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Bangor Casino Touts Economic Impact

Caitlin Burchill

Updated 1 day ago

The general manager of Hollywood Casino in Bangor says a new casino study is a reminder of the economic impact of the gaming industry in the state.

A report funded by the American Gaming Association says 1500 jobs have been created by Maine’s two casinos in Bangor and Oxford.

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

Catherine Pegram

Updated 2 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 2 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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State Denies Peru Woman’s Wind Farm Appeal

Updated 2 days ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — State regulators have denied a Peru woman’s appeal of an eight-turbine wind farm atop Canton Mountain, giving the go ahead to what would be the fourth wind project in Oxford County.

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Feds Scold Maine Over Food Stamp Photo Policy

Updated 2 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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Lost New Mexico Kitten Ends Up In Maine

Updated 2 days ago

WESTBROOK, Maine (AP) — A New Mexico woman’s missing kitten has been located in Maine, although exactly how the feline made the 2,300-mile trip remains a mystery.

The female kitten, named Spice, was turned into the Animal Refuge League in Westbrook earlier this month by a man who found her inside a duffel bag outside a Portland thrift store.

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Home Sales Surge 26 Percent In October

Updated 2 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 2 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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Police: Long Island Lobsterman’s Death Accidental

Updated 2 days ago

LONG ISLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine state police say the death of a lobsterman who was found in a driveway outside his home was accidental.

Police say 59-year-old Steven Michael Hanson was found in his Long Island driveway on Wednesday morning. Police say an autopsy was performed Thursday and concluded that his death was an accident. They say the death was likely caused by a fall Hanson suffered outside his home.

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Biddeford Arson Suspect Jumps From Jail Stairwell

Updated 2 days ago

ALFRED, Maine (AP) — Officials say a Biddeford man charged with starting a fire that killed two people has been hospitalized after jumping off a stairway railing in jail.

The York County Sherriff’s Office said that 18-year-old Dylan-Lee Collins was out of his cell at the York County Jail Thursday when he walked up the stairs and jumped off the second-tier landing. Officials say he fell nearly 11 feet before striking the ground.

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Teenager Hospitalized After Crash in Carmel

Joy Hollowell

Updated 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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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Maine Heating Prices Drop Another 3 Cents

Updated 2 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine government survey says the average statewide cash price for heating oil dropped another 3 cents in the past week.

The Governor’s Energy Office says the average price according to the Nov. 17 survey was $3.06. The average kerosene price of $3.62 was down 3 cents from the previous week. Propane prices rose one cent to $2.83. Heating oil averaged $3.53 per gallon a year ago at this time, while kerosene dropped 32 cents in that time and propane rose 7 cents.

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Striking FairPoint Workers Willing To Hold Out

Updated 2 days ago

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Many striking workers of FairPoint Communications say they’re willing to stay off the job until they win what they consider a fair contract.

That was the sentiment of some of the workers who attended a rally Thursday at the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier.

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Maine Man Pleads Guilty To Lying About Pesticide

Updated 2 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Maine says a Calais man pleaded guilty to making a false statement to federal agents regarding his sale of a pesticide.

U.S. and Canadian agents asked Clyde Eldridge in 2010 to identify anyone he sold cypermethrin and whether he had records of the sales. Eldridge owned C&E Feeds, a feed and pet store in Calais. Attorneys say Eldridge told investigators that he did not keep track of the sales.

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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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