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Electoral College Casts Votes

Updated 6 years ago

Joe Biden also got all four of Maine’s electoral votes for vice president.

Monday’s vote was largely ceremonial, since the outcome after the Nov. 4 voting has long been known. But the vote by electors is required by the Constitution in order to formally and legally elect Obama and Biden.

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Arts & Crafts with Tracey Marceron

Updated 6 years ago

This segment originally aired Monday morning, Dec. 15th, 2008.

Graduation Rates

Updated 6 years ago

Baldacci says the changes, funded by a $1 million grant, bring 21st Century innovations to high schools in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Rhode Island.

Besides boosting the graduation rate to 90 percent and decreasing the dropout rate to less than 1%, the consortium seeks to bolster college enrollment and see that more students who enter college graduate.

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Okie Trial Continues

Updated 6 years ago

John A. Okie’s younger sister testified Monday that Okie was first hospitalized for odd behavior in 2004 when he told her he believed he had to do cocaine to avoid getting cancer.

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Rumford Man Killed While Cutting Tree

Updated 6 years ago

Rumford Police say that a 66-year-old man was killed while cutting down a large pine tree on his lot.

The victim of Saturday’s accidenthas beenidentified as Donald Barker, a former union president who led paper workers during an 11-week strike at the Boise Cascade mill in 1986.

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Heating Oil Continues to Drop

Updated 6 years ago

The decline came as demand for oil dropped to its lowest level in 12 years in the U.S. Overall, heating oil prices have dropped $2.28 since the price peaked at $4.71 in July.

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Woman Killed in Interstate Crash

Updated 6 years ago

The crashhappened at about 8:15 pm in Augusta just north of exit 109.

State Police say a car driven by 25-year-old Tara Gamwell of Portland crossed the median of the interstate, then rolled several times and collided with with a vehicle driven by 19-year-old Amanda Garwood of Winthrop.

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Federal Aid

Updated 6 years ago

The announcement came this afternoon from Gov. John Baldacci, who said the declaration covers York, Cumberland, Sagadahoc,Lincoln, Knox and Waldo counties.The declaration, requested hours earlier by the governor, allowsthe feds to release supplies to assist emergency and utilityworkers in the final stretch of restoring electricity.Central Maine Power hopes to complete power restoration effortsWednesday. As of last count, about 30,000 homes and businesses were still in the dark. All but 500 of the remaining outages are in York County.Baldacci said the granting of federal assistance is a criticalstep in delivering key response and recovery services throughoutthe affected counties. He said state officials are continuing tocompile information in support of a likely request for additionalrecovery funds.

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More Mainers Seeking Shelter

Updated 6 years ago

The recent ice and rain followed by sub-freezing temperaturessaw Mainers heading to shelters around the state for aid.

State officials say more people who’ve lost power in the ice storm turned to shelters to keep warm as temperatures in most of Maine dipped into the low teens and single numbers Saturday.

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Thousands Still in the Dark

Updated 6 years ago

Central Maine Power says the number ofcustomers still in the dark because of the ice storm had droppedbelow 68,000 by early evening, with most of them in York County. The utility said it was making good progress Sunday and expectedto complete repairs in more than 20 northern and inland towns bydark. But spokesman John Carroll said many homes in coastal townswest of Damariscotta and through Cumberland and York counties willbe out for at least another night. CMP says more than 500 line workers, 13 pole-setting crews and159 tree crews are in the field, while hundreds more are involvedin support duties.

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Second Lynx Found Dead

Updated 6 years ago

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is

investigating northern Maine’s second Canada lynx trapping death in

less than a month.

The dead animal was discovered by game wardens Dec. 4 in woods

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Storm Shelters

Updated 6 years ago

Officials in Maine say between 150 and 200

people spent the night in shelters after losing their power because

of the state’s worst ice storm in a decade.

About 18 shelters are open, most of them in southern and coastal

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Canadian Power Crews Headed to Maine

Updated 6 years ago

NB Power crews are heading to

Maine to help restore power following the state’s worst ice storm

in a decade.

Heather MacLean, a spokeswoman with the utility, says 18 crews

are headed to Maine on Saturday to help out in the wake of a fierce

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Outages Remain Throughout State

Updated 6 years ago

Gov. John Baldacci and Central

Maine Power Co. President Sara Burns say it could be well into next

week before power is fully restored in Maine.

Baldacci and Burns met with police, fire and other officials at

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Lamoine Man Sentenced

Updated 6 years ago

A jury convicted 39-year-old Steven Robbins of robbery, theft, and assault.

Three years ago a safe with $25,000 in it was taken from his grandmother’s home.

She was handcuffed, a pillow placed over her head, and her phone lines were cut.

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Stolen Items Verdict

Updated 6 years ago

A jury in Bangor has cleared two women accused of buying thousands of dollars worth of items they knew were stolen.

60-year-old Evelyn Dempsey of Hampden and 61-year-old Judy Gariepy, who lives in Arizona, were found not guilty of theft by receiving stolen property.

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Contractor Talks about Belfast Man

Updated 6 years ago

Mike Robbins spent a month fixing up James Cummings’ home on High Street.

He says the 29-year-old man was also fascinated with guns and Adolf Hitler.

Police found Cummings body Tuesday morning.

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Lubec Man’s Body Found

Updated 6 years ago

Police say the body of 27-year-old Kristopher Fergerson was found Thursday afternoon by a man who was combing a beach in Lubec not far from where Fergerson went missing.

The body was taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Augusta.

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Bucksport Man Stabbed in Ellsworth

Updated 6 years ago

Police say 22-year-old David Vaughn is being charged with aggravated assault.

Authorities say a 21-year-old man from Bucksport told them he was visiting a friend at the Colonial Motel, and encountered her former boyfriend when he was leaving.

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Storm Cleanup

Updated 6 years ago

Bangor Hydro Safety Officer John Greaves is urging everyone to give power crews the room they need to work safely.

Don’t approach crews while they’re working.

If you need help, call the Bangor Hydro Customer Service Center.

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