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Riverview Workers Speak Out About Conditions

Updated 1 week ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Several former and current workers at the state-run Riverview Psychiatric Center in Augusta are speaking out about what they describe as staff discontent at the facility.

Two women who work as social workers at the 92-bed hospital tell the Kennebec Journal they formally complained that they were subject to a hostile work environment that included bullying by fellow employees.

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Lewiston Convenience Store Robbed

Updated 1 week ago

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Police in Lewiston are investigating a reported armed robbery at a city convenience store.

The Sun Journal reports that the robbery at Lewiston Variety on College Street was reported at about 9 p.m. Sunday.

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Durham Woman Dies In Single-vehicle Crash

Updated 1 week ago

DURHAM, Maine (AP) — A Durham woman has died in a single car crash in town.

Police say 20-year-old Jessica Abbott was driving north on Stackpole Road at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday when she lost control of her SUV, veered off the road and struck the trees.

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South Portland Set For Final Vote On Tar Sands Ban

Updated 1 week ago

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The South Portland City Council is set for a final vote on a proposal to ban tar sands oil from coming into the southern Maine city.

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Massachusetts Governor To Stump For Michaud

Updated 1 week ago

SACO, Maine (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is heading to Maine to support Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud.

Patrick will be in Saco on Monday afternoon for an event with the Democrat challenging Republican Gov. Paul LePage.

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Portland Crafting New Vision For City Parks

Updated 1 week ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland, Maine, officials say the city has received an $18,000 grant that will aid its goal of creating a comprehensive plan for its parks.

The city, the Trust for Public Land and Portland Trails are working together to assess Portland’s open spaces. The Portland-based Lerner Foundation is giving Portland Trails $18,000 for the effort.

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In US, Fearful Campers Eye Middle East Conflict

Updated 1 week ago

OTISFIELD, Maine (AP) — A summer camp in the Maine woods is hosting counselors and campers from throughout the Middle East who say fighting back home is making for a summer of tearful calls from their families and unlikely friendships.

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Detectives ID Man Who Fired Fatal Shots

Updated 1 week ago

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — State Police say a New York City man fired the shots that killed two men in Biddeford, Maine.

Investigators said Friday that 34-year-old Fuquan Prince Wilson from the Bronx has a lengthy criminal record. They also said the shooting was drug related, and asked the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency to join the investigation.

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Maine Unemployment Rate Falls To 5.5 Percent

Updated 1 week ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — State officials say that Maine’s unemployment rate fell to 5.5 percent in June.

The jobless rate released by the Maine Department of Labor on Friday is the lowest reported in the state in nearly six years.

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Large Grant To Help UMaine At Presque Isle Open N. Maine Art Center

Updated 2 weeks ago

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine at Presque Isle will receive $50,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts to help open a facility dedicated to visual arts in northern Maine.

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Androscoggin County Law Library To Close Its Books

Updated 2 weeks ago

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — The thousands of publicly-owned legal books at the Androscoggin County Law Library might soon be headed to the dump, another victim of the digital age.

Maine Court Administrator James Glessner says all 16 counties in the state once had active law libraries, but it’s now too expensive to buy updated volumes and most lawyers do their legal research online these days.

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Girl Found Unresponsive In Minot Pool

Updated 2 weeks ago

MINOT, Maine (AP) — A 5-year-old girl has been taken to a Portland hospital after she was found unresponsive at the bottom of a swimming pool in Minot.

Police say the girl was among several children swimming in the pool at a home of Fortin Drive when she apparently sank to the bottom and did not resurface at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

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Mechanical Problem Caused Railroad Fires

Updated 2 weeks ago

SACO, Maine (AP) — Maine forest rangers say a series of May railroad fires started because sparks emanated from a Pan Am freight train due to a mechanical problem.

At least 47 separate fires broke out along railroad tracks in Scarborough, Old Orchard Beach, Saco, and Biddeford on May 8. State officials say no charges are pending and a two-month investigation found no violations of state laws.

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New Grants Bring Purchase Of Pristine Casco Bay Islands Closer

Updated 2 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Coast Heritage Trust has won a $262,500 state grant that buoys it efforts to buy two uninhabited islands in Casco Bay.

The grant announced Wednesday will be combined with $140,000 raised through private donations, as the trust seeks to raise $925,000 by the end of August to exercise its option to buy the Goslings.

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Drowning Victim Identified

Updated 2 weeks ago

SPRINGVALE, Maine (AP) — Sanford police have identified the man found dead in the Mousam River in Springvale this past weekend.

Police say William J. Fawcett of Springvale drowned. They said Wednesday that no suspicious circumstances were involved in his death.

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Man Gets 10 Years In Prison For Drug Trafficking

Updated 2 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Portland man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison on crack cocaine trafficking charges.

U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II said that Abdullahi Nur was sentenced in the U.S. District Court on Wednesday.

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South Portland Planners Back Tar Sands Oil Ban

Updated 2 weeks ago

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The South Portland Planning Board is endorsing s proposal to ban tar sands oil from coming into the Maine city.

The Portland Press Herald reports the board voted 6-1 on Tuesday night to recommend the City Council approve the proposal. About 80 people attended South Portland High School for the vote — far fewer than the nearly 500 who gathered last week for the City Council’s first vote on the subject.

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State Officials Working On Crocker Mountain Management Plan

Updated 2 weeks ago

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine (AP) — Maine officials are crafting a management plan for the use of the 12,000-acre Crocker Mountain Public Lands Unit in Franklin County.

Officials say the lands will be addressed in two areas, one of which will be the 8,000-acre Crocker Mountain area west of Sugarloaf Mountain. The rest of the management plan will concern the Rapid Stream area south of Sugarloaf and north of Mount Abraham.

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Fundraisers for Machias Restaurant Multiply

Adrienne DiPiazza

Updated 2 weeks ago

People and businesses throughout Downeast and Central Maine are stepping up to help a business that burned to the ground last week in Machias.

Helen’s Restaurant was known all over the country for its blueberry pie and warm-hearted service.  Last week a fire destroyed the building sending 50 workers into unemployment.

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Smoking Banned At Lewiston Park

Updated 2 weeks ago

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — The Lewiston City Council has banned smoking in a city park named after a former councilor and mayoral candidate who died of lung cancer.

The council voted 7-0 Tuesday to bar smoking at Mark Paradis Park after hearing from his widow.

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