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Rail Trustee Sees 9-figure Fund For Quebec Victims

Updated 8 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Chapter 11 trustee in Maine says he anticipates a “nine-figure” settlement fund for victims of a rail disaster that killed 47 people in Quebec in July.

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Mo. Co-op Buys Maine’s Prominent Oakhurst Dairy

Updated 8 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The largest milk processor in northern New England has been sold to a national dairy farmer-owned cooperative.

Operators of Portland-based Oakhurst Dairy said Friday that the agreement with Kansas City, Mo.-based Dairy Farmers of America will allow it to continue to operate independently while providing opportunities for new growth.

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NH, Maine, Vt., Snowmobile Weekend Starts

Updated 8 months ago

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Snowmobilers in New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine are taking part in a three-day weekend when riders registered in any one of those states can explore the trails of the other two states for free.

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Maine Gov Ties Yellow Ribbon On Blaine House Tree

Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage and First Lady Ann LePage are honoring Maine’s military members by tying a yellow ribbon on a tree outside of the Blaine House.

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Mitchell May Be Negotiator For Quebec Victims

Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Some victims of last year’s fiery train derailment in Canada want U.S. Sen. George Mitchell from Maine to serve as negotiator as they seek money from the bankrupt railroad company.

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Robber Hits Lewiston Credit Union

Updated 8 months ago

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Police are hunting for the suspect in the robbery of a Lewiston credit union.

Police say a man walked into the Community Credit Union on Pine Street at about 3 p.m. Wednesday and demanded money.

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Portland Arena Tries To Lure Pirates Back To City

Updated 8 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The trustees of the Cumberland County Civic Center have sent the Portland Pirates a lease proposal they hope will lure the minor league hockey team back to Portland.

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Early Voting Bill Gets Another Shot In Maine

Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine lawmakers are making another attempt to establish an early-voting system in the state.

The House is expected to take an initial vote Thursday on a bill to amend the Maine Constitution requiring the Legislature to authorize a process allowing a qualified voter to vote in person prior to election day. The bill sponsored by Standish Democratic Rep. Mike Shaw will require two-thirds support in both chambers for final passage.

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Maine Bill Seeks To Boost Local Food In Schools

Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Lawmakers are examining a plan designed to put more locally-grown food in Maine schools.

The Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee will hold a work session on a bill Thursday that would provide grants for groups to start “food hubs,” where small farmers can aggregate their products to distribute them to places like schools and grocery stores. The bill would also fund programs to train food service workers on the preparation and procurement of Maine-grown foods and create a $6 million bond issue to develop more food hubs.

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Ellsworth Man Indicted On Multiple Burglary Counts

Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — An Ellsworth man authorities say may have been involved in dozens of burglaries that spanned several towns in three counties has been indicted on 90 charges.

A grand jury in Kennebec County returned the 90 count indictment against 36-year-old Justin Ross recently. Charges include burglary, theft and criminal mischief.

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Scarborough Man Gets 9 Years For Role In Pill Ring

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Scarborough man prosecutors say used the proceeds from his oxycodone distribution ring to finance a strip club has been sentenced to nine years in prison.

Adam Goodwin was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Portland after pleading guilty in July to health care fraud and conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute oxycodone.

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Woolwich Man Faces Child Porn Charges

Updated 8 months ago

WOOLWICH, Maine (AP) — State police have charged a Woolwich man with 15 counts of possessing child pornography.

Police say 31-year-old William Diemer was arrested Monday at the New Harbor boat manufacturer where he works.

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Auburn Woman Sentenced For Stealing From Employer

Updated 8 months ago

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — An Auburn woman has been sentenced to serve eight months behind bars after pleading guilty to stealing more than $120,000 from her former employer.

Prosecutors say 53-year-old Candice Campbell stole the money from Greene-based food wholesaler Town & Country Foods.

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Maine Lawmakers To Examine College Debt Bills

Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine lawmakers will hear from the members of the public on bills designed to make college more affordable.

The Education and Cultural Affairs Committee will hold a public hearing on a bill Wednesday from Assistant Senate Republican Leader Roger Katz that directs Maine schools to study a pilot program being developed in Oregon that makes college tuition free for students who agree to pay back the state after they graduate and get a job.

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Compromise Urged On Maine Tribal Elver Licenses

Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission is urging the state and tribes to work together to meet conservation goals for the lucrative elvers fishery without harming tribal rights.

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Maine House Backs Dental Hygiene Therapist Bill

Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine lawmakers have endorsed a bill to allow a new category of dental hygienists to work in the state with the aim of expanding access to affordable dental care.

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Maine Home Heating Fuel Prices Soar

Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The cost of a gallon of home heating oil in Maine has jumped 7 cents in the past week to an average of $3.87.

The Governor’s Energy Office announced Monday that its weekly heating fuel price survey showed that the cost of kerosene and propane is also on the rise.

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Police Investigate Gunfire At Portland Bar

Updated 8 months ago

Portland police say a 24-year-old man has been taken to the hospital in serious condition with an apparent gunshot wound.

Police responded to the area of 18 Hampshire Street at about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday after getting a report of gunfire.

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University Of Maine Farmington Offers Free Dorm Rooms To Some

Updated 8 months ago

FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine at Farmington is expanding a program that gives some students free on-campus housing for their freshman year.

The “Be Home At UMF” program was offered only to students from Mount Blue High School in Farmington last fall.

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2 Ex-Maine Teachers Indicted On Sex Charges

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Two former Maine teachers have been indicted on sex charges involving children.

The cases involving Patrik Ian Arsenault of Jefferson and David Morissette of Winslow are unrelated.

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