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5 Things To Know About 2nd Open Enrollment Period

Updated 2 weeks ago

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

Updated 2 weeks ago

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

Updated 2 weeks ago

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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Portland Flower Shop Break-in A Stunt Gone Wrong

Updated 2 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Authorities have decided not to charge a man they originally said fell to the sidewalk while rappelling down a fire escape after breaking into a Portland flower shop.

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Whitefield’s Tax Collector Resigns After Stealing

Updated 2 weeks ago

WHITEFIELD, Maine (AP) — The tax collector in Whitefield has resigned after acknowledging she stole $17,000 from the town.

Selectmen announced Monday that Robin White resigned last week after disclosing she had misappropriated the money over a two-year period.

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Portland Officials Chill On Library Constable Idea

Updated 2 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Some members of the Portland City Council are chilly about a request from the city’s public library to allow security guards to ban unruly patrons without calling police.

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Deputy Police Chief In Sex Harassment Case

Updated 2 weeks ago

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — The deputy police chief of a Maine city is being disciplined under the department’s sexual harassment policy.

The Sun Journal reports Auburn Deputy Chief Jason Moen made an inappropriate sexual comment to another member of the police department on Sept. 29. He will serve a one-day unpaid suspension and is required to attend a course about the need for a supervisor to not engage in sexual harassment.

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Feds Add Fishing Restrictions For Atlantic Cod

Updated 2 weeks ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — With the Atlantic cod population at an all-time low, federal regulators are announcing the closure of commercial and recreational cod fishing in parts of the Gulf of Maine.

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First Of 3 Maine Ballot Recounts Set For This Week

Updated 2 weeks ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The first of three ballot recounts in close races for the Maine Senate is scheduled for this week.

The recount for the race for Senate District 11 will take place on Friday. Unofficial results in the Waldo County race show incumbent Republican Michael Thibodeau defeating Democrat Jonathan Fulford by 115 votes.

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Fairfield Man Accused of Stabbing His Brother

Updated 2 weeks ago

Police responded to a call early Saturday morning on Log Cabin Road.

They found a man covered in blood in the driveway.

Police say he was stabbed on his head and neck.

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Maine Gas Down A Nickel Per Gallon

Updated 2 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Drivers in Maine are getting more good news.

Gasoline price-monitoring website GasBuddy.com reports Monday that the average cost of a gallon of gas in Maine is down another nickel to $3.03.

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3 Hurt In Richmond Car Crash

Updated 2 weeks ago

RICHMOND, Maine (AP) — Authorities say three men were taken to a hospital when their car crashed and rolled over in Richmond, ejecting all three.

Police say the car went airborne and rolled into a ditch on Beedle Road at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

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Police: Man Hurt After Portland Florist Burglary

Updated 2 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Police have arrested a man they say injured himself when he fell from a rope he was using to rappel down a fire escape after breaking into a flower shop.

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Feds: No More Cutting Dogfish Fins At Sea

Updated 2 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Fishery managers are bringing the spiny dogfish fishery into compliance with a conservation act that prohibits the removal of shark fins at sea.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Spiny Dogfish Management Board announced new rules about the fishery on Oct. 31. A spokeswoman for the board says the rule change ensures consistency with the Shark Conservation Act of 2010, which prohibits processing at sea.

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Lewiston Father Denies Causing Infant’s Death

Updated 2 weeks ago

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A Lewiston man has pleaded not guilty to a manslaughter charge in connection with the bathtub death of his infant son.

The Lewiston Sun Journal reports that 27-year-old Sean St. Amand appeared in court Friday after being indicted by a grand jury earlier in the week in the death of his 11-month-old son.

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Recounts Expected In 3 Senate Races

Updated 2 weeks ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine officials will do recounts in three tight races for spots in the state Senate.

The Maine secretary of state’s office says that a recount has been requested in the race for Senate District 11, where Democrat Jonathan Fulford challenged incumbent Senate Republican Leader Michael Thibodeau. Unofficial results show Thibodeau winning by 115 votes.

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Portland House Where Fire Killed 6 Had Complaints

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A house that was destroyed in Maine’s deadliest fire in 40 years had a history of complaints, including a concern about a possible illegal unit on the third floor.

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Maine Fugitive Caught In Vermont After 33 Years

Updated 2 weeks ago

NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) — A Maine fugitive who had been on the run for 33 years after escaping from the Aroostook County Jail is headed home after being captured in Vermont.

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Brooklyn, NY Men Arrested for Selling Crack in Lewiston

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Updated 2 weeks ago

Two men from Brooklyn, NY were caught selling crack cocaine in Lewiston Friday. State Police say they arrested 23-year-old Joshua Bonnett and 22-year-old Marquis Aiken.

Both are charged with Aggravated Trafficking of Scheduled Drugs.

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Man Arrested In Biddeford Fire That Killed 2

Updated 3 weeks ago

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — Police say they’ve arrested an 18-year-old man in connection with an apartment fire in Biddeford, Maine, that killed two people.

Police say Dylan Lee Collins of Biddeford was charged early Friday with two counts of murder and one count of arson. He was scheduled to appear in York County Superior Court at 1 p.m. It wasn’t immediately known if he had a lawyer.

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