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Maine Senators Express Concerns Over President’s Executive Orders for Immigration

Catherine Pegram

Updated 3 days ago

Maine’s senators say they’re concerned about President Obama’s use of executive orders to grant new rights to millions of people living illegally in the United States.

The President announced a plan Thursday night that shields some 5 million people and also allows them to obtain workers’ permits.

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Monroe Man to Serve Ten Years in Prison For Pot Manufacturing

Catherine Pegram

Updated 3 days ago

A man from Monroe is going to prison for 10 years for running a family pot operation in his home.

59-year-old James F. Ford was sentenced today in federal court in Bangor.

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Feds Scold Maine Over Food Stamp Photo Policy

Updated 3 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government has threatened to pull funding it provides to Maine to administer the food stamp program unless the state makes clear photos are not required on the cards used to receive benefits.

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Home Sales Surge 26 Percent In October

Updated 3 days ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Sales of existing single-family homes in Maine surged more than 26 percent in October when compared to the year-ago month as people looked to move into hew homes before winter set in.

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UMaine Recognized For Cybersecurity Education

Updated 3 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine System is being recognized for its efforts in cybersecurity education.

The National Security Agency and U.S. Department of Homeland Security are designating the seven-school system a National Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity.

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Teenager Hospitalized After Crash in Carmel

Joy Hollowell

Updated 3 days ago

A single car accident in Carmel last night sent an 18-year-old man to the hospital.

It happened on the Horseback Road a little after 11.

Police say Andrew Rediker of Levant went off the road, and snapped a utility pole.

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Turkey Telethon Exceeds Expectations

Updated 3 days ago

We here at WABI are grateful for the generosity of our viewers.

After setting a goal of 2,500 turkeys for this year’s Turkey Telethon, we received donations for 2,818 turkeys.

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Madison Warehouse Destroyed by Fire

Terry Stackhouse

Updated 3 days ago

Flames tore through a warehouse in Madison Thursday night.

Fire crews from several communities were called to the scene behind Campbell’s True Value, along Main Street.

Employees of the hardware and store first report the fire around 5:30 pm.

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Mother and 3 Children Identified in Fatal Caribou Fire

Updated 3 days ago

Investigators are searching for the cause of a fire that killed a mother and her three children in Caribou Thursday morning.

It’s the second fatal fire in Aroostook County in two days.

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Z107.3 “Free the Z” Turkey Drive Surpasses Its Goal

Updated 3 days ago

Radio station Z107.3 wrapped up its annual “Free the Z” turkey drive tonight after surpassing a big goal.

The crew collected more than 2,800 turkeys, way past their goal of 2014 turkeys.

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“The Nutcracker” Coming to Ellsworth

Updated 3 days ago

A holiday classic, “The Nutcracker,” hits the stage at The Grand in Ellsworth next month.

The Robinson Ballet will perform it Saturday and Sunday, December 13th and 14th.  With 2 o’clock matinees both days, there’s also a performance at 7 pm Saturday night.

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Many Locals Celebrate Thanksgiving Early

Tania Morales

Updated 3 days ago

For many it’s hard to come to terms with needing help, but they’re grateful a Thanksgiving they wouldn’t have had if not for the Bangor chapter of the Salvation Army.

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Woman Convicted of Embezzling $160K Arrested in Rockland

Catherine Pegram

Updated 3 days ago

A former bookkeeper who embezzled $160,000 from a Rockland law firm – but stopped paying the money back – was arrested this week.

Police picked up 34-year-old Billie Jean Grotton-Roberson at the Knox County Courthouse Tuesday.

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Bangor Man Sentenced for Involvement in Bath Salts Operation

Terry Stackhouse

Updated 3 days ago

A Bangor man, convicted for his role in a bath-salts distribution ring, will spend more than 7 years in prison.

36-year-old Adam Hathorn was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Bangor Thursday.

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Lobsterman’s Death Ruled Accidental

Terry Stackhouse

Updated 3 days ago

State Police say the death of a man, whose body was found on a Casco Bay island off Portland, has been ruled accidental.

Investigators say two men found the body of 59-year-old Michael Hanson Wednesday on Long Island, in a driveway next to his home.

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DEEMI Search & Rescue Raising Funds to Support Volunteer’s Daughter

Caitlin Burchill

Updated 3 days ago

DEEMI Search and Rescue crews have a new mission and they are hoping you can help.

9-year-old Kaydence has holes in her heart. She is having open heart surgery in Portland to have them fixed.

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Ellsworth PD Warn Against Computer Repair Scam after Woman Loses $2100

Erica Stapleton

Updated 3 days ago

A woman in Ellsworth lost $2,100 to a computer repair scam this week.

She told police a company named iFixo called her and offered to clean up her computer viruses.

We’re told she gave them remote access and they were ultimately able to break into her bank accounts, transferring $2,500 from her savings to checking account.

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Memorial Service Held to Honor Murdered UMaine Graduate

Caitlin Burchill

Updated 3 days ago

People came together in Orono Thursday to remember a UMaine graduate murdered 21 years ago.

Family members and representatives from the college met next to the tree planted in Laurence Jones Junior’s honor.

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Lobster Company Donates $3M for LifeFlight Chopper

John Krinjak

Updated 3 days ago

A lobster company has put up some serious cash to help expand a life-saving service in our state.

Linda Bean’s Maine Lobster has pledged $3 million to LifeFlight’s campaign for a third helicopter.

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Upgrades Underway at Camden Snow Bowl

John Krinjak

Updated 3 days ago

Big changes are happening at the Camden Snow Bowl – upgrades that have been on hold until enough money was raised.

“The Ragged Mountain Foundation raised four-and-a-half million dollars and had an agreement with the town that if they raised that much, the town would float a two-million-dollar bond. The town voted for that a year ago,” said Snow Bowl general manager Landon Fake.

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