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Maine Libraries Lending Some Unusual Items

Updated 9 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Libraries across Maine aren’t lending just books these days.

Art prints, American Girl dolls, volleyball and croquet sets, ukuleles, fishing poles, telescopes, sheet music, binoculars, backpacks, energy auditing tools and GPS equipment are just some of the items available at public libraries across the state.

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Barbara Bush Remains Hospitalized In Houston

Updated 9 months ago

HOUSTON (AP) — Barbara Bush remains hospitalized with a respiratory-related issue.

The 88-year-old former first lady was admitted to a Houston hospital on Monday. A spokesman for her husband’s office says her condition has not changed, with Mrs. Bush in “great spirits” and getting visits from the former president and her family.

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Mainers Encouraged To Report Ice Storm Damage

Updated 9 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine residents are being encouraged to report ice storm damage to their homes and businesses so the state can assess what kind of assistance might be available.

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Maine Student Loan Tax Credit Program Falls Flat

Updated 9 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — It’s been more than five years since Maine lawmakers created tax credits for college graduates who remain in the state to work. But lawmakers and advocates say the state’s failure to market it means only a fraction of graduates are using it.

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Maine Lawmakers To Consider Raising Judges’ Pay

Updated 9 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine lawmakers will again consider a proposal to give the state’s judges their first significant pay raise since 1999.

Under a bill proposed during the last legislative session, annual salaries for the 51 trial court judges in the District and Superior courts by more than $12,000, to just under $128,000. Maine Supreme Judicial Court justices would see their salaries increase to $136,000.

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Ice Storm Recovery To Be Passed On To Ratepayers

Updated 9 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The massive damage caused by the Christmas week ice storm likely means millions of dollars in repair costs will be passed onto Maine ratepayers.

Officials tell the Portland Press Herald that the ice storm is expected to be deemed an “extraordinary storm event,” allowing utilities to seek regulatory approval of an offset from ratepayers to recoup recovery costs.

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Jan. 1 Means It’s Time For An Ocean Dip In Old Orchard Beach

Updated 9 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Scores of Mainers are celebrating the new year by getting wet.

Maine Special Olympics is holding its annual Lobster Dip fundraiser at Old Orchard Beach.

The National Weather Service says it’ll be plenty nippy for participants plunging into the Atlantic Ocean with temperatures rising from single digit temperatures to a high of about 20 degrees on New Year’s Day.

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Gov Candidate Eliot Cutler To Forgo PAC Money In Race

Updated 9 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine independent candidate says he won’t accept donations from political action committees in his bid for governor in 2014.

Crystal Canney, a spokeswoman for Eliot Cutler’s campaign, says people in Maine will benefit because Cutler won’t be bought by or beholden to special interest groups. Canney says PAC money drives the agenda in campaigns and that Maine people deserve better.

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Hours Extended For Heating Fuel Truck Drivers

Updated 9 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage has signed a second emergency proclamation to allow heating fuel delivery truck drivers to stay on roads for extra hours during bitter cold weather this week.

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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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