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FRA Funds Safety Initiative For Smaller Railroads

Updated 18 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Railway Administration is awarding two grants totaling $350,000 to help short line and regional railroads reduce the risks associated with shipping crude oil, propane and other hazardous materials.

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Navy SEALs Swim 13-plus Miles For Charity

Updated 18 hours ago

CASCO, Maine (AP) — Four active-duty Navy SEALs are swimming more than 13 miles for charity in Maine.

The SEALs plan to swim the entire length of Sebago Lake on Thursday to raise money to send dozens of military families to Camp Sunshine, a retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses.

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Parks Service Bans Drones Over Appalachian Trail

Updated 17 hours ago

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The National Park Service has banned drones from flying over the Appalachian Trail.

The Park Service said Wednesday the interim rule prohibits launching, landing or operating unmanned aircraft from or on Appalachian National Scenic Trail lands.

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Data: Connecticut, Maine Have Slow Economic Growth

Updated 18 hours ago

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — New federal statistics show economic growth in New England has been slowest in Connecticut and Maine since the end of the Great Recession.

The Commerce Department released statistics of quarterly gross domestic product — the measure of all goods and services — from 2005 to 2013. From the second quarter of 2009 until the end of 2013, the economies of Connecticut and Maine grew by 3 percent.

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Matthew Gagnon To Lead Conservative Advocacy Group

Updated 18 hours ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine native is leaving his job at the Republican Governors Association to return to his home state to lead a conservative advocacy group.

Matthew Gagnon will assume his duties as CEO of the Maine Heritage Policy Center, effective Sept. 1.

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George W. Bush Takes Ice Bucket Challenge

Updated 18 hours ago

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) — Former President George W. Bush took the ice bucket challenge then nominated former President Bill Clinton to do it next.

The challenge has caught on with notable figures participating in the campaign to raise money for the fight against ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

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Closing Date Coming For Historic Lighthouse

Updated 18 hours ago

HARPSWELL, Maine (AP) — The federal government will announce a closing date for its auction of a historic lighthouse in Casco Bay next week.

The Halfway Rock Light Station has attracted four bids so far, with a top offer of $58,000. It is located off Harpswell, Maine, and is an active aid to navigation. An inspection for registered bidders is set to take place on Thursday.

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Google Barge Leaves Maine, Heads For Scrap

Updated 18 hours ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Google’s four-story barge left Portland for Boston, and will soon be scrapped.

The Portland Press Herald reports the barge itself will remain in Boston for some time before it is put to commercial use somewhere in the Gulf of Mexico. Portland Tugboat LLC Capt. Brian J. Fournier’s company escorted the barge to Boston Harbor. He says the four-story, white-colored structure that sits on the barge will be scrapped.

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Man Who Lived As Hermit Adjusting To Society

Updated 1 day ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A man who lived nearly three decades in the Maine woods now has a job and is adjusting to life back in society.

Kennebec County District Attorney Maeghan Maloney says Christopher Knight could complete his time in a special court program this fall. Police say Knight, known as the North Pond Hermit, stole food and other things from homes while he lived in the woods for 27 years.

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Dedication of Bangor State Police Barracks

Caitlin Burchill

Updated 1 day ago

Lots of folks gathered in Bangor Wednesday afternoon for the dedication of a new State Police Barracks.

For 63 years, State Police Officers in Troop E worked out of a building in Orono, but now have transitioned to the bigger place on Maine Avenue.

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Update: Boy on Bike Seriously Injured in Winterport Accident

Updated 11 hours ago

A 13 year old boy remains in the hospital after being struck by a pick-up while on a bike in Winterport Wednesday afternoon.

According to the Waldo County Sheriff’s Department, the boy was riding on Route 69 when he swerved in front of the truck…the driver couldn’t avoid him.

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Jazz Show at Hampden Academy Tonight

Erica Stapleton

Updated 1 day ago

If you are in the mood for some soulful jazz, you might want to check out the Hampden Academy Jazz Combo’s performance tonight.

Interested students rehearsed with the group earlier today in a jazz clinic with musicians Brad Terry and Peter Herman.

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Brewer Boy’s Bicycle Ride Pays Off For Bangor Humane Society

Catherine Pegram

Updated 16 hours ago

A Brewer boy’s bicycle ride really paid off Wednesday for some animals in need.

This is the third year 12-year-old Matt Gross has organized “The Ride for the Wet Nose”.

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Maine Food Stamps Recipients May Be Required To Work Or Volunteer

Rob Poindexter

Updated 1 day ago

Advocates for the poor are urging Governor LePage’s administration to scrap a plan that would require people to have a job to receive food stamps.

LePage’s administration announced last month that it will no longer seek a federal waiver that has allowed jobless people to continue receiving benefits in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

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Two Finalists Named for Bar Harbor Town Manager Job

Catherine Pegram

Updated 1 day ago

The job of Bar Harbor town manager is expected to go to one of two candidates now.

Town councilors narrowed the selection out of 50 applicants.

One of the finalists is Cornell Knight, from Winthrop.

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Maine House Speaker Unveils Plan To Help Struggling Seniors Stay In Their Homes

Rob Poindexter

Updated 1 day ago

Helping Maine’s older residents. That’s the goal of some new proposals announced Wednesday by Maine’s Speaker of the House Mark Eves of Berwick. His plan aims to help struggling seniors stay in their homes and make ends meet.

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The Ark Animal Shelter Down East Celebrates 30 Years

Catherine Pegram

Updated 1 day ago

An animal shelter Down East is celebrating its 30th birthday – and planning a party for everyone.

The Ark Animal Shelter in Cherryfield covers Hancock and Washington Counties.

Organizers say besides finding forever homes for the animals there, they also run one of the state’s most successful spay and neuter programs.

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Restoring Acadia’s Historic Hiking Trails: Part 2

John Krinjak

Updated 1 day ago

“This is my 25th year of doing this. I started in 1990,” said Acadia volunteer Betsy Roberts.

Roberts volunteers at Acadia several times a week, from spring to fall. She’s one of some three thousand people who are part of the Friends of Acadia Program.

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Bradley Fire Department to Get Nearly $56K in Federal Grant Money

Catherine Pegram

Updated 1 day ago

The Bradley Fire Department is getting nearly $56,000 in federal grant money.

Maine’s congressional delegation announced the award Wednesday.

The money comes from FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grants program.

It’ll be used to buy self-contained breathing apparatuses for the department.

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Robbery Suspect Identified- Deputies Seek Help From Public

Updated 1 day ago

Authorities say they know who’s responsible for the robbery of the Rite Aid Pharmacy in Manchester earlier this month.

Kennebec County Chief Deputy Ryan Reardon says an arrest warrant has been issued for 32 year old Thomas Bourque.

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