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Railroad In Explosion Has Its Canadian Assets Sold

Updated 7 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The $15.85 million sale of a bankrupt railroad responsible for a deadly oil train derailment in Quebec is now complete with transfer of the company’s Canadian assets to new ownership.

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Man Drowns In Lake At Scarborough Campground

Updated 7 months ago

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — Authorities say a man has drowned while swimming in a lake at a Maine campground.

Police say the 45-year-old man, who had been drinking, tried to swim to a small island in the lake at Wassamki (wuh-SOM’-skee) Springs Campground, which is in Scarborough and Gorham.

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Feds Hold Maine Meetings To Discuss Elver Fishery

Updated 7 months ago

HALLOWELL, Maine (AP) — Federal regulators are scheduled to hear from Maine elver fishermen and state fisheries officials at two public hearings that will help the government develop a plan to preserve the fishery.

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Traffic Enforcement Already Stepped Up

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Some Maine law enforcement agencies are already launching stepped-up traffic enforcement in advance of the Fourth of July weekend.

Col. Robert Williams, the state police chief, said troopers will be looking for aggressive, drunk and distracted drivers, speeders, those texting, and those not wearing their seat belts.

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Contamination Up Slightly At Maine Beaches

Updated 7 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine environmental protection officials say the number of samples that tested positive for fecal bacteria at the state’s beaches rose slightly from 2012 to 2013.

Volunteers, municipal and state officials test samples from Maine beaches for enterococcus bacteria, which indicates fecal contamination from humans and animals. Officials say the number of times the limit was exceeded rose from 156 in 2012 to 176 in 2013. Nearly 85 percent of those instances happened after a rainfall.

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Waterville Group Seeks Expanded Foreign Trade Zone

Updated 7 months ago

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — An economic development organization in Waterville, Maine, hopes expanding the city’s foreign trade zone will help companies better compete in a global economy, but businesses so far are taking a wait-and-see approach.

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Trenton Company To Put Fire Danger Online

Updated 7 months ago

TRENTON, Maine (AP) — A Trenton company has won a contract with the Maine Forest Service to create a fire condition weather page for the public.

RainWise Inc. says it’s developing “Fire Danger Portal” that will offer a summary of current conditions and fire weather predictions to the public.

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Stealthy Warship Zumwalt Is Soon Getting Jet Fuel

Updated 7 months ago

BATH, Maine (AP) — Bath Iron Works is getting ready to bring fuel aboard the Navy’s biggest destroyer in preparation for lighting off some of the world’s largest marine turbines.

The grunt for generators that produce power for the all-electric Zumwalt will come from a pair of Rolls-Royce jet turbines similar to those used in the Boeing 777.

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Maine Gets $4.85 Million To Train Workers

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Department of Labor is getting $4.85 million in grants that will help train workers for new careers after they have been laid off.

Maine’s congressional delegation says the money will allow the state to expand on-the-job training and apprenticeship programs in high-demand industries.

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Maine Airports Get $450,000 In Federal Money

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration is giving $450,000 to two Maine airports for operations and environmental assessment expenses.

Houlton International Airport will receive $300,000 and Sugarloaf Regional Airport in Carrabassett will receive $150,000. Houlton’s money will pay for construction of a 3,400-square-foot snow removal equipment building. Sugar Loaf’s grant will fund an environmental study to evaluate the environmental and economic impact of proposed terminal improvements.

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King: Cooperative Approach Needed On Arctic

Updated 7 months ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Angus King of Maine says the melting polar ice cap represents an opportunity for U.S. security, economic and diplomatic interests.

King says the nation needs to work cooperatively to demonstrate how the new ocean resource can be “peacefully and thoughtfully developed” while avoiding conflicts attached to similar natural resources in the past.

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Indictment Charges Man With Killing 92-year-old

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WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — An indictment says a Maine man charged in the death of a 92-year-old whom he used to do household chores for also stole two rings from the man’s home.

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Group Says Herrings Surging Since Dams Out

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Environmentalists say the removal of the Edwards Dam in Augusta and Fort Halifax Dam in Winslow has allowed river herring populations to proposer in the Kennebec River.

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Fort Kent Named “business-friendly” Community

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FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — The northern Maine town of Fort Kent has been named one of the state’s “business-friendly” communities.

Republican Gov. Paul LePage says that the town that borders Canada has done things like streamlining regulations to help make it more economically competitive. He says the town is committed to “building and maintaining a strong economic base.”

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Bush Family Behind New Reading Program

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KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) — The daughter of former first lady Barbara Bush is launching a reading mentoring program that’ll begin in 20 high schools and elementary schools this fall.

Dorothy Bush Koch says the Teen Trendsetters aims to pair teenagers with elementary school students who need reading help.

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Lobstermen Group Wants To End Consent Decree

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Lobstermen’s Association wants the U.S. Justice Department to lift a 56-year-old restriction that limits the trade group’s ability to discuss management of the fishery.

A consent decree was put in place after a price-fixing judgment against the organization and its leader. It bans the group from discussions any issues that affect the supply of lobster.

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L.L. Bean’s Maine Home Due For A Makeover

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FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — The house where L.L. Bean raised a family and started the iconic outdoors outfitter that bears his name is getting a makeover to restore it to its historic state.

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Maine Gets 6 Applicants For 4 Charter School Slots

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — At least six organizations intend to apply for the last four available charter school slots in Maine.

The six proposals, including a virtual school that has applied the last three years, sent letters of intent to the Maine Charter School Commission by Wednesday’s deadline.

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L.L. Bean’s Freeport Home Due For A Makeover

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FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — The house where L.L. Bean raised a family and started the iconic outdoors outfitter that bears his name is getting a makeover to restore it to its historic state.

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New Hampshire-Maine Bridge Gets New Lighting

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PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — The Memorial Bridge connecting New Hampshire and Maine has gotten very colorful.

A project to illuminate the bridge at night has succeeded. The Portsmouth Herald reports LED lights on the towers and along the deck of the newly redone bridge show an array of colors — red, magenta, green, blue.

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