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Maine House Overturns Summer Lunch Program Veto

Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A bill that seeks to expand a lunch program for low-income students in the summer will go into law in Maine.

The Democratic-controlled House voted 92-46 in favor of overriding Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s veto on Thursday. The legislation requires schools with a majority of the students that qualify for free or reduced-price lunches to operate a federally-administered Summer Food Services Program if they hold activities like summer school. Schools are reimbursed for 100 percent of the costs of food through the program.

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Maine Lawmaker Proposes Cold Case Unit

Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine lawmaker wants the state to establish a new law enforcement unit to re-examine unsolved major criminal cases.

State Rep. Stephen Stanley’s bill would create a four-person unit in the state Attorney General’s office to work exclusively on cold cases, with a prosecutor, police detectives and a crime laboratory worker. The unit would cost about $530,000 in the first year and about $430,000 in each subsequent year.

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Maine Lobsterman Rescued After Falling Overboard

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HARPSWELL, Maine (AP) — A 19-year-old lobsterman dragged overboard into the frigid ocean waters off York County is alive and expected to survive thanks to his dad and another crew member.

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Rumford Attorney In Trouble With The Law Again

Updated 8 months ago

FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — A Rumford lawyer who’s on administrative release after pleading no contest to charges of making bomb threats to two Wilton schools in 2012 is in trouble with the law again.

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Portland Health Clinic For The Homeless To Close

Updated 8 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Portland clinic that provides health care for the homeless is closing after losing its federal funding.

The closing of the city-run Health Care for Homeless Clinic will put dozens of people out of work and potentially leave hundreds of homeless people without access to regular health care. The clinic serves 2,300 people per year.

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UMPI Moving To Proficiency-based Standards

Updated 8 months ago

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine at Presque Isle is ready to provide details of its move to proficiency-based education.

Public high schools are required to incorporate proficiency-based standards by 2018, and UMPI aims to become the first university in Maine and the first in the country to do the same.

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Maine Panel OKs Ban On Virtual Charter Schools

Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine legislative committee has approved a bill that would ban virtual charter schools while the state works on offering online learning resources to all students by the fall.

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Siblings Missing After Sumner House Fire

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SUMNER, Maine (AP) — The Maine Fire Marshal’s Office says adult siblings are missing after a late-night house fire in Sumner.

The blaze in the Barrows Road home was reported by neighbors at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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Portland Hospital Gets Approval For $40M Project

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine Medical Center has received final state approval for a $40 million expansion.

The Portland hospital plans to add five new operating rooms and create a special cardiac operating room for the most critically ill patients.

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Deering High School Chorus To Back Up Foreigner

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The chorus at Portland’s Deering High School has been chosen to sing backup at an upcoming concert by Foreigner, the soft rock band that reached the height of its popularity in the 1980s when their parents were teenagers.

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Topsham Teen Charged With Brunswick Shooting

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BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — Police have charged a Topsham teenager with firing a bullet through the window of a Brunswick home, causing a minor injury to a woman inside.

Eighteen-year-old Brenden Jasper was released on bail following his arrest on charges of reckless conduct, criminal attempt, criminal mischief and aggravated assault.

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Wiscasset Man Killed In Woolwich Crash

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WOOLWICH, Maine (AP) — Police say a Wiscasset man was killed and a 17-year-old Boothbay girl seriously injured in a three-vehicle crash on U.S. Route 1 in Woolwich.

Sheriff Joel Merry says a northbound Jeep driven by 45-year-old Walter Crosman struck a Toyota sedan he was trying to pass at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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Maine Businesses Support EPA Power Plant Rules

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Hundreds of Maine businesses are calling on U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King to support new standards proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency for power plants.

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Maine Senate Gives Initial OK To Early Voting Bill

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Senate has given initial approval to a bill that would establish a process allowing towns to create in-person early voting systems.

The Democratic-led Senate voted 21-14 Tuesday in favor of the bill that supporters say is necessary to help clerks who are overwhelmed by the number of people who vote using absentee ballots prior to elections.

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USS Miami Sub Fire Leads To Safety Recommendations

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KITTERY, Maine (AP) — The Navy is issuing recommendations aimed at preventing another fire like the one that ravaged the submarine USS Miami while it was being overhauled.

The Navy says a fire safety and prevention manual for ships during construction and repair incorporates lessons learned after the May 2012 fire at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

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Lawmakers Override LePage Veto Of Summer Lunch Program Bill

Rob Poindexter

Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Maine’s Democratic-controlled Senate voted to override a veto by Republican Gov. Paul LePage on a measure that aims to provide free lunches to more low-income children during the summer months.

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Despite Finance Commissioner’s Warning House and Senate Vote To Reinstate Revenue Sharing

Rob Poindexter

Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Maine’s Democratic-led Senate has given initial approval to a bill that would prevent $40 million in cuts to revenue sharing next year.

Supporters of the revenue sharing bill given a 33-2 vote Tuesday say it’s necessary to prevent property tax hikes. They say towns that are planning their budgets now need to know how much money they’re getting from the state.

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Maine Senate Overrides Summer Lunch Program Veto

Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s Democratic-controlled Senate voted to override a veto by Republican Gov. Paul LePage on a measure that aims to provide free lunches to more low-income children during the summer months.

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Future Of Augusta Theater To Be Discussed

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Augusta business and cultural leaders are looking for input on the future of the dilapidated Colonial Theater.

The Augusta Downtown Alliance and the nonprofit that owns the facility are holding a public meeting on Thursday to discuss the century-old theater that has fallen into disrepair since it closed in 1969.

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Maine Senate To Vote On Summer Lunch Program Bill

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s Democratic-controlled Senate is poised to decide whether to overturn a veto by Republican Gov. Paul LePage on a bill that seeks to provide more free lunches to students over the summer.

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