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Man Accused Of Pushing Wife Off Cliff Loses Appeal

Updated 7 months ago

ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine man accused of trying to kill his wife by beating her with a rock and pushing her off a cliff has lost his bid to have the charges dismissed based on the way prosecutors obtained his medical records.

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Jay Man Says Pot In Stolen Car Not His

Updated 7 months ago

LIVERMORE FALLS, Maine (AP) — A Maine man pulled over by police insisted that the marijuana officers found in the car he was driving was not his.

His excuse? He’d stolen the car.

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Health Care Access Preserved For Portland Homeless

Updated 7 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Officials in Portland expect a smooth transition as a city-run health care clinic for the homeless scales back operations, while another nonprofit clinic picks up the slack.

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Bath Motorcyclist Dies Following Crash

Updated 7 months ago

BATH, Maine (AP) — Police say a 30-year-old Bath man involved in a crash last week while riding his motorcycle has died.

Police announced Monday that Alexander Coffin died over the weekend at the hospital following his involvement in the crash with a passenger vehicle Friday.

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Maine Senate Rejects, Amends LePage Welfare Bills

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Senate has approved a retooled version of Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s proposal to ban the use of electronic benefit transfer cards for liquor, cigarettes and lottery tickets.

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Maine Project Would Track Species Via Satellites

Updated 7 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A research project from two Maine marine science centers proposes to predict the movements of species in the Gulf of Maine and provide seasonal forecasts for the lobster industry.

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Eco Fuel Presented at Northeast Biomass Heating Expo

Updated 7 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — State officials and experts on alternative heating sources are meeting in the Maine city of Portland.

U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine is scheduled to join tradespeople and energy department officials from at least two other states at the Northeast Biomass Heating Expo from Wednesday to Friday.

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Lawmakers Vote Down Municipal Welfare Bill

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine lawmakers have rejected Gov. Paul LePage’s proposal to reduce the amount of money the state refunds some cities to run their welfare programs.

The Senate voted 22-12 on Monday to kill the bill introduced by the Republican governor. It failed in the House last week.

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Maine Senate Rejects, Amends LePage Welfare Bills

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Senate has approved a retooled version of Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s proposal to ban the use of electronic benefit transfer cards for liquor, cigarettes and lottery tickets.

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Cost Of Gas Up Slightly In Maine

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The average retail cost of a gallon of gas in Maine has gone up slightly in the past week.

Price-monitoring website GasBuddy.com reports Monday that the price at the pump averaged $3.62 per gallon in the past week, 7 cents above the national average.

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2 House Fires Break Out In Sabattus

Updated 7 months ago

SABATTUS, Maine (AP) — The Sabattus Fire Department spent the weekend battling two fires that broke out within about an hour of each other.

Chief Mark Veilleux says crews were called to a home one Shore Drive at around 3:40 p.m. Sunday.

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Group Examining Maine Rail Service To Meet

Updated 7 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An advisory group looking at whether expanded passenger rail service should be offered in Maine is holding its second meeting this week.

The 13-member Maine Passenger Rail Advisory Council is scheduled to meet Wednesday.

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State Of Lobster Fishery Meetings Conclude

Updated 7 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Pat Keliher is holding his last of 12 “State of the Lobster Fishery” meetings.

Keliher is using the meetings to talk with lobster fishery workers about changes and challenges in the industry. He is also presenting the 2013 Lobster Settlement Survey and other scientific monitoring programs.

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Republicans Make Final Stand On Welfare Reform

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Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Maine Republican lawmakers continue to push for proposals to overhaul the state’s welfare program, but they face significant opposition from majority Democrats.

Dozens of Republicans gathered outside of the Statehouse Friday to support the measures, which among other things would ban the use of electronic benefit cards to buy alcohol and cigarettes.

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Harsh Winter Trims Maine Deer Herd, Cuts Permits

Updated 7 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — State officials say this year’s harsh winter has culled Maine’s deer herd, and that will reduce the number of doe hunting permits the state gives out for the fall hunting season.

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Sanford Man Charged With Sexually Assaulting Teen

Updated 7 months ago

SANFORD, Maine (AP) — Police say two more women have come forward to allege they were assaulted by a Sanford man who’s been charged with sexually assaulting a teenage girl.

Zachary Garrison was charged with gross sexual assault earlier this week.

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Judge Denies Motion To Move Manslaughter Trial

Updated 7 months ago

PARIS, Maine (AP) — A judge has ruled that the trial of a woman charged with manslaughter for allegedly causing the death of two friends in a West Paris car crash will remain in Oxford County.

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FDA Approves New Shellfish Testing At Bigelow Laboratory

Updated 7 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Maine’s Bigelow Laboratory to use a new method of testing shellfish toxicity that lab officials say is the first of its kind in the nation.

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Final Vigil To Be Held For Missing Maine Toddler

Updated 7 months ago

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — The mother of missing Maine toddler Ayla Reynolds is holding a birthday vigil.

Organizers say the event Friday evening in Biddeford is expected to be the last public event organized by Trista Reynolds and her supporters. Reynolds said she wants the vigil at Mechanics Park to be a celebration of Ayla’s life and not a somber event.

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Maine Governor Seeks Ice Storm Disaster Relief

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Gov. Paul LePage says the federal government has rejected Maine’s request to declare a disaster for damage caused by the December ice storm.

LePage said Thursday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency determined that damage “was not beyond the capabilities of the state and local governments.” He says no appeal will be filed of the federal decision made last month.

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