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Republican Convention Kicks Off In Bangor

Updated 7 months ago

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

Updated 7 months ago

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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Companies Selected For MaineCare Rides Program

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine officials have chosen three companies to provide non-emergency rides to patients in the Medicaid program.

The Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday that Logisticare and Penquis Community Action Program were among the companies selected to provide services in six of the state’s eight regions.

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Maine Supreme Court Upholds 2012 Murder Conviction

Updated 7 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Supreme Judicial Court has upheld the 2012 murder conviction of a Norridgewock man found guilty of fatally shooting another man over a drug dispute.

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Electronic Corporation Plans To Invest In Camden

Updated 7 months ago

CAMDEN, Maine (AP) — A New Mexico-based business says it plans to invest more than $3 million and create 29 new jobs in the Maine town of Camden.

Sierra Peaks Corporation says it plans to invest in two facilities in the coastal town. It predicts the move will create 29 jobs in the manufacture of miniature acoustic microphones and other communications devices.

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Vermont Leading US In GMO Labeling Campaign

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont could likely be the first state in the country to require labels on genetically modified foods, under a bill approved by both legislative chambers and favored by the governor.

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Richmond Trailer Park Residents Evicted

Updated 7 months ago

RICHMOND, Maine (AP) — Residents of a Richmond mobile home park say they don’t know where they’ll live now that they’ve been ordered to vacate their homes.

The Meadowbrook Trailer Park has been plagued by leaky pipes and sewage overflows for years and on Tuesday the town cut the water supply to the nine homes, making them unsanitary.

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150 Doctors Targeted For Tax Fraud In NH, Vt.

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen has asked the Secret Service and Internal Revenue Service to investigate reports of tax fraud affecting more than 150 doctors and health care providers in the state and in Vermont.

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Maine Seeks Health Files In Document Shred Case

Updated 7 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Lawyers for the state tried to obtain more than five years of medical records as well as the names of doctors, psychiatrists and psychologists who saw a former state employee who filed a whistleblower lawsuit over the shredding of public records by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Man Says In Lawsuit Petco Rat Made Him Sick

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine man who says he developed a serious disease after getting bit by a rat he bought at Petco has sued the pet supply retailer.

Dominic Profenno Jr. said in his complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Portland on Wednesday that he was bitten March 12 by a rat he purchased at Petco’s South Portland store Feb. 22.

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Maine Birdwatching Event Comes To Freeport, Pownal

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The fourth annual “Feathers Over Freeport” birdwatching event is scheduled to take place at Bradbury Mountain State Park in Pownal and Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park in Freeport.

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Augusta Woman Gets 9 Months For Selling Cocaine

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — An Augusta woman has received a nine-month jail sentence for trafficking cocaine.

Justice Donald Marden sentenced Carol Jean Gordon on Tuesday to three years in jail with all but nine months suspended. She was also sentenced to two years’ probation and ordered to pay $800 in fines. The 43-year-old pleaded guilty to charges she sold cocaine at her home and on Water Street in Augusta. One of the sales was to an undercover agent.

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Sales Of Single-family Homes Up

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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The number of existing single-family homes sold in Maine last month jumped almost 13 percent when compared to the same month a year ago.

Maine Listings, a subsidiary of the Maine Association of Realtors, said 892 homes changed hands in March, compared with 792 homes in March 2013.

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Natural Gas Pipeline Subcontractor Sues

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Another federal lawsuit has been filed in connection with the installation of a natural gas pipeline in the Kennebec Valley.

A subcontractor hired to install the pipeline for the $350 million Summit Natural Gas Inc. project is suing the contractor as well as an insurance company.

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Couple Charged By Moose Under Investigation

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JACKMAN, Maine (AP) — A New Hampshire husband and wife charged by a moose while snowmobiling in Maine are under investigation for possibly following the animal.

The Maine Warden Service says it is examining video of the encounter last week in Jackman that was posted on YouTube by Janis and Bob Powell of Belmont, N.H.

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Lewiston Couple Sentenced For Housing Fraud

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AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A Lewiston couple convicted of defrauding the federal government out of more $46,000 in housing subsidies by not disclosing substantial income and real estate holdings have been sentenced.

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Property Tax Credit Getting Boost With New Law

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A new Maine law means that some low-and-middle income families will see their property tax credits double.

The bill Republican Gov. Paul LePage recently signed raises a property tax credit for residents under the age of 65 to $600 from $300. The credits for resident ages 65 and older will rise from $400 to $900.

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LePage Vetoes Democrats’ Welfare Bill, 2 Others

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Gov. Paul LePage has vetoed a bill that would direct the administration to report on efforts to combat welfare fraud.

The bill introduced by Democratic Rep. Drew Gattine of Westbrook requires the Department of Health and Human Services to report annually to the Legislature on its efforts to investigate fraud in MaineCare and programs like Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.

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