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LePage Slams Patriots Over Deflated Footballs

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage says the New England Patriots are a “less than ethical” franchise and cemented that reputation with this week’s controversy about the use of deflated balls in the AFC Championship Game.

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No Criminal Charges In Cape Elizabeth Recycling Death

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CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (AP) — Authorities have determined that no criminal charges will be filed against the driver whose vehicle struck and killed Cape Elizabeth’s former public works director at the town’s transfer station.

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Poliquin Says Natural Gas Could Help Save Mills

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin of Maine is touting increased access to natural gas as a way to boost his state’s ailing paper production industry.

The 2nd District congressman says the high cost of electricity has contributed to mill closures and job losses in the state’s paper industry, which lost about 1,000 workers in 2014. He used a Wednesday House floor speech to call for “increased production and transportation of natural gas to drive down the cost of electric power.”

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Maine Museum Artifact = Seahawks Good Luck Charm?

Adrienne DiPiazza

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Could a historic artifact that belongs in Maine be the key to the Seattle Seahawks’ recent and future success?

A Native American mask that’s believed to be the inspiration for the Seahawks logo is part of a Pacific Northwest exhibit at the Hudson Museum on the UMaine campus. The Hudson Museum loaned the mask to a Seattle museum back in November. Since the unveiling of the mask at the museum, the Seahawks have not lost a game.

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Democrats Outline Economic Policy Proposal

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NORTH BERWICK, Maine (AP) — Maine Democrats are beginning a statewide “jobs tour” where they’re discussing ways to create jobs and to grow the state’s economy.

House Speaker Mark Eves and other lawmakers launched the effort Wednesday at Pratt & Whitney’s manufacturing facility in North Berwick.

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Police Chief Pleads Not Guilty To OUI Charge

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The police chief in a small Maine town has pleaded not guilty to a charge of drunken driving.

Police say Michael Madden of Harrison was operating under the influence when he was pulled over in Naples in November.

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Portland Man Pleads Guilty To Child Pornography Charges

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A 20-year-old Portland man who video recorded children using public bathrooms has pleaded guilty to child pornography charges.

Federal prosecutors say Anthony Thea faces up to 20 years in prison at sentencing after entering his guilty plea Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Portland.

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Greene Man Gets 10 Years In Prison For Role In Slaying

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AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A Greene man who helped plot the murder of a Lewiston man in 2013 and drove the victim and his killers to the spot where he was slain has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

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Mainer Who Celebrates Dead Poets Launches A Cartoon Contest

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine poet and filmmaker who spends much of his free time documenting the graves of dead poets is launching a cartoon contest inspired by the attack against the Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris.

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Democrats To Outline Economic Policy Proposals

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NORTH BERWICK, Maine (AP) — Maine Democrats are beginning a statewide tour where they will discuss ways to create jobs and grow the state’s economy.

House Speaker Mark Eves and other lawmakers are heading to Pratt & Whitney’s manufacturing facility in North Berwick on Wednesday.

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Large Fire Tears Through Vacant Old Orchard Beach Motel

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OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine (AP) — A large fire has destroyed a vacant motel in Old Orchard Beach.

The blaze broke out Tuesday night at the Americana Motel.

When fire crews arrived on the scene they reported seeing flames shooting out of the top floor of the two-story structure.

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Legislator Wants State To Ban Plastic Microbeads

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine legislator wants the state to phase out and eventually ban the sale of synthetic plastic microbeads in personal care products.

The beads are non-biodegradable plastic particles that are used as exfoliants in facial cleansers and soaps. Environmentalists say they get through sewage filters and build up in waterways, where they can harm wildlife. Illinois became the first state to ban them last year.

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Officials Deciding On Violations For Portland Fire Landlord

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland officials are determining if the owner of a Portland apartment building where six people died will face violations for another property he owns in the neighborhood.

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Authorities Say 24 Arrested In Lewiston-Auburn Drug Ring

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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — U.S. Attorney Thomas Delahanty II says 24 are people facing drug charges in a sweep in Lewiston-Auburn.

Delahanty joined more than a dozen law enforcement officials Tuesday to provide details of the operation that led to 14 people being charged in federal court and another 10 in state court.

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Police Chief Denies Failure To Address False Reports

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ELIOT, Maine (AP) — A Maine town’s police chief is denying accusations that he failed to act after learning most of the town’s police officers consistently falsified patrol reports.

The Portland Press Herald reports Eliot Police Chief Theodor Short says he and a former deputy chief only discussed the possibility that officers lied in reports. He says he was never presented a final investigative report about the issue.

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Police Seek Husband Of Killed Former Maine Resident

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TURNER, Maine (AP) — Investigators say they are looking for the husband of a former Maine resident whose recent death has been ruled a homicide.

The Sun Journal reports former Turner, Maine, resident Sara Lee Porter-Knight’s body was found at her home in Fennville, Michigan, after her husband called police on Jan. 13 and then fled the area. A warrant was issued for the arrest of the husband, 66-year-old Harold “Butch” Knight. Police say Porter-Knight’s body showed signs of strangulation.

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Obama Delivers State of the Union Address

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President Barack Obama delivered his sixth State of the Union speech Tuesday night. The full text of the speech was released by the White House shortly after and is as follows:

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Land Trusts Wary Of LePage Tax Plan

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A key provision in Gov. Paul LePage’s state budget proposal that would allow municipalities to tax conservation lands has some private land trusts concerned.

Many of Maine’s nearly 90 nonprofit land trust organizations are reviewing the governor’s proposal, which would eliminate the full property tax exemption for nonprofit organizations that own property in a locality with an assessed value of $500,000 or more.

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Police Chief Due In Court On Drunk Driving Charge

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PARIS, Maine (AP) — The police chief in a small Maine town is due in court this week to be arraigned for a drunk driving charge.

Police charged Michael Madden of Harrison with operating under the influence after he was pulled over in Naples in November. He is the chief of police in the Oxford County town of Paris. Madden is due in Bridgton District Court for arraignment on Tuesday.

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Flooding Fears Again Delay Major Portland Apartment Plan

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A much-anticipated Portland, Maine development is being delayed again because of concerns about flooding.

Miami-based developer The Federated Companies wants to building 445 units outside of downtown Portland, the state’s largest city. Residents say it could have a major impact on the rental market in the city, which has very vacancy rates for prospective tenants.

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