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Maine Halts Aid For Immigrants In US Illegally

Updated 6 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s attorney general says a move by the state Department of Health and Human Services to eliminate its support of general assistance welfare benefits to immigrants in the U.S. illegally is unconstitutional.

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Maine To Open State Parks For Free On Father’s Day

Updated 6 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — All of Maine’s state parks and historic sites will be open for free admission on Sunday in honor of Father’s Day.

State officials say all vehicles with a Maine license plate will receive free admission to 48 state-owned and operated locations. Gov. Paul R. LePage calls the free admission “a way of thanking Maine residents and showing appreciation for their support of Maine parks.”

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Bush Bash: Elder Ex-president Marks 90th Birthday

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KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush is celebrating his 90th birthday in Maine.

A family spokesman says a private dinner Thursday evening features a guest list of more than 200 friends and relatives.

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Moderate New England Republicans Continue To Fade

Updated 6 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Conservative firebrand Bruce Poliquin’s victory in the GOP primary in Maine’s 2nd District comes as the traditional moderate Republicans who once controlled the party in New England struggle for viability.

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Man Suffers Minor Injuries In Moose Crash

Updated 6 months ago

TA R2 WELS, Maine (AP) — A man is in stable condition after suffering minor injuries during a car collision with a moose in an unorganized territory in northern Maine.

Jonathan Malone struck a female moose at midnight Wednesday in TA R2 WELS, a territory south of Linneus. Police say he suffered minor injuries to his forehead and refused medical treatment at the scene. Family then transported him to the hospital.

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Maine’s Highest Court Affirms Cat Abuse Judgment

Updated 6 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s highest court has affirmed a Franklin County court’s ruling that a Maine woman must pay $18,000 to the state after it seized 26 cats from her home.

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High Court Rejects Hospital’s Appeal

Updated 6 months ago

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A Maine man who was awarded $200,000 by a jury in his malpractice suit filed after a doctor mistakenly told him he had an aggressive and fatal form of cancer won’t have to face another trial.

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Map Maker Fined $6.2M By Feds

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YARMOUTH, Maine (AP) — Federal officials have fined a Maine map maker $6.2 million in a patent infringement case over satellite communication devices.

The International Trade Commission’s civil penalty against Yarmouth-based DeLorme Publishing is the latest development in a case that began in 2012 when Virginia-based BriarTek filed a complaint alleging that DeLorme’s series of hand-held satellite communication devices, marketed as inReach, infringed on BriarTek’s patent for a similar product.

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Alternate Suspect Proposed In 1976 Maine Slaying

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Attorneys for a homeless Seattle man charged in connection with a 1976 slaying in Maine have told a judge that an alternative suspect theory should be presented to a jury.

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Banker Pleads Guilty To Misusing Bank Money

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A former executive at TD Bank in Maine has pleaded guilty to using a corporate credit card to spend nearly $220,000 at strip clubs in just one year.

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Vacuum Salesman Sentenced For Tax Fraud

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A 41-year-old Maine man will spend 18 months in prison for state tax crimes stemming from his failure to pay taxes on $1 million in sales of vacuum cleaners.

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Man Crushed, Dies In Construction Accident

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FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — A 59-year-old Limington man has died in a construction accident when the forks of a loading vehicle fell on him at a Freeport construction site.

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Researchers To Get $16.5M For Sea Scallop Projects

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration says it will award $16.5 million to 14 organizations for research projects about Atlantic sea scallops.

NOAA’S Northeast Cooperative Research Program announced the grants Tuesday. The researchers are from Massachusetts, Maine, Delaware, and Virginia and will work on a total of 16 projects. The award winners include universities, nonprofit foundations, a fish hatchery, commercial fishing vessels, and a state fisheries agency.

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Trial Of Lynn Man Charged In Double Slaying Starts

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SALEM, Mass. (AP) — The trial of a Lynn man charged with killing his mother and grandmother, dumping their bodies behind a Saugus elementary school, and trying to flee to Canada, is getting started.

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Judge Allows Suit Against Sugarloaf Ski Area To Move Forward

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FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — A Maine judge has ruled that a lawsuit brought by a Delaware family injured in a ski lift accident in 2010 can move forward.

Michael Katz, who suffered a broken back and traumatic brain injury, was the most seriously injured of the eight people hurt in the December 2010 accident at Sugarloaf Mountain in Carrabassett Valley. His daughters, 13 and 11 at the time, suffered back and head injuries.

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Brunswick Woman Pleads Guilty To Embezzling

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Brunswick woman has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $300,000 from a nonprofit organization that received federal funds.

Stacey Backman pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Portland to federal program fraud and federal tax fraud.

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Candle Company Exec Faces Harassment Suits

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Three women who once worked at a Maine scented candle manufacturer say in federal lawsuits that the company’s founder and president subjected them to “relentless sexual harassment.”

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2nd District Hopefuls Make Final Campaign Appeals

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The four candidates hoping to fill Maine’s open 2nd Congressional District seat are making last-minute appeals to voters.

Liberal dealmaker Emily Cain and working-class advocate Troy Jackson square off in the Democratic primary on Tuesday. On the GOP side, establishment Republican Kevin Raye is taking on tea-party favorite Bruce Poliquin.

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Portland Votes On City-wide Park Ballot Question

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland residents are voting in a referendum to decide the fate of a half-acre park that has sparked a city-wide debate about the city’s commitment to open spaces.

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LePage Campaign Faces Small Campaign Finance Fine

Updated 6 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s campaign is facing fines for failing to report some contributions on time.

The Maine ethics commission is seeking $210 from the Republican governor’s re-election team for missing reporting deadlines. The campaign failed to file two reports of contributions exceeding $1,000 within 24 hours, as required.

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