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Gov. LePage Presents Awards To 8 Companies

Updated 1 week ago

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Gov. Paul LePage is awarding eight Maine companies for their commitment to their employees and communities.

The Republican governor handed out the 24th annual Governor’s Award for Business Excellence to each of the winners on Friday at Southern Maine Community College in South Portland.

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Maine-built Clipper Found On Ocean Floor

Updated 1 week ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine-built clipper ship that sank while transporting cargo from Boston has been discovered off the coast of California.

Researchers found the Noonday with the help of a remote-controlled submarine equipped with sonar and video that allowed them to see underwater video footage in real time. The Portland Press Herald reported that the researchers were participating in a five-day underwater survey that ended Monday.

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Woman Killed in Rt. 2 Bethel Crash

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Updated 1 week ago

A 60-year-old woman died Sunday in a multi-car accident on Route 2 in Bethel.

Officials with the Oxford County Sheriff’s Department say the three-car crash happened around 1:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon near Sunday River Road.

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Gardiner Lawyer Announces Run For DA

Updated 2 weeks ago

GARDINER, Maine (AP) — A Gardiner lawyer has announced that he plans to run for district attorney for Kennebec and Somerset counties as an independent.

Kevin Sullivan made his announcement to challenge Democratic incumbent Maeghan Maloney on Wednesday. No Republicans are running.

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Rhode Island Woman Dies In Turnpike Crash

Updated 2 weeks ago

KITTERY, Maine (AP) — Police say a woman from Rhode Island on the way to her summer home in Maine died in a collision on the Maine Turnpike in Kittery when a tractor-trailer crashed through guardrails, crossed a median and hit her SUV head on.

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Scientists Study Pacific Phytoplankton

Updated 2 weeks ago

EAST BOOTHBAY, Maine (AP) — Five Maine scientists will spend the next three weeks traversing the Pacific Ocean studying how phytoplankton affect the nutrient cycles of the ocean.

The scientists are from Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in East Boothbay. A spokeswoman for the lab says they will travel from Honolulu toward the Equator studying the relationship between phytoplankton biology and the ocean’s chemistry. Phytoplankton are microscopic plants that live near the ocean’s surface and play a critical role in the ocean’s food web.

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Multi-state Fishing Group Wants Tougher Laws

Updated 2 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Regional fishing associations are uniting in an attempt to strengthen the laws that govern fisheries in federal waters.

The groups describe themselves as “small boat commercial fishing groups” from around the country. They sent a letter to Congress this month calling for laws that strengthen requirements to reduce bycatch, require more comprehensive catch information and maintain rebuilding timelines for fish stocks.

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NYC Man Faces Drug Charges

Updated 2 weeks ago

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — Maine drug agents have arrested a New York City man they say dropped a bag containing hundreds of oxycodone pills when police approached him.

Agents with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency were conducting an investigation about 8 p.m. Tuesday when they approached 31-year-old Pierre Dupera, of Brooklyn, New York, behind a supermarket.

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Christopher Buckley To Deliver Address In Biddeford

Updated 2 weeks ago

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — Political novelist and satirist Christopher Buckley is delivering a lecture in Maine.

Buckley is set to deliver the 5th annual George and Barbara Bush Distinguished Lecture Thursday evening at the University of New England in Biddeford.

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Attorney Receives MacArthur Grant

Updated 2 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine civil rights lawyer who’s won a $625,000 MacArthur grant says she didn’t even know she’d been nominated.

Mary Bonauto of Portland is well known for her work with the Boston-based Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, where she was involved with every major state and federal legal battle over same-sex marriage.

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Census: Poverty Down But So Are Wages

Updated 2 weeks ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — New figures from the U.S. Census Bureau suggest the number of Mainers living in poverty has dropped from 2012 to 2013. But the figures also suggest income dropped, as well.

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Oxford Networks Unveils Expansion In Brunswick

Updated 2 weeks ago

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Oxford Networks has officially opened its expanded data center in a high-security building at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station.

The data center that was unveiled Wednesday in a former Navy communications center will allow the company to expand its cloud computing, data storage and backup solutions. Company officials say it’s the largest facility of its kind in northern New England.

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Pingree, Michaud Reject Arms For Syrian Rebels

Updated 2 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — U.S. Reps. Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree have voted against a proposal to give President Barack Obama the authority for the U.S. military to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels.

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Environmentalist Group Targets Gov. LePage

Updated 2 weeks ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A California billionaire’s environmental group is launching operations in Maine as it looks to defeat Republican Gov. Paul LePage.

The political action committee NextGen Climate says its targeting 90,000 Maine voters that it believes are concerned about climate change and hopes to use the issue to get them to the polls.

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Activists Go To Court To Get Pot On York Ballot

Updated 2 weeks ago

YORK, Maine (AP) — Maine pro-marijuana activists are going to court to try to force a town to put a question about legalizing possession of small amounts of pot on this November’s ballot.

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Mayor Offers To Help McGraw Find Portland, Maine

Updated 2 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland, Maine? Tim McGraw doesn’t know where it is. And he doesn’t want to know, either.

The country singer included a song, “Portland, Maine,” on his latest album, “Sundown Heaven Town,” which came out Tuesday.

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Feds Issue Recommendation On Cod Shortage

Updated 2 weeks ago

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal regulators are recommending a host of new restrictions to protect the Gulf of Maine’s declining cod fishery.

The federal New England Fishery Management Council’s Groundfish Oversight Committee on Wednesday recommended a battery of changes, including implementing expansions to existing inshore spawning closures. The panel also requested a review of the extent of cod bycatch in the lobster fishery.

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House Speaker Boehner To Raise Money For Poliquin

Updated 2 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner is visiting Maine next week to raise money for 2nd Congressional District Republican candidate Bruce Poliquin.

Poliquin Finance Director Jessica Corbett said that Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, will host a closed-door fundraiser on Sept. 25. She declined to provide further details.

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Traffic Stop In Maine Leads To Drug Bust

Updated 2 weeks ago

GRAY, Maine (AP) — A Massachusetts woman is facing drug charges in Maine after a police officer pulled her over for speeding and found hundreds of oxycodone pills in the vehicle.

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Maine’s Oldest Chocolatier Under New Ownership

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WESTBROOK, Maine (AP) — Maine’s oldest chocolate maker is under new ownership.

Erin Collins of Freeport this week took over 99-year-old Haven’s Candies in Westbrook, which counts Intel and HBO among its customers.

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