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Suspect In Rumford Kidnapping, Robbery, Captured

Updated 7 months ago

RUMFORD, Maine (AP) — A Rumford man who had been sought by police for more than a week on suspicion of kidnapping, robbery and assault has been arrested.

Randal Chapman was arrested by Maine State Police in Gray on Wednesday.

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Former Wayne Teacher To Plead Guilty

Updated 7 months ago

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A former Maine special education teacher charged with sexually exploiting two boys plans on pleading guilty.

The Kennebec Journal reports that a lawyer for Patrik Ian Arsenault told a judge in U.S. District Court in Bangor on Wednesday his client plans to plea and a trial will not be necessary.

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Schools Can Delay Graduation Requirements

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s top education official says public school districts can now take up to two extra years to implement new proficiency-based graduation requirements if they need the time.

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No One Injured In Maine School Bus Crash

Updated 7 months ago

BRIDGTON, Maine (AP) — No one has been injured after a school bus with children on board went off road and into the woods in Bridgton, Maine.

WCSH-TV is reporting the bus went off of Harrison Road, also known as Route 117, near an intersection with Blake Lane on Wednesday afternoon. The station reported that the accident didn’t hurt anyone on board. Traffic in the area backed up as the accident reduced the road to one lane of traffic.

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Heating Oil Prices Drop In Maine As Weather Warms

Updated 7 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine government survey says the average price of heating oil in the state has dropped 4 cents from three weeks ago, to $3.54 per gallon.

The Governor’s Energy Office said Wednesday the average statewide price for a gallon of heating oil ranged from $3.26 to $3.83. It also found the average price of kerosene dropped 5 cents over the last three weeks, to $4.01 per gallon. The average propane price is now $2.93, a drop of 11 cents per gallon from three weeks ago

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Nevermore: Police Want To Find Car-attacking Raven

Updated 7 months ago

RICHMOND, Maine (AP) — Wanted: A raven that’s attacking cars in Maine.

Richmond Police Chief Scott MacMaster tells the Kennebec Journal that the bird has attacked three vehicles, causing $500 in damage in one case.

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Maine Community College Tuition To Increase

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Tuition at the Maine Community College System is going up slightly next school year.

The Board of Trustees approved the $2 per credit-hour increase on Wednesday for Maine’s seven community colleges. The college system says tuition for full-time, in-state students will rise by $60 next year to $2,700.

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Maine Panel Fines Anti-gay Marriage Group

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine has fined a national anti-gay marriage group more than $50,000 for violating the state’s campaign finance laws.

The Maine Ethics Commission on Wednesday also ordered the National Organization for Marriage to file a campaign finance report that would reveal the donors who supported the 2009 referendum that struck down the state’s gay marriage law.

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Augusta Apartment Fire Ruled Arson

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Investigators say a blaze at an Augusta apartment building appears to have been intentionally set.

The two-alarm fire at the five-unit Cedar Court building was reported at about 5:45 a.m. Tuesday.

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Jury Returns For Fifth Day In Bangor Murder Trial

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BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A Bangor jury will begin its fifth day of deliberating in the trial of two men charged with killing three people before burning their bodies in a car after a drug dispute.

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LePage May Seek Refund From Consulting Group

Updated 7 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Gov. Paul LePage says he’s considering seeking a refund from a consultant he commissioned to analyze Maine’s welfare system in response to reports that The Alexander Group plagiarized parts of its report.

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Maine Murder Suspect Wants Evidence Dismissed

Updated 7 months ago

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A Lewiston man facing a murder charge in connection with the stabbing and strangulation of a 20-year-old Greene man has asked a judge to throw out statements he made to police.

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Bigelow Laboratory To Host Plankton Event

Updated 7 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Fifty of the most prominent ocean scientists in the country will come to the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in Maine for a research event about the response of marine plankton to changing ocean conditions.

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Maine Community College Trustees To Set Tuition

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Community College System Board of Trustees is ready to set its tuition rate for the 2014-15 academic year.

The trustees are scheduled to meet to set the rate on Wednesday. The college system says on its website that a two-year associates degree from a Maine community college averages about $3,350 per year in tuition and fees. The price per credit was $88 for in-state students in the 2013-14 academic year.

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New England Jobless Rate Down To 6.1 Percent

Updated 7 months ago

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The unemployment rate in New England fell to 6.1 percent in April, which is slightly below the U.S. average.

The New England information office of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics announced the rate for the six-state region on Tuesday. It ticked down from 6.3 percent in March. A year ago, it was 7 percent.

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Small Tornado Touches Down In Houlton

Updated 7 months ago

HOULTON, Maine (AP) — The National Weather Service says Memorial Day’s harsh weather in northern Maine included a small tornado that touched down in Houlton.

A spokesman for the National Weather Service in Caribou says the tornado touched down near Ludlow Road in the Canada border town on Monday afternoon. The spokesman says the tornado caused minor damage, including knocking down some trees in the area.

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Offshore Atlantic Herring Fishery Closed

Updated 7 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government says the offshore Gulf of Maine’s Atlantic herring fishery is nearing its catch limit and will be restricted for nearly a year.

The National Marine Fisheries Service says 92 percent of the area’s total allowable catch has been caught. The agency issued an announcement on Friday that the fishery will be closed until May 1, 2015.

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More Deliberations In Bangor Triple Murder Trial

Updated 7 months ago

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A Maine jury is getting back to work in the trial of two men charged with killing three people before burning their bodies in a car in Bangor in 2012.

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Skowhegan Convenience Store Robbed

Updated 7 months ago

SKOWHEGAN, Maine (AP) — Police in Skowhegan are looking for a knife-wielding, masked man who robbed a convenience store.

Police tell the Morning Sentinel ( ) the man entered the Irving Circle K store on Madison Avenue at about 2:15 a.m. Monday and made off with money from the register and the clerk’s car keys.

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Powerful Thunderstorm Rips Across N. Maine

Updated 7 months ago

CARIBOU, Maine (AP) — Officials say a powerful thunderstorm disrupted Memorial Day activities in northern Maine.

Meteorologist Joe Hewitt from the National Weather Service says the storm produced gusts topping 30 mph and hail that was as big as nickels and half dollars. He says the ground in Easton and part of Presque Isle was covered with hail after the storm passed through between 11 a.m. and noon Monday.

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