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Verizon Adding Jobs In Maine, New England

Updated 7 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Verizon Wireless says it aims to add 42 full-time retail and sales jobs in Maine, part of larger recruitment effort to add 330 employees in New England.

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Maine House Rejects Proposed Mining Rules

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s Democratic-led House has voted to direct the Department of Environmental Protect to re-submit new mining regulations.

The House voted 98-39 on Monday in favor of rejecting the regulations drafted by the department and asking it to come up with new rules and submit them to the Legislature by February 2016.

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Monmouth Man Wants To Thank Mystery Lifesaver

Updated 7 months ago

MONMOUTH, Maine (AP) — A Monmouth man says he may not be alive if not for the mystery woman who stopped and helped him after a heart attack.

Leonard Crocker, who works for the Monmouth Public Works Department, lost consciousness by the side of the road March 17 just after his crew finished cutting trees.

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Animals Feared Lost In North Yarmouth Barn Fire

Updated 7 months ago

NORTH YARMOUTH, Maine (AP) — Authorities say a barn housing dozens of sheep and hundreds of chickens has been destroyed in an early morning fire in North Yarmouth.

The exact number of animals that died has yet to be determined.

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Jogger Struck By Pickup Truck In Farmington

Updated 7 months ago

FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — A jogger was taken to the hospital after being struck by a pickup truck in Farmington.

Police say 25-year-old Tess Perry was taken to Central Maine Medical Center’s intensive care unit after she was struck just after 9 a.m. Sunday while jogging along Fairbanks Road.

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Maine Gets Millions For Outdoors Projects

Updated 7 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Millions of dollars are coming to Maine to fund fish and wildlife conservation projects.

U.S. Sen. Angus King and Susan Collins of Maine say more than $11 million supporting outdoor recreation comes from programs through the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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Deadlines For Maine Moose Lottery Approach

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Deadlines to apply for the Maine Moose Lottery are closing in.

Paper applications for hunters looking to bag a moose must be mailed or delivered to the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife by Tuesday. Those applying online have until mid-May.

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Unlike Many States, Maine Congressional Districts Largely Unchanged After 2011 Reapportionment

Updated 7 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The combination of gerrymandering and geography that helped Republicans build an advantage in House seats by drawing new districts after the 2010 Census has been largely absent in Maine.

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How The Fire-damaged USS Miami Will Be Scrapped

Updated 7 months ago

The USS Miami, a submarine that sustained $700 million in damage in a shipyard fire, is being decommissioned and scrapped at a cost of $54 million. Some details on the process:

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Maine Unemployment Drops Again To 6.1 Percent

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s jobless rate remains the lowest it has been in five years.

The Maine Department of Labor said Friday that the state’s unemployment rate fell to 6.1 percent in February, down slightly from 6.2 percent in January. The state’s jobless rate is down nearly 1 percent from one year ago.

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Maine Panel Blocks New Tribe Elver Fishery Bill

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP)- A bill was rejected yesterday to allow the Passamaquoddy Tribe to exempt its members from individual catch limits for elvers.

The tribe says the limits will prevent equal access to the fishery. But the Maine Department of Marine Resources says the tribe can issue licenses to all of its members if it chooses and that a compromise has already been made.

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Maine PUC Says Smart Meters Not A Health Risk

Updated 7 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Utilities regulators have concluded that Central Maine Power Co.’s wireless electric meters pose no health threat.

The Maine Public Utilities Commission’s report studying the health issues surrounding so-called smart meters was posted on the agency’s website this week. It said the scientific evidence it reviewed on the issue is inconclusive and it found no credible, peer-reviewed studies to show a direct health risk from smart meters.

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Maine Woman Dies In Harrison Crash

Updated 7 months ago

HARRISON, Maine (AP) — Maine authorities say a Raymond woman has died after her vehicle apparently hit a frost heave and went off the road in the town of Harrison.

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New Bill Aims To Keep Candidates Honest

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Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s effort to turn the state’s ethics panel into a truth squad that checks the veracity of claims made by politicians is meeting some resistance.

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Franklin County Fire Departments Consider Collaboration

Updated 7 months ago

FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — Fire departments across Franklin County have scheduled a meeting to discuss ways they can work more closely during a time of fewer volunteers and tighter budgets.

Farmington Selectman Ryan Morgan brought up the idea of a countywide meeting to see if working together would ensure sufficient staff and equipment.

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Monmouth Man Gets 6 Months On Child Porn Charge

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Monmouth man has been ordered to spend six months in jail for possession of sexually explicit materials depicting a child under 12.

Carroll Edwin Cooper Jr. was sentenced Tuesday in Kennebec County Superior Court to serve six months of a five-year sentence and two years of probation.

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Man Arrested In NH, Was To Start Sentence

Updated 7 months ago

KEENE, N.H. (AP) — A man who was supposed to turn himself in for sentencing for a Maine store robbery has been found in New Hampshire.

A federal warrant was out for the arrest of 25-year-old Robert Pecora. He was supposed to start serving his prison sentence on Sunday in connection with a pharmacy robbery in Kittery, Maine, last year.

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Police Still Pursuing Leads In Paris Hit-and-run

Updated 7 months ago

PARIS, Maine (AP) — Two people identified by police as persons of interest in a hit-and-run in Paris that took the life of a Turner teenager have been cleared of involvement in the case.

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Bill Targets False Statements In Campaigns

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine legislative committee is examining a proposal from Republican Gov. Paul LePage under which the state ethics panel would have to determine the verity of claims made by candidates for office.

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Patrick Dempsey’s Mother Dies Of Cancer At Age 79

Updated 7 months ago

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Patrick Dempsey’s mother has died of cancer six years after inspiring him to help create a cancer support organization at a hospital in Maine. Amanda Dempsey was 79.

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