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Portland Panel OKs Nova Scotia Ferry Lease

Updated 8 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Plans for ferry service between Maine and Nova Scotia have taken another step forward.

Portland’s Housing and Community Development Committee on Wednesday voted unanimously to support a lease agreement for ferry service between the city and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

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House And Senate Backs New Rules In Elver Fishery

Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine House and Senate have approved a bill that tightens rules in the state’s lucrative elver fishery.

The bill approved Wednesday gives the Department of Marine Resources power to delay the start of the season and the ability to revoke the licenses of fishermen for out-of-state fishing violations.

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June 13 Likely Deadline For Railroad Blast Claims

Updated 8 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A bankruptcy judge has indicated a willingness to set June 13 as the deadline for claims against a Maine-based railroad responsible for a derailment that killed 47 people last summer in Quebec.

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Augusta Man Pleads Guilty To Stabbing Wife

Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — An Augusta man has pleaded guilty to stabbing his estranged wife, leaving her with permanent scars on her head.

David Delesline pleaded guilty Tuesday to elevated aggravated assault for the attack last June.

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Maine Senate Advances MaineCare Expansion

Rob Poindexter

Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – The Maine Senate has endorsed a plan to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, but its future in the Democratic-controlled Legislature is uncertain.

The 22-13 vote in the Senate falls short of the two-thirds support lawmakers will need to override a veto from Republican Gov. Paul LePage. But it faces further votes in the House and Senate.

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80 New Jobs Coming To Washington County

Rob Poindexter

Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – A mill in Maine’s poorest county is getting two new tissue machines and 80 new jobs.

Republican Gov. Paul LePage announced the expansion of the Baileyville Pulp Mill facility on Wednesday, alongside lawmakers and paper industry officials.

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Maine Corrections Boss Tapped To Lead NYC Jails

Updated 8 months ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH’-zee-oh) has named the head of Maine’s corrections department to head New York City’s jails.

Joseph Ponte (PONT’) was presented as the new commissioner of the nation’s second largest jails system at a City Hall press conference Tuesday.

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CMP Wants Customers Who Generate Power To Pay More

Updated 8 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Utility Central Maine Power Co. wants customers who generate some of their own electricity from renewable sources to pay higher monthly service charges, an idea being resisted by renewable energy advocates.

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NH-Maine Bridge Getting Underwater Inspection

Updated 8 months ago

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Transportation officials are optimistic that a bridge connecting New Hampshire and Maine hasn’t sustained any structural damage after an oil tanker struck a pier supporting the span.

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Falmouth Man’s Murder Trial Postponed

Updated 8 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The trial of a Falmouth man charged with fatally shooting his mother has been postponed because lawyers were unable to select a jury out of a pool of more than 100 people.

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Puppies Feared Lost In Fire At Varney’s Lab in Turner

Updated 8 months ago

TURNER, Maine (AP) — Officials say several puppies are feared lost after a fire at a Maine dog-breeding business.

The blaze at Varney’s Labs in Turner was reported late Monday night.

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Maine Gas Prices Go Up Another 2.4 Cents A Gallon

Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The average retail cost of a gallon of gas in Maine is up another 2.4 cents.

Price-monitoring website GasBuddy.com reports Monday that the price at the pump has risen to an average of $3.60 per gallon in the past week, 13 cents above the national average.

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Portland Homeless Medical Clinic Gets Grant

Updated 8 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Portland medical clinic for the homeless has received a grant that will allow it to stay open beyond its scheduled April 1 closing.

But exactly how long it will remain open remains unclear.

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Cumberland County Inmate Sexual Tryst Under Investigation

Updated 8 months ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Cumberland County sheriff is investigating a security breach at the county jail in which a female inmate sneaked out of her maximum security cell for a sexual encounter in a male inmate’s cell.

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Portland Man Dies After Windham Collision

Updated 8 months ago

WINDHAM, Maine (AP) — Police say a Portland man injured in a head-on car crash in Windham has died.

Craig McPherson died early Sunday afternoon at Maine Medical Center in Portland several hours after the accident on Route 302.

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Possible Medicaid Expansion Vote This Week

Updated 8 months ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s Democrat-controlled Legislature is poised to vote on a Republican-backed measure to expand Medicaid under the federal health care law.

Initial votes on the measure are expected in the Senate as early as Tuesday.

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Gov. LePage To Attend Maine Manufacturing Summit

Updated 8 months ago

NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine (AP) — Republican Gov. Paul LePage will address Maine’s manufacturing industry leaders this week.

LePage will speak at the Maine Manufacturers Association’s Manufacturing Summit Wednesday at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester. The governor will also participate in discussions on the top challenges facing the industry.

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Gov. LePage To Lay Out Business Zones Proposal

Updated 8 months ago

BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage is laying out the details of his proposal to create “Open for Business Zones,” which he says will spur economic investment and make the state more competitive.

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Maine Industries Meet In Annual Manufacture Summit

Updated 8 months ago

NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine (AP) — Challenges facing unique Maine industries such as boatbuilding and paper production will be discussed during the Manufacturing Summit at Pineland Farm in New Gloucester.

Gov. Paul LePage will attend the industry mixer to discuss the latest developments in manufacturing and job creation in Maine on Thursday.

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Snowmobile Crash Kills Massachusetts Man In Maine

Updated 8 months ago

NEW PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Police say a Massachusetts man was killed when he tried to cross a Maine road on his snowmobile and was hit by a pickup truck.

The Somerset County Sheriff’s Department says the accident happened around 6:15 p.m. Friday as 57-year-old Robert Peavey of Gloucester was trying to cross a state route in New Portland.

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