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Ex-US Senator Mitchell To Address Maine Lawmakers

Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell will address Maine lawmakers this week.

The former Democratic senator will give a speech to the joint Legislature on Tuesday on his work with The Mitchell Institute, which provides scholarships for high school students to attend postsecondary degree programs.

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Trustees Consider Move To Former Navy Base

Updated 8 months ago

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — University of Maine System trustees are meeting to consider converting one of the seven campuses to natural gas as well as moving some classes to the former Brunswick Naval Air Station.

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Maine Central Food Bank Gets $100,000 Grant

Updated 8 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s Good Shepherd Food Bank, which distributes food to pantries and soup kitchens across the state, has received a $100,000 grant.

The grant from the John T. Gorman Foundation announced Thursday will allow Good Shepherd to buy nutritious food, including fresh produce, to distribute to its network of food pantries and to build a storage area for root vegetables purchased from farmers in the Mainers Feeding Mainers program.

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Maine Health Chief: $30M Cut In Shortfall Estimate

Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Health and Human Services chief says the department’s budget shortfall is about $30 million less than it had originally projected.

Mary Mayhew told the budget-writing committee on Friday that the department re-ran its shortfall forecast based on expenditures from the first six months of this fiscal year, resulting in a much smaller figure that it had anticipated.

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Ex-patient Guilty Of Attack At Maine Hospital

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A judge has ruled that a former patient at Riverview Psychiatric Center in Augusta was prompted by anger and not mental illness when he attacked a worker last year, leaving a pen embedded in her hand.

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Oil Spilled At Hebron School Leached Into Wetlands

Updated 8 months ago

HEBRON, Maine (AP) — State environmental officials say most of the 1,900 gallons of heating oil that spilled at a Hebron school last month leached into nearby wetlands.

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection says the oil does not pose a threat to nearby Bog Brook, which flows downstream into Minot and Mechanic Falls.

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USM Student In Standoff Heads To Court

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GORHAM, Maine (AP) — A University of Southern Maine student charged with threatening one of his fraternity brothers with a gun, prompting a three-hour standoff with police, is headed to court.

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LePage Seeks Candidates For Supreme Court Vacancy

Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Gov. Paul LePage says he’s looking for applications for an anticipated vacancy on Maine’s supreme court.

Supreme Judicial Court Justice Jon Levy is awaiting U.S. Senate confirmation to the federal bench. Last week, his nomination cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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Judges OK Sale Of Railroad In Canada Disaster

Updated 8 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Judges in the U.S. and in Canada have approved the sale of a Maine-based railroad that went bankrupt after one of its oil trains derailed, killing 47 people.

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Maine Medical Association Endorses MaineCare Expansion

Rob Poindexter

Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Maine clinicians and the Maine Medical Center are calling on lawmakers to come together and support a bill to expand Medicaid coverage under the federal health care law.

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Bath Painting Contractor Gets A Year In Jail

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WEST BATH, Maine (AP) — A painting contractor from Bath has been sentenced to a year in jail for stealing cash, jewelry and other items from homes where he had worked.

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Portland Man Sentenced In Fake Document Scam

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Portland man has been sentenced to 10 months in prison for his role in a scheme to sell fake federal documents to immigrants living illegally in the U.S.

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Portland House Cleaner Charged With Stealing Drugs

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FALMOUTH, Maine (AP) — The owner of a Portland house cleaning service has been charged with stealing prescription drugs from one of her clients.

Police say 45-year-old Kathy Vargas stole medications earlier this month from an elderly Falmouth woman who had hired her to clean her house. Police did not specify what kinds of medications were allegedly taken.

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Armed Standoff At Maine University Fraternity Ends

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GORHAM, Maine (AP) — A three-hour standoff with an armed member of a University of Southern Maine fraternity who entered his house and threatened to shoot other members has ended peacefully.

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Man Charged With Stealing From Maine Tourism Association

Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A former employee at an organization that promotes tourism in Maine has been charged with embezzling more than $10,000 from the group.

Ronald Brann of West Gardiner, a former finance and human resources manager at the Hallowell-based Maine Tourism Association, is charged with theft by unauthorized taking.

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Supporters Rallying For Maine Universal Pre-k Bill

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine business leaders, members of law enforcement and educators are urging lawmakers to support a bill to expand pre-kindergarten programs in the state.

Democrats say supporters will hold a press conference before the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee takes up the bill on Thursday.

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Mom Of Maine Tot Missing 2 Years Presses Police

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WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — The mother of a missing toddler and supporters are rallying this weekend at the Waterville Police Department to demand answers from law enforcement officials.

Trista Reynolds and her father are participating in the event Saturday in Waterville, where her 22-month-old daughter was reported missing on Dec. 17, 2011. The girl’s father told investigators that he last saw the youngster the night before when he put her to bed.

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Judges To Consider Bid For Bankrupt Railroad

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Judges in the U.S. and in Canada are set to consider the winning bid for a Maine-based railroad that went bankrupt after a fiery oil train derailment in Canada.

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Maine Towns Can’t Handle Further Revenue Sharing Cuts

Rob Poindexter

Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Officials from Maine’s cities and towns say their budgets can’t handle a further reduction in municipal revenue sharing.

Maine’s Appropriations Committee is considering a measure on Wednesday that would restore $40 million in municipal aid next year. The funds could be cut if lawmakers fail to find savings in the tax code.

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Push On For EBT Use At Maine Farmer’s Markets

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A push is on get more Maine farmers’ markets to accept payments from low-income residents who use electronic benefit transfer cards.

Colleen Hanlon Smith, director of the Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets, says the organization could conceivably expand EBT acceptance this year to about 50 of the state’s 139 markets.

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