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Maine Beekeepers Take Stock After Long Winter

Updated 7 months ago

ANSON, Maine (AP) — Some Maine beekeepers worry that the long, harsh winter will harm spring honey production, but bees in some parts of the state have done surprisingly well.

Frank Drummond, a professor of insect ecology at the University of Maine, says some beekeepers have experienced considerable losses while others have done OK. He characterizes the winter as not great for bees, but not catastrophic.

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Gas Prices Up Over 4 Cents In Maine In Past Week

Updated 7 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Averages gas prices in Maine are up 4.2 a gallon from a week ago.

The average price of a gallon of gas in Maine Monday is $3.73 a gallon — up 11.5 cents from one month ago, according to gasbuddy.com.

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Work On State House Copper Dome Begins

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The $1.3 million project to replace the copper atop the Maine State House dome is underway.

Crews began erecting scaffolding in late March. By mid-May, they should be finished erecting the staging.

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Maine Ranks 15th In High School Graduation Rate; State Says Reading, Math Could Be Better

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A new report shows Maine ranks 15th in the nation for students graduating on time, with 85 percent of high school students who entered the ninth grade in 2008 earning their diplomas in 2012.

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Nobleboro Couple Injured In Motorcycle Crash

Updated 7 months ago

WEST BATH, Maine (AP) — Police say a husband and wife from Nobleboro were injured in a West Bath motorcycle crash.

The Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Department says a motorcycle operated by Gerald Gifford, with Gayle Gifford as his passenger, was headed north on State Road just after 5 p.m. Sunday when it slowed suddenly to avoid a turning car.

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1 Person Hurt In Portland Home Invasion

Updated 7 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland police are investigating a reported home invasion and robbery that sent one person to the hospital.

Police say three or four masked men dressed in black burst into a man’s bedroom at Brookfield Apartments on Sunday afternoon and hit him in the head with what was described as a “blunt instrument.”

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Ex-Maine Prison Inmate Sues Over Padlock Assault

Updated 7 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The first of four federal lawsuits brought by former Maine State Prison inmates beaten by fellow prisoners using prison-issued padlocks is being heard this week.

Keith Ayotte’s lawsuit against the state Department of Corrections that claims guards retaliated against him for reporting the padlock attack goes to trial on Wednesday.

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Old Orchard Beach Man Joins Candlepin Hall Of Fame

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OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine (AP) — Old Orchard Beach resident Don Saucier will be inducted into the International Candlepin Bowling Association Hall of Fame in October.

The 73-year-old Saucier won five world championships in the sport. Candlepin bowling is a variation of bowling that uses a small ball and cylindrical pins. It is played mostly in New England and the Canadian Maritime provinces.

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Maine Readies ‘report Cards’ For Schools

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine is compiling report cards for its schools for the second year.

The Maine Department of Education says it developed the system in 2013 to bring more transparency and accountability to schools across the state.

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Gov. LePage Vetoes Bill To Fill $32M Budget Gap

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BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Republican Gov. Paul LePage has vetoed a bill to fix a $32 million gap in the state budget next fiscal year.

The bill vetoed Friday would also add $5 million to move hundreds of developmentally disabled residents off waiting lists for Medicaid services like home-based care.

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Maine Wire Fraud Trial Set To Conclude On Friday

Updated 7 months ago

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The wire fraud trial of a Vermont man convicted for the 2010 explosion that killed two workers at a New Hampshire gunpowder plant is nearing conclusion.

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35 Maine Doctors Targeted In Tax Fraud Scheme

Updated 7 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A tax fraud scheme affecting hundreds of doctors and other health care professionals across New England has victimized at least 35 Maine physicians.

Gordon Smith, executive vice president of the Maine Medical Association, said Thursday that his organization expects to hear from more doctors whose Social Security numbers have been used to file fraudulent returns and whose refunds have been stolen.

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No Challengers For Norway’s Elections So Far

Updated 7 months ago

NORWAY, Maine (AP) — There are no contested races for the town of Norway’s elections in June with just days left to return nomination papers.

Town Clerk Shirley Boyce says five elected positions are up for grabs: two on the board of selectmen; two library trustees; and one on the school board.

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2 Charged In With Arundel Burglaries

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ARUNDEL, Maine (AP) — Police have arrested two men they say are responsible for two burglaries and one attempted burglary in Arundel this month.

Twenty-six-year-old Andrew Martinolich, of Biddeford, and 25-year-old Richard Crossley, of Wrentham, Mass., are charged with burglary in connection with breaks-ins in town on April 16 and 17. Jewelry and a television were stolen in the first burglary, while electronics and prescriptions medications were taken in the second.

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Guns Stolen In Skowhegan Burglary Recovered

Updated 7 months ago

SKOWHEGAN, Maine (AP) — Skowhegan police say they expect to file charges against the suspects in the theft of four guns from an apartment earlier this month

Chief Ted Blais says two handguns, a shotgun and a rifle were stolen during the April 17 burglary.

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Bill Encouraging Solar Power Growth Goes Into Law

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A bill that aims to boost solar power development in Maine has gone into law without Gov. Paul LePage’s signature.

The bill sponsored by Democratic Sen. Eloise Vitelli directs the Public Utilities Commission to study the value of solar power generation in Maine. The measure also creates solar energy goals for the state, like ensuring that solar provides benefits to ratepayers and helps reduce Maine’s reliance on oil.

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Republican Convention Kicks Off In Bangor

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BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Republicans across Maine are gathering in Bangor where party leaders hope to show unity ahead of the November elections.

The Maine GOP convention kicks off Friday at the Cross Insurance Center with the theme “United for Jobs, United for Freedom, United for Maine.”

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Regulators Approve Research To Prevent Bycatch

Updated 7 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The New England Fishery Management Council will spend $800,000 to research new methods to prevent the bycatch — or unintentional catching — of groundfish such as haddock, cod and flounder.

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Maine Gets Sewage Funds, But Says It Needs More

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine officials say the $29.7 million they’re receiving for wastewater treatment upgrades in seven facilities is a small portion of the more than $1 billion needed for similar projects over the next 20 years.

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Panel Makes Recommendations To Stop Domestic Abuse

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Creating a state database of concealed handgun permits and encouraging health care providers to screen patients regularly for physical abuse are among dozens of recommendations from a panel of Maine officials and law enforcement members who examined recent domestic violence homicides.

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