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State To Cut Spending

Updated 7 years ago

The measure is reportedly to help head off a budget shortfall of more than 95-million dollars.

Baldacci says the state government is simply spending more money than it’s taking in.

He wants the various departments to cut spending by 38-million dollars over the next six months.

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Orono Woman Run Over by Husband

Updated 7 years ago

They say that 51-year-old Mary Simpson was killed after her husband ran into her with his pickup.

It was just after four o’clock on Sunday afternoon, when 61-year-old Kenneth Simpson was plowing his driveway on Essex Street.

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Lincoln Standoff

Updated 7 years ago

A man involved in a three-hour standoff with police is now in custody, while doctors evaluate his mental health.

Authorities were called the man’s home on East Broadway about eight this morning.

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MCI Threat Closes School

Updated 7 years ago

Classes have been canceled for the day because of security concerns.

In a letter sent home to parents, school officials said they were worried about some graffiti that was discovered on campus last week.

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George Hale Honored

Updated 7 years ago

The traditional show was made famous by another maine radio tradition, George Hale.

Maine’s first radio station will again be broadcasting tunes from such greats as Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin.

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Riggin Vandals

Updated 7 years ago

The owners of the J &amp: E Riggin say the vessel sustained tens of thousands of dollars in damage after lines were cut and the windjammer floated free. The vessel eventually crashed into a walkway.

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Boy Killed Following Fire

Updated 7 years ago

It happened at an enclosed slab next to a mobile home in Turner.

Riley Davis died at Maine Medical Center in Portland.

He was burned on more than 70% of his body after the diesel fuel exploded.

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Solider with Houlton Ties Killed in Iraq

Updated 7 years ago

A 38-year-old soldier who was originally from Houlton has died in Iraq, Gov. John Baldacci said Sunday.

Sgt. 1st Class Jonathan Allen Lowery was killed on Friday in Mosul. Lowery was serving with the 3rd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, III Corps. Lowery was a career military man.

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Woman Killed in Crash

Updated 7 years ago

The crash happened at a home on Essex Street, just after 4 pm sunday afternoon.

Police haven’t released many details yet.

So far, they haven’t identified either person involved in the crash, but initial reports indicated that a man had accidentally run over his wife.

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Maine Wreaths Placed on Graves

Updated 7 years ago

Volunteers have continued the tradition of

placing donated Christmas wreaths from Maine on headstones at

Arlington National Cemetery.

Saturday’s event marked the 16th year that Morrill Worcester and

his Worcester Wreath Co. have donated wreaths to honor the nation’s

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Storm Hits Maine

Updated 7 years ago

It’s snowing over nearly all of Maine, and we could soon see sleet and freezing rain in many areas…

The storm that’s worked its way from the Midwest is expected to bring 12 to 18 inches of snow to western Maine’s mountains, a bonanza for the ski areas. A swath across the interior could get 6 to 8 inches, and coastal regions are looking at 4 to 8 inches.

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Heating Oil Help in Demand

Updated 7 years ago

With heating oil prices more than a third

higher than they were a year ago, some of Maine’s social service

agencies are being bombarded with requests for home heating


State energy office Director John Kerry says it’s a crisis for

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Stevens Indicted

Updated 7 years ago

36-year-old Olin Stevens faces three counts of gross sexual assault, and three counts of unlawful sexual contact against girls under the age of fourteen.

The crimes reportedly happened between June and September.

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Farmington Bank Robbed

Updated 7 years ago

Authorities say that a man held up the T.D. Banknorth branch on Broadway, at about 3:20, Wednesday afternoon.

A young man walked into the bank and handed a note to a teller which said that the robber had a gun, and that he wanted money.

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Fire Chief Charged With OUI

Updated 7 years ago

Police say 34-year-old Russell Banks of Burlington was arrested early Saturday morning.

He’s the Chief of the Triangle Fire Department, which serves the towns of Lowell, Burlington and Grand Falls.

A resident on the East Old Main Road in Lowell called police when he saw a fire truck race by his house with its lights and sirens on.

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Snowe calls for aid for Lobstermen

Updated 7 years ago

(AP) A federal rule that takes effect next October requires lobstermen to use sinking rope instead of floating rope on their traps. Supporters of the change say it’ll protect right whales from getting entangled in floating rope.

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Robbers Hit Central Maine

Updated 7 years ago

Fairfield police have arrested 48-year-old Lorenzo Witham, of Clinton, and 44-year-old Charles Emmons, of Northwood New Hampshire.

According to officers, they hit two locations in Skowhegan before heading to Fairfield. Once there, local police say Emmons walked into the Pilot Travel Center on Center Road around 8:30 pm.

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Verizon Fairpoint Talks

Updated 7 years ago

The Maine Public Utilities Commission will wait another week to take up the issue.

The commission met this morning briefly to say changes have been added to the proposal, which would sell Verizon’s operations in all of Northern New England.

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Alfond Leaves Yet Another Gift

Updated 7 years ago

(AP) A pilot program starting Jan. 1 at MaineGeneral Health hospitals will establish a $500 college savings account for every newborn at the Augusta and Waterville hospitals. The program will expand statewide a year later, and earlier if the pilot program goes well.

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St. Alban’s Town Manager to Step Down

Updated 7 years ago

Larry Post made his announcement Monday night at the selectmen’s meeting.

He’s worked out a contract with the town that’ll keep him on the job until the end of June.

Post will have put in 30 years, this May.

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