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Man Facing Drug Charges Gets 16 Years

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Connecticut man has been sentenced to 16 years in federal prison for bringing shipments of illegal drugs to Maine.

Markevin Faucette, of Hartford, Connecticut, was also sentenced in U.S. District Court in Portland on Wednesday to eight years of probation upon release.

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Former Employee Sues Winthrop Schools

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A longtime employee of the Winthrop schools whose contract was not renewed in June 2012 has filed a discrimination lawsuit.

The complaint by former bookkeeper Jennifer Ma Sims alleges that the district as well as the superintendent discriminated against her based on national origin and race, and retaliated against after she gave a school board member information about what she alleged was the use of the wrong fund to pay the food services director.

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Turnpike May Have Overcharged Some Drivers

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KENNEBUNK, Maine (AP) — Maine Turnpike officials say some drivers who use electronic E-ZPass transponders may have been overcharged.

The problem was caused by a damaged road sensor on a ramp at the Kennebunk toll plaza that counts the number of axles per vehicle. A Turnpike Authority spokeswoman says the sensor may have counted extra axles on some vehicles, resulting in higher tolls.

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Lawyer Pleads Guilty To Money Laundering

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A well-known Maine attorney and sports agent has pleaded guilty to money laundering.

Gary Prolman pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court to a federal money laundering charge for handling at least $100,000 in cash from a former client. The Internal Revenue Service contends the money from drug proceeds was deposited in small amounts to avoid federal scrutiny.

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Cold Case Squad, Veterans Court Bills Signed

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage has signed a bill to create a unit within the attorney general’s office dedicated to investigating unsolved homicides.

Democratic Rep. Stephen Stanley’s bill signed Tuesday would provide resources to help solve the more than 100 cold cases in the state.

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Cutler Reports $389,000 Raised This Year

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler’s campaign has raised nearly $389,500 in the latest reporting period.

The total raised in the campaign finance report filed with the Maine Commission of Governmental Ethics and Election Practices on Tuesday includes $200,000 that Cutler loaned to his campaign.

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Michaud Leads In Contributions In Reporting Period

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Democrat Mike Michaud has raised $464,253 and independent Eliot Cutler $389,467 in the latest reporting period for gubernatorial candidates in Maine.

The reports filed with the Maine Commission of Governmental Ethics and Election Practices on Tuesday cover contributions and expenditures from Jan. 1 through April 22.

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Maine Gets High Marks For Air, Water Quality

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A new report from the Maine Economic Growth Council and Maine Development Council gives the state high marks for air and water quality.

The report gives the state gold stars for air and water based on 27 economic, environmental and community indicators that reflect the quality of life in Maine. The report notes, among other things, that Maine has made progress in reducing the number of days of poor air quality for sensitive groups.

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Sen. Collins Warns Of Precious Metals Scam

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Senate Special Committee on Aging is taking a look at precious metals scams targeting seniors.

Sen. Susan Collins, ranking Republican, says the hearing Wednesday in Washington, D.C., focuses on precious metals like gold, silver or platinum that are touted as a safe investment and an alternative to the stock market.

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Minot Man Gets 4 Years For Armed Standoff

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AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A Minot man involved in a six-hour armed standoff with police following a dispute with his family has been sentenced to four years in prison.

The Sun Journal reports that Michael Callahan was sentenced Tuesday on seven felony charges in connection with the December 2012 standoff during which police say he sprayed the area around his home with bullets from an assault rifle. No one was hurt.

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2-alarm Fire Destroys Brunswick Home

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BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — Authorities say two dogs have died in a two-alarm fire that destroyed a Brunswick home, but no humans were home at the time.

The fire at a home on Route 24 was reported just after 5 p.m. Tuesday by a passer-by.

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Belgrade Mom Charged After Son Wanders Away

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BELGRADE, Maine (AP) — A Maine mother is facing charges after her special needs son wandered away from home and had to be pulled from a stream five miles away by a stranger.

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Livermore Falls Man Gets 17 Years In Arson Case

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AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A Livermore Falls man who says he has set about 1,000 fires has been sentenced to 17 years in prison.

Scott Violette was sentenced Tuesday in Androscoggin County Superior Court after pleading guilty to setting fire to a secondhand store near his apartment in February 2011. The blaze caused $100,000 in damage, but no one was hurt.

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3 Ex-employees Of South Portland Hotel Sue

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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Three former employees of a South Portland hotel have filed lawsuits alleging they were fired after reporting sexual harassment by a co-worker.

The women allege in separate lawsuits that they faced discrimination and were subsequently fired from the Comfort Inn in 2011 after reporting that one of them was repeatedly sexually harassed by a male maintenance worker.

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LePage Vetoes Bill Targeting Tax Havens, 14 Others

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage has vetoed a bill that aims to prevent companies from avoiding paying taxes in Maine by holding their profits overseas in tax havens.

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Maine GOP Senator: Likely ‘No’ On Minimum Wage

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Moderate Republican Sen. Susan Collins says she expects to oppose the Democratic effort to raise the federal minimum wage, all but dooming the election-year proposal.

The Senate is expected to vote Wednesday on the measure. It would gradually raise today’s $7.25 hourly minimum to $10.10 over 30 months.

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Maine Expands Access To Drug Overdose Antidote

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A bill that will expand access to a potentially life-saving anti-overdose drug in Maine has gone into law without Gov. Paul LePage’s signature.

Democratic Rep. Sara Gideon’s bill that went into law Tuesday will allow family members of addicts to be prescribed naloxone, also known as Narcan. The measure also lets police and firefighters administer the drug.

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LePage Signs Bill For Dental Hygiene Therapists

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A bill creating a new level of dental hygienists in Maine will become law.

House Speaker Mark Eves’ office said Monday that Gov. Paul LePage signed the Democrat from North Berwick’s bill that establishes a new license for dental hygiene therapists.

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Alumna Of Maine School Establishes Endowment

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A graduate and former star athlete at Maine’s only Roman Catholic college preparatory high school for girls and her NFL quarterback husband have established a $125,000 scholarship endowment.

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Maine College Of Art Gets $3M Gift

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine College of Art has received a $3 million gift from a foundation named for the co-writer of some of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons’ biggest hits.

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