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Maine Unemployment

Updated 6 years ago

The state’s September rate was still lower than that national rate of 6.1%.

National economic trends are being felt by workers and businesses in Maine.There were increased job losses as the economy continued to slow last month.

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Heating Oil Prices Fall

Updated 6 years ago

The cash price has gone down $.20 in the past week to a statewide average of $3.08 per gallon.

The state energy office reports a wide range of prices, from a low of $2.40 at a dealer in southwestern Maine, to a high of $3.40 in central, eastern and western regions.

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Woman Injured in Franklin Crash

Updated 6 years ago

The call came in around 9:00 p.m. A single car had crashed on Rt. 200, also known as the Eastbrook Rd.

Initial reports indicated several people were injured, but it later turned out to be just the female driver that was hurt.

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Church Thefts

Updated 6 years ago

Two churches in Ellsworth are the latest to be hit in a string of burglaries that began in August.

Police say someone broke into the Maine Coast Baptist Church in North Ellsworth and left things scattered on the floor.

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Maine Man Sentenced for Indiana Murder

Updated 6 years ago

44-year-old David Bowen of Portland pleaded guilty in September to the murder of Kenneth &quot:Butch&quot: Conrick in exchange for a maximum 50-year prison term.

Conrick was reported missing on Oct. 15, 1979. His body was found 13 days later, in a wooded area near his family’s Gary home.

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Bob DeLong Bench Dedication

Updated 6 years ago

Family and friends dedicated a bench in Centennial Park in Brewer Friday to Bob DeLong.

They also planted a flowering crab tree nearby.

DeLong was a photographer for the Bangor Daily News for 22 years before he retired.

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Wall Street Meltdown Means Higher Rates for Some Mainers

Updated 6 years ago

The upheaval on Wall Street has forced Maine’s housing agency to raise its rates on the lower-interest loans it provides to first-time home buyers.

MaineHousing’s no-points rate this month has risen to 6.35 percent, up from 5.5 percent a month earlier.

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Brewer Accident

Updated 6 years ago

Brewer police were called to North Main Street around 7:45 a.m.

Officers tell TV 5 the chain collision happened after a pick-up stopped for another car waiting to turn.

Three of the cars behind also stopped but the fifth vehicle did not.

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Detectives Still Looking for Clues In Augusta Homicide

Updated 6 years ago

Homicide detectives were back at the scene over the weekend, seeking clues in the slaying of a 52-year-old man found dead Thursday night in his home in Augusta.

Law enforcement officials say they believe Michael Roderick was killed that same day. An autopsy was performed Friday but the cause of death is being withheld.

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Fire in Oakland Burns Trailer

Updated 6 years ago

Fire fighters were called to a mobile home on the Old Waterville Road in Oakland at around 3:30 am.

When crews arrived, the back of the home was engulfed in flames.

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Longer Waits Expected at BMV Branches

Updated 6 years ago

Maine’s Bureau of Motor Vehicles warns that new identification requirements that take effect next month will mean longer lines for applicants seeking to obtain or renew licenses. The new rules that require applicants to prove they are U.S. citizens or are in the country legally were adopted in response to legislation enacted this year to avert a standoff between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Maine. As of Nov. 15, applicants will have to show up with proper identification, such as a passport or certified copy of a birth certificate. Deputy Secretary of State Cathie Curtis predicts that the new rules will prolong visits to BMV branch offices, causing stress for applicants and employees.

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Pittsfield Residents Chop Wood for Needy Families

Updated 6 years ago

Folks in Pittsfield spent this weekend cutting wood, not for themselves, but for those in need.

Christopher Hopkins, headmaster of Maine Central Institute, is collecting firewood for needy families.

About 40 cords of wood have already been delivered.

