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Lawmaker Offers Bill To End Hockey Arena Dispute

Updated 8 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A legislative leader is offering a possible solution to a dispute between the American Hockey League’s Portland Pirates and the Cumberland County Civic Center.

Senate President Justin Alfond has filed emergency legislation that would allow the team to share revenue from alcohol sales if it returns to the Portland arena.

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Portland-Area Water Rates To Rise 3 Percent

Updated 8 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland-area water rates are going up and officials are beginning an advertising campaign to explain why the increase is necessary to preserve clean drinking water.

The Press-Herald reports, that the Portland Water District plans to double its investment in replacing aging underground pipes from $3.5 million to $7 million over the next three years.

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WCTU To Hold Open House At Dow Mansion In Maine

Updated 8 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union’s chapter in Portland, Maine, has been upgrading the historic home of Neal Dow. Now it’s ready to hold a holiday open house.

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L.L. Bean To Give $1.6M To Nonprofits

Updated 8 months ago

FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — L.L. Bean is giving $1.6 million in grants to nearly 200 community organizations.

The outdoors retailer says the gifts ranging from $500 to $25,000 will go to organizations involved in conservation and recreation, health and human services, culture and the arts, and education.

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Mainer’s Judicial Nomination Hearing Delayed

Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Senate Republicans in Washington have postponed a hearing for an associate justice on the Maine Supreme Judicial Court who’s been nominated to serve on the federal bench.

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Auction OK’d For Railroad In Quebec Derailment

Updated 8 months ago

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A bankruptcy judge in Maine has approved bidding procedures for the sale of the bankrupt railroad at the heart of an oil train derailment that claimed 47 lives in Quebec.

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Maine Man Pleads Guilty To Sexually Abusing Girl

Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine man has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a young girl over an eight-year period.

Richard Libby of Windsor has pleaded guilty to multiple counts of gross sexual assault and unlawful sexual contact.

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Cold Temporarily Shuts Down Lewiston-Auburn Buses

Updated 8 months ago

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — The extreme cold has temporarily shut down the citylink bus system for Lewiston-Auburn.

City officials said the freezing cold temperatures overnight have frozen air lines and are causing issues with hydraulics and steering systems.

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South Portland Approves Moratorium On Tar Sands

Updated 8 months ago

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The South Portland City Council has voted to put in place a temporary moratorium that bars tar sands from coming into the city.

The City Council on Monday voted 6-1 in favor of the moratorium. It lasts until May 5.

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Ayla Reynolds Still Missing 2 Years Later

Updated 8 months ago

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — It’s been two years since toddler Ayla Reynolds was reported missing from her father’s home in Maine, and the girl’s mother is asking people to demand answers.

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Frenchville Man Arrested On Meth Charges After Probe

Updated 8 months ago

FRENCHVILLE, Maine (AP) — The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency says a 20-year-old Frenchville man is facing charges he sold methamphetamine during a police undercover operation.

Police say Michael Fongemie (FAWN’-ja-me) has been the subject of an investigation involving the sale of methamphetamine tablets.

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43 Acres On Katahdin Lake To Be Conserved

Updated 8 months ago

BAXTER STATE PARK, Maine (AP) — The Baxter Park Authority has accepted a conservation easement described by Park Director Jensen Bissell as “the final piece of protection needed on Katahdin Lake.”

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Maine College Gets Greenhouse Center Donation

Updated 8 months ago

UNITY, Maine (AP) — A Maine college is expanding its campus to include a greenhouse operation that was given to the school.

Unity College says they’ve been given Half Moon Gardens of Thorndike, a greenhouse operation that supports conventional and organic products.

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Gas Goes Up Slightly In Maine

Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The average retail cost of a gallon of gas has gone up a little over a penny over the past week.

Price-monitoring website MaineGasPrices.com reports Monday that the price is averaging $3.49 a gallon.

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3 Maine Lawyers To Face Hearing In Robo-signing

Updated 8 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Three lawyers are facing possible disciplinary action before a state board for allegedly signing off on home foreclosures without first verifying documents, a practice referred to as “robo-signing.”

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Memorial Bridge To Close Overnight This Week

Updated 8 months ago

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — The Memorial Bridge between Maine and New Hampshire will be closed for the next four nights for machinery and guide rail adjustments.

The bridge will be closed to all traffic — vehicle, bike and pedestrian — from midnight to 5 a.m. Monday through Friday morning. From 7 p.m. to midnight on those nights, traffic will be restricted to one alternating lane in each direction.

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UMaine Hosts Conference On Invasive Green Crab

Updated 8 months ago

ORONO, Maine (AP) — Maine officials, researchers and fishermen are gathering next weekend to discuss the invasive European green crab.

The University of Maine is hosting a summit on the effect the crab is having on the state’s coastal and marine resources on Saturday at the Wells Conference Center at the Orono campus.

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Limits To Be Placed On Lucrative Elvers In Maine

Updated 8 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Department of Marine Resources is moving forward with plans to slash the harvest of lucrative glass eels.

At the first public hearing held this week in Augusta, the industry offered support for quotas based on the historical catch. Another hearing will be held Jan. 2 in Brewer before rules are drafted to cut the fishery by 25 to 40 percent when the season opens in March.

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Business Is Booming At Augusta Hospital

Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The chief of Augusta’s new MaineGeneral Medical Center hospital says demand for services at the facility has been huge.

A month after the 192-bed hospital opened, officials say the medical/surgical and critical care units are full at least one day a week and some patients have to remain in the emergency department until beds become available.

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Mainers Urged To File Unemployment Claims Online

Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine officials are urging residents that are planning to file unemployment claims to do so online through the beginning of the new year.

The Maine Department of Labor says early January is the busiest time of the year for unemployment claims. The department says people who try to phone in their claims will experience longer wait times.

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