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Gas Tax Increase

Updated 6 years ago

The average price of gas in Maine is now 4:05 a gallon. That’s up 37-cents in the past month and it’s going up again next month because of a tax increase.

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Fatal Motorcycle Crash

Updated 6 years ago

The entrance to Birch Point State Park in Owl’s Head was the scene of a fatal crash over the weekend.

Knox County sheriff’s deputies say a person driving a motorcycle lost control and crashed into some rocks and trees.

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Petition Drive

Updated 6 years ago

Last April, state lawmakers approved increases in taxes on beer and wine, along with soda and syrup for soda fountains.

The extra money will be used to fund the Dirigo Health Insurance Program.

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Fatal Fire in Millinocket

Updated 6 years ago

Authorities say a fire that swept through a mobile home in Millinocket has claimed a woman’s life.

Stephen McCausland of the Maine Department of Public Safety says firefighters found the body after extinguishing the blaze Sunday morning.

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Keep Animals Cool

Updated 6 years ago

Doctor Dave Cloutier with Veazie Veterinary Clinic says the quick warm-up can make it easy to forget that pets need more water and more access to shade now.

That’s because it’s harder for them to cool down when they heat up, since they can only pant or sweat through their paws.

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Father & Daughter Recovering from Attack

Updated 6 years ago

A relative says a father and daughter stabbed in a home invasion in Pittston are continuing to recover at separate hospitals.

Lester Dickey of Gardiner says the father, 48-year-old William Guerrette, may be taken out of a drug-induced coma this weekend at a hospital in Lewiston.

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Teen Killed in Car Crash

Updated 6 years ago

Police say an unlicensed teenager died when he crashed a car in the town of Alexander in Washington County.

Washington County Deputy Thomas Chambers says 16-year-old Jordan Brown of Baileyville was driving a 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix that rolled over, hit a tree and caught fire.

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Gas Tops $4/gal. Nationwide

Updated 6 years ago

The rest of the nation has joined Maine in paying $4 a gallon for gas.

AAA and the Oil Price Information Service say the national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline rose to $4.005 overnight from $3.988.

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Big Money to Maine Campaigns

Updated 6 years ago

Barbra Streisand, Mary Tyler Moore and

Stephen King have a financial stake in Maine’s high-profile U.S.

Senate race. So do Phil Lesh, who’s a founding member of the

Grateful Dead, and Don McLean of &quot:American Pie&quot: fame.

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Girls Hit by Train Tell Story

Updated 6 years ago

The two teenage girls who were injured

last month in a train accident near the Maine-New Hampshire border

say they remain upbeat about the future and confident that their

close friendship will pull them through.

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Baldacci Endorses Obama

Updated 6 years ago

Gov. John Baldacci is endorsing Sen. Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee for


Maine’s governor made his announcement after Hillary Rodham

Clinton ended her campaign for the presidency and told supporters

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Unhealthy Air

Updated 6 years ago

Federal environmental officials are expecting the air quality to be unhealthy this weekend in

Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and parts of Maine,

Vermont and New Hampshire.

Robert Varney, the Environmental Protection Agency’s regional

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Girls Hit By Train Speak

Updated 6 years ago

Fourteen-year-old Rachel Brown and 13-year-old Destiny Phaneuf appeared this afternoon at a news conference at Maine Medical Center in Portland. From their wheelchairs, they said they’re not going to let what happened to them cast a shadow over their lives.

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$4M Colby Gift

Updated 6 years ago

Robert Diamond Jr., who graduated from Colby in 1973, announced the gift on Friday.

His Diamond Family Foundation will give the money in support of the college’s interdisciplinary studies of the environment, energy policies and climate change. The foundation gave Colby $6,000,000 in 2003.

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Union Advertisements Anger Unions

Updated 6 years ago

Union members around eastern Maine are taking issue with a pair of commercials produced by the Center for Union Facts.

Jack McKay is the president of the Eastern Maine Labor Council, a federation of 35 unions with more than six thousand members.

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Tremont Drug Bust

Updated 6 years ago

Police say they stopped a car driven by 49-year-old William Thomas of Tremont, and found marijuana as well as a thousand dollars.

Officers also searched Thomas’ home on the Burnt Hill Road.

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Red Shield Shutdown

Updated 6 years ago

Dan Bird of Red Shield says the cost of wood is the cause of the shutdown, as plant officials work to tighten the wood supply inventory back up over the next week or so.

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Scenic Signs

Updated 6 years ago

All you have to do is look for the chickadee.

The Maine Department of Transportation, and the Nature Tourism Committee showed off their new campaign on Thursday.

If you see a sign with the word Maine and a Chickadee on it, you’ve found one of fourteen sites that will form a basic nature tour.

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Essex Street Bridge

Updated 6 years ago

Crews are finishing up construction on the eight month project.

They’re down to installing guard rails, putting in fencing and working on the sidewalk.

The project closed off the road to through-traffic, forcing thousand of drivers on to Broadway instead.

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Stimulus Checks Seized

Updated 6 years ago

A Department of Health and Human Services official says the child support division had collected about $1,200,000 from stimulus checks going to more than 1,800 people through May 23.

The state tax agency, Maine Revenue Services, says it’s collected $624,000 in funds from stimulus checks from people who owe state income taxes. By the time the program ends, the total may be in excess of $1,250,000.

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