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Plum Creek Plans to Move Forward

Updated 6 years ago

Plum Creek Timber Co. has accepted regulators’ conditions for its large-scale development plan for the Moosehead Lake region that calls for nearly 1,000 house lots, two large resorts and more than 400,000 acres of land conservation. Now the Land Use Regulation Commission staff will craft additional documents outlining the plan’s implementation. The final Mplan is expected to be put up for final approval early next year. LURC in September gave its approval to Plum Creek’s proposal, including a controversial plan to develop a resort on Lily Bay, an unspoiled area that conservationists wanted left alone. The project has drawn vocal criticism since it was first proposed 3 years ago. Opponents say the development is too large and out of character for the region, while supporters say it will bring much-need economic development to the region.

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Baldacci Seeks to Help Lobstermen

Updated 6 years ago

Gov. John Baldacci is taking steps to help Maine’s lobster industry as it suffers through tough times brought on by the world’s economic woes. Baldacci has directed members of his administration to meet with financial institutions and look at other ways to help lobstermen and others in the lobster industry survive the difficult financial times. The prices paid to lobstermen have fallen to as low as $2 a pound in many places, which is about half what they got last year at this time. Industry members say consumer demand is soft and that processors who normally buy large volumes this time of year have their hands tied because of tight credit markets. Baldacci said the situation is creating a crisis for thousands of families and the &quot:very life blood&quot: of many small towns.&quot:

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School Consolidation Referendum Signatures Collected

Updated 6 years ago

A group seeking to repeal Maine’s school

consolidation law has filed repeal petitions with the secretary of

state.

Lawrence &quot:Skip&quot: Greenlaw, who chairs the Maine Coalition to

Save Schools, said the group delivered 61,142 signatures Friday.

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Augusta Homicide Latest

Updated 6 years ago

Maine State Police are seeking the public’s help in solving the killing of a 52-year-old man who was found dead inside his home in Augusta. Police say Michael Roderick was found Thursday night by a friend who stopped to visit at his house on Route 17. The state medical examiner’s office has ruled the death a homicide, but police aren’t releasing the cause of death. State police spokesman Stephen McCausland said police are asking motorists to contact them if they have information regarding any cars or people going in and out of Roderick’s driveway on Thursday.

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Collins Asks McCain to Stop

Updated 6 years ago

Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins is urging GOP presidential contender John McCain to stop making automated calls into her state that link Democratic nominee Barack Obama to a 1960s radical. Collins spokesman Kevin Kelley says such tactics have no place in Maine politics and Collins wants the McCain campaign to stop these calls immediately. McCain traveled to North Carolina in advance of a rally today. His campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Collins is being challenged for re-election by Democratic Rep. Tom Allen. She also serves as a co-chairwoman of McCain’s Maine campaign committee. The so-called robo calls refer to Obama’s ties to one-time Weather Underground leader William Ayers. They’re being made not only in Maine, but also Nevada, Wisconsin and other targeted states.

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New Scallop Dragging Regulations

Updated 6 years ago

New regulations for scallop dragging are being proposed.

Department of Marine Resources Officials say landings have been down in recent years and the new regulations are a conservation measure.

Fishermen say converting their gear to bigger rings and reducing the number of days they can harvest scallops will be expensive and devastate the industry.

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ABSENTEE BALLOTS BEING SENT IN ALREADY.

Updated 6 years ago

EVEN THOUGH THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IS MORE THAN TWO WEEKS AWAY…A LOT OF MAINERS HAVE ALREADY CAST THEIR VOTES..

DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE JULIE FLYNN SAYS BY WEDNESDAY MORNING, VOTERS HAD REQUESTED MORE THAN 70-THOUSAND ABSENTEE BALLOTS AND HAD RETURNED NEARLY 29-THOUSAND OF THEM.

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MORE ON HARTLAND TOWN MANAGER FIRING.

Updated 6 years ago

RESIDENTS OF HARTLAND ATTENDED A MEETINGTHURSDAY NIGHT TO FIND OUT WHY THEIR TOWN MANAGER WAS PUT ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE…..

MANY OF THEM SAY THEY LEFT DISAPPOINTED…

HARTLAND SELECTMEN MET WITH PEGGY MORGAN THURSDAY… IN PRIVATE….

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