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Promising Maine Boxer Pleads Guilty To Drug Charge

Updated 8 months ago

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A Maine boxer who was once considered a rising star in the sport and is the son of a former world champion has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor drug charge.

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Maine Lags When It Comes To Broadband Service

Updated 8 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — When it comes to high-speed Internet service, Maine lags behind most of the nation.

Analysts say only Montana has less capacity to offer education, medical assistance, commerce and economic development via the Web.

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Freeport Farmers Receive Maine Award

Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s administration is giving an award to the owners of a Freeport farm for their contribution to Maine agriculture.

LePage and Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Commissioner Walt Whitcomb presented Ralph and Lisa Turner of Laughing Stock Farm with the award on Tuesday.

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Maine Legislature Begins Work For New Session

Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s Democratic-controlled Legislature is starting to tackle the long list of issues on its agenda for the new session.

Among the top issues lawmakers face when they return on Wednesday is to craft a supplemental budget to address funding shortfalls, like $20 million the state now must pay for a state psychiatric hospital that lost federal funding.

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Whitefield Man Suffering From CO Poisoning Dies

Updated 8 months ago

WHITEFIELD, Maine (AP) — Friends and family say the 84-year-old Whitefield man brought to the hospital on Christmas Day suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning has died.

Mervyn Parmenter died at a VA hospital on Saturday, according to his brother.

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Maine Gov Nominates Rier As Education Chief

Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Republican Gov. Paul LePage is asking the acting commissioner of the state’s education department to take on the permanent role.

LePage said Monday that he’s nominating Jim Rier (RYE’-er) of Topsham as Department of Education Commissioner. Rier has been leading the department since October after Stephen Bowen resigned to take a post at a national nonprofit group.

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Scarborough Man Gets 8 Years For Street Beat Down

Updated 8 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Scarborough man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for a violent street attack in Portland in 2012 that left a woman with permanent injuries.

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Missouri Man Sentenced For Stalking Wife To Maine

Updated 8 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Missouri man who drove to Maine with a car full of guns intending to kill his estranged wife and her boyfriend has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison.

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Maine Dems’ Bill Would Maintain Revenue Sharing

Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Democratic co-chairs of Maine’s budget-writing committee are backing a bill to prevent reductions in state aid to towns and cities.

Democratic Rep. Peggy Rotundo of Lewiston and Sen. Dawn Hill of York say their measure would restore $40 million in revenue sharing. They say more than $29 million would provide tax relief for homeowners while the rest would benefit commercial property owners.

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Maine To Hold Final Hearing On Elver Catch Cuts

Updated 8 months ago

BREWER, Maine (AP) — Maine is holding a final public hearing on plans to cut Maine’s lucrative glass eel catch.

The Maine Department of Marine Resources meeting scheduled for Tuesday was supposed to take place last week but was rescheduled due to bad weather. It’s taking place at Jeff’s Catering in Brewer.

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Police To Discuss Probe Of Pa. Road-rage Shooting

Updated 8 months ago

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Police from two states plan to publicly discuss their investigation into the shooting death of a Maine man in an apparent case of road-rage.

State police from Pennsylvania and Maryland plan to participate in the Tuesday news conference.

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Auction Planned For Skowhegan Indian Project

Updated 8 months ago

SKOWHEGAN, Maine (AP) — The Skowhegan Indian restoration project wants your unwanted Christmas gifts.

The group trying to raise enough cash to restore the 62-foot wooden sculpture downtown is accepting those ugly sweaters and loud ties for an auction in March they hope will raise the last few thousand dollars needed.

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Rain, High Winds Cause 10K Power Outages In Maine

Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — More than 10,000 homes and businesses are without power because of strong winds and freezing rain.

Central Maine Power reported about 8,500 outages Monday morning, mostly in Androscoggin, Piscataquis, Somerset and Waldo Counties.

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Oxford County Sheriff Announces Re-election Bid

Updated 8 months ago

PARIS, Maine (AP) — Oxford County Sheriff Wayne Gallant says he plans to run for a third four-year term.

Gallant is the only candidate so far to register with the state’s election ethics commission.

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Maine Contractors To Get Paid For Pipeline Work

Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A natural gas company building a pipeline in Maine has agreed to pay contractors tens of millions of dollars included in a lawsuit against the utility.

A top official at Summit Natural Gas of Maine, building a network from Richmond to Madison, tells the Kennebec Journal, that $38 million will be paid to between 10 and 20 contractors by Friday.

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3 Maine Men Face Trial In Massive Marijuana Bust

Updated 8 months ago

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Three men arrested in connection with what authorities call one of the biggest marijuana busts in state history head to trial this week.

The Portland Press Herald, reports that Malcolm French, Kendall Chase, and Rodney Russell are scheduled to appear Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Bangor on drug trafficking and conspiracy charges.

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Maine Signs Lease For Office Space In S. Portland

Updated 9 months ago

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine officials have signed a contract for office space for the state Department of Health and Human Services and the state Department of Labor in South Portland.

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Maine Gay-rights Group Backs Michaud In Gov’s Race

Updated 9 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine gay-rights group is backing the Democratic candidate for governor, calling U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud (MEE’-shoh) a stalwart supporter of equality issues.

But EqualityMaine’s endorsement of Michaud, who announced in November that he is gay, is coming under fire from independent candidate Eliot Cutler.

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Maine Libraries Lending Some Unusual Items

Updated 9 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Libraries across Maine aren’t lending just books these days.

Art prints, American Girl dolls, volleyball and croquet sets, ukuleles, fishing poles, telescopes, sheet music, binoculars, backpacks, energy auditing tools and GPS equipment are just some of the items available at public libraries across the state.

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Barbara Bush Remains Hospitalized In Houston

Updated 9 months ago

HOUSTON (AP) — Barbara Bush remains hospitalized with a respiratory-related issue.

The 88-year-old former first lady was admitted to a Houston hospital on Monday. A spokesman for her husband’s office says her condition has not changed, with Mrs. Bush in “great spirits” and getting visits from the former president and her family.

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