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Push On For EBT Use At Maine Farmer’s Markets

Updated 8 months ago

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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Maine Urges Residents To Stop Flushing Baby Wipes

Updated 8 months ago

WESTBROOK, Maine (AP) — The Portland Water District and state environmental officials have launched a campaign to stop people from flushing baby wipes and other items down the toilet.

The purpose of the campaign launched Tuesday is to cut down on clogs which cause overflows and require costly fixes for homeowners and public wastewater facilities.

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Maine Seafood Company Owner Pleads Guilty

Updated 8 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The owner of a Maine seafood company has pleaded guilty to instructing an employee to make cash withdrawals to avoid Treasury Department reporting requirements, money used to bypass lobster coop purchasing rules.

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Man Crawls 2 ½ Miles After Snowmobile Crash

Updated 8 months ago

MEXICO, Maine (AP) — A Maine man crawled 2 ½ miles in below-freezing temperatures to get help after breaking his leg in a snowmobiling accident.

Nicholas Brown says it took him more than six hours to crawl down a hill in Mexico last week to get to a friend’s house.

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Maine Program To Provide Fresh Fish To The Hungry

Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Needy families in Maine will receive donations of fresh fish caught at ice fishing tournaments this winter.

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry is expanding the Hunters for the Hungry Program to include fish caught at ice fishing derbies in New Gloucester in January and Sebago Lake and Kezar Lake in February.

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Maine Women’s Coalition Sets Legislative Agenda

Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A coalition of Maine organizations focusing on women’s issues is backing a bill to expand Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul among other measures this Legislative session.

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Arrest Made In USM Gorham Dorm Fire In 2012

Updated 8 months ago

GORHAM, Maine (AP) — The state fire marshal’s office has arrested a former University of Southern Maine student in connection with a dorm fire on the Gorham campus in 2012.

Twenty-three-year-old Thomas “TJ” Williams was arrested Monday at his home on Harlow Hill Road in Mexico. He was charged with two counts of arson following an indictment earlier this month by a Cumberland County grand jury. It wasn’t immediately known if he had a lawyer.

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Fortress Co. Wins Bidding For Bankrupt Railroad

Updated 8 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A company affiliated with Fortress Investment Group has won the bidding for a Maine-based railroad that went bankrupt after a fiery oil train derailment killed 47 people last summer in Canada.

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Maine Senate Overrides LePage Veto Of Tobacco Bill

Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s Democratic-controlled Senate has voted to override Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of a bill seeking to increase access to treatment for people to quit smoking.

The Senate’s 31-4 vote in favor of the bill Tuesday follows the House’s override of the veto last week.

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Lawmakers Consider Proposal Promoting Solar Power

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Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Supporters say a bill aimed at boosting solar energy development in Maine will strengthen the economy by creating jobs and help the environment by reducing the dependence on fossil fuels.

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State Senator Flood Won’t Seek Re-election

Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine state Sen. Patrick Flood says he does not plan to seek re-election this year.

The Republican from Winthrop tells the Kennebec Journal, he wants to travel with his wife and spend time with his mother.

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Neighboring Homes In Freeport Burn

Updated 8 months ago

FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — Officials say fires at two homes next door to each other in Freeport over the weekend were caused by the same thing —food left cooking on the stove.

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Forum Discusses ACA For Small Businesses

Updated 8 months ago

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Small business owners are getting the chance to learn about their options under the federal health care law.

Maine Health Access Foundation and the Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce are hosting an Affordable Care Act forum on Tuesday at the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn Campus.

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Auction For Bankrupt Railroad Anticipated In Maine

Updated 8 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An auction is anticipated for a Maine-based railroad that filed for bankruptcy after a fiery oil train derailment killed 47 people in Canada.

Chapter 11 trustee Robert Keach said there will be an auction Tuesday as long as “multiple bids” received on Friday passed muster.

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Maine Environmental Coalition Lays Out Agenda

Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A bill that aims to make solar power a priority for Maine is among the legislation a coalition of environmental and public health groups is pushing this session.

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Gas Prices Dropping A Bit In Maine

Updated 8 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The average price of gasoline has fallen 2.2 cents in Maine in the past week, to $3.49 a gallon.

The gasoline pricing website GasBuddy.com surveys more than 1,200 Maine gasoline outlets.

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LePage Declared Emergency As Cold Weather Returns

Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Gov. Paul LePage has signed a limited emergency proclamation as cold weather returns to Maine.

The governor says the proclamation allows fuel transport and delivery truck drivers to spend extra hours on the roads to ensure that no one is left in the cold. He said keeping homes warm “is critical to protect the public health and safety of Mainers.”

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Maine Speeds Up Concealed Weapon Permit Process

Updated 8 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine state police have cleared a backlog of concealed weapons permits, issuing a total of 11,000 of them.

Gov. Paul LePage said Friday that there was a backlog of 5,000 requests that were cleared by the Maine State Police Special Investigations Unit within the Maine Department of Public Safety. Last year, the unit issued more than 11,000 permits — an increase of 3,500 permits from the 7,500 issued in 2012.

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Brunswick Woman Charged With Theft From Older Man

Updated 8 months ago

BATH, Maine (AP) — A Brunswick woman has been charged with financially exploiting an elderly Bath man she had been hired to care for.

Bath police say 55-year-old Katherine McClellan turned herself in this week after a warrant for her arrest on theft charges was issued.

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Maine Hospitals Fare Well In Emergency Care Report

Updated 8 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Emergency care at Maine’s hospitals has received high marks from a national physicians group, even though there is plenty of room for improvement.

Maine was ranked third in the nation for providing emergency care services in a report card released Thursday by the American College of Emergency Physicians.

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