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City Approval Sought For Portland Music Festival

Updated 13 hours ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A broadcasting company is seeking permission from the city of Portland for an all-day music festival at the Eastern Promenade.

Townsquare Media Portland — which owns 15 radio stations — is expected to ask the City Council on Monday to approve a festival for next August.

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2 Dead In Bridgton Car Crash

Updated 13 hours ago

BRIDGTON, Maine (AP) — Police say two people have died in a car crash in Bridgton.

Chief Kevin Schofield says the victims were passengers in a car that went out of control while trying to pass another vehicle and struck a tree on Route 302 south just before 6 p.m. Sunday.

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Hillary Clinton To Campaign With Mike Michaud

Updated 13 hours ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Hillary Clinton is scheduled to campaign with Democratic nominee for governor U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud (MEE’-shoh) in Scarborough on Friday.

Michaud says if Maine residents want change in Augusta they have to make it happen. He says that’s why he’s “so humbled and excited” to have Clinton visiting to rally voters and join him in energizing supporters to help ensure a great turnout on Election Day.

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Bowdoin Completes Installation Of Solar Project

Updated 13 hours ago

BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — Bowdoin College has completed the installation of the largest solar project in Maine.

The college says there are nearly 4,500 solar panels in the 1.2 megawatt project. There are four major installations: a ground-mount at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station, rooftop systems at the Farley Field House and the Sidney J. Watson Arena and Greason Pool.

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Group Gets $1M To Help People With Dementia

Updated 14 hours ago

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — A group in southern Maine is getting nearly $1 million from the federal government to help older adults living with dementia.

The Southern Maine Agency on Aging tells Maine Public Broadcasting Network that the grant will help the group better identify and serve people living with dementia and boost support given to caregivers, among other things.

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Flood Worries Have City Looking At Sewer Bond

Updated 14 hours ago

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — In South Portland, Maine, the weather may be campaigning for a city bond issue.

Nearly six inches of rain that fell this past week, flooding numerous basements in the city. It came just weeks before residents vote on a $3.5 million bond proposal for part of a planned upgrade to the city’s sewer and stormwater systems.

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Woman Cited After Vehicle Hits 2 Others, House

Updated 14 hours ago

NAPLES, Maine (AP) — A 65-year-old Maine woman faces drunken driving and other charges after police say her pickup truck hit two other vehicles and then a house.

Barbara Thorpe of Casco was arrested by Cumberland County sheriff’s deputies on Friday evening after the crashes were reported in Naples.

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Deer Isle Nursing Home Spreads Dementia Empathy

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Updated 2 days ago

“We’re expected to have 70 million adults in the year 2030 over the age of 65 in our system,” says Becky Siebert, Residential Care Director at Island Nursing Home.

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Bowdoin Completes Solar System

Updated 4 days ago

BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — Construction of Maine’s largest solar power complex is complete with the installation of a ground-mount array at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station.

The system comprised of more than 4,000 solar panels at four locations will produce 1.2 megawatts of power, or about 8 percent of the needs of Bowdoin College.

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Heating Prices Dip In Early October

Updated 4 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine government survey says the average price of heating oil in the state dropped 5 cents from the end of September to $3.27 per gallon.

The Governor’s Energy Office said Thursday that the average statewide price for a gallon of heating oil ranged from $2.88 to $3.60. It also found the average price of kerosene was five cents less than the end of last month at $3.83 per gallon. The average propane price is now $2.86, a 3-cent climb per gallon from last month. Heating oil is down 27 cents per gallon from a year ago while kerosene fell 12 cents. Propane is 21 cents more expensive.

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At Least 2 Still In Hospital After Hayride Crash

Updated 4 days ago

MECHANIC FALLS, Maine (AP) — At least two people remain hospitalized in the wake of a fatal Maine hayride crash that is under investigation.

A Jeep towing a wagon full of passengers in Mechanic Falls crashed during a Halloween-themed hayride Oct. 11. The crash killed 17-year-old Cassidy Charette and injured more than 20 others. Passengers were initially sent to Maine Medical Center in Portland, Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston and St. Mary’s Hospital in Lewiston.

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Business Incubator Opening On Portland Waterfront

Updated 4 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine company and an Icelandic businessman are partnering to establish a business incubator on Portland’s waterfront that commercializes new products related to the ocean.

Portland officials announced the new enterprise on Thursday. The Iceland Ocean Cluster led by Thor Sigfusson is working with North Atlantic Assets & Soli DG Inc. to create the New England Ocean Cluster. Portland city officials say the cluster’s goal will be to create, encourage and spin off new companies and products.

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8 Sets Of Human Remains Found In Cornish

Updated 5 days ago

CORNISH, Maine (AP) — Eight sets of human remains have been dug up near Cornish Town Hall, and authorities say even more may be discovered.

The first skeletal remains were dug up Monday by a construction crew installing a drainage pipe at the building. The medical examiner determined that the remains were of two people, even though just one skull was found.

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UMS Trustees Reject Closing Southern Maine Campus

Updated 5 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine System’s trustees have rejected a proposal to close one the University of Southern Maine’s three campuses as an alternative to cutting faculty positions and eliminating academic programs.

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Suspect In Greene Slaying Denied Bail

Updated 5 days ago

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A judge has denied bail to a Lewiston man facing a murder charge in connection with the 2013 stabbing and strangulation death of another man.

A judge concluded after a hearing Wednesday the state had shown William True should not be allowed bail pending trial.

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Portland Honors Doctor From Haitian Sister City

Updated 5 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland is honoring a Haitian pediatrician from its sister city in the Caribbean nation.

The city recognized the arrival to Portland of Dr. Rony Saint Fleur on Wednesday. Saint Fleur is a pediatrician who has worked as director of pediatric training at the Justinian University Hospital in Cap-Haitien. Cap-Haitien and Portland became sister cities in 2003.

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Maine Gets $35M In Heating Assistance Funds

Updated 5 days ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine is getting a $35.3 million payment from the federal government to help residents heat their homes this coming winter.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the grants through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program on Wednesday. About $1.3 million of the award is being set aside for Maine’s American Indian Tribes.

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State Moves Virtual Charter School Forward

Updated 5 days ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Charter School Commission is advancing a plan for a second virtual charter school in the state.

The commission voted Wednesday to move the application from Maine Virtual Academy to the next step. It also voted not to advance applications from the Lewiston-Auburn-based Acadia Academy and Sanford-area Inspire ME Academy.

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Not Guilty Plea In Death Of Pregnant Girlfriend

Updated 5 days ago

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A Lewiston man charged with running down and killing his pregnant girlfriend in Maine is pleading not guilty.

Evaristo De Deus appeared in Androscoggin County Superior Court on Wednesday. He is charged with the murder of his girlfriend, Laudrinha Kubeloso, who was four months pregnant when she was struck and killed by an SUV. De Deus later tried to flee to Haiti.

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Second Man Dies From Biddeford Arson Fire

Updated 5 days ago

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — Police say a second man has died due to an apartment fire in Biddeford, Maine, last month.

Twenty-one-year-old James Ford died Tuesday night at a hospice facility in Scarborough. Firefighters rescued Ford and his roommate from the apartment on Sept. 18. The roommate, 23-year-old James Moore, died a couple of days later from smoke inhalation.

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