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Jackman Community Health Center Receives $25k Grant

Catherine Pegram

Updated 1 day ago

Jackman Community Health Center is getting a $25,000 grant to help upgrade the center’s emergency entrance.

The money comes from the Skowhegan Savings Charitable Foundation.

Officials say the renovations will make the Urgent Care entrance safer and more accessible to patients and visitors.

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Greenbush Woman to Prison for 8+ Years for Role in Bath Salts Ring

Catherine Pegram

Updated 1 day ago

A woman from Greenbush is going to prison for more than eight years for her role in a major bath salts ring.

22-year-old Jessica Bryden was sentenced Wednesday  in federal court in Bangor.

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Solidarity Harvest Brings Thanksgiving to Mainers in Need

John Krinjak

Updated 1 day ago

Thousands of Mainers will have a Thanksgiving meal this year, thanks to an annual collaboration of farmers and community members.

Solidarity Harvest, organized by the workers’ advocacy group “Food and Medicine,” collects food from more than 40 local farmers at a fair price, along with turkeys from Manna Ministries.

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UPDATE: Woman, 3 Children Killed in Caribou House Fire Identified

Catherine Pegram

Updated 1 day ago

Officials say a woman and three children were killed in a house fire in Caribou Thursday morning.

State Police identified the victims as 28-year-old Norma Skidgel and her three children, two-year-old twins Mason and Madison Delisle, and three-year-old Trenton Delisle.

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Portland Jetport Earns Praise From Industry Groups

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Portland International Jetport is earning high praise from the aviation industry for its customer service and commitment to sustainability.

The Maine airport was among seven from around the world to receive an Airports Going Green award from the Chicago Department of Aviation.

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Hallowell City Manager Says He’ll Reappoint Chief

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HALLOWELL, Maine (AP) — Hallowell’s city manager says he will reappoint the police chief even after reprimanding him after the chief was accused of sexual misconduct.

City Manager Michael Starn told the Kennebec Journal on Wednesday he will reappoint Chief Eric Nason after “looking at his entire career,” which includes more than 25 years with the department, nearly a decade as chief.

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Pharmacy Technician Pleads Guilty To Drug Thefts

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BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A former pharmacy technician at a health center on the Passamaquoddy Tribe’s Pleasant Point reservation has pleaded guilty to stealing prescription painkillers from the facility then shredding records to hide her crimes.

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Auburn Man Pleads No Contest To Bat Attack

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AUBURN, Maine (AP) — An Auburn man faces a year behind bars after pleading no contest to charges that he used a baseball bat to severely beat a man he thought was flirting with his girlfriend.

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Town Broke State Law In Hiring Selectman

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CHINA, Maine (AP) — A Maine town violated state law when it hired its former select board chairman to head its public works department and town transfer station.

The Morning Sentinel reports that Peter Foote, the former China select board chairman, has withdrawn from the appointed post. State law says a municipal official cannot be appointed immediately to a paid position that was created during his time in office. Town officials and Foote say they were unaware of the law.

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Portland Christmas Tree Arrives On Thursday

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s largest city is ready to unveil its Christmas tree for the holiday season.

City officials say the tree will arrive in Monument Square in Portland’s downtown on Thursday at 10 a.m. City residents Mikki Jones-Little and David Little of Brentwood Street are providing the tree. Workers will cut the tree from the couple’s yard at 8:30 a.m.

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Electronic Monitoring Projects Advancing

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine officials are hoping to expand the use of electronic monitoring systems for domestic violence abusers.

The Maine State Board of Corrections is seeking proposals from counties interested in beginning electronic monitoring pilot programs in their areas. The state hopes to launch the six-month projects in one rural and one urban location beginning in January.

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LePage Calls Obama’s Immigration Plan ‘shameful’

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage says President Barack Obama’s plan to shield millions of immigrants illegally in the United States from deportation is “shameful.”

The Republican governor told the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday that it took him 11 years and $80,000 under current immigration procedures to get a green card for a Jamaican whom LePage took into his home at the age of 17.

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Assisters Praise Smoother Enrollment Session

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — People helping to enroll Maine residents in health insurance plans on the exchange say demand appears to be high and that the process is going smoothly, thanks to fewer glitches plaguing the federally-run website.

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Brewer Man Accused of Sexually Abusing Minor

Terry Stackhouse

Updated 2 days ago

A Brewer man is accused of sexually abusing a minor.

21-year-old Kirk Panther arrested Tuesday after a 3-week investigation and the execution of two search warrants by Brewer Police.

He’s been charged with Sexual Exploitation of a Minor and Sexual Abuse of a Minor.

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Convicted Drug Dealer from NY Sentenced

Terry Stackhouse

Updated 2 days ago

A convicted drug dealer from New York City, who planned to sell prescription pills in Maine, will spend 5-years in prison.

33-year-old William Waters was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Bangor.

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Camden Business Closes After FBI Investigation of Previous Owner

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A dream to expand a bookeeping business turned into a nightmare for a Camden woman.

Tammy Swasey-Bellou  bought KAX Office Center five months ago from Rusty Brace, the former president of United Mid-Coast Charities.

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New York Man Sentenced for Murdering Girlfriend

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PORTLAND (AP) – A judge has sentenced a New York City man to 42 years in prison for shooting his married girlfriend and leaving her body in an SUV in a motel parking lot in Portland.

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Regulators Consider Additional Cod Restrictions

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PORTLAND (AP) – Federal regulators are considering additional restrictions to the Gulf of Maine cod fishing industry.

The New England Fishery Management Council is set to vote on the restrictions at a meeting in Newport, Rhode Island, on Wednesday. The council on Tuesday enacted a quota cut that reduces total allowable cod catch for the 2015 fishing year from 1550 to 386 metric tons. Wednesday’s votes could include closing parts of the Gulf of Maine to commercial and recreational fishing.

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New Study of Casino Effect on Jobs in Maine

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PORTLAND (AP) – A new report funded by the American Gaming Association says Maine’s two casinos have created nearly 1,500 jobs.

The report conducted by Oxford Economics suggests Maine’s unemployment rate would rise from 5.8% to 6.4% without the casinos in Oxford and Bangor.

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Demand High for Exchange Enrollment

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AUGUSTA (AP) – People helping to enroll Maine residents in health insurance plans on the exchange say demand appears to be high and that the process is going smoothly, thanks to fewer glitches plaguing the federally-run website.

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