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Maine Corrections Boss Tapped To Lead NYC Jails

Updated 8 months ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH’-zee-oh) has named the head of Maine’s corrections department to head New York City’s jails.

Joseph Ponte (PONT’) was presented as the new commissioner of the nation’s second largest jails system at a City Hall press conference Tuesday.

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CMP Wants Customers Who Generate Power To Pay More

Updated 8 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Utility Central Maine Power Co. wants customers who generate some of their own electricity from renewable sources to pay higher monthly service charges, an idea being resisted by renewable energy advocates.

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NH-Maine Bridge Getting Underwater Inspection

Updated 8 months ago

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Transportation officials are optimistic that a bridge connecting New Hampshire and Maine hasn’t sustained any structural damage after an oil tanker struck a pier supporting the span.

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Falmouth Man’s Murder Trial Postponed

Updated 8 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The trial of a Falmouth man charged with fatally shooting his mother has been postponed because lawyers were unable to select a jury out of a pool of more than 100 people.

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Puppies Feared Lost In Fire At Varney’s Lab in Turner

Updated 8 months ago

TURNER, Maine (AP) — Officials say several puppies are feared lost after a fire at a Maine dog-breeding business.

The blaze at Varney’s Labs in Turner was reported late Monday night.

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Maine Gas Prices Go Up Another 2.4 Cents A Gallon

Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The average retail cost of a gallon of gas in Maine is up another 2.4 cents.

Price-monitoring website GasBuddy.com reports Monday that the price at the pump has risen to an average of $3.60 per gallon in the past week, 13 cents above the national average.

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Portland Homeless Medical Clinic Gets Grant

Updated 8 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Portland medical clinic for the homeless has received a grant that will allow it to stay open beyond its scheduled April 1 closing.

But exactly how long it will remain open remains unclear.

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Cumberland County Inmate Sexual Tryst Under Investigation

Updated 8 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Cumberland County sheriff is investigating a security breach at the county jail in which a female inmate sneaked out of her maximum security cell for a sexual encounter in a male inmate’s cell.

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Portland Man Dies After Windham Collision

Updated 8 months ago

WINDHAM, Maine (AP) — Police say a Portland man injured in a head-on car crash in Windham has died.

Craig McPherson died early Sunday afternoon at Maine Medical Center in Portland several hours after the accident on Route 302.

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Possible Medicaid Expansion Vote This Week

Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s Democrat-controlled Legislature is poised to vote on a Republican-backed measure to expand Medicaid under the federal health care law.

Initial votes on the measure are expected in the Senate as early as Tuesday.

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Gov. LePage To Attend Maine Manufacturing Summit

Updated 8 months ago

NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine (AP) — Republican Gov. Paul LePage will address Maine’s manufacturing industry leaders this week.

LePage will speak at the Maine Manufacturers Association’s Manufacturing Summit Wednesday at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester. The governor will also participate in discussions on the top challenges facing the industry.

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Gov. LePage To Lay Out Business Zones Proposal

Updated 8 months ago

BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage is laying out the details of his proposal to create “Open for Business Zones,” which he says will spur economic investment and make the state more competitive.

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Maine Industries Meet In Annual Manufacture Summit

Updated 8 months ago

NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine (AP) — Challenges facing unique Maine industries such as boatbuilding and paper production will be discussed during the Manufacturing Summit at Pineland Farm in New Gloucester.

Gov. Paul LePage will attend the industry mixer to discuss the latest developments in manufacturing and job creation in Maine on Thursday.

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Snowmobile Crash Kills Massachusetts Man In Maine

Updated 8 months ago

NEW PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Police say a Massachusetts man was killed when he tried to cross a Maine road on his snowmobile and was hit by a pickup truck.

The Somerset County Sheriff’s Department says the accident happened around 6:15 p.m. Friday as 57-year-old Robert Peavey of Gloucester was trying to cross a state route in New Portland.

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DA Defends Decision Not To Prosecute In Fatality

Updated 8 months ago

TENANTS HARBOR, Maine (AP) — A prosecutor in Maine is defending his decision not to bring charges against the driver of a car that went out of a control and killed a 9-year-old Massachusetts boy last summer.

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Police: 67-year-old Woman Died In Monmouth Crash

Updated 8 months ago

MONMOUTH, Maine (AP) — Authorities have released the name of the woman who died in a head-on car crash in Monmouth.

Police say 67-year-old Joan Fortier of Mount Vernon was a passenger in one of the vehicles involved in the crash on U.S. Route 202 at about 7:30 a.m. Thursday. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Maine High Court To Reconsider Beach Access Ruling

Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s highest court has made a rare decision and agreed to hear oral arguments from attorneys who will ask justices to reconsider a Kennebunkport beach access case that could have statewide ramifications.

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Augusta Man Wants Trial In Slaying

Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — An Augusta man sentenced to 45 years in prison after pleading guilty to fatally stabbing another man he thought had flirted with his girlfriend has told a judge he now wants to go to trial.

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Maine Treasurer Urges Gov. LePage To Release Bonds

Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine State Treasurer Neria Douglass says not selling bonds this summer will hurt the state’s finances and delay much needed infrastructure projects.

In a letter to Republican Gov. Paul LePage Wednesday, Douglass urged the governor to reconsider his decision not to sell bonds to pay back projects the state has started funding until there’s $60 million in the rainy day fund.

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Oil In Canada Concerns Maine Environmentalists

Updated 8 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Environmental groups say a decision by the Canadian National Energy Board shows how a crude oil pipeline could be repurposed to export large amounts of oil through the Maine city of South Portland.

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