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Fire Heavily Damages Freeport Apartment Building

Adrienne DiPiazza

Updated 13 hours ago

A fire likely caused hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage to an apartment in Freeport Saturday
morning.

Crews from multiple towns were called to Varney Square Apartments around 11:30 a.m. Fire Chief Darrell Fournier says the fire started in the kitchen of a first floor apartment, and quickly spread to the second floor and attic.

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Sen. Collins on LiHEAP/SNAP Farm Bill Integration

Adrienne DiPiazza

Updated 2 days ago

Some Maine residents are seeing their food stamps dwindle because they don’t qualify for heating assistance.

It’s because of a law in this year’s Farm Bill connecting utility and food assistance programs.

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Police Continue To Investigate Saco Double Shooting

Updated 2 days ago

SACO, Maine (AP) — Police in Maine continue to investigate a home invasion in Saco in which one of the homeowners as well as a house guest were shot multiple times.

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New Toll Plaza Plan Presented For York

Updated 2 days ago

YORK, Maine (AP) — The Maine Turnpike Authority’s plan to build a high-speed toll plaza in York is back on the table.

Area residents have long opposed the plan, but a proposal presented Thursday to the board of directors would build the new plaza a few hundred feet north of the existing plaza on land the authority already owns.

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Striking FairPoint Workers To Rally In Concord

Updated 2 days ago

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — FairPoint Communications workers and their supporters are marking their tenth week of their strike with a rally outside the New Hampshire Statehouse.

Unions that represent more than 1,700 workers across Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire say FairPoint has rejected virtually all of their proposals. The company’s chief executive officer says the unions have refused to bargain in good faith.

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Sen. King To Unveil Vets Legal Assistance Program

Updated 2 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — U.S. Sen. Angus King is getting ready to announce an initiative to improve civil legal assistance for veterans, with a focus on women.

The Independent senator and representatives from Pine Tree State Legal Assistance will unveil the initiative on Friday at Portland City Hall at 1 p.m. King says the effort will assist in expanding StatesideLegal.org, a legal assistance website for military service people, veterans and their families.

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LL Bean To Give $1.9 Million To Nonprofits

Updated 2 days ago

FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — L.L. Bean is giving nearly $2 million to more than 100 community organizations.

The family-owned retailer’s board of directors approved gifts ranging from $5,000 to $225,000 to organizations involved in conservation and recreation, health and human services, education, and culture and the arts.

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Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Hiring 715 Workers

Updated 3 days ago

KITTERY, Maine (AP) — Portsmouth Naval Shipyard says it’s in the process of hiring more than 700 workers.

The shipyard announced Thursday that recruiting is underway with a goal of completing the hiring by the end of September.

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Authorities Seek To Shield Some 911 Info

Updated 3 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Department of Public Safety has proposed a change to state law that would bar the public release of certain information from 911 calls involving domestic violence, sexual assault or personal medical information.

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Portland Unveils New Langlais Public Art Project

Updated 3 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland officials are unveiling the acquisition of several works of art by Maine artist Bernard Langlais that are being placed in public buildings around Maine’s largest city.

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Lewiston Man Convicted Of Killing Informant

Updated 3 days ago

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A Maine jury has found a Lewiston resident guilty of murdering a man prosecutors say informed on him in a burglary case.

The Sun Journal reports 21-year-old William True was convicted in Androscoggin County Superior Court on Wednesday after a nine-day trial featuring nearly two dozen prosecution witnesses. True did not take the state in his defense.

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FairPoint Union Bargainer Says They’ll Negotiate

Updated 3 days ago

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The chief negotiator for the unions on strike against FairPoint Communications in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine is rejecting assertions by the company that they’re not willing to negotiate.

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Heating Oil Prices Fall Another 7 Cents

Updated 3 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine government survey says the average statewide cash price for heating oil dropped 7 cents in the past week.

The Governor’s Energy Office says the average price according to the Nov. 24 survey was $2.86. The average kerosene price of $3.46 was also 7 cents lower than last week. Propane prices declined a penny to $2.77. Heating oil averaged $3.66 per gallon a year ago at this time, while kerosene dropped 60 cents in that time and propane dropped 15 cents.

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The Search for Ayla: Three Years Later

Adrienne DiPiazza

Updated 3 days ago

The face of one-year-old Ayla Reynolds became known to many three years ago when she disappeared from her Waterville home.

“We were going to do everything that we could to try and find her,” says Sgt. Jeff Love with State Police.

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Lawyer Gets 2 Years For Laundering Drug Money

Updated 4 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A former criminal defense attorney and sports agent from Maine has been sentenced to two years in prison for laundering nearly $200,000 of a business partner’s illicit drug profits.

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Police: Porter Man Dies A Week After Fryeburg Crash

Updated 4 days ago

FRYEBURG, Maine (AP) — Police say a second person has died of injuries sustained in a traffic crash in Fryeburg earlier this month.

Paul Cundiff, the driver of a pickup truck that struck a tree late in the morning of Dec. 9, died Tuesday at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.

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ATF To Use Computer Model In Portland Fire Case

Updated 4 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Scientists with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are using a computer model to re-create the conditions of an apartment fire that killed six people in Portland in November.

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Medical Marijuana Certification Moves Online

Updated 4 days ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The certification process for Maine medical marijuana patients is moving online.

The Maine Division of Licensing and Regulatory Services says providers will be required to use a new online tool to certify patients.

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Delegation Implores FairPoint To Negotiate

Updated 4 days ago

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont’s congressional delegation has joined the governor in calling for FairPoint Communications to negotiate to end the two-month-old strike by about 1,700 workers.

U.S. Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch sent a letter to FairPoint CEO Paul Sunu Tuesday saying failure to reach a fair agreement with workers is not only hurting them but it is negatively affecting customers and the services it’s required to provide.

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RSU 14 Schools To Close For 3rd Day After Threat

Updated 4 days ago

WINDHAM, Maine (AP) — Schools in a Maine town will remain closed for a third day in the wake of receiving threatening emails.

Maine Public Broadcasting Network reports there will be no school in Regional School Unit 14 on Wednesday. The district serves about 3,300 students Windham and Raymond. The district released all of its students on Monday as police investigated the emailed threat.

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