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Navy Prison Redevelopment Plan Moving Forward

Updated 3 days ago

KITTERY, Maine (AP) — The Navy says it has received more than one proposal in its latest attempt to enlist the private sector to redevelop the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard’s shuttered prison.

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Couple Sues Portland Police After May Arrest

Updated 3 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Bar Harbor couple who were arrested after trying to film police officers in Portland.

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Cruise Ship Passengers Bolster Portland’s Economy

Updated 4 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — City officials say the number of passengers scheduled to sail into Portland on cruise ships this year is up 15 percent over last year, providing a valuable boost to the area’s economy.

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Portland, LePage Dispute Over Immigrants Aid Looms

Updated 5 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The dispute between the city of Portland and the administration of Gov. Paul LePage over welfare benefits to some immigrants could heat up at the next city council meeting.

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Oil Train Protesters Head To Trial

Updated 5 days ago

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — The trial of two Maine residents who sat on train tracks last year to block a train carrying crude oil will be held this week under unusual circumstances.

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Nova Star Ferry Finds Winter Work

Updated 5 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Nova Star Cruises expects to announce this week details of winter work, something that’s necessary for the cruise ship to be profitable in its first year.

President Mark Amundsen said the company has lined up work to keep the ship busy this winter.

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SMCC, UNE Announce Partnership

Updated 5 days ago

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Southern Maine Community College and the University of New England are forming a partnership to allow students to transfer their credits.

Leaders from both institutions are gathering Monday to sign 16 transfer agreements ensuring students can transfer seamlessly from Southern Maine Community College programs to programs at the University of New England.

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Nonprofits Get $1M From L.L. Bean Grandson’s Group

Updated 5 days ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The foundation started by the grandson of L.L. Bean’s founder is giving almost $1 million to dozens of Maine nonprofits.

The John T. Gorman Foundation says that 62 nonprofit organizations throughout Maine will be given between $2,500 and $23,000 each.

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HHS Providing $3M For Maine Health Centers

Updated 5 days ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The federal government says $3 million in Affordable Care Act funding will be used to help 14 health center centers expand service in Maine.

Officials say the funding will help the centers hire an estimated 48 new staff, stay open for longer hours and expand their services. The government believes the funding will help the centers reach an estimated 10,367 additional patients.

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Bath Bat Tests Positive For Rabies

Updated 1 week ago

BATH, Maine (AP) — Bath residents are being urged to make sure their pets’ vaccinations are up to date after a rabid bat was found in town.

Bath’s animal control officer Ann Hartford responded to a report a week ago of a bat on the ground, unable to fly

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Convicted Murderer Appeals To Maine’s High Court

Updated 1 week ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The lawyer for a Maine man convicted of killing a 12-year-old girl in 1988 is appealing to the state’s highest court.

Steven Peterson, who represents Dennis Dechaine, tells WGME-TV that’s he’s preparing an appeal to the Supreme Judicial Court after a Superior Court judge in April rejected his client’s request for a new trial.

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Police ID Victim Of Fatal Golf Cart Crash

Updated 1 week ago

SOUTH BERWICK, Maine (AP) — Police in Maine are looking into the role that alcohol played in a golf cart crash that claimed the life of a Massachusetts man.

Police say 27-year-old Eric Sullivan of Stoughton, Massachusetts, died Wednesday when the cart he was in crashed at The Links at Outlook golf course in South Berwick.

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Plan To Open Cider Brewery In Gardiner Church

Updated 1 week ago

GARDINER, Maine (AP) — Plans to open a hard cider brewery in a former Gardiner church have been approved by the City Council, and now it’s up to the Planning Board to grant final approval.

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3 Gubernatorial Candidates Gather For 1st Time

Updated 1 week ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The three candidates for governor in Maine are speaking publicly at the same event for the first time.

Republican Gov. Paul LePage and his challengers, Democratic Rep. Mike Michaud and independent Eliot Cutler, are confirmed to appear at the event Friday at the University of Southern Maine.

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4 Seal Pups Released From Charlestown Beach

Updated 1 week ago

CHARLESTOWN, R.I. (AP) — Four seal pups have been released from a beach in Charlestown by an animal rescue team from Mystic Aquarium.

Two male and two female harbor seals — named Orion, Bullwinkle, Freya and Loki — were released on Blue Shutters Beach on Thursday morning.

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Police: Biddeford Deaths Likely Due To Drugs

Updated 1 week ago

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — Police say a man and woman found dead in Biddeford motel room likely overdosed on drugs.

The Portland Press Herald reports Police Chief Roger Beaupre says investigators found no evidence of homicide or injuries. Beaupre says the state Medical Examiner’s Office is indicating the deaths of 28-year-old Daniel Pelletier and 31-year-old Lynda Norton look like drug overdoses. They were renting a room at the Sleepy Hollow Motel for about a week.

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Chickens Now Allowed In Sanford’s Non-rural Areas

Updated 1 week ago

SANFORD, Maine (AP) — Sanford residents are now allowed to keep chickens on their property for non-commercial purposes — for the next six months at least.

The Journal Tribune reports that the city council recently approved the ordinance by a 6-1 margin.

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Chebeague Island Crash Victim A Gorham Man

Updated 1 week ago

CHEBEAGUE ISLAND, Maine (AP) — Authorities have released the name of the man who died when his pickup truck struck a utility pole on Chebeague Island earlier this week.

The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday that 68-year-old Stephen Hamilton of Gorham failed to negotiate a curve and struck a pole at about 4:30 p.m. Monday.

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Windham Man Killed By Police Had Gun At His Side

Updated 1 week ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The state attorney general’s report on the shooting of a Windham man by a Cumberland County sheriff’s deputy says the victim had had his hands — including one holding a gun — by his side when he was killed.

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Massachusetts Man Dies At Maine Golf Course

Updated 1 week ago

SOUTH BERWICK, Maine (AP) — Police say a Massachusetts man has died in a golf cart crash at a Maine golf course.

South Berwick police say the victim was riding in a cart driven by another man when it went out of control on a downhill portion of a cart path on the 14th hole at The Links at Outlook just before 3 p.m. Wednesday.

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