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Oh My! Flying Monkey Among Maine Oz Exhibit Draws

Updated 10 months ago

ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) — Fans of “The Wizard of Oz” can head to Maine — not Kansas — to see an exhibit of all things Oz going back more than a century.

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Maine’s Capitol Park To Have ‘edible Landscaping’

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Fruit, vegetables and herbs will soon be planted at Capitol Park near Maine’s State House, under a new state law.

The law that went into effect last week directs the state to plant edible landscaping in the Augusta park.

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Maine Towns Get Economic Development Grants

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A commission that’s charged with spurring economic development in distressed areas has awarded grants to two remote towns in Maine.

The Northern Border Regional Commission has awarded a $200,000 grant to the town of Dover-Foxcroft and a $68,000 grant to the town of Jackman.

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Maine AG Clears Police Officer In Hampden Shooting

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s attorney general says a police sergeant was legally justified in using deadly force to protect himself during an armed confrontation that left a Hampden man dead.

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RI Man Gets 3 Years In Prison In Fatal Maine Crash

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ALFRED, Maine (AP) — A Rhode Island man has been sentenced to more than three years in prison after pleading guilty to driving drunk and causing a crash in Maine that killed his passenger.

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Cianbro, Putney Ranked Best Work Places In Maine

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Cianbro construction company and the Putney Inc. animal drug firm have been rated the best places to work in Maine.

Sixty companies made the final cut for the Best Places to Work program that recognizes businesses with outstanding work environments.

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L.L. Bean’s Bootmobile Headed To A Campus Near You

Updated 10 months ago

FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — L.L. Bean’s 100th anniversary is in its rearview mirror but the Bootmobile drives on.

The mobile version of L.L. Bean’s hunting boot created for the outdoors retailer’s anniversary is hitting the road with a tour of college campuses, starting at the University of New Hampshire on Friday.

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New Laws In Maine Affecting Drivers

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Several new laws affecting drivers have gone into effect in Maine.

Under one of the new laws that went into effect on Wednesday, Maine drivers cited for texting while driving will get a $250 minimum fine for their first violation and $500 fine for second and subsequent violations within three years. Violators will now also have their licenses temporarily suspended.

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Poll: Close Race For Governor In Maine

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A new survey shows Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud about even with Republican Gov. Paul LePage among Maine voters in the race for governor.

Critical Insights of Portland interviewed 600 likely voters across the state between Sept. 27-30 for its fall tracking survey gauging Mainers’ opinions on a variety of topics.

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Mother Of Missing Toddler Preserves Right To Sue

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — An attorney for the mother of a toddler who disappeared from the father’s home in December 2011 says a court filing preserves the right to sue the state, but that there’s been no decision on whether to do so.

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2 Plead Guilty To Trespassing At UMaine-Farmington

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FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — Two men spotted on the roof of a University of Maine at Farmington building last month have pleaded guilty to related charges.

Devon Pease of Farmington and Joshua Farthing of Panama City, Fla., pleaded guilty Wednesday to criminal mischief and criminal trespass.

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Utility Sees Power Buy For RI From Maine Wind Farm

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WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — National Grid is looking to buy power for Rhode Island from a land-based wind farm in Maine at below-market prices.

Under a power purchase agreement presented to state regulators on hearing Wednesday, National Grid would pay 7.8 cents per kilowatt hour for power from the proposed 48-megawatt wind farm that would be built on Bowers Mountain.

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Charges Against Ex-Clinton Officer Dismissed

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Prosecutors have dismissed charges against a former Clinton police officer who had been accused of domestic assault.

Prosecutors say in the dismissal filed this week in Kennebec County Superior Court there is insufficient evidence to move forward with the charges filed in March against 38-year-old Scott Francis of Chelsea.

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Conn. Man Indicted In Maine Chicken Farm Death

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AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A Connecticut man hired to clear rodents out of a building at a Maine chicken farm has been indicted on a manslaughter charge in connection with the shooting death of a farm worker.

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Much Of Maine At Peak Foliage For Holiday Weekend

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Conservation officials say the fall colors are hitting peak levels across much of eastern, central and western Maine in time for Columbus Day weekend.

In its weekly fall foliage report, the Maine Forest Service says rangers are reporting that the foliage is 75 to 100 percent toward peak in a swath stretching from Bethel in the west to Bangor to Calais in far eastern Maine.

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Trenton Woman To Receive ACLU Of Maine’s Top Award

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ORONO, Maine (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine is giving its highest award to a Trenton woman for her longtime leadership role with the League of Women Voters of Maine.

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Balloonist: Atlantic Crossing ‘a Gorgeous Failure’

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CARIBOU, Maine (AP) — A balloonist who tried to cross the Atlantic Ocean using hundreds of helium-filled balloons is calling the attempt a “gorgeous failure.”

Jonathan Trappe of North Carolina says he’s happy that he covered 466 miles, including a 316-mile water crossing, after lifting off from Caribou, Maine, on Sept. 12. He says the distance covered before he aborted his trip in Newfoundland was the greatest covered by someone using cluster balloons.

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Maine Governor Proclaims Civil Emergency

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Gov. Paul LePage’s administration says the proclamation of a civil emergency in Maine will allow the governor to suspend some rules, laws or policies to better manage the impacts on the state of the partial federal government shutdown.

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MDOT: Existing Rail Safety Guidelines Are Adequate

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A rail safety review ordered by Maine Gov. Paul LePage following a train disaster that claimed 47 lives north of the border in Quebec has determined that existing practices are adequate.

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Fatal Fire In Bethel Started In Wiring

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BETHEL, Maine (AP) — The Maine state fire marshal’s office says an early morning fire that killed a man in Bethel was caused by an electrical problem.

Authorities have identified the victim as 39-year-old Joshua Piawlock. He was found in his second-floor bedroom after fire swept through the house.

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