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Man Settles Lawsuit With Petco Over Rat-bite Fever

Updated 2 weeks ago

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine man is settling a lawsuit he filed against pet supply chain Petco over a case of rat-bite fever.

The Portland Press Herald reports a Petco spokesman confirmed there was a settlement but said the terms were confidential.

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Portland Lawmaker Dies After Cancer Battle

Updated 2 weeks ago

Former Maine state lawmaker Joe Brannigan died Saturday night after battling cancer at the age of 83.

Brannigan served seven terms in the House and seven terms in the Senate representing Portland.

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Group Looks To Bolster Public Financing Elections Law

Updated 2 weeks ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine group is preparing to deliver tens of thousands of signatures to get a measure on the ballot aimed at strengthening the state’s struggling public financing elections law.

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Susan Collins Announces Additional Grant For New Bridge

Updated 2 weeks ago

KITTERY, Maine (AP) — Maine U.S. Sen. Susan Collins says a new federal grant of $1 million for the Sarah Long Bridge replacement project should help expedite the construction of a new bridge.

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Endowment To Fund Teacher Program At Hospital

Updated 2 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Medical Center is getting an endowment to permanently fund its hospital-based teacher program.

The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center is the only one in northern New England with an on-site teacher dedicated to helping young patients from 5 to 18.

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Portland Launches Phone App For Resident Service Requests

Updated 2 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Residents of Maine’s largest city can now use smartphones to request public services.

Portland is unveiling its new “Fix It! Portland” mobile application that allows residents to report issues such as potholes and streetlight outages. A city spokeswoman says the requests are submitted direct to city officials and are then assigned based on location and the nature of the problem.

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Maine Secures $4.3 Million To Help Small Businesses

Updated 2 weeks ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine is getting an additional $4.3 million in federal funding to help grow small businesses.

The Department of Economic and Community Development says that the state secured the funding from the U.S. Treasury Department’s Small State Business Credit Initiative.

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Angus King To Speak About International Issues In Farmington

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FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King will speak in Farmington about international issues at an event hosted by the University of Maine at Farmington and the Maine Chapter of the Fulbright Association.

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Feds Begin Review Of Canada Lynx

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is starting a review of Canada lynx at a time when the largest population of the cats in the Lower 48 is poised for a decline.

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LePage Budget Aims To Reorganize Forestry Department

Updated 2 weeks ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s administration wants to reorganize the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.

The administration is proposing to create a new unit in the department that will handle natural resources law enforcement and to eliminate some forest ranger positions. The proposal is part of LePage’s $6.3 billion budget and lawmakers will have the final say.

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14 Indicted On Federal Drug Charges

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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Law enforcement officers have rounded up 11 people on drug charges who’ll join three men already in custody, as agencies targeted cocaine and heroin in the Lewiston area.

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King Invites Auburn-based Manufacturer To State Of The Union

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Independent Sen. King has invited the head of an Auburn-based manufacturing company to next week’s State of the Union Address in Washington.

Kathie Leonard, the president and co-founder of Auburn Manufacturing, Inc., will sit in the House gallery for President Barack Obama’s speech on Tuesday.

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Rep. Poliquin Says Another Gov. Shutdown Would Be Failure

Adrienne DiPiazza

Updated 2 weeks ago

Newly elected Congressman Bruce Poliquin has officially began representing Maine’s 2nd Congressional District in Washington, D.C.

In an interview on Saturday, Poliquin discussed the possibility of another government shutdown.

“We don’t want that to happen. That would be a failure of government. I’m down there to shake things up, to not conduct business as usual. We need to make sure that the house and senate to their job to make sure we fully fund those programs that need to be funded, and to eliminate waste, start addressing our debt issue and create jobs. So no, that would be a failure. I’m not in support of that at all,” Poliquin said.

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Changes Could Come for Rockland’s Camden Street

Adrienne DiPiazza

Updated 2 weeks ago

Camden Street in Rockland may be seeing renovations.

Camden Street is a busy section of Route 1 North of the downtown area.

Rockland’s Interim City Manager, Tom Luttrell, says engineers have laid out a $4 million plan to make the street look better.

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Rockland Quarries Could Be Filled, Brings Sadness to Some

Adrienne DiPiazza

Updated 2 weeks ago

A plan is in the works to fill-in the old quarries in Rockland.

“Now they’re just big holes in the ground filling with water,” says Tom Luttrell, Interim City Manager.

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Nova Star Ferry Will Spend Winter In South Carolina

Updated 2 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Nova Star ferry that spent the summer taking passengers between Portland and Nova Scotia will spend the winter in Charleston, South Carolina.

The Portland Press Herald reports the ferry left its berth in Shelburne, Nova Scotia, early on Thursday morning. Nova Star cruises President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Amundsen says the cruise line has been unable to secure winter work for the ferry. He says keeping the ship in a warmer winter climate will save money and make it easier to keep the ferry ready if off-season work is found.

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Researchers Will Study New England River Herring Population

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Fishery regulators are giving $166,659 to a project that will assess the number of juvenile river herring in rivers from Maine and Connecticut.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and National Marine Fisheries Service are awarding the money to the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries and University of California, Santa Cruz in partnership with several governmental, nonprofit and academic organizations. Researchers will also collect biological samples and conduct genetic analysis on river herring caught in Atlantic herring and mackerel fisheries.

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Fugitive, Murder Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Portland man accused of killing a man and then fleeing to Minnesota has pleaded not guilty.

Abdirahman Haji-Hassan, who was arrested on Dec. 19 in Minneapolis, appeared in court Thursday for the first time since being brought back to the state.

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Century-old Baseball Cards Fetch $200K In Maine

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BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — An auctioneer says the first batch of century-old baseball cards from the “Portland trove” fetched about $200,000.

Bidders flew in from as far away as California for Wednesday’s auction in Biddeford. Troy Thibodeau from Saco River Auction Co. says cards depicting hall-of-famers like Cy Young and Ty Cobb went for $4,000 to $5,000 apiece.

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Critics: Proposed Phthalate Regulations Don’t Go Far Enough

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Environmental activists say they’re disappointed that the state’s proposed regulations of household chemicals focuses only on products targeting children younger than 12.

The proposal would elevate four phthalates from “high concern” to “priority chemical” status under state rules. Manufacturers would need to report the use of the chemicals in products sold in Maine.

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