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NOAA: Be On The Lookout For Seal Pups

Updated 6 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is asking residents of coastal New England to be wary of seal pups on local beaches.

The administration recently announced that seal pupping season is underway. New England’s gray and harbor seals gave birth to pups in late winter and early spring. The administration said chances of human encounters with seal mothers and pups or lone pups is increased at this time of the year.

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Lac Megantic To Be Discussed At Crisis Conference

Updated 6 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A conference hosted by the Maine Emergency Management Agency this week will include a session dedicated to the rail disaster across the border in Lac Megantic, Quebec.

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US Energy Officials To Review New England Policy

Updated 6 months ago

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The top U.S. energy official is coming to New England to review the region’s energy problems.

Ernest Moniz, U.S. secretary of energy, is meeting Monday with state officials in Providence, R.I., and Hartford.

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Maine To Put Photos On EBT Cards This Month

Updated 6 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s administration will begin putting photo identification on welfare benefit cards this month in Bangor.

The details about the administration’s efforts were laid out in a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture obtained by The Associated Press through a Freedom of Access Act request on Friday.

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Dental Therapist Position Approved By Maine Senate

Updated 6 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A bill supporters say will increase access to dental care in rural areas of Maine has been approved by the state Senate.

The Portland Press Herald reports that the bill that creates a new type of dental provider, known as a “mid-level dental therapist,” has been already won approval in the House. It now heads to the governor’s desk.

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Portland Man Faces Child Exploitation Charge

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Portland man has been arrested on charges that he made a video of himself having sex with a 15-year-old girl.

Paul Henry was ordered held pending a detention hearing at his initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Portland on Thursday on a charge of sexual exploitation of a child.

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Lawyer Who Made Bomb Threats To Leave Law Practice

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WILTON, Maine (AP) — An attorney who represented high-profile defendants in Maine has resigned two years after being charged with making bomb threats against two Wilton schools.

The Board of Overseers of the Bar announced Thursday that it accepted the voluntary resignation of Ron Hoffman, who practices law in Rumford. Last fall, the board allowed Hoffman to keep his law practice with stipulations. His resignation is effective next month.

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Suspended Lewiston Student Likely Involved In Game

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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — School officials and police think the Lewiston High School 10th-grader suspended for having a bright yellow squirt gun at school was likely involved in a game called “Assassin.”

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Ex-teller Sentenced For Stealing From Customers

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BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A former teller at a Searsport bank has been sentenced to one month in prison and seven months of home confinement for stealing about $26,000 from customers.

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2 Charged With Selling Heroin In Seacoast Area

Updated 6 months ago

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Police have arrested two people after a months-long investigation into the sale of heroin on New Hampshire’s seacoast.

Thirty-year-old Patrick Pickford of Portsmouth has been charged with three counts of sales of a narcotic drug and with possession with intent to distribute. He is out on bail from the state of Maine on a heroin possession charge.

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Ex-Biddeford Pastor Pleads Guilty Child Porn

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ALFRED, Maine (AP) — The former pastor of a Biddeford church has avoided prison time after pleading guilty to child pornography charges.

Prosecutors tell WMTW-TV that James Napier entered his plea to 10 counts of possession of sexually explicit materials of a minor under 12 on Wednesday in York County Superior Court.

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American Indian Tribe Gets Cards For Elver Catch

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WHITING, Maine (AP) — Fishermen in an American Indian tribe may now pick up electronic swipe cards that will allow them to fish for elvers in Maine and record sales of the baby eels.

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US Premiere For Film Set In Maine’s Potato Country

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Two filmmakers who won acclaim for their documentary about Maine troop greeters are ready for the U.S. premiere of their new film, “Beneath the Harvest Sky.”

The first feature-length movie by Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly will be shown Friday at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

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Lawmakers OK $50 Million In Bond Proposals

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s Democratic-led Legislature has approved roughly $50 million in bond proposals that would support small businesses and water infrastructure projects.

The House and Senate approved the six bond proposals on Thursday as they wrapped up their work for the short session.

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Lawmakers Approve Final Attempt To Expand Medicaid

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine lawmakers have approved a final attempt during this session to expand Medicaid coverage to more than 70,000 low-income residents under the Affordable Care Act.

Under the new proposal, the state would expand Medicaid for one year while seeking a waiver from the federal government.

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LePage: Maine Faces $7M In Welfare-related Fines

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Republican Gov. Paul LePage says Maine faces more than $7 million in federal fines because it’s not meeting work participation requirements for welfare recipients.

LePage said Thursday that Maine needed an overall work participation rate of 47.5 percent and 87.5 percent for two-parent families in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program in 2011, but fell fall short of that.

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Bates Student Faces Assault Charge

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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A Bates College student who’s listed as a captain of the football team and a member of the lacrosse team is facing charges for allegedly bursting into a stranger’s home and knocking over the elderly resident.

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Maine-Nova Scotia Ferry Arrives In Portland

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The new ferry that will connect Maine to Nova Scotia is making its first appearance in the state’s largest city.

The Nova Star cruise-ferry is scheduled to arrive in Portland on Thursday after stopping in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, earlier in the week for a welcoming ceremony and tours. Before Yarmouth, the ferry traversed thousands of miles of ocean from where it was manufactured in Singapore.

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Church Leaders Wash Feet In Ceremony Outdoors

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

The ceremony Thursday is being held outdoors at noon 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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Bill To Remove Some Highway Signs Sent To Gov. LePage

Updated 6 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A bill that would remove or relocate dozens of informational signs along the state’s interstate highways is heading to Republican Gov. Paul LePage.

The Democratic-led Senate gave final approval to the bill in a 20-15 vote on Tuesday. The House approved it earlier this week.

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