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UMaine Farmington Interested In Natural Gas

Updated 9 months ago

FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — A plan to bring a natural gas pipeline from Jay to Farmington is getting a boost from the University of Maine at Farmington, which has formally announced its interest in becoming a customer.

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Maine DHHS: Marijuana Can’t Be Used For Tourette’s

Updated 9 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine public health officials have denied an Ellsworth man’s request to use marijuana legally to treat his Tourette’s syndrome.

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services this week denied a request by Dr. Dustin Sulak to add Tourette’s syndrome to the list of qualifying medical conditions that marijuana use is allowed to treat.

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State Lawmakers Seeks Better Oversight Of MDEP

Updated 9 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine lawmakers are preparing measures that would tighten oversight of the state Department of Environmental Protection following allegations last summer of failure to adequately implement or enforce certain environmental laws.

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Maine Police Out In Full Force Over The Holidays

Updated 9 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine police departments are beefing up their patrols over the holiday season in an effort to stymie drunken driving.

Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland says about 70 police departments across the state recently received federal grants to pay overtime for officers who will be on the lookout for drunk and impaired drivers.

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Maine Proposal Cuts Assistance For Asylum Seekers

Updated 9 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s administration has proposed a rule that would prevent asylum seekers from getting cash assistance.

The Republican governor’s proposal for the General Assistance program would impact new immigrants who aren’t citizens and aren’t official refugees. The state says it doesn’t know how many people would be affected.

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Bath Iron Works Gets More Money For Destroyer Work

Updated 9 months ago

BATH, Maine (AP) — Navy shipbuilder Bath Iron Work says it has been awarded a $23 million contract modification for work related to the DDG-51 destroyer.

Spokesman Matt Wickenheiser told the Portland Press Herald, that the money is meant for design and planning efforts and is in addition to the company’s $2.8 billion contracts to build four DDG-51 destroyers through fiscal year 201. There’s also the possibility of a fifth ship if Congress awards additional funding.

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Ice Storm Death: Carbon Monoxide Kills Knox Man

Updated 9 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — State police in Maine say a 50-year-old man died when he tried to refill a generator that was running after power went out during this week’s ice storm.

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LePage: State Offices In Kennebec County Closed

Updated 9 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Widespread power outages caused by a two-day ice storm have prompted Gov. Paul LePage to shut down all state offices in Kennebec County, including Augusta.

LePage announced Tuesday that because of the power outages and hazardous driving conditions, state offices in Kennebec County and the town of Ellsworth will be closed.

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Augusta Woman Charged With Stabbing Boyfriend

Updated 9 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — An Augusta woman charged with stabbing her boyfriend in the back and shoulder after he came home late and drunk has been held on $20,000 bail.

Ariana Lee Doherty appeared Monday in Kennebec County Superior Court on a charge of elevated aggravated assault. She remains in jail. The 27-year-old Doherty also agreed to stay away from her boyfriend, refrain from drug and alcohol use and adhere to a curfew.

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5 Hurt In 2-vehicle Arundel Crash

Updated 9 months ago

ARUNDEL, Maine (AP) — Police say a Kennebunk woman is facing a drunken driving charge after a two-vehicle crash in Arundel that sent five people to the hospital.

York County sheriff’s deputies responded to the crash at about 6 p.m. Monday. The investigation revealed that a car driven by 49-year-old Lisa Desmond left the parking lot of the Eagles fraternal club parking lot and into the path of a minivan driven by 45-year-old Jeffrey Nason. The minivan struck Desmond’s vehicle in the front driver’s side and pushed it into a snow bank.

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LePage Urges Mainers To Participate In Blood Drive

Updated 9 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage is encouraging residents to participate in a holiday blood drive this week.

The American Red Cross, FairPoint Communications and other groups are hosting a blood drive in Bangor and Portland on Friday. Blood can be donated between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Portland and the Bangor Elks Lodge.

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LePage: Eastport Seafood Processing Plant To Launch

Updated 9 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Republican Gov. Paul LePage is applauding the news that a new seafood processing facility is about to launch in eastern Maine.

LePage said Monday that Campobello Holdings will soon begin operations at its new plant in Eastport. He says the company plans to create 15 new jobs over the next two years.

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Mainers Sign Up On The Exchange Ahead Of Deadline

Updated 9 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Groups helping Mainers sign up for insurance on the exchange under the federal health overhaul say they’re busy ahead of the looming coverage deadlines.

For most states, the deadline to sign up on the exchange for coverage that kicks in on Jan. 1 was Monday. But federal officials have extended that deadline through Tuesday.

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Tanker Truck Rolls In Baldwin, Trapping Driver

Updated 9 months ago

BALDWIN, Maine (AP) — The driver of a Poland Spring tractor-trailer water tanker is expected to be OK after his rig rolled in Baldwin, trapping him inside the cab.

Police say the truck was headed south on Route 113 at about 4 p.m. Sunday when the driver lost control on the ice while negotiating a curve. The vehicle went off the right side of the road, traveled 360 feet into the ditch and rolled over.

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Suspect In 1976 Maine Slaying Faces 2014 Trial

Updated 9 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A homeless Seattle man charged in connection with a 1976 slaying in Maine is scheduled to go on trial next year.

A Kennebec County Superior Court judge last week said Gary Raub will go on trial in late May or early June.

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2 Women Rob Kennebunk Seafood Market

Updated 9 months ago

KENNEBUNK, Maine (AP) — Kennebunk police are searching for two women they say robbed a seafood market.

Lt. Anthony Bean Burpee says the women entered Herb’s Seafood at about 4:45 p.m. Sunday and demanded cash from the employees.

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Free Coffee For Tired Maine Turnpike Travelers

Updated 9 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Tired travelers over the holidays will be able to get free coffee at Maine Turnpike Service Plazas to help them stay awake on the road.

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Monday Is Sign-up Deadline For Coverage For Jan. 1

Updated 9 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine residents that want to get coverage on the federally-run health exchange by the start of the new year are rushing to get signed up.

The deadline to sign up on the exchange for coverage that kicks in on Jan. 1 is Monday. Residents can still sign up for coverage until March 31, but their coverage won’t start until later.

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Egg Farm Workers In Turner Evicted From Housing

Updated 9 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Employees of an egg farm in Turner have until February to vacate company-provided trailers and find new places to live.

Under an agreement reached in the Lewiston District Court last week, 10 tenant-employees of the former DeCoster Egg Farm will be evicted, given time to find new homes and jobs.

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Gov. LePage Criticizes Federal Budget Agreement

Updated 9 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage is criticizing Washington lawmakers for reducing retirement benefits for military retirees.

The Republican governor called it “disgraceful” that the federal government chose to cut benefits for military members in the $47 trillion budget.

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