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Whale Watchers Help Save Entangled Whale

Updated 7 months ago

BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — A group of Bar Harbor, Maine whale watchers took the Save The Whales slogan to heart.

The group of 200 whale watchers helped release a humpback whale that was entangled in fishing gear near the entrance to the Bay of Fundy on June 10. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports the whale watchers and on-board naturalists alerted the Canadian Coast Guard about the distressed animal. NOAA says the whale watchers were also able to provide whale biologists with information about what they could do to help the whale.

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Candidate Says Dems Violated Written Agreement

Updated 7 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A businessman who considered challenging Mike Michaud in the Democratic gubernatorial primary says the party breached a written agreement and conspired against him in a state Senate primary that he lost.

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Football Field Accidentally Built On Man’s Land

Updated 7 months ago

SKOWHEGAN, Maine (AP) — A Maine town will spend $27,500 to correct mistakes it made that led to a youth football field being accidentally built on private property.

Officials in Skowhegan say they skipped the step of ensuring that the field was built on the property of the Skowhegan Community Center sports complex. The field ended up partially on abutting property owner Kris Laney’s land.

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Sabattus Woman Gets 3 Years In Sex Abuse Case

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AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A Sabattus woman who didn’t stop her husband from sexually abusing a preteen girl has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Christal Gagnier was sentenced Wednesday in Androscoggin County Superior Court two months after a jury found her guilty of tampering with a witness in a sex abuse case and aggravated furnishing of a scheduled drug.

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South Portland Homeless Encampment Destroyed

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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Authorities in South Portland have torn down a homeless encampment in a wooded area near a shopping center, saying it was a health hazard.

Crews on Wednesday piled up cardboard boxes and other items that the homeless had used at the camp behind Mallside Plaza, and then the fire department set the pile ablaze.

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Maine Lawyer’s Law License Suspended

Updated 7 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A well-known Maine attorney and sports agent who pleaded guilty to federal money laundering charges has had his license to practice law suspended.

Saco attorney Gary Prolman’s law license was ordered suspended immediately under an order signed by Justice Donald Alexander of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Monday and received Wednesday by the Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar.

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Greene Man To Serve 10 Years For Role In Slaying

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AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A Greene man has agreed to spend 10 years in prison for his role in the 2013 death of a Lewiston man.

Nathan Morton on Wednesday pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit intentional murder in connection with the death of 20-year-old Romeo Parent in April 2013.

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Gov. Paul LePage Returns From China Business Trip

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Gov. Paul LePage is returning to the United States after several days in China, where he met with businesses in the hopes of attracting them to Maine.

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LePage, Legal Chief Dispute Immigrant Aid

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — In Maine, Republican Gov. Paul LePage and Democrat Attorney General Janet Mills are at odds over the governor’s directive to withhold aid to immigrants who can’t prove they’re living in the U.S. legally.

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Senator Collins Says She Supports Gay Marriage

Updated 7 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Republican Sen. Susan Collins has come out in support of gay marriage for the first time after getting an endorsement from the nation’s largest LGBT advocacy organization.

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Judge Sets 2018 Deadline For Lynx Recovery Plan

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge says the government has until 2018 to come up with a long-delayed recovery plan for imperiled Canada lynx in the Lower 48 states.

Wildlife advocates had asked the court to force faster action for the snow-loving big cats, which were added to the threatened species list in 2000.

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Westbrook Woman Backs Out Of Sex Assault Plea Deal

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Westbrook woman charged with allowing her boyfriend to sexually assault a teenage female relative has backed out of a plea agreement and will stand trial instead.

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Maine Man Convicted In 1994 Massachusetts Slaying

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WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Maine resident has been convicted of a slaying in Massachusetts 20 years ago.

John Fredette was convicted Tuesday in Worcester Superior Court of first-degree murder for the 1994 slaying of 36-year-old Kevin Harkins. The 51-year-old Fredette was living in Saco, Maine when he was arrested in 2012.

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Jail Guard Loses Appeal In Inmate Dragging

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A guard at the Cumberland County Jail who fought the suspension he received for dragging an inmate with two broken ankles 127 feet across a concrete floor has lost his appeal.

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Maine Guard United Back On US Soil

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Army National Guard’s 133rd Engineer Battalion is back on U.S. soil.

Officials say the 167 soldiers who deployed in October returned over the weekend to Ford Dix, New Jersey. Maj. Michael Steinbuchel, spokesman for the Maine Army National Guard, told the Portland Press Herald that details on the soldiers’ return to Maine haven’t been ironed out.

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LePage Campaign Announces New Staff Hires

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s re-election team is boosting its staff as the campaign season gets underway.

The Republican governor’s chief political adviser, Brent Littlefield, says that Scott Van Orman has become the team’s campaign manager.

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30-year Portland City Councilor To Resign

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Former Portland, Maine, mayor Cheryl Leeman will not seek re-election to the city council she has served on for 30 years.

Leeman started working in public service in 1981 as a member of the Portland School Committee and was elected to the City Council three years later. She has been mayor twice. She also served for 18 years as an aide to former U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe.

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Heating Prices Hold Steady In June

Updated 7 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine government survey says the average price of heating oil in the state has held steady from two weeks ago at $3.51 per gallon.

The Governor’s Energy Office said Tuesday that the average statewide price for a gallon of heating oil ranged from $3.24 to $3.87. It also found the average price of kerosene dropped 1 cent over the last two weeks, to $3.98 per gallon. The average propane price is now $2.83, a drop of 5 cents per gallon from two weeks ago.

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Portland Red Claws Get New President

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Red Claws have a new president.

The team announced Tuesday that Dajuan Eubanks will succeed Bill Ryan Jr., who was president for the past two seasons. Ryan retains his roles as chairman and principal owner.

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Geese Who Befouled Beach Killed

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OAKLAND, Maine (AP) — State officials say 18 geese whose droppings plagued an Oakland, Maine, beach have been euthanized.

The Portland Press Herald reports Tuesday that town leaders rounded up the Canada geese and sent them to the state in the hope of relocating them. State officials say an overabundance of geese in the state meant they had to be killed.

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