AP) — An American Indian tribe is hoping that sweet success with a maple syrup operation in the woods of Maine will help to counter soaring joblessness and poverty.

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Maine Counties Oppose Proposed Jail Bill

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The majority of Somerset County commissioners oppose a bill that would give a state board more authority over Maine’s 15 county jails.

The Morning Sentinel reports that legislation given initial approval Friday would give the state Board of Corrections power to approve county jail budgets, review staffing decisions and withhold state funding if jails fail to comply with board decisions. It also would increase the amount of federal money Somerset County is allowed to use to pay down county debt, but some county officials say the bill overall does more harm than good.

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Rain, Melting Snow Keep New England Rivers High

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COVENTRY, Vt. (AP) — Rain and melting snow are keeping rivers running high in northern New England, increasing the chance of flooding.

The National Weather Service said minor flooding occurred Sunday morning along the Barton River in Coventry, Vt., and urged anyone traveling near streams and rivers to seek higher ground at the first sign of rising water.

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