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Augusta Slaying Suspect’s Records Turned Over

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – The medical records of an Augusta man charged with fatally stabbing his live-in girlfriend have been handed over to the court.

The records of Justin Pillsbury’s treatment at MaineGeneral Medical Center immediately after the slaying of Jillian Jones were handed over Monday by a hospital lawyer to a representative of the court.

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Senate Gives Initial OK To MaineCare Rides Bill

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Senate has given initial approval to a bill that would prevent the state from renewing its contracts with companies for a program that provides non-emergency rides to Medicaid patients.

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Senate Candidate Bellows In DC For Rally

Updated 7 months ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Senate candidate Shenna Bellows is joining a rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court that’s sponsored by groups that support access to birth control.

The Supreme Court is hearing two cases dealing with access to birth control. Two companies want the right to decline to pay for birth control under their personal health insurance plans.

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Smart Meters In Maine Get Thumbs Up In Study

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Wireless energy meters being tested by a Maine company are getting high marks in a government study.

The so-called smart meters are being put through their paces by the Central Maine Power Company. The new meters use wireless technology to cut costs and track energy usage online.

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Cost Of Gas In Maine Goes Down A Penny

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The average retail cost of a gallon of gas in Maine has fallen by a little more than a penny in the past week.

Price-monitoring website GasBuddy.com reports Monday that the price at the pump has gone down to an average of $3.61 per gallon in the past week, 10 cents above the national average.

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Bowdoin College Gets Winslow Homer’s Camera

Updated 7 months ago

BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — A camera that once belonged to artist Winslow Homer has been donated to Bowdoin College’s museum.

The camera was made by Mawson & Swan Co. around 1880 and purchased by Homer in 1882 when he lived in northern England.

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Future Of Maine Film Festival Up In The Air

Updated 7 months ago

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — The future of the Lewiston Auburn Film Festival is in doubt after the arrest of its founder and efforts by other backers to rescue it fell through.

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Portland Police Investigate 9 Suspicious Fires

Updated 7 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland police are questioning two people in connection with a series of suspicious fires in the city over the weekend.

Authorities say there were nine fires overall from Saturday night into Sunday, most of them in large trash containers or garbage cans and all in the same general area of the city.

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Obama Official In Maine To Urge Minimum Wage Hike

Updated 7 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A member of President Barack Obama’s administration is traveling to Maine to support a Democratic plan to raise the federal minimum wage.

Laura Fortman is principal deputy administrator for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division. She’ll join Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, Portland Mayor Mike Brennan and others on Monday in Bangor and Portland as part of an 11-state tour touting the minimum wage hike proposal.

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Spring Is Welcomed By Maine Coast Guard

Updated 7 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Spring is getting its official welcome in Maine from the Coast Guard breaking up winter ice.

Tugs boats are scheduled Wednesday to tackle winter ice in the main channel of the Kennebec River from Merrymeeting Bay to the town of Gardiner. Opening the channel to prevent flooding from melting snow is a sign that mud season is here.

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Thousands See Flood Insurance Increases In Maine

Updated 7 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — More than 3,000 Maine homeowners and businesses could see their rates for flood insurance rise in an attempt to put the troubled National Flood Insurance Program back on sound financial footing.

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LePage: Eliminate Maine Legislature Term Limits

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage says the state must take “term limits and throw them out of the window.”

LePage said Thursday that term limits means the Legislature is full of young people with “firm agendas” who pass bills that “are hurting us for the long haul.”

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Maine Teacher Retirement Pay Bill To Go Into Law

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Legislature has overturned Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of a bill that allows retired teachers who return to work to get paid in full.

The Democratic-controlled Senate voted 29-5 to override the Republican governor’s veto Thursday, following the same action in the House earlier this week.

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Mexico Woman Convicted Of Lying In Complaint

Updated 7 months ago

PARIS, Maine (AP) — An Oxford County woman has been sentenced to nine months in jail for lying in a complaint she made against a Dixfield police officer.

Nikki Libby was sentenced this week after a jury found her guilty of unsworn falsification verdict.

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Winthrop Food Pantry Closing After 22 Years

Updated 7 months ago

WINTHROP, Maine (AP) — A Winthrop food pantry that serves 100 area families is closing down after 22 years because the Maine-based supermarket that provided most of its food is changing the way it makes donations.

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Officials Say Recycling Laws Keep Maine Clean

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine state officials say recycling laws are helping to keep the environment clean.

The Department of Environmental Protection says it presented data Thursday showing millions of pounds of toxic materials in electronics have been kept from entering landfills and other facilities.

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Maine Publisher Charged With Child Pornography

Updated 7 months ago

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — Police say they’ve charged the publisher of a Maine magazine with possessing child pornography.

The Maine Department of Public Safety said Thursday that 38-year-old Joshua Shea was arrested at his Auburn home. The department says they found hundreds of sexually explicit images of a child under the age of 12 on his computer.

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Snow Brings Power Outages To Hancock County

Updated 8 months ago

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — It may be the first day of spring, but heavy snow is bringing power outages to some parts of Maine.

Electric utility Emera Maine says more than 3,300 of its customers in Hancock County are without electricity on Thursday morning.

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Mother Of Paris Hit-and-run Victim Speaks Out

Updated 8 months ago

GREENWOOD, Maine (AP) — The mother of a teenager killed in a hit-and-run in Paris last weekend is pleading with the person responsible for her son’s death to come forward and take responsibility.

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Dog That Attacked Boy In Fryeburg Rabies Free

Updated 8 months ago

FRYEBURG, Maine (AP) — Authorities say a pit bull that attacked a 5-year-old boy in Fryeburg this week did not have rabies.

The boy from Brownfield was visiting relatives Tuesday morning when the 7-year-old dog attacked him and bit him multiple times on the face.

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