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Investigator: Bath Building Sale Not Illegal

Updated 9 months ago

BATH, Maine (AP) — An independent investigator has determined that although mistakes were made, there was nothing illegal about the Bath City Council’s actions in selling the former Bath Memorial Hospital building for $799,000.

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Wilton Accident Caused When Van Crossed Centerline

Updated 9 months ago

WILTON, Maine (AP) — Police say an accident last week in Wilton that took the life of a Lewiston woman and injured four was caused when a minivan crossed the centerline.

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Aroostook Farmers Win $1.1M In Suit Against Lawyer

Updated 9 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A jury has awarded $1.1 million to the owners of an Aroostook County potato seed farm who claimed in a lawsuit that their defense lawyer failed to properly represent them in a previous case.

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Maine Ocean Group Holds Ocean Plunge Fundraiser

Updated 9 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Mainers are jumping into the frigid ocean to raise money to support the state’s largest environmental advocacy group’s fight against climate change.

The Natural Resources Council of Maine is holding a 5-kilometer race on Tuesday at 11 a.m., followed by a cold-water ocean plunge at Portland’s East End Beach at noon.

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Clash Over Medicaid Expansion Top Story In Maine

Updated 9 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s clash with Democratic lawmakers over whether to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act ended with his veto.

The story — one of several partisan quarrels in Augusta — was voted Maine’s top story of 2013 by The Associated Press and its member news organizations.

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Vassalboro Man Sues Over Deceased Friend’s Check

Updated 9 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Vassalboro man has filed suit after a check for $100,000 he received from a former University of Maine professor days before his death was canceled by the professor’s personal representative.

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Sanford Home Heavily Damaged By Kitchen Fire

Updated 9 months ago

SANFORD, Maine (AP) — A fire in Sanford has destroyed a home and killed two dogs.

Officials say the blaze broke out in the kitchen of the single-family Putnam Street home just before 1 p.m. Sunday.

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Former Maine Woman ID’d In Conn. River Death

Updated 9 months ago

WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) — Westport police say a woman pulled from the Saugatuck River earlier in the week died from blunt impact injuries to the head, torso, and extremities, either from being struck by a vehicle or falling.

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Maine Energy Consultant Seeks Dismissal Of Lawsuit

Updated 9 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine-based energy consultant facing federal charges of allegedly trying to manipulate the energy market wants the case against him either dismissed or transferred to Maine.

Federal officials sued in U.S. District Court in Boston to force Richard Silkman and his company, Competitive Energy Services LLC, to pay $8.75 million in fines to settle charges that he helped a client fraudulently earn millions of dollars by manipulating a program designed to save energy.

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Augusta Man’s Toilet Protest Expands

Updated 9 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A toilet protest by an Augusta man angered by the city’s decision to flush a proposed Dunkin’ Donuts shop in his neighborhood is growing.

David Labbe, a plumber, put five commodes in his yard in October when the city’s planning board, backed by his neighbors, rejected a zoning change that would have allowed the Dunkin’ Donuts plan to go forward.

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Ex-Troy Clerk To Spend 3 Months In Jail

Updated 9 months ago

BELFAST, Maine (AP) — Troy’s former town clerk has been sentenced to three months in jail for stealing more than $18,000 from the community.

Kathleen Mattingly was ordered Thursday in Waldo County Superior Court to serve 90 days of a three-year sentence.

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UMaine Farmington Interested In Natural Gas

Updated 9 months ago

FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — A plan to bring a natural gas pipeline from Jay to Farmington is getting a boost from the University of Maine at Farmington, which has formally announced its interest in becoming a customer.

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Maine DHHS: Marijuana Can’t Be Used For Tourette’s

Updated 9 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine public health officials have denied an Ellsworth man’s request to use marijuana legally to treat his Tourette’s syndrome.

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services this week denied a request by Dr. Dustin Sulak to add Tourette’s syndrome to the list of qualifying medical conditions that marijuana use is allowed to treat.

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State Lawmakers Seeks Better Oversight Of MDEP

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine lawmakers are preparing measures that would tighten oversight of the state Department of Environmental Protection following allegations last summer of failure to adequately implement or enforce certain environmental laws.

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Maine Police Out In Full Force Over The Holidays

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine police departments are beefing up their patrols over the holiday season in an effort to stymie drunken driving.

Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland says about 70 police departments across the state recently received federal grants to pay overtime for officers who will be on the lookout for drunk and impaired drivers.

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Maine Proposal Cuts Assistance For Asylum Seekers

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s administration has proposed a rule that would prevent asylum seekers from getting cash assistance.

The Republican governor’s proposal for the General Assistance program would impact new immigrants who aren’t citizens and aren’t official refugees. The state says it doesn’t know how many people would be affected.

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Bath Iron Works Gets More Money For Destroyer Work

Updated 9 months ago

BATH, Maine (AP) — Navy shipbuilder Bath Iron Work says it has been awarded a $23 million contract modification for work related to the DDG-51 destroyer.

Spokesman Matt Wickenheiser told the Portland Press Herald, that the money is meant for design and planning efforts and is in addition to the company’s $2.8 billion contracts to build four DDG-51 destroyers through fiscal year 201. There’s also the possibility of a fifth ship if Congress awards additional funding.

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Ice Storm Death: Carbon Monoxide Kills Knox Man

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — State police in Maine say a 50-year-old man died when he tried to refill a generator that was running after power went out during this week’s ice storm.

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LePage: State Offices In Kennebec County Closed

Updated 9 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Widespread power outages caused by a two-day ice storm have prompted Gov. Paul LePage to shut down all state offices in Kennebec County, including Augusta.

LePage announced Tuesday that because of the power outages and hazardous driving conditions, state offices in Kennebec County and the town of Ellsworth will be closed.

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Augusta Woman Charged With Stabbing Boyfriend

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — An Augusta woman charged with stabbing her boyfriend in the back and shoulder after he came home late and drunk has been held on $20,000 bail.

Ariana Lee Doherty appeared Monday in Kennebec County Superior Court on a charge of elevated aggravated assault. She remains in jail. The 27-year-old Doherty also agreed to stay away from her boyfriend, refrain from drug and alcohol use and adhere to a curfew.

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