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Massachusetts Teen Injured In Maine Crash

Updated 7 months ago

RANGELEY, Maine (AP) — Police say a Massachusetts teenager scheduled to graduate from high school this week remains in critical condition in a Maine hospital after a car crash last weekend.

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Suspect In Canadian Shooting Arrested

Updated 7 months ago

MONCTON, New Brunswick (AP) — The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have arrested the suspect in the New Brunswick shooting that left three Mounties dead and two others injured.

Paul Greene, a spokesman with the RCMP, says Justin Bourque was arrested early this morning.

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Portland Man Gets 33 Years For Saco Slaying

Updated 7 months ago

ALFRED, Maine (AP) — A homeless Maine man has been sentenced to 33 years in prison after pleading guilty to fatally beating a woman whose nearly lifeless body was found in a Saco motel room.

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Old Port Festival Kicks Off In Portland

Updated 7 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s largest city will kick off its annual celebration of its waterfront with the 41st Old Port Festival.

The Portland, Maine festival begins with an art walk at 5 p.m. on Friday and will also include two presentations of the Circus Conservatory of America’s “Circus in the Square” at Monument Square at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. There will also be street performers and artists along Congress Street.

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Senate Candidate Ready For 350-mile Stroll

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Shenna Bellows is ready for some shoe leather politicking.

The Democrat who wants to unseat Republican Sen. Susan Collins is holding a news conference Friday to talk about her plans to walk across Maine. She plans to visit 63 locales as she walks 350 miles.

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Mainer Gets Medals On D-Day Anniversary

Updated 7 months ago

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A World War II veteran is getting long-overdue medals on the 70th anniversary of the allied in invasion of France.

Sen. Susan Collins is using the D-Day anniversary to present the Bronze Star, World War II Victory Medal and others to Louis Roberge of Lewiston.

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Coast Guard Cutter Design Work To Proceed

Updated 7 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s Bath Iron Works and two other shipyards have been given the green light to proceed with design work on an offshore patrol cutter for the Coast Guard.

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Moody’s Lifts Maine’s Outlook To ‘stable’

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A major credit-rating agency has raised Maine’s outlook from negative to stable.

Republican Gov. Paul LePage on Thursday touted the announcement by Moody’s Investors Service as a reflection of accomplishments achieved under his leadership. LePage, who is running for re-election, also noted several improvements — paying off hospital debt and enacting pension reform — came when the GOP controlled both the Blaine House and State House.

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LePage Wants President To Overhaul VA

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage is one of six Republican governors asking President Barack Obama to initiate reforms in the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The governors sent a letter to Obama this week following news of an attempt to cover up delays by veterans seeking getting health care. In the letter, the governors said they’re “deeply troubled and outraged by the significant negligence and systemic delays in patient care.”

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Fire Quickly Doused At Maine Jail

Updated 7 months ago

WISCASSET, Maine (AP) — Officials say a fire in an industrial shop at Two Bridges Regional Jail was quickly doused.

Firefighters said it took about an hour to put out the fire after it was reported around 6 a.m. Thursday.

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Wilton Will Clean Up Homeowner’s Yard

Updated 7 months ago

WILTON, Maine (AP) — Wilton officials are seeking a contractor to clean the yard of a homeowner who has failed to obey a court order to get rid of the appliances, scrap and motor vehicles littering his lawn.

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Outgoing MaineCare Ride Broker To Get Millions

Updated 7 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Records show that the company that won’t have its contracts to provide rides for Maine Medicaid patients renewed because of poor performance is scheduled to receive millions of dollars in extra money from the state in its last weeks on the job.

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Winslow Wrestling Booster Club Theft Deal Close

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Prosecutors and defense attorneys have agreed to a deal that would settle charges against a former Winslow woman charged with stealing nearly $20,000 from the Winslow High School Wrestling Booster Club.

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2 Men Sue Portland Police Officer

Updated 7 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Two Maine men have filed a lawsuit against a Portland police officer they allege used excessive force and attacked them while they were handcuffed during an arrest nearly two years ago.

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University Of Maine Professor To Study Pathogens

Updated 7 months ago

ORONO, Maine (AP) — A North Carolina research foundation is awarding a University of Maine professor $500,000 to study how common pathogens become potentially deadly.

The university said Wednesday that the Burroughs Wellcome Fund is awarding Robert Wheeler the five-year grant. Wheeler is an assistant professor of microbiology at the university.

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Democratic Candidate Michaud To Discuss Welfare

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud is laying out his ideas to fight fraud and abuse and improve Maine’s welfare programs.

The Democrat hoping to unseat Gov. Paul LePage in November will release details of his plans at the Statehouse on Thursday.

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Maine Trooper Of The Year To Be Revealed

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine state police have honored Jarod Stedman from Troop E in Bangor as Trooper of the Year.

The annual state police awards banquet was held Tuesday at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro.

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Regulators To Decide If Maine Shrimp Season Is On

Updated 7 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal regulators are set to begin the process of determining whether there will be a commercial fishing season for northern shrimp in 2014-15.

The commission’s Northern Shrimp Section’s meeting on the subject is scheduled for Wednesday at the Urban Forestry Center in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The commission will likely make a decision this fall about whether to hold the coming season.

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Maine Teens Aid Elderly Woman Who Left Home, Fell

Updated 7 months ago

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — Two Waterville teenagers came to the aid of an 86-year-old woman who fell on the side of the road after leaving a senior living facility.

The Morning Sentinel ( ) reports Iesha Blakeslee and Billie Stone found the woman, whom police did not identify, lying near a softball field early Tuesday morning. The paper reported the woman saying she waved to about 20 passing cars, none of which stopped, after her fall.

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Maine Cancels Liquor Marketing Contract Award

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine has canceled its contract award for the marketing of its state liquor operation and will ask for new proposals.

In a letter to the Gardiner-based Pine State Trading Co., the Bureau of Alcohol Beverage and Lottery Operation says the award was being rescinded because the company’s application included inaccurate information regarding “the extent of its trade marketing activities in New Hampshire.”

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