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Bowdoin Completes Solar System

Updated 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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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Sens. King, Kaine Visit Qatar Before Coming Home

Updated 7 days ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Sens. Angus King and Tim Kaine are back in Washington after wrapping up a nine-day swing through the Middle East and south-central Asia with a visit to Qatar.

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Man Seriously Injured in Fort Kent Accident

Updated 1 week ago

A Fort Kent man was seriously injured Wednesday when the truck he was driving left the road, striking a telephone pole.

Police say 49-year-old Rene Valcort was traveling on Route 11 in Wallagrass when he struck a culvert.

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Bones Found In Cornish Maybe A Century Old

Updated 1 week ago

CORNISH, Maine (AP) — Authorities say the grisly discovery of human bones during construction work at Cornish Town Hall is no need for alarm.

Police responded to town hall on Monday when a crew installing a drainage pipe spotted the bones, including a human skull.

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Man In Court For Death Of Pregnant Girlfriend

Updated 1 week ago

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — Court officials say a Lewiston man charged with running down and killing his pregnant girlfriend is set to be arraigned in an Auburn court.

Evaristo De Deus is scheduled to appear at Androscoggin County Superior Court at 8:30 a.m. 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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Home Being Dedicated For Soldier Who Lost 4 Limbs

Updated 1 week ago

MANCHESTER, Maine (AP) — A soldier who lost parts of all four limbs when an improvised explosive device detonated under him in Afghanistan is moving into a Maine home that’s adapted to his needs.

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Man Arrested In Weekend Home Invasion

Updated 1 week ago

HOULTON, Maine (AP) — A man has been charged in connection with an armed home invasion in Maine in which a second suspect was later shot and killed by a trooper.

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Man Charged With Killing Mother-in-law In Court

Updated 1 week ago

PERU, Maine (AP) — A man from the town of Peru charged with killing his mother-in-law is headed to court.

Authorities say 33-year-old Paul Orchard faces a murder charge at a court appearance scheduled for Tuesday in connection with the weekend death of Paula Nuttall.

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Boater Spots Fire On Portland’s Waterfront

Updated 1 week ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Firefighters responded quickly to control a fire in an empty warehouse on Portland’s waterfront that was first spotted by a boater.

Fire Chief Jerome LaMoria says the fire department was contacted by a boater around 7:10 p.m. Monday. The boater reported seeing flames inside a commercial building on Maine Wharf, behind the Dry Dock Restaurant and Tavern.

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