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Pot Advocates Turn In Signatures In Lewiston

Updated 2 weeks ago

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Marijuana advocates have submitted their petitions as part of a campaign to make it legal for people 21 and older to possess small amounts of marijuana in Lewiston.

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Maine Shuts Down Floating Seafood Restaurant

Updated 2 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine officials say a woman who serves boiled lobsters and baked desserts from a floating restaurant in Penobscot Bay must shut down.

The Portland Press Herald reports Reilly Harvey’s Mainstay Provisions must pass health inspection standards and outfit her 22-foot wooden launch with sinks and running water. Reilly’s business needs licensing through the state Division of Environmental Health’s inspection program.

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State Senate Candidate In Critical Condition

Updated 2 weeks ago

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — State Senate candidate Stuart “Toby” Pennels remains in critical condition at a Lewiston hospital with injuries he suffered in a motorcycle accident last weekend.

The 55-year-old Republican from Casco is being treated at Central Maine Medical Center. He’s running against Democrat Bill Diamond for Senate District 26, which includes Casco, Baldwin, Frye Island, Raymond and Standish.

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3 MOO Milk Farms Sign On With Stonyfield

Updated 2 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Three more former MOO Milk organic dairy farms have signed into contracts, this time with Stonyfield farms.

Officials from New Hampshire-based Stonyfield say Sayer Family Farm in Canton, Brook Ridge Farm in Lyman and Woodside Farm in Sidney are among the first farms in Stonyfield’s Milk Sourcing Initiative.

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Pot Advocates Turn Their Attention To Lewiston

Updated 2 weeks ago

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Marijuana advocates are ready to submit their final batch of petitions as part of a campaign to make it legal for people 21 or older to possess small amounts of marijuana in Lewiston.

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Teacher Charged With Aiding Drug Dealers

Updated 2 weeks ago

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A Maine teacher faces federal charges of aiding drug dealers.

The Sun Journal reports federal and local drug agents arrested 43-year-old Noel Thibodeau on Tuesday and charged him with maintaining drug-involved premises. Thibodeau lives in Lewiston and is a Spanish and French teacher at Coastal Studies for Girls in Freeport.

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Maine Technology Institute President Ousted

Updated 2 weeks ago

BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — The president of the Maine Technology Institute has been removed from his post.

Alan Caron, the director of Envision Maine, tells the Portland Press Herald that Republican Gov. Paul LePage removed Robert Martin from his leadership position with the Brunswick organization.

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Judge Orders Maine To Release 911 Call Transcript

Updated 2 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine judge has ordered state officials to release a transcript of a 911 call made by a woman whose husband was killed by a Cumberland County sheriff’s deputy in April.

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Lewiston Man Gets 5 Years In Prison For Arson

Updated 2 weeks ago

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A Maine judge has handed down a five-year prison sentence to a suspect in one of three major fires in Lewiston in span of less than two weeks last year.

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Lightning Injures Woman, Causes Fires

Updated 2 weeks ago

GORHAM, Maine (AP) — Authorities say lightning strikes during severe storms in southern Maine Wednesday injured a woman in Gorham, sparked fires in South Berwick and damaged trees in several towns.

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Woman Who Stole From Boss Gets 3 Years In Prison

Updated 2 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine woman accused of stealing more than $70,000 from her boss after he ended their affair has been sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to repay the money.

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Mom Who Did 124 Mph With Kids In Car Sent To Jail

Updated 2 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine mother busted for driving 124 mph with her two kids in the car in April has been sentenced to six months in jail, and police say she’s now facing a driving under the influence charge.

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EPA Holds Hearing On Power Plant Emissions

Updated 2 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency’s New England chief is attending a public hearing to get feedback on the first-ever federal standards for power plants.

The hearing set for Wednesday at the University of Southern Maine focuses on President Barack Obama’s plan to cut carbon-dioxide emissions by 30 percent by 2030.

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The Sea Chanters Will Preform in New Brunswick

Updated 2 weeks ago

The official choir of the US Navy Band will help mark the 50th anniversary of Roosevelt Campobello International Park, just over the Maine border in New Brunswick.

“The Sea Chanters” chorus will perform Saturday, August 9th at 11 am Atlantic Time, 10 am Eastern, on the ocean side of Roosevelt Cottage.

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Inspectors Target Food Bound For Casco Bay Islands

Updated 3 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine and Portland health inspectors are randomly checking the temperature of food being transported by ferry to Casco Bay’s islands, after an official noticed food that was supposed to be refrigerated sitting on a city dock.

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Slaughterhouse To Open In Gardiner

Updated 3 weeks ago

GARDINER, Maine (AP) — The owner of a Gardiner, Maine meat processing facility plans to build a slaughterhouse about three miles away.

The Kennebec Journal reports Northeast Meats’ owner bought a lot from Gardiner at Libby Hill Business Park and plans to open by Sept. 15. The Gardiner City Council approved the purchase-and-sale agreement last week. The Kennebec Journal reports the proposed facility still needs planning board approval.

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Maine Council To Permit Ballot Question On Pot

Updated 3 weeks ago

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — South Portland’s City Council has voted unanimously to allow a ballot question that would make it legal for people 21 and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana.

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Biomass Plant To Reopen In Northern Maine

Updated 3 weeks ago

ASHLAND, Maine (AP) — ReEnergy says it’s going to resume operations at its biomass-to-electricity plant in northern Maine, putting 25 people back to work.

The 39-megawatt ReEnergy Ashland facility, which has been idle since 2011, generates renewable energy to supply nearly 37,000 homes. Officials say the plant will be operational by December.

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USS Scranton Arrives At Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

Updated 3 weeks ago

KITTERY, Maine (AP) — USS Scranton has docked at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, where it’ll undergo repairs, maintenance and modernization.

The Los Angeles-class attack submarine arrived Monday with a crew of 16 officers and 122 enlisted sailors.

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UNE Cancels Ghana Trip Amid Ebola Concerns

Updated 3 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The University of New England has postponed a trip by students and faculty to Ghana because of concerns about an outbreak of Ebola in Africa.

Dr. Dora Anne Mills, vice president for clinical affairs, says it’s unlikely that any of the 38 students and eight faculty members would’ve come into contact with the deadly virus. But she says there are health concerns for UNE staff as well as concerns about being a burden on colleagues in Ghana as the outbreak remains out of control.

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