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Trucker Acquitted Of Manslaughter

Updated 7 months ago

ALFRED, Maine (AP) — A trucking company and driver have been acquitted of manslaughter charges stemming from the death of a 15-year-old boy two years ago in Sanford, Maine.

The Journal Tribune,  says Justice John O’Neil issued his verdict Monday following a four-day trial last week.

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Maine Tribes Resist Elver Bill That Limits Access

Updated 7 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Tribal officials are resisting a measure they say would force them to abandon the tradition of allowing individuals equal access to natural resources.

Members of the Passamaquoddy Tribe say a bill being considered by the House on Tuesday is against its values because it would prevent some of its members from fishing for elvers.

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Maine’s Unemployment Rate Falls To 6.2 Percent

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s unemployment fell slightly to 6.2 percent in January.

Maine’s Department of Labor said Monday that the state’s jobless rate dropped from 6.4 percent in December.

Officials originally estimated that December’s unemployment rate was 6.2 percent, but revised it.

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Maine Radon Testing Office Overwhelmed

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — State officials say it appears most landlords around Maine are trying to comply with a new requirement that they test for radon, but most waited until the last minute.

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Maine Statehouse To Celebrate Franco-American Day

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine will celebrate its Franco-American heritage with French music and food at the Statehouse this week.

The 13th annual Franco-American Day is Wednesday.

The celebration will feature the induction of members into the Franco-American Hall of Fame and visits of dignitaries from France and Canada. Franco-American organizations will be on display throughout the Statehouse’s Hall of Flags.

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Police Find Sleeping Man At Jackman Store

Updated 7 months ago

JACKMAN, Maine (AP) — Police responding to reports of a burglary at a Jackman store found that nothing had been stolen, but they did find a man sleeping inside.

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Franklin County Homeless Shelter Expands Services

Updated 7 months ago

FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — A Franklin County homeless shelter that opened just four months ago has expanded to accept families with fathers instead of just women with children.

Western Maine Homeless Outreach in Farmington, located in the basement of the Living Waters Assembly of God Church, also wants to stay open all day. Manager Emily Chaney says right now the shelter closes at 8 a.m., and families have nowhere to go during the day.

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Augusta Mom Charged After 4-year-old Wanders Away

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — An Augusta woman is facing charges after her 4-year-old daughter wandered away from home during a snowstorm and walked to a convenience store looking for ice cream.

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Man Struck By Vehicle In Portland Dies

Updated 7 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Police say a 74-year-old man struck by a car while out walking in Portland last weekend has died.

Elliot Burton died Tuesday at Maine Medical Center from injuries sustained when he was struck at about 6:40 p.m. on Forest Avenue.

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Bill Targeting Predatory Lending Sent To Gov. LePage

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A bill that seeks to crack down on predatory lending has been sent to Republican Gov. Paul LePage for his approval.

The Democratic-controlled House and Senate gave final approval to the bill this week that aims to protect Mainers from unlicensed online lenders who offer illegitimate short-term loans that can drain consumers’ bank accounts with high interest rates and fees.

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Maine Conference To Focus On Suicide Prevention

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine physicians, nurses, social workers and public safety officials are gathering in Augusta for a day-long conference on suicide prevention.

The Maine Suicide Prevention Program’s annual conference is Friday at the Augusta Civic Center.

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Maine Judge Overturns DEP Chief’s Wind Decision

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine judge has overturned the state environmental chief’s regulatory decision regarding noise violations at a wind farm.

Kennebec County Superior Court justice Michaela Murphy wrote in a ruling Monday that there was “no rational bias or relevant evidence” to support Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Patricia Aho’s decision to require Vinalhaven’s Fox Island Wind to address wind conditions only on the night the violation happened.

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Environmentalist Say Portland Pipeline Getting Old

Updated 7 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An environmental group says one of the two pipelines from Portland to Montreal has surpassed its life expectancy, based on court documents filed in a tax dispute in New Hampshire.

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Video Released In Apparent Pa. Road Rage Slaying

Updated 8 months ago

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — State police have released a video in hopes of tracking down possible witnesses to the apparent road-rage slaying of a Maine man along an interstate highway in south-central Pennsylvania four days into the new year.

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Portland Panel OKs Nova Scotia Ferry Lease

Updated 8 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Plans for ferry service between Maine and Nova Scotia have taken another step forward.

Portland’s Housing and Community Development Committee on Wednesday voted unanimously to support a lease agreement for ferry service between the city and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

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House And Senate Backs New Rules In Elver Fishery

Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine House and Senate have approved a bill that tightens rules in the state’s lucrative elver fishery.

The bill approved Wednesday gives the Department of Marine Resources power to delay the start of the season and the ability to revoke the licenses of fishermen for out-of-state fishing violations.

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June 13 Likely Deadline For Railroad Blast Claims

Updated 8 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A bankruptcy judge has indicated a willingness to set June 13 as the deadline for claims against a Maine-based railroad responsible for a derailment that killed 47 people last summer in Quebec.

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Augusta Man Pleads Guilty To Stabbing Wife

Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — An Augusta man has pleaded guilty to stabbing his estranged wife, leaving her with permanent scars on her head.

David Delesline pleaded guilty Tuesday to elevated aggravated assault for the attack last June.

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Maine Senate Advances MaineCare Expansion

Rob Poindexter

Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – The Maine Senate has endorsed a plan to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, but its future in the Democratic-controlled Legislature is uncertain.

The 22-13 vote in the Senate falls short of the two-thirds support lawmakers will need to override a veto from Republican Gov. Paul LePage. But it faces further votes in the House and Senate.

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80 New Jobs Coming To Washington County

Rob Poindexter

Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – A mill in Maine’s poorest county is getting two new tissue machines and 80 new jobs.

Republican Gov. Paul LePage announced the expansion of the Baileyville Pulp Mill facility on Wednesday, alongside lawmakers and paper industry officials.

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