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Drive-ins Use Creativity To Afford Digital Switch

Updated 7 months ago

SACO, Maine (AP) — Drive-in operators are finding creative ways to afford the switch from film to digital.

Operators say more than 200 of the remaining 348 drive-ins in the country have made the expensive conversion. It typically costs $70,000 or more.

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True Pleads Not Guilty In Death

Updated 7 months ago

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A second man charged with murder in connection with the slaying of a Lewiston man whose body was dumped in a stream in Monmouth has pleaded not guilty.

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New Database To Reveal Graduates’ Wages

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine officials hope that a new database they are poised to unveil will help prospective college students make more informed decisions about what degree to pursue and how much to borrow for their education.

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Dog Left In Hot Car During Massachusetts Concert

Updated 7 months ago

MANSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Maine man is facing animal cruelty charges for allegedly leaving his dog in a hot car while he attended an all-day concert in Massachusetts.

Police say 60-year-old Edwin Harrington Jr. of Boothbay Harbor, Maine, left the Boston terrier-bulldog mix in his car in the parking lot at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield on Thursday at the Vans Warped Tour.

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Retired Teacher Goes On Trial In Wife’s Cliff Push

Updated 7 months ago

CAMDEN, Maine (AP) — A retired Kansas schoolteacher accused of pushing his wife off a cliff in Maine is going on trial on attempted murder charges.

Jury selection begins Monday in Rockland in the case of 71-year-old Charles Black, who now lives in Salt Lake City. He is also charged with two counts of elevated aggravated assault and three counts of aggravated assault.

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Scarborough Doughnut Shop Rammed By Car

Updated 7 months ago

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — Police say a car rammed a Scarborough doughnut shop apparently in an effort to rob it.

Employees arriving for work at the Dunkin’ Donuts on Thursday morning found that the studs at the back of the building had been pushed in and the vinyl siding damaged.

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Death Of Inmate Not Considered Suspicious

Updated 7 months ago

WARREN, Maine (AP) — Maine prisons officials say the death of an inmate this week is not considered suspicious.

Authorities say 68-year-old Paul Henry Gray was being treated for a long-term medical condition when he died Wednesday at a Portland hospital. The exact nature of the condition was not disclosed.

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OOB Man Indicted In Connection With Fatal Crash

Updated 7 months ago

ARUNDEL, Maine (AP) — An Old Orchard Beach man has been indicted on manslaughter and drunken driving charges in connection with a car crash that killed his friend.

The Portland Press Herald reports that a York County grand jury indicted 32-year-old Brian Roche this week in connection with the crash October 26 in Arundel.

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Group Files Lawsuit Over Immigrant Aid Issue

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Municipal Association has filed a lawsuit against Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s administration over its policy banning cities from providing general assistance benefits to some immigrants.

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Maine Flags To Be Lowered To Honor Former Lawmaker

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — State of Maine flags in the town of Cape Elizabeth will be lowered to half-staff to honor a longtime state lawmaker who died this week.

Republican Gov. Paul LePage ordered the flags to be lowered on the day of Richard Hewes’ funeral, which will be held Friday. All U.S. flags will remain at full staff.

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Late Blight Symptoms Found On Maine Potatoes

Updated 7 months ago

BUXTON, Maine (AP) — Maine officials say late blight symptoms have been found in a potato field in Buxton.

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension say the blight symptoms were located this week. Late blight is a non-treatable disease that spreads rapidly in warm, wet conditions. It affects potatoes and tomatoes.

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Family Reunited With Relative’s Purple Heart

Updated 7 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A family will be reunited with a deceased relative’s long lost Purple Heart medal in a Maine ceremony.

Boston native Sgt. James Hanlon served in the Army in World War II and died in combat during Operation Torch in Algeria in 1942. He was awarded the Purple Heart, a decoration for those hurt or killed while serving.

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Moose Crashes Down Despite July Accidents

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine officials say the number of collisions between automobiles and moose has dropped over the past several years.

Moose crashes have been in the news in the state after three such collisions on Tuesday, one of which killed a 60-year-old Brewer man. The Portland Press Herald reports the state averages about 443 moose collisions from 2008 to 2013. State figures say the average was about 674 from 1995 to 2007. The high year was 1998 with 858.

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South Portland Council Backs Tar Sands Ban

Updated 7 months ago

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The South Portland City Council has approved a first reading proposal that would prohibit loading tar sands crude oil in bulk onto marine tank vessels in the city.

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FairPoint Unions Ready For Weekend Strike Vote

Updated 7 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Unions representing nearly 2,000 employees of telecommunications firm FairPoint in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont are set to vote on whether to authorize a strike.

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Pig Threatens Children Walking Through Maine Woods

Updated 7 months ago

OAKLAND, Maine (AP) — Police in the Maine town of Oakland are looking for a pig that threatened two children walking through the woods.

Capt. Rick Stubbert tells the Morning Sentinel that the children were walking along a trail in the wooded area between the local middle school and the high school at about 1:45 p.m. Tuesday when the pig confronted them “screaming at the kids and chasing them.”

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2nd Man Charged With Murder Of Lewiston Man

Updated 7 months ago

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A second man is facing a murder charge in connection with the slaying of a Lewiston man whose body was dumped in a stream in Monmouth.

William True, who had been charged with hindering the investigation into the April 2013 beating and strangulation death of Romeo Parent, was indicted on a murder charge Wednesday.

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Researchers Create Less-pungent Pepper

Updated 7 months ago

ORONO, Maine (AP) — Researchers with the University of Maine and U.S. Department of Agriculture say they have developed a new variety of pepper that maintains the natural health benefits of the fruit while having a less pungent taste.

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New Turnpike Ramp To Open In Lewiston

Updated 7 months ago

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A new northbound on-ramp on the Maine Turnpike at exit 80 is set to open.

The ramp opens Thursday. It is located where Interstate 95 intersects with Alfred A. Plourde Parkway in Lewiston.

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LePage Goes On The Offensive On Social Security

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Republican Gov. Paul LePage is defending his stance on Social Security after coming under fire from his political opponents for characterizing the program as “welfare.”

In a campaign video, LePage pledges to preserve and protect the Social Security system. He also attacks Democratic challenger Mike Michaud for voting to tax some Social Security recipients.

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