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House OKs Contentious Highway Signs Bill

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine House of Representatives has given the first nod to a bill that would remove or relocate dozens of informational signs along the state’s interstate highways.

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Biddeford Man Facing Recording, Assault Charges

Updated 7 months ago

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — A 35-year-old Biddeford man is facing charges for allegedly trying to secretly video record a fellow employee in a tanning booth at the fitness center where they worked, and for allegedly having sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl.

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No Reports Of Injuries After 2 Lewiston Fires

Updated 7 months ago

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Lewiston firefighters spent the pre-dawn hours battling a pair of fires in residential buildings, but there are no reports of injuries.

One fire was reported Thursday morning on Nichols Street and a second later in the morning on Howe Street. A neighbor on Howe Street reported hearing an explosion.

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Police: New Sharon Child Reports Apparent ODs

Updated 7 months ago

NEW SHARON, Maine (AP) — Police say a child who alerted a relative may have saved the lives of two adults in a New Sharon home who had apparently overdosed on intravenous drugs.

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Man Wanted In RI Killing Arrested In Maine

Updated 7 months ago

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — A man wanted in connection with a Christmas Eve killing in Rhode Island has been ordered held without bail, a day after he was arrested in Maine.

Pawtucket, R.I., police say they apprehended 20-year-old Daquan Watts in Lewiston, Maine, on Wednesday and took him back to Rhode Island to face a murder charge. Federal marshals and the Rhode Island State Police helped in the investigation.

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High Court-re-hears Beach Access Dispute

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s highest court for the second time has heard arguments from lawyers in a beach access dispute that could have statewide implications.

The Supreme Judicial Court in February ruled in favor of landowners whose properties front Goose Rocks Beach in Kennebunkport. The ruling said the public does not have the right to use the beach and private property owners control its use to the low-water mark.

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Police Unveil Campaign Against Distracted Driving

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A spokesman from the Department of Public Safety says Maine will join in nationwide efforts to reduce auto accidents that result when drivers don’t pay attention to the road.

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Cape Cod Gear Recovery Takes 10 Tons From Sea

Updated 7 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown, Mass. Says it has removed approximately ten tons of fishing gear and other debris from the ocean floor during its second “Outer Cape Derelict Gear Assessment and Retrieval Program.”

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Farm To Host 1860-style Baseball Game

Updated 7 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Pettengill Farm in Freeport is going to be hosting a vintage baseball game in which teams will play and dress like players out of the 1860s.

Dirigo, a Maine-based team with players from all over the state, will play a team from Ipswich, Mass. on June 22. The Freeport Historical Society will be on hand with beer, hot dogs, and an explanation of the rules. An accordion band will also play.

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Maine To Use A Hovercraft For Rescues

Updated 7 months ago

ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine agencies that conduct search and rescue missions say they are prepared to use a hovercraft on coastal and inland waterways during ice out this spring.

A Department of Marine Resources spokesman says members of the state’s Marine Patrol and Warden Service have trained for two years to use the hovercraft in areas that can be difficult to reach by boat.

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LePage Backs Naloxone Access For Family Members

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage is supporting a plan that could provide family members of addicts with access to a drug to prevent heroin overdoses.

The Republican governor’s office said Wednesday that he’s been working with lawmakers on an amendment to the naloxone bill.

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Judge Rules Fisheries Service Violated Federal Law

Updated 7 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A judge has ruled that the National Marine Fisheries Service violated federal law when it allowed New England fishermen to carry uncaught groundfish allocation into the following year.

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LePage Vetoes MaineCare Expansion Bill

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Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Maine Gov. Paul LePage has vetoed a bill to expand Medicaid coverage to about 70,000 residents under the Affordable Care Act.

The Republican governor vetoed the bill Wednesday, citing concerns that it would be too costly for the state.

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Woman Sentenced For Role In Marriage Scam

Updated 7 months ago

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A Kenyan woman living in Massachusetts has been sentenced in federal court in Maine to a year in prison for her role in a fake marriage scheme.

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Budget Panel Endorses Funding Bill

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Lawmakers on the state’s budget writing panel have unanimously endorsed a roughly $30 million proposal to help people with disabilities and struggling nursing homes.

The funding measure approved Wednesday after an all-night session closes a MaineCare shortfall for the 2015 fiscal year, while also funding $5 million for services for people with disabilities on Department of Health and Human Services wait lists and $5 million in additional reimbursement for struggling nursing homes.

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Woolwich Woman Faces OUI, Endangerment Charges

Updated 7 months ago

WOOLWICH, Maine (AP) — Police say a Woolwich woman is facing drunken driving and child endangerment charges after allegedly being found passed out in her car by the side of the road with two children inside.

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Maine Asks First Wind To Prove Financial Capacity

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine environmental regulators are asking the state’s largest wind power developer to prove it has enough money to build four major projects that are in different stages of construction and permitting.

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LePage Signs Bill Aimed At Helping Paper Mill

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage has signed a bill that aims to restore more than 200 jobs lost at a paper mill in East Millinocket.

The bill signed by the Republican governor this week aims to allow the owner of the Great Northern Paper mill to receive revenue from the sale of energy that’s not being used at the mill. The mill stopped production and laid off more than 200 workers in February.

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Displaying Beer Alcohol Content Now Legal

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — It’s now legal for bars and breweries in Maine to publicly display the alcohol content of their beer.

A new law that took effect Tuesday repeals a 1937 statute that banned the display of alcohol content, such as on signs or menus. The old law was aimed at advertisements selling beer based solely on strength.

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Schooner To Begin Restoration In Portland

Updated 7 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A 125-foot schooner is coming through Portland — not by sea, but by land.

A trailer will pull the Spirit of Massachusetts schooner down Commercial Street to the Portland Yacht Services shipyard on Wednesday morning to begin a restoration project. The ship’s owners said the schooner will travel about a quarter of a mile between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. Owners said the journey is unlikely to significantly impact local traffic.

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