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Man Gets Jail Time For Stealing Blind Man’s Meds

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PARIS, Maine (AP) — A Maine man has been sentenced to nine months in prison for stealing the pain medication of a blind man who uses a wheelchair.

The Sun Journal reports that Daniel Keirstead, of Sandy River Plantation, was also sentenced to three years of probation, after he agreed to plead no contest to felony charges of robbery, burglary and stealing drugs. He was also fined $400, barred from having contact with the victim and prohibited from using drugs and alcohol.

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Sens. Collins, King Visiting Guantanamo Bay

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King are heading to Guantanamo Bay to review the detention center there.

Collins, a Republican, and King, an Independent, are among a bipartisan group of seven lawmakers traveling to the U.S. military base in Cuba on Friday.

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Maine Among Highest Student Loan Debt States

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine continues to have one of the highest undergraduate student loan burdens in the country.

The Portland Press Herald reports graduating seniors from Maine’s public and private nonprofit colleges in 2013 averaged $29,900 in debt. The national average was $28,400. The Project on Student Debt says Maine’s figure is seventh in the nation. Maine also ranked seventh in 2012.

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Services Agency Replaces 2 Top Managers

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Two top managers at Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services are no longer employed there, but the agency is not saying why.

Department spokesman John Martins confirmed Wednesday that Guy Cousins, director of the Office of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, and Therese Cahill-Low, director of the Office of Child and Family Services, no longer work for the department.

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Ex-Rumford Official Gets 30 Days In Jail

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PARIS, Maine (AP) — A former Rumford town official has been sentenced to a month in prison after pleading guilty to possessing more than 1,000 sexually explicit images of children.

Jeremy Vashaw was sentenced Wednesday to serve 30 days of an 18-month sentence after pleading guilty in Oxford County Superior Court to a charge of possession of sexually explicit materials.

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Suspect In Biddeford Arson Faces Weapons Charge

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BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — The Biddeford man charged with starting a fire that killed two people is also facing a concealed weapons charge.

The new charge against 18-year-old Dylan Collins was originally impounded, but some documents in the case were made public Wednesday at the request of the Portland Press Herald.

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Fish Regulators Want Herring Science Pitches

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Fishery regulators are looking for proposals to support scientific studies about the conversation of river herring.

The interstate Atlantic States Marines Fisheries Commission is providing funding for proposals to gather data to measure the performance of fish passage improvement projects. The commission is also accepting proposals about habitat restoration, dam-related herring mortality, and the impacts of fisheries on river herring. Other potential projects include documentation of the life history of the marine phase of river herring and reviews of contaminant effects on freshwater ecosystems.

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Portland Cuts Budget As Showdown Looms With LePage

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The city of Portland has advised departments to prepare for spending cuts because of uncertainty during a legal fight with the state over benefits provided to immigrants.

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Forbes: Maine Now Next-to-worst State For Business

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Forbes magazine’s annual rankings of the best and worst states in which to do business show Maine improving from worst to 49th.

The Portland Press Herald says Maine has held the distinction for the past four years, but is now one spot ahead of Mississippi. The magazine places the blame for Maine’s low ranking on “the state’s high corporate tax burden and lousy job and economic growth forecast.”

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Heating Oil Prices Drop 3 Cents

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine government survey says the average statewide cash price for heating oil dropped 3 cents in the past week.

The Governor’s Energy Office says the average price according to the Nov. 10 survey was $3.09. The average kerosene price of $3.65 was down 3 cents from the previous week. Propane prices held steady at $2.82. Heating oil averaged $3.52 per gallon a year ago at this time, while kerosene dropped 28 cents in that time and propane rose 9 cents.

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Designer Revives Biddeford’s Textile History

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BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — Maine’s once mighty textile manufacturing industry is getting somewhat of a revival thanks to a women’s clothing designer that has relocated to Biddeford from New York City.

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‘Angel’ To Provide Home For Gardiner Co-op

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GARDINER, Maine (AP) — The organizers of a cooperative grocery store and cafe in Gardiner that’s been in the works for more than three years are set to announce a location.

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Driver Survives Horrific Crash In Otisfield

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OTISFIELD, Maine (AP) — State police say the driver of a pickup truck that crashed in Otisville, ripping the cab off the truck, twisting the frame, and spreading debris over 50 to 60 yards, is lucky to be alive.

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Dempsey Returns To Maine To Receive Award

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine-born actor Patrick Dempsey is returning home this weekend to receive an award for his leadership in caring for cancer patients

Dempsey, most famous for his role as Dr. Derek Shepherd in the television series “Grey’s Anatomy,” is scheduled to receive the Maine Creative Industries Award on Saturday in Portland.

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Fishery Regulators Look To 2015 For Cod Rules

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal fishery regulators are meeting to consider rules for the badly declined Gulf of Maine cod fishery in 2015.

The New England Fishery Management Council’s Groundfish Committee will meet on Wednesday and Thursday in Revere, Massachusetts, to consider new regulations. The full council could vote on cod fishing regulations for 2015 at its meeting in Newport, Rhode Island, next week. The 2015 fishing season begins in May.

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Vigil Held For 6 Portland House Fire Victims

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Mourners have held a vigil for the six people killed in a Portland house fire.

Tuesday night’s vigil took place in Longfellow Park on Noyes Street, where the burned house is located.

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Moderates Look To Wield Clout In GOP-led Senate

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Soft-spoken Republican Sen. Susan Collins is quite popular these days, fielding calls from President Barack Obama, members of the GOP leadership and top Senate Democrats Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer.

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5 Things To Know About 2nd Open Enrollment Period

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The enrollment period on the federal health care exchange begins Saturday and ends Feb. 15.

During the first enrollment session from October 2013 through March, more than 44,000 Mainers signed up for coverage on the exchange, nearly double the target set by the federal government. Now, the groups that will help Maine residents sign up for coverage hope to repeat that success.

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City Might Build Maine’s Biggest Elementary School

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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — The second-largest city in Maine is considering building the state’s largest elementary school.

The Sun Journal reports that the Lewiston Redistricting Committee is considering a new school of 1,000 to 1,200 students. The decision will ultimately lie with Lewiston voters. The redistricting committee will recommend how big the school will be and what grades the school will house in January.

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Maine’s Newly Insured Used To Reach The Uncovered

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine health care advocates are enlisting the help of the thousands of Mainers who have already signed up for coverage on the exchange to reach those who remain uninsured.

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