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Portland Free Summer Concerts Set For July, August

Updated 7 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s largest city will host a series of outdoor summer concerts on Wednesday and Thursday nights in July and August.

The Portland concerts will take place on Wednesdays at sunset at the Western Promenade, at 12:30 p.m. Thursdays at the bandstand in Deering Oaks Park, and at 7 p.m. Thursdays at Fort Sumner Park.

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Schools’ Agreement To Ease Credit Transfers

Updated 7 months ago

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Husson University and Southern Maine Community College have signed an agreement that will make it easier for students to transfer their credits between the schools.

The schools recently celebrated the agreement, which they say will facilitate the transfer of credits from some associate degree programs at SMCC into bachelor’s degree programs at Husson. Among the SMCC programs included in the agreement are business administration, computer technology and criminal justice.

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Farmers Lukewarm On Possible Deal To Save MOO Milk

Updated 7 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Oakhurst Dairy is making a tentative offer to buy Maine-based organic milk brand MOO Milk, but the farmers behind MOO are cool to the idea.

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Grim Brotherhood: Oil Train Firefighters Reuniting

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Some of the Maine firefighters who helped their Canadian counterparts battle a deadly fire in Quebec are returning for the anniversary.

About 30 Maine firefighters responded to the call for help when a runaway oil train derailed and caused explosions in the town of 10,000. The blaze killed 47 people and destroyed much of the downtown.

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Portland Postpones July 4 Fireworks, Concert

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland is postponing its Independence Day fireworks and concert due to expected bad weather.

Organizers say the fireworks show will be moved to Saturday at 9:20 p.m. The Portland Symphony Orchestra’s “Patriotic Pops” show will take place Saturday at 7:40 p.m.

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Maine Country Singer Betty Cody Dies At 92

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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Country music singer and Maine Country Music Hall of Fame member Betty Cody has died.

The Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/1s20P89) reports Cody died in her Lewiston home on Tuesday. She was 92. Her son Denny Breau confirmed her death.

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Ear Biter Cleared Of Assault Charges

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine man who bit off the portion of another man’s ear during a fight has been has been acquitted of assault charges.

A Kennebec County Superior Court jury on Wednesday cleared Dylan Nathaniel Hendsbee of charges connected to the fight in April 2013 in which a third man suffered a fractured jaw.

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Experts: White Pine Fungus Spreading Across State

Updated 7 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — State forestry and entomology experts say a fungal disease affecting white pines is growing worse.

William Ostrofsky, forest pathologist for the Maine Forest Service, said Wednesday that white pine needle disease, possibly exacerbated by above-average rainfall, has reached epidemic proportions in Maine, mostly in southwestern and central-western parts of the state.

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Suspect Pleads Not Guilty To Waterville Slaying

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine man charged with killing a 92-year-old Waterville man he once worked for has pleaded not guilty.

Roland Cummings was held without bail Wednesday after pleading not guilty to murder and other charges in connection with the May stabbing death of Aurele Fecteau.

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Work Begins On 2 New Moosehead Lake Trails

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GREENVILLE, Maine (AP) — Maine officials say construction work is underway on two hiking paths that will be part of an expanded network of trails in the Moosehead Lake area near Greenville.

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Agricultural Fair Season Starts Thursday

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HOULTON, Maine (AP) — Maine’s agricultural fair season is set to begin with the Houlton Agricultural Fair.

The Houlton fair lasts from Thursday to Sunday and will include livestock shows, a demolition derby, and antique tractor pulls. The fair takes place at Houlton Community Park.

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Storms Drop Up To 6 Inches Of Rain On Maine Town

Updated 7 months ago

RUMFORD, Maine (AP) — Powerful storms rolling through Maine dropped 4 to 6 inches of rain on the town of Rumford in just over an hour, damaging some roads.

The National Weather Service in Gray says while most areas got up to an inch of rain Wednesday, storms over Rumford were intense, causing some flash flooding.

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Mainers Not As Fired Up About Fireworks

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WINDHAM, Maine (AP) — Fireworks sales are down in Maine as retailers say exploding gadgets are losing some of their sparkle with customers.

State officials say sales tax from fireworks generated $278,083 from June 2013 to May of this year. The figure represents a loss of more than $100,000 from the prior 12-month period. The sales tax figure works out to about a drop of about 28 percent in sales from the previous year.

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2 Maine Public Colleges Among Most Expensive

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A U.S. Department of Education report puts the University of Southern Maine and Maine Maritime Academy among the most expensive public colleges for in-state students.

USM came in 23rd for four-year colleges with $18,177 a year in net costs, or the amount students paid after grants and scholarships. The report lists Maine Maritime 28th at $17,726.

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Some Maine Beaches Deal With A Lifeguard Shortage

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SACO, Maine (AP) — Some coastal Maine communities as well as the state are dealing with a shortage of lifeguards for their beaches, a situation some say puts public safety at risk.

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FBI Looking For Man Wanted In Hallowell Bank Robbery

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HALLOWELL, Maine (AP) — The FBI and Maine law enforcement agencies are looking for a man wanted in connection to a robbery at a Hallowell bank last week.

The FBI’s Boston Division said Wednesday that it’s searching for John Slater of Augusta. It says a federal arrest warrant was issued for Slater by the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine.

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Letter Written In Maine 83 Years Ago Delivered

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SKOWHEGAN, Maine (AP) — A letter written by a Houlton school teacher in 1931 to her mother in Pittsfield has finally been delivered — 83 years later.

The nine-page letter was written by 23-year-old Miriam McMichael, to her mother, Dollena McMichael.

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Lewiston Man Sentenced For Injuring Infant Son

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AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A Lewiston man has been sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison for fracturing his 2-month-old son’s skull.

A judge in Androscoggin County Superior Court sentenced 24-year-old Allen-Michael St. Claire on Tuesday.

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LePage Phone Campaign Focuses On Social Security

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s re-election team has launched a phone campaign seeking to clarify the Republican governor’s position on Social Security.

LePage’s political foes criticized a news release from his office last week that they said categorized Social Security, Medicare payments, Medicaid and unemployment insurance benefits as forms of “welfare, pure and simple.” LePage’s campaign said the governor doesn’t think Social Security is welfare and that Democrats took his words out of context.

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Women’s Clinic Opens At Augusta VA Facility

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A new clinic for women veterans has opened at the VA Maine Healthcare Systems-Togus in Augusta.

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins and U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud were among the dignitaries who attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday.

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