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Sidney At Odds With Farmer Over Highway Goats

Updated 6 days ago

SIDNEY, Maine (AP) — A Maine town is having problems with goats repeatedly escaping from a farm and grazing on the side of Interstate 95.

The Morning Sentinel reports Sidney, Maine officials say Mark Gould’s goats were seen grazing astride the highway near mile marker 122 on Sunday and Monday. State law says a domestic animal cannot trespass on government-owned property and the animal’s owner could be subject to a fine.

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Michaud With Most Cash On Hand In Governor’s Race

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Democratic candidate Mike Michaud has more than $1 million left in his campaign war chest as he seeks to unseat Republican Gov. Paul LePage this November.

Michaud reported Tuesday that he raised about $355,000, including in-kind contributions, in the period between May 28 and July 15. LePage’s campaign raised $234,000 over that same period. The governor has about $915,000 cash left and has raised roughly $1.3 million since the beginning of his campaign.

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LePage Calls For Health Care Law Fix After Ruling

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Republican Gov. Paul LePage says a court ruling shows that the federal health care law is a disaster and is urging Congress to fix it immediately.

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the Affordable Care Act only allows insurance subsidies in states with their own exchanges. Another court found that consumers in all 50 states can buy subsidized coverage.

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Feds: Husband Tried To Smuggle Wife Into Maine

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JACKMAN, Maine (AP) — Federal officials say a Canadian man is facing charges after he tried to illegally bring his wife across the border into Maine.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers say they became suspicious last week when they found women’s clothing in the vehicle of 41-year-old Pierre Poulin of St. Martin, Quebec, as he attempted to cross the border at Jackman. Border Patrol agents found his 27-year-old wife dressed in camouflage in the woods.

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Balloon Fest Rescinds Invitation To Pilot In Crash

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CLINTON, Mass. (AP) — A popular Maine balloon festival is rescinding its invitation to a pilot whose hot air balloon crashed into power lines in Massachusetts, injuring several people.

The balloon, dubbed the Raspberry Ripple, was scheduled to participate in the Great Falls Balloon Festival in Lewiston-Auburn next month. It’s registered to Derald Young, who operates Damn Yankee Balloons in Dixfield, Maine. The business didn’t immediately return a call.

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Lawsuit Expected After Vote To Ban Tar Sands Oil

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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The president of the Maine Energy Marketers Association says zoning changes intended to keep tar sands oil out of South Portland will likely be challenged in court.

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Controversial Maine Park Sale Unlikely For Ballot

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The controversial sale of a tiny park in Portland, Maine, looks unlikely to appear on the November ballot.

The Portland Press Herald reports the City Council showed no urgency about moving forward with the sale of Congress Square Plaza at its Monday night meeting. A June referendum blocked a proposed sale of two-thirds of the park and made it more difficult for the city to sell public parks in the future.

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Millinocket Leaders Discuss GNP Debt

Terry Stackhouse

Updated 6 days ago

Millinocket leaders say they’re on the right path to resolving Great Northern Paper Company’s $1.18 million property tax debt.

Councilors spoke to attorneys representing the town in a conference call, Tuesday evening.

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LePage: Feds Placed 8 Immigrant Children In Maine

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Gov. Paul LePage says that eight unaccompanied children who crossed the nation’s border illegally have been placed in Maine.

LePage said Tuesday that he learned the information on a conference call with White House officials on Tuesday, but received no details on where the children are from or where they were placed.

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Homemade Mini-Golf Course on MDI for Charity

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A tradition is underway on an island off the coast of Mount Desert Island.

It’s one that’s put together every year by a local resident.

Little Cranberry Island, also known as Islesford, has been visited by people all around the world for its breathtaking views, New England charm, and outdoor activities, like this 18-hole, homemade mini-golf course.

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Maine High Court: Man Who Shot Friend Is Guilty

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine Supreme Judicial Court is reaffirming the manslaughter conviction of a Belfast man found guilty of shooting his best friend.

A judge in October 2012 sentenced then-21-year-old Luke Bryant to 15 years in prison with nine to serve and four years’ probation. The judge also ordered Bryant to pay more than $3,000 in restitution and forfeit the gun used to kill 19-year-old Tyler Seaney.

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Maine Heating Prices Drop As Summer Heats Up

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine government survey says the average price of heating oil in the state has dropped 5 cents from earlier this month to $3.46 per gallon.

The Governor’s Energy Office said Tuesday that the average statewide price for a gallon of heating oil ranged from $3.15 to $3.87. It also found the average price of kerosene dropped to $3.93 per gallon. The average propane price is now $2.82.

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Regulators OK Emera Investment In First Wind

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine regulators have once again approved a deal that gave Canadian utility Emera a stake in First Wind.

The state supreme court in March ordered the Maine Public Utilities Commission to re-examine a deal in which Nova Scotia-based Emera invested more than $300 million to have a 49 percent stake in Boston-based First Wind’s Northeast project portfolio.

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Revamped Thomaston Cafe Features Locally-Sourced Menu

John Krinjak

Updated 6 days ago

A local landmark in Thomaston is now more local than ever.

The Thomaston Cafe has been around for some 90 years.

“Well, this has been a restaurant since the 20s. We’ve pretty much overhauled the whole thing,” said co-owner Ryan Jones.

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Ellsworth Man Charged with Sex Crime Makes First Court Appearance

Caitlin Burchill

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An Ellsworth man charged with unlawful sexual contact made his first court appearance Tuesday.

Police say 54-year-old Jeffrey Sargent had improper contact with a 12-year-old girl in September of 2012.

Sargent didn’t enter a plea in court.

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Three People Hospitalized after Corinth Crash

Erica Stapleton

Updated 6 days ago

 

One woman and two men were taken to the hospital after a two car crash on Route 15 in Corinth this afternoon.

Police say a truck struck a car that was pulling out of the Crescent Lumber parking lot…

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Report Blames Gov’t Shutdown for Drop in ANP Visitors, Money

Catherine Pegram

Updated 6 days ago

The number of visitors to Maine’s only national park dropped last year – and so did their spending.

A new report by the National Park Service says 2.26 million people went to Acadia National Park in 2013.

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Electrical Fire Damages 5-Unit Apartment Building In Augusta

Rob Poindexter

Updated 6 days ago

A fire closed a section of State Street in Augusta this afternoon.

The call came in just after 3:00 Tuesday afternoon. Augusta Fire Chief Roger Audette said it was an electrical that fire broke out in the fully occupied five-unit apartment building at 32 State Street.

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Skowhegan Man Accused of Copper Thefts in Kennebec County

Caitlin Burchill

Updated 6 days ago

Police believe they know who stole copper throughout Kennebec County.

30-year-old Michael Grant of Skowhegan has been charged with aggravated criminal mischief and felony theft.

Police say he stole copper from several Central Maine Power substations in the Waterville and Winslow area.

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Rescue Crews on Scene of Serious Corinth Accident

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Rescue crews are on the scene of an accident on Route 15 in Corinth.

3 people have been taken to the hospital.

The driver was flown to the hospital by Lifeflight.

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