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Starks Man Dies In Fairfield Crash

Updated 9 months ago

FAIRFIELD, Maine (AP) — Police say one man was killed and second man was hospitalized after a head-on crash in Fairfield.

Police say 67-year-old James Murphy of Starks was headed north on Norridgewock Road on Wednesday night when a southbound pickup truck crossed the center line and hit Murphy’s car head-on.

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Tree Of Honor To Be Displayed At State House

Updated 9 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A tree of honor paying tribute to service members and veterans will be on display at the State House Hall of Flags this holiday season.

Boy Scout Troop 111, Tri-County Mental Health services and Americorps Vista have partnered to work on the tree.

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Maine Woman’s ASL Moves A Hit In Concert, Online

Updated 9 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Holly Maniatty creates music — for the deaf.

The woman from near Portland, Maine, uses dance moves and body language to bring musical performances alive for those who can’t hear.

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Ex-Maine Turnpike Head To Be Freed From Prison

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The former head of the Maine Turnpike Authority convicted of what has been called one of the most egregious cases of public corruption in state history is due to be released from prison.

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Maine Anthem Health Coverage Plans To Be Extended

Updated 9 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Thousands of Mainers who thought their health coverage was being canceled under the federal health care overhaul will have the chance to stay on those plans another year.

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Maine Lawmaker Pushes Statewide Pre-kindergarten

Updated 9 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A state lawmaker is urging Maine to pass legislation that would require every school district in the state to offer pre-kindergarten programs.

Bill sponsor Sen. Eloise Vitelli told the Legislature’s Education Committee on Monday that early childhood education plays a critical role in determining a child’s future.

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Suspect In Greene Slaying Denied Bail

Updated 9 months ago

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A single member of Maine’s highest court has upheld a lower court’s ruling and denied bail to a Greene man facing a murder charge.

Nathan Morton is charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder and hindering apprehension or prosecution in connection with the April killing of Romeo Parent.

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Newcastle Man Convicted Of Killing 2 Denied New Trial

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A judge has denied a new trial for a Maine man convicted of killing his girlfriend and his own father.

John Okie, of Newcastle, said in his appeal that his trial attorney failed to provide an adequate defense during his 2007 trial.

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Winthrop Woman Dies 4 Days After Crash

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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A Winthrop woman has died in the hospital four days after getting injured in a traffic crash that took the life of her husband.

Police and relatives say 74-year-old Patricia St. Laurent died Monday afternoon at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.

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Maine Attorney General Backs Clinic Buffer Zones

Updated 9 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s attorney general is backing an effort to defend buffer zones at health clinics, like one recently approved in Maine.

Attorney General Janet Mills says she recently signed onto an amicus brief in a case reviewing a Massachusetts law creating a buffer zone around the entrances and driveways of health care clinics.

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Maine Jails Try To Reduce Recidivism

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The board that oversees the county jail system has voted to devote nearly half the money it gets from the state to programs designed to keep inmates from going back to jail.

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Maine Drivers Told To Be On The Lookout For Deer

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — State transportation and wildlife officials are urging motorists to be careful because of a rebound in the deer population and the fact it’s mating season.

About a third of the state’s deer died during the 2008-09 winter, but the population has bounced back to about 200,000, according to a state biologist.

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Harlow Gallery To Host Turkey Art Exhibit

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HALLOWELL, Maine (AP) — Turkey art will be on display in Maine this week.

The Harlow Gallery is hosting Augusta-based artist Cheryl Miller’s “46 Million Turkeys” art project beginning Monday.

Miller is inviting people from all over the country to submit portraits of turkeys to the project. The goal is to gather 46 million portraits of turkeys, the estimated number that will be consumed on Thanksgiving.

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Poland Named “Business Friendly” Community

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POLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine officials are designating the town of Poland as “business friendly.”

Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner George Gervais is presenting Poland with its “certified business friendly” community certificate and road signs on Monday.

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Portland Mayor, Lawmakers Praise $100M Bond

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland’s mayor and lawmakers are applauding the approval of a $100 million transportation bond that will improve the city’s waterfront.

Mayor Michael Brennan will be joined by Democratic Senate President Justin Alfond and Democratic Rep. Richard Farnsworth of Portland on Monday at Portland’s Ocean Gateway Terminal.

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Zumba Instructor In Prostitution Bust Leaves Jail

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ALFRED, Maine (AP) — The Zumba instructor who ran a prostitution business in which she videotaped unsuspecting clients so her business partner could watch has been released from jail in Maine.

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Maine Police ID Man Found Dead Near Police School

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VASSALBORO, Maine (AP) — State police and the Kennebec Sheriff’s Office are investigating the death of a man whose body was found near the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro.

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Airplane Lands On Maine’s I-295 During Rush Hour

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FALMOUTH, Maine (AP) — Maine State Police say a small plane with engine trouble landed during rush hour on I-295 outside of Portland.

Troopers say no one was injured when the plane landed on I-295 in Falmouth shortly after 5 p.m. Thursday. The plane taxied to the side, allowing traffic to continue moving. Police say traffic is slow moving southbound.

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Maine Police Charge Woman, 21, With Arson

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Police in Maine say a 21-year-old woman started a fire that forced about 15 people to evacuate a housing complex in Augusta.

Maine Department of Public Safety Spokesman Steve McCausland said Friday that Christina Karod is charged with arson in connection with the fire that broke out around 8 p.m. Thursday. He says Karod, who lives in a room on the third floor of the 15-unit house, set fire to several books in a reading area and a curtain on an exit door, both on the second floor.

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Maine Man Who Lived 27 Years As Hermit Out Of Jail

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine man who lived 27 years in the woods as a hermit is out of jail.

A records officer at Kennebec County Jail said Friday that 47-year-old Christopher Knight was released earlier this month after having served about 7 months.

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