Maine Publisher Sues

Updated 6 years ago

Angela Adair-Hoy alleges that Amazon’s recent announcement to exclusively use one on-demand publisher violates antitrust law.

Adair-Hoy said about half of her Bangor-based’s sales are through Amazon and that there are about 4,300 potential print-on-demand class members. The suit seeks class-action status, an injunction preventing Amazon from implementing the new policy and monetary damages.

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Fatal Fire in Ellsworth

Updated 6 years ago

Investigators say he set himself on fire in Ellsworth Tuesday night.

Crews were called around 7:30 p.m. They found Alex Whitney sitting in the middle of Duck Pond Road. The Fire Marshal’s Office says it appears he doused himself with gasoline near some power lines, then set himself on fire.

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LURC Recommendations

Updated 6 years ago

Changes include removing development from the north shore of long pond, but opponents of the project say they still have concerns.

Natural Resources Council of Maine executive director Brownie Carson says there is no reduction in the amount of development, which is still the equivalent of two or three new towns in the region, and development still threatens Lily Bay.

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Augusta Walmart Fire

Updated 6 years ago

An employee, who’s a volunteer firefighter, was able to put it out.

Augusta fire chief Roger Audette says the smoke was so thick, the building needed to be evacuated for about an hour.

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MDI Biking Accident

Updated 6 years ago

The 77-year-old victim had reportedly been out on a bike ride. A nephew told police the man wanted to take a quick spin down Oak Street.

When the man didn’t return, his nephew went to find him.

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Bangor Sidewalks

Updated 6 years ago

The city is applying for a grant that would allow them to build sidewalks near the Downeast School on Moosehead Trail near Capehart, as well as two other locations.

City councilors applauded the efforts during Tuesday night’s council meeting.

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Horse Shot

Updated 6 years ago

The York County Sheriff’s Department and the Maine Warden Service sent investigators to a farm Wednesday where horse owner Peggy Tardifsaid she heard a shot at about 4 p.m. Tuesday while cleaning out stalls.

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Pellet Plant Fire

Updated 6 years ago

Fire Chief Scott Bragdon says he expects Corinth Wood Pellets Manufacturing to remain closed for several days as a result of the Tuesday morning blaze.

No injuries were reported. The fire began when flames from an exterior burner were sucked into the building by a fan.

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911 Glitch

Updated 6 years ago

A spokesman says technicians are now trying to confirm the problem so it won’t recur. FairPoint spokesman Jeff Nevins says fixing the glitch is &quot:a top priority.&quot:

There have been several instances of prolonged gaps in 911 service for some Cumberland County residents since mid-April, most recently last weekend. Now, calls are going through the state police communications center in Gray, which is serving as a backup system.

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Toxic Chemical Ban

Updated 6 years ago

Pingree is featured on the CBS Evening News in a two-part series on toxic flame retardants.

Pingree sponsored the bill in 2007 that banned a certain flame retardant chemical in Maine household products. Three years earlier she passed a bill banning two other flame retardants that have been proven to harm humans and the environment.

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Possible National Guard Deployment

Updated 6 years ago

The Brewer based unit of the National Guard Brigade have been alerted for possible deployment to Afghanistan in 2010.

The unit is made up of about 160 soldiers, and is part of the 86th Brigade Combat Team from the Vermont National Guard.

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Salmon Return

Updated 6 years ago

So far, they’re coming back in good numbers.

Biologists have been checking the Veazie fish trap for about a week now.

As of Tuesday afternoon, they’ve captured 33 salmon. Last year, it took all of May to reach the same tally.

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Land Preservation

Updated 6 years ago

The New England Forestry Foundation and the Downeast Lakes Land Trust say the $35 million raised will protect 445 miles of lake shore on 60 lakes and 1,500 miles of riverfront in Washington County.

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F.E.M.A. Sets Up Shop

Updated 6 years ago

F.E.M.A. workers, along with representatives from the Small Business Administration, and the Maine Emergency Management Agency were in Milford Tuesday.

They’re providing information about relief programs and funding.

The experts point out that it’s important for flood victims to know that they need to register for federal aid, and that calling 211 does not automatically qualify a caller for funding.

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Shooting in Gray Ruled Murder-Suicide

Updated 6 years ago

(AP) – Maine state police say they are investigating the shooting deaths of a man and woman in the town of Gray as a murder-suicide and a case of domestic violence.

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Trial “On Hold” Due to Lack of Jurors

Updated 6 years ago

39-year old Steven Robbins, and 36-year old Juanita Mullins are charged with robbery, burglary, kidnapping, and assault. The incident happened more than three years ago. According to police, the couple handcuffed Robbins’ grandmother to her bed, bound her legs, and put a pillow case over her head.

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Gay Rights Appeal

Updated 6 years ago

Plans are moving forward for the Christian Civil League’s attempt to start a campaign repealing Maine’s gay rights law.

State officials are expected to give the go-ahead.

Current law bans discrimination in employment, housing, or access to public accommodations based on race, color, sex or sexual orientation.

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The Dechaine Debate, Part 1

Updated 6 years ago

But even after two decades, Dennis Dechaine says he’s innocent and the wrong man is serving time for Sarah Cherry’s death. Others, though, are just as convinced he’s a killer.

In part one, Catherine Pegram begins a look at both sides of the case and the new information that could set Dechaine free. July marks 20 years since the murder happened.

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University Vote

Updated 6 years ago

A big vote by University of Maine system trustees is scheduled to take place Monday. The vote will decide whether to raise tuition costs.

Members will also decide whether to increase campus fees for the next academic year.

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