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LePage Budget Proposal Aims to Slash Income Tax While Expanding Sales Tax

Terry Stackhouse

Updated 3 weeks ago

Governor LePage proposed major changes to Maine’s tax system Friday afternoon.

He wants to slash state income taxes while expanding sales tax.

The Governor outlined his plan during a presentation of his proposed biennial budget in Augusta Friday afternoon.

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East Coast ‘Felony Lane Gang’ Strikes in Belfast

Adrienne DiPiazza

Updated 3 weeks ago

An East Coast gang has struck in the Belfast region.

Belfast Police say the “Felony Lane Gang” is responsible for a a vehicle burglary in December. The gang targets cars in fitness center parking lots, stealing purses, wallets and ID’s.

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Parents Of Victim In Portland Blaze Sue Landlord

Updated 3 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The parents of one of the six people who died in a Portland apartment fire in November have sued the landlord.

The suit filed this week in Cumberland County Superior Court is the second civil action in connection with the blaze, Maine’s deadliest in 40 years.

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Transient Gets 6 Years For Striking Woman With Brick

Updated 3 weeks ago

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A man described by authorities as a transient has been sentenced to six years in prison for attacking a woman in Lewiston with a brick and stealing her purse.

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LePage Nominates Chief Counsel To Serve On PUC

Updated 3 weeks ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage has nominated his chief counsel to serve on the Maine Public Utilities Commission.

LePage announced Thursday that he’s nominating Carlie McLean to take the seat that’s being vacated by PUC Chairman Thomas Welch, who resigned before his term ends in 2017.

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Future Of New England Fishing Grounds Subject Of Debate

Updated 3 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal regulators are deciding the scope of a management plan for thousands of square miles of New England waters that has deeply divided fishermen and conservationists.

The New England Fishery Management Council is working on the long-awaited plan for federal waters from Maine to Rhode Island. It includes a host of options, including opening areas closed to fishing and adding new restrictions to open areas. Some options would change protections to Cashes Ledge, an ecosystem conservationists want to preserve.

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Biddeford Gives Go-ahead To Mill Redevelopment Plan

Updated 3 weeks ago

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — The Biddeford Planning Board has given the go-ahead to a $50 million project that will transform a downtown textile mill.

The Lincoln Hotel and Lofts project that received unanimous final approval from the board on Wednesday will include 96 apartments, an 81-room hotel, and two restaurants.

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States Seek Shrimp Trawlers For Research Project

Updated 3 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The final day is arriving for operators of New England shrimp trawlers to apply to join a research project in the states of Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

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Judge Apologizes For Telling Media Testimony Was Off Limits

Updated 3 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine judge says he was wrong to try to restrict what the news media could report about testimony during an attorney’s criminal court appearance.

Judge Jeffrey Moskowitz called lawyers and the media to court Wednesday to say he made a mistake in trying to limit reporting. He says his order was “not lawful” and apologized to a newspaper reporter.

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Governor LePage: “Well folks, we’re back.”

Adrienne DiPiazza

Updated 3 weeks ago

Paul LePage officially assumed the duties of his second term as Maine Governor. LePage says he’s not going to leave anything to the imagination.

“We won’t rest until every man, woman, and child gets their chance to achieve the prosperity that they deserve.”

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Lewiston man Arrested in Connection with Baby’s Death

Updated 3 weeks ago

Maine police say they are charging a 24-year-old Lewiston man in connection with the December death of his infant son.

Police say Danny Adams will likely make his first court appearance Thursday or Friday on a murder charge. They arrested him Wednesday in connection with the death of 3-month-old Zade Adams, who was found unresponsive in his bassinet on Dec. 14. The State Medical Examiner’s Office says Zade died of asphyxia.

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Buxton Man Gets 7 Years On Heroin Conviction

Updated 3 weeks ago

ALFRED, Maine (AP) — A Buxton man convicted of heroin trafficking and gun charges has been sent to prison for seven years.

Dale Pinkham Sr. was sentenced this week in York County Superior Court to 14 years in prison, with all but seven years suspended. He also got four years of probation.

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Peru Man’s Arraignment On Murder Charge Postponed

Updated 3 weeks ago

PARIS, Maine (AP) — Arraignment of a Maine man charged with killing and sexually assaulting his mother-in-law in front of his 6-year-old daughter has been delayed until a mental health evaluation is complete.

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Official: Maine’s Jail System Faces $2.5M Deficit

Updated 3 weeks ago

FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — A top State Board of Corrections official says the Maine county jail system is facing a $2.5 million budget shortfall this year.

The comment from executive director Ryan Thornell came in response to a decision by Franklin County Commissioners on Tuesday to reject a $50,000 increase in its assessment from the state.

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Fishermen, Environmentalists Debate Fishing Plan

Updated 3 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The final public hearing about a federal fishery management plan that could reopen protected New England waters to commercial fishing is set to take place in Portland.

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19 Maine Workers Died From Work-related Injuries In 2013

Updated 3 weeks ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A new report says that 19 Maine workers died from occupational or work-related injuries in 2013.

The preliminary report from the Bureau of Labor Standards says that the state’s fatality rate was 3.2 per 100,000 workers, compared to a national rate of 3.4 per 100,000 workers.

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Judge Tells Media What They Can Report In Assault Case

Updated 3 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine attorney persuaded a judge to order media not to report what he or any witnesses said during his appearance in criminal court.

The Portland Press Herald reports Anthony Sineni III of Standish was convicted of misdemeanor charges of assault and disorderly conduct Monday as part of a plea agreement. Judge Jeffrey Moskowitz told reporters at the beginning of Monday’s hearing what they could and couldn’t report. A reporter for the Press Herald protested and asked for time to contact legal counsel, but Moskowitz denied the request.

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Maine’s First Female Chief Federal Judge Takes Over

Updated 3 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A former Maine-based federal prosecutor is the new chief judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maine.

Officials say Judge Nancy Torresen became chief judge on Tuesday. She succeeds Judge John A. Woodcock, whose term as chief judge ended this month. Torresen worked for the United States Attorney’s Office for the district from 1990 to 2011, handling civil and criminal cases. She previously worked at the Williams & Connolly law firm in Washington, D.C.

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Cook’s Lobster House For Sale In Harpswell

Updated 4 weeks ago

HARPSWELL, Maine (AP) — A long-standing Harpswell seafood restaurant is on the market for $1.79 million.

The Portland Press Herald reports Cook’s Lobster House promises to open in the spring for its 60th year despite being for sale. The planned sale includes a 5,320-square-foot, one-story building on 1.37 acres. The restaurant is beloved among Maine residents and tourists for its views of Merriconeag Sound and Garrison Cove. It has had two owners since 1955, with current owner Curt Parent starting at the restaurant as a dishwasher in the 1970s. He bought the restaurant years later.

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Ceremony Marks Construction On Maine-NH Bridge

Updated 4 weeks ago

KITTERY, Maine (AP) — Construction is starting at an aging bridge that connects New Hampshire and Maine.

The 70-year-old Sarah Mildred Long Bridge connects Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and Kittery, Maine. It is rated structurally deficient.

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