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TV Skipper From ‘Deadliest Catch’ Visits Maine

Updated 8 months ago

ROCKPORT, Maine (AP) — A celebrity skipper from the reality TV show “Deadliest Catch” is helping to kick off the Maine Fishermen’s Forum.

Keith Colburn from The Discovery Channel show was scheduled Thursday to talk about the differences in crab fishing in the Bering Sea compared to fishing on the East Coast.

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Judge Rules For Somerset County In Jail Dispute

Updated 8 months ago

SKOWHEGAN, Maine (AP) — A court has ruled that Somerset County can use the revenue it receives for housing federal detainees to help pay the debt for construction of the county jail.

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Auburn Man Gets 5 Years For Robbery Spree

Updated 8 months ago

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — An Auburn man who pleaded guilty to participating in five robberies in the area last April has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Scott Demmons was also sentenced Tuesday in Androscoggin County Superior Court to three years of probation after pleading guilty earlier this month to robbing several convenience stores and pizza shops with an accomplice.

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Maine High Court Rejects Convicted Man’s Appeal

Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s highest court has denied the appeal of a Massachusetts man convicted of killing the mother of his four children and one of his best friends.

Joel Hayden of New Bedford, Mass., said in his appeal to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court that his murder convictions should be reduced to manslaughter because he was high on oxycodone and cocaine when he fatally shot Renee Sandora and Trevor Mills in New Gloucester in July 2011. The shootings were witnessed by Hayden and Sandora’s 7-year-old son.

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NH Highway Chase Ends In Maine Snowbank Crash

Updated 8 months ago

GREENLAND, N.H. (AP) — A Boston man faces charges in both New Hampshire and Maine after police say he drove 108 mph on Interstate 95 before crashing into a snowbank.

New Hampshire State Police say a trooper tried to stop the car on I-95 in Greenland Tuesday afternoon but it continued speeding around the Portsmouth traffic circle and back onto the highway heading north. It eventually crossed over into Maine and crashed into the snowbank in Kittery.

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Maine Heating Oil Prices Stay Steady

Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A survey says Maine’s average heating oil price is unchanged from last week.

The Governor’s Energy Office said Monday that its weekly heating fuel survey showed the current cost of heating oil stands at $3.87 per gallon. That is 4 cents higher than this time last year when heating oil averaged $3.87 per gallon.

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Gov. LePage Lets Revenue Sharing Bill Become Law

Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A bill that will prevent $40 million in cuts to revenue sharing funds for municipalities next year has passed into law after Gov. Paul LePage took no action on it.

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Maine Ethics Chief: Eves Has No Medicaid Conflict

Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The head of Maine’s ethics commission says Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves’ support of a bill to expand Medicaid coverage under the federal health care law is not a conflict of interest.

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Maine’s Chief Justice Wants ‘e-filing’ For Courts

Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s chief justice is urging lawmakers to provide funds to help courts fight the state’s drug problem — and also to improve public access through “e-filing.”

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Republicans Offer Compromise On Medicaid Expansion

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Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Two Maine Republican lawmakers are laying out details of their proposal to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act while implementing other significant changes to the program.

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Open Space Debate Continues In Portland

Updated 8 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Portland City Council is considering an ordinance to protect open spaces, but not the park whose potential sale triggered a similar protection effort by citizens.

A group fighting the city’s plan to sell a large part of Congress Square Plaza to a hotel owner wants a June referendum on its petition to add 35 parks to the city’s list of protected properties and require the approval of eight councilors before any are sold.

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Auburn Council Mulls Lake Algae Treatment

Updated 8 months ago

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — The chief of the Auburn Water District is asking the city council to approve a $1 million bond issue to pay for treatments to cut down on algae in Lake Auburn and replace some water mains.

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Riverview Get Accreditation From National Group

Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The state-run Riverview Psychiatric Center in Augusta has received accreditation from a national nonprofit, but must still pass a federal inspection to regain $20 million in funding lost last year.

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Maine Resort To Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Updated 8 months ago

OGUNQUIT, Maine (AP) — The fire chief in Ogunquit, Maine, says a time-share resort where guests were sickened by carbon monoxide won’t be fined, and it plans to install carbon monoxide detectors in all 77 of its rooms.

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New Gloucester Man Facing Charges In Crash

Updated 8 months ago

GRAY, Maine (AP) — Police say a New Gloucester man is facing charges after allegedly causing a car crash that injured four people then fleeing the scene on foot.

Police on Monday charged 34-year-old Jeffrey Casey with driving to endanger and leaving the scene of an accident.

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Maine’s Chief Justice To Brief Lawmakers

Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s chief justice is ready to present her annual address to state lawmakers.

Chief Justice Leigh Saufley will deliver her “State of the Judiciary” address Tuesday to a joint session of the Maine Legislature.

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Maine Panel Backs Drug-overdose Antidote Bill

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine legislative committee has endorsed a bill that seeks to expand access to a drug which counteracts the effects of heroin and prescription painkillers to prevent overdoses.

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Contentious Maine Mining Rules Before Legislature

Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine lawmakers are beginning to examine proposed new mining regulations that are likely to spark a hot debate in the Democrat-led legislature.

Supporters of the rules told the Environment and Natural Resources Committee on Monday that Maine’s current regulations are so onerous that they’ve essentially discouraged all mining and that the rules must be brought up to date.

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Maine Governor Seeks Ice Storm Disaster Relief

Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage is asking for federal disaster relief for all 16 counties for damage from the December ice storm.

LePage said Monday that the request documents more than $1.8 million in damage from the ice storm that knocked out power to more than 160,000 homes and businesses and left many in the dark for a week. He said the state continues to work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to verify additional damage.

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Building At Maine Resort Closed For Gas Tests

Updated 8 months ago

OGUNQUIT, Maine (AP) — A building at Maine’s The Falls at Ogunquit Resort is closed pending an investigation into an incident that exposed 21 resort guests to carbon monoxide.

In a statement issued Monday, the resort thanked the Ogunquit Fire Department, and other agencies for their assistance after the building was evacuated.

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