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Oxford Dragway Will Close For The Year

Updated 7 months ago

OXFORD, Maine (AP) — The Oxford Dragway will close for the season due to declining revenues and personnel problems.

The Sun Journal reports all events at the racetrack are canceled except the Show, Shine, and Drag race on June 13. The track was scheduled for about a dozen events.

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South Portland Council Opposes Marijuana Push

Updated 7 months ago

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The City Council in South Portland, Maine, is opposing a campaign to legalize recreational marijuana use.

The Portland Press Herald reports the South Portland City Council passed a symbolic, non-binding resolution on Monday opposing a campaign to legalize the use. Councilors passed the resolution 5-0.

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Police: Maine Man Tried To Shoot Woman

Updated 7 months ago

MOSCOW, Maine (AP) — Police say a Maine man is facing charges for allegedly dousing a woman with lighter fluid and trying to set her on fire, then pointing a rifle at her and pulling the trigger, only to have the gun misfire.

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Police Looking For St. Francis Shooting Suspect

Updated 7 months ago

ST. FRANCIS, Maine (AP) — Maine authorities are still searching for a St. Francis man wanted in connection with the shooting death of his girlfriend.

Police say 38-year-old Jesse Marquis is considered armed and dangerous.

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Lawyer Gifts $50K To Mental Health Facility

Updated 7 months ago

BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — A high-profile Maine criminal defense attorney has donated $50,000 to a Brunswick mental health facility to keep it open for another year.

Daniel Lilley and his wife, Annette, announced the gift to Sweetser’s Learning and Recovery Center on Monday. The donation was made in the name of their son, David, who died in a car accident at age 18.

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Glenn Close Honored At Film Festival

Updated 7 months ago

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — Glenn Close has had plenty of commercial success as an actor, including six Oscar nominations, but it is in independent film where her passion lies.

That passion is being honored next month when she is scheduled to receive the Mid-Life Achievement Award at the 17th annual Maine International Film Festival in Waterville.

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Man Arrested After Crashing Friend’s Corvette

Updated 7 months ago

WELLS, Maine (AP) — A pleasant weekend drive through Maine in a classic American sports car ended on a sour note for one Massachusetts man.

Now he likely has explaining to do.

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1 Man Arrested After Gun Fired In Lewiston

Updated 7 months ago

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A city man is under arrest after gunfire erupted in Lewiston.

No one was injured in the shooting reported at about 7:30 p.m. Monday, but 23-year-old Brent Verney was arrested on a charge of reckless conduct with a firearm.

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Maine May Suspend Lobsterman For Illegal Catch

Updated 7 months ago

STONINGTON, Maine (AP) — The Maine Department of Marine Resources is starting the process of suspending the license of a lobsterman it cited in May for one of the largest illegal lobster harvests in recent history.

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Maine Crafting Scallop Management Plan

Updated 7 months ago

ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) — A series of meetings to discuss the development of a scallop fishery management plan is underway in Maine.

The meetings are scheduled for Tuesday in Rockland, June 16 in Ellsworth, June 17 in Machias, June 19 in Blue Hill and June 24 in Dennysville. Officials said the meetings will also include discussions about the previous season and the upcoming season.

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Independent Candidate On 2nd District Ballot

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — An independent candidate will be on the ballot for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District seat in November.

Blaine Richardson said on Monday that he received the certification he needs from the Secretary of State’s office to be placed on the ballot this fall.

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Trooper Of The Year To Be Revealed

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine state police are ready to name their Trooper of the Year.

The annual state police awards banquet is being held Tuesday at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro.

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LePage Tells Democrats To Mind Their Own Business

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Gov. Paul LePage says Democrats should “stay out of the Executive Branch’s business” regarding a contract with a group reviewing the state’s Medicaid program.

In a letter to House Speaker Mark Eves and Democratic Senate President Justin Alfond on Monday, LePage accused Democrats of trying to score political points and said they should focus on issues “that really matter to Maine people.”

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Drug Deaths Increase In Maine

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine has seen an increase in drug-related deaths from 2012 to 2013.

Attorney General Janet Mills said 176 drug-induced deaths happened in the state in 2013, an increase of 13 deaths over 2012.

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Maine Reviewing Rules To Cut Carbon Emissions

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine energy officials say they are reviewing the impact new rules for cutting carbon dioxide from power plants will have for the state.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a plan on Monday to reduce carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030, compared to 2005 levels.

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GOP Divisions On Display In Maine Primary Race

Updated 7 months ago

NEWPORT, Maine (AP) — The GOP primary in Maine’s northern congressional district is exposing party divisions, much like several other Republican races across the country.

The primary pits Sen. Olympia Snowe’s former chief of staff Kevin Raye as the establishment, moderate Republican running against Bruce Poliquin, a conservative with tea party credentials.

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Regulators To Consider Next Shrimp Season

Updated 7 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal regulators will hold a meeting in New Hampshire to consider whether there will be a commercial fishing season for northern shrimp in 2014-15.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission scrapped the shrimp season in the Gulf of Maine for 2013-14 for the first time in more than 30 years, after shrimp populations dipped to their lowest recorded levels.

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Underwater Turbine To Be Tested In Alaska River

Updated 7 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine company that wants to build underwater river turbines as an alternative to diesel generators used in remote villages in Alaska is ready to begin testing a prototype. Ocean Renewable Power Co., based in Portland, says its RivGen Power System was built with backing from the Alaska Energy Authority and the Denali Commission. It’ll be installed in July on the bottom of the Kvichak River to generate power for a community of 50 about 250 miles southwest of Anchorage. Company officials say it will meet half of the community’s electricity needs. The company also is testing units off the Maine coast. The company’s first underwater turbine began delivering electricity to the Emera Maine power grid in 2012.

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Gas Prices Unchanged In Maine

Updated 7 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Average gas prices in Maine have stayed the same for another week.

The average price of a gallon of gas in Maine on Monday was $3.67 a gallon — down 5.3 cents from one month ago, according to gasbuddy.com.

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Westbrook Man Dies In Allagash Motorcycle Crash

Updated 7 months ago

ALLAGASH, Maine (AP) — Police say a Westbrook man has died in a weekend motorcycle crash in Allagash.

The Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office says 23-year-old Dana Watts was headed east on Route 161 just before 6 p.m. Saturday when he failed to negotiate a corner and lost control.

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