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Ex-Biddeford Pastor Pleads Guilty Child Porn

Updated 3 days ago

ALFRED, Maine (AP) — The former pastor of a Biddeford church has avoided prison time after pleading guilty to child pornography charges.

Prosecutors tell WMTW-TV that James Napier entered his plea to 10 counts of possession of sexually explicit materials of a minor under 12 on Wednesday in York County Superior Court.

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American Indian Tribe Gets Cards For Elver Catch

Updated 3 days ago

WHITING, Maine (AP) — Fishermen in an American Indian tribe may now pick up electronic swipe cards that will allow them to fish for elvers in Maine and record sales of the baby eels.

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US Premiere For Film Set In Maine’s Potato Country

Updated 3 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Two filmmakers who won acclaim for their documentary about Maine troop greeters are ready for the U.S. premiere of their new film, “Beneath the Harvest Sky.”

The first feature-length movie by Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly will be shown Friday at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

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Lawmakers OK $50 Million In Bond Proposals

Updated 3 days ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s Democratic-led Legislature has approved roughly $50 million in bond proposals that would support small businesses and water infrastructure projects.

The House and Senate approved the six bond proposals on Thursday as they wrapped up their work for the short session.

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Lawmakers Approve Final Attempt To Expand Medicaid

Updated 3 days ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine lawmakers have approved a final attempt during this session to expand Medicaid coverage to more than 70,000 low-income residents under the Affordable Care Act.

Under the new proposal, the state would expand Medicaid for one year while seeking a waiver from the federal government.

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Carnival Outside Bangor Mall

Terry Stackhouse

Updated 4 days ago

Bangor shoppers can expect to smell the friendly aroma of fried dough and french fries over the next week.

The parking lot at Bangor Mall has been turned into fairgrounds for East Coast Midways.

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LePage: Maine Faces $7M In Welfare-related Fines

Updated 4 days ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Republican Gov. Paul LePage says Maine faces more than $7 million in federal fines because it’s not meeting work participation requirements for welfare recipients.

LePage said Thursday that Maine needed an overall work participation rate of 47.5 percent and 87.5 percent for two-parent families in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program in 2011, but fell fall short of that.

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Waldo County Program Thrives on Volunteer Connections

Morgan Sturdivant

Updated 4 days ago

Allen Yeaton has been volunteering for a decade.

“I do the Brooks route.”

Twice a week, he picks up food to be delivered to seniors and disabled members of the Waldo County community.

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Paul Bunyan Helping Medical Program Reach More People

Morgan Sturdivant

Updated 3 days ago

You may see Paul Bunyan with a bit of a makeover around town.

Bangor Public Health and Community Services is rolling out their new brand and website.

They’re using their version of Paul Bunyan as a way to reach out to a broader network of people in the area.

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LePage Allocates $20K for Penquis Journey House

John Krinjak

Updated 3 days ago

Governor LePage has allocated $20,000 in contingency funds to help the Penquis Journey House in Dexter continue its services.

The governor says he’s proud to support Journey House because it, “Equips young people to lead productive and rewarding lives.”

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Belfast Food Processing Facility to Close Doors

John Krinjak

Updated 4 days ago

For two years, Coastal Farms Food Processing in Belfast has provided a production and storage space for about a dozen local small businesses.

But now the facility is closing, leaving those tenants scrambling.

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Dexter Battles Historical Flood

Adrienne DiPiazza

Updated 4 days ago

Flood season isn’t new for most Mainers, but the town of Dexter hasn’t seen anything like this for a long time.

“The force of nature is just unbelievable and the town has never experienced anything like it. Just unbelievable,” says Diana Patterson, Dexter Resident.

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Deer Isle Poet to Share Latest Work for National Poetry Month

Erica Stapleton

Updated 3 days ago

A Deer Isle poet will be sharing work from his latest book next week as part of National Poetry Month.

Stuart Kestenbaum will be reading from Only Now, which came out this month.

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Fire Marshals Investigate Stonington Boat Blaze

Erica Stapleton

Updated 4 days ago

Fire Marshals are investigating a boat fire in Stonington.

Local fire departments were called to a moored boat off of Seabreeze Ave. just after 8 p.m. Wednesday.

The boat was completely engulfed in flames and took about two hours to put out.

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Plan For Millinocket Pellet Mill Suffers Setback

Rob Poindexter

Updated 4 days ago

Plans to put a wood pellet plant in Millinocket have been dealt a serious blow.

Last October, the board of directors at the Finance Authority of Maine approved a $25 million loan to help Thermogen industries to get the $140 million facility off the ground.

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Expo Gives Promising Outlook For Construction Season

Rob Poindexter

Updated 4 days ago

Things are looking up for the construction industry this summer, especially for women looking to enter the field. Those were two of the takeaways from this year’s construction expo of Maine in Augusta.

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Man Accused of Robbing Augusta Pharmacy Twice Pleads Guilty

Caitlin Burchill

Updated 4 days ago

A Dresden man has admitted to robbing a Shaw’s pharmacy twice in one week.

As part of a plea agreement, Ryan McLaughlin, 26, has pled guilty to one count of interference with commerce by robbery.

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Searsport Bank Teller Sentenced For Stealing From Customers

Caitlin Burchill

Updated 4 days ago

A former bank teller in Searsport was sentenced to 1 month in jail and 7 months of home detention for stealing almost $26,000 from dozens of customer accounts.

Brittany Mace, 24,  admitted to embezzling the money in 2010 and 2011.

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Cushing Man Accused of Rockland Robbery Changes Plea

Caitlin Burchill

Updated 4 days ago

The man accused of robbing Jensen’s Pharmacy in Rockland has changed his plea.

Elbert Ranquist Jr. 42, of Cushing admitted to the crime in federal court Thursday.

Police say he had a knife when he went into the pharmacy and demanded oxycodone in August.

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Enfield Man to Prison for Nine Years for Sexually Abusing Girl in 1980′s

Catherine Pegram

Updated 3 days ago

 

A convicted sex offender from Enfield is going to prison for 9 years for sexually abusing a neighbor’s daughter nearly three decades ago.

That young girl, now a wife and mother, says the sentence Thursday for 71-year-old Dean Knights means other little girls won’t have to live through the pain she’s suffered.

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