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Planned Parenthood President To Rally For Michaud

Updated 2 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The president of Planned Parenthood and its political arm is visiting Maine later this month to host a rally for Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Mike Michaud.

Cecile Richards will headline a “Women for Mike” rally in Portland on Aug. 27.

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Popular Balloon Festival Draws To A Close In Lewiston

Updated 2 weeks ago

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A popular summer festival featuring more than a dozen balloons and tens of thousands of spectators is drawing to a close in Lewiston, Maine.

Warm, sunny weather served to boost attendance for the Great Falls Balloon Festival on all three days, including the final balloon launches on Sunday.

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Autopsy: Landlord Died Of Heart Attack After Fight

Updated 2 weeks ago

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — An autopsy shows a 60-year-old Lewiston, Maine, who died after trying to break up a fight in his building died of a heart attack.

Louis St. Pierre died at a hospital following the apartment house fight on Wednesday night. Police said there was an altercation in the building during which St. Pierre collapsed.

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US Rethinks Giving Excess Military Gear To Police

Updated 2 weeks ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — For years, Washington has sent military equipment to U.S. police departments. But federal officials are now reconsidering the idea in light of the violence in Ferguson, Missouri.

Attorney General Eric Holder says that when police and citizens need to restore calm, he’s concerned that using military equipment and vehicles sends “a conflicting message.”

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Dad Pleads Not Guilty To Assaulting Infant Twins

Updated 2 weeks ago

ALFRED, Maine (AP) — A Maine man accused of assaulting his infant twins has pleaded not guilty.

Twenty-two-year-old Anthony Carpinelli of Sanford on Friday denied charges of aggravated assault, aggravated assault with indifference, two counts of assault on a child younger than 6, and two misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

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Foghorn Switch Leaves Mariners In Fear

Updated 2 weeks ago

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) — Boaters needing foghorn assistance around Kennebunkport, Maine, now need to request it, instead of hearing it automatically.

Mariners and residents say boaters are at risk because of the U.S. Coast Guard decision to change the operating system of the Goat Island Light.

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Nova Star Sees Healthy Growth In July, August

Updated 2 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Company officials say the Nova Star ferry that runs between Portland, Maine, to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, is starting to see some healthy growth.

The company said Friday that 17,255 people sailed on the new vessel in the first two week of August, for an average of 557 passengers per day. That compares with 13,043 passengers in July, an average of 421 passengers per day.

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Nurse Who Failed To Report Abuse Loses License

Updated 2 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine nurse who failed to report signs of abuse of an infant who later died has lost her license.

Former home health nurse Virginia McNamara signed a voluntary agreement with the state Board of Nursing, and the agreement was made final this week.

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Kennebunk Couple Plead Guilty To Welfare Fraud

Updated 3 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A husband and wife from Kennebunk who told authorities they did not live together so the wife could continue to collect welfare benefits have pleaded guilty to welfare fraud charges.

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Three Men Charged With Digging Up Two Relatives

Updated 3 weeks ago

STANDISH, Maine (AP) — A former local official in a Maine town and two of his nephews are facing charges of abusing a corpse for digging up the cremated remains of two relatives in Standish.

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Gov. LePage, Wife Buy Home In Boothbay

Updated 3 weeks ago

BOOTHBAY, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage and his wife Ann have purchased a home in Boothbay where they intend to live after he leaves office.

Ann LePage said the couple had been looking for about 10 years for a home near the coast. But she said they’ll continue to live in the Blaine House for as long as her husband is governor. LePage, who’s seeking re-election, is currently locked in a three-way race with independent Eliot Cutler and Democrat Mike Michaud.

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Lewiston Police Probe 60-year-old Man’s Death

Updated 3 weeks ago

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Police in Lewiston are investigating after a 60-year-old man died at the hospital following a fight outside an apartment building.

Officers responded to the Lisbon Street apartment just before 5 p.m. Wednesday after getting calls about an altercation involving several people.

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Portland OK’s Boatyard For Big Commercial Vessels

Updated 3 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland officials say a developer can build a boat repair yard for large recreational and commercial vessels on the city’s downtown waterfront.

The Portland Press Herald reports Phineas Sprague Jr. wants to build a 27,600-square-foot building on five acres he owns on West Commercial Street near the Casco Bay Bridge. The building would be located alongside a recently built 19,000-square-foot building.

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LePage Designates $6,000 To Maine Nonprofits

Updated 3 weeks ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage is giving $6,000 from his contingency fund to six Maine nonprofit organizations.

The Republican governor is helping organizations that are being supported by the “Art of Giving Gala,” which is being held in Portland on Thursday.

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Mainer Reaches Plea Deal On Unemployment Fraud

Updated 3 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Portland man accused of fraudulently collecting state unemployment benefits while he continued to work has avoided jail time with a plea deal.

Forty-nine-year-old Tracy Young was sentenced to three months but the sentence was suspended pending successful completion of a two-year probation term. He pleaded guilty July 28 to theft by deception.

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2 Water Companies At Odds Over Poland Spring Label

Updated 3 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A bottled water company that won the right to draw water from Poland Spring is at loggerheads with the Maine-based Poland Springs brand.

The newcomer, Maine Springs, says it’s required by law to identify its water source, which includes Poland Spring. The company is suing Poland Spring, which has told Maine Springs that putting the name on labels infringes upon its brand.

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Kennebunk Officers Honored For Saving Man’s Life

Updated 3 weeks ago

KENNEBUNK, Maine (AP) — Two Kennebunk police officers have been honored for saving a man who went into cardiac arrest during a traffic stop.

The town’s board of supervisors honored officers Matthew Harrington and Michael Tucci at Tuesday’s meeting. The officers were also reunited with the man whose life they saved — 84-year-old Gavin Falconer.

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Lewiston Agrees To Settle Developer Fraud Case

Updated 3 weeks ago

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Lewiston has decided to accept deals offered by two federal agencies to pay penalties for fraudulent loans made to a developer.

City councilors voted 7-0 Tuesday to accept the settlement offers.

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Winxnet Buys Massachusetts-based IT Firm

Updated 3 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland-based IT services company Winxnet has acquired a Massachusetts company, adding 40 employees and giving it a foothold in the Boston market.

CEO Christopher Claudio says Winxnet’s purchase of KDSA in Methuen, Massachusetts, reflects the first step of an expansion southward.

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Judge Upholds Manslaughter Conviction

Updated 3 weeks ago

PARIS, Maine (AP) — A judge has upheld the vehicular manslaughter conviction of a Maine woman accused of being drunk and reading a text message at the time of a double-fatal car crash.

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