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MPUC Staff Wants Evaluation Of Natural Gas Plan

Updated 2 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Public Utilities Commission staff says the state’s electric customers should be charged up to $75 million to pay for a natural gas pipeline expansion in New England. But the staff is nonetheless recommending accepting the proposal so it can be fully evaluated.

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Judge Assigned In Pregnant Woman’s Murder

Updated 2 weeks ago

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Court officials say a judge has been assigned to the case of a Lewiston man charged with running down and killing his pregnant girlfriend before trying to flee to Haiti.

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CDC Won’t Name School Of Infected Child

Updated 2 weeks ago

YORK, Maine (AP) — The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention won’t disclose which York County school district is attended by the child who contracted the state’s first case of enterovirus D68.

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Wiscasset Reconsiders Redskin’s Drive Street Name

Updated 3 weeks ago

WISCASSET, Maine (AP) — Residents of a Maine town who sparked outrage when they changed the name of their street to Redskin’s Drive have requested another name change they hope will “avoid any further conflict or potential lawsuits.”

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Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Maine Newsletter

Updated 3 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a defamation lawsuit brought by Pan Am Railways and its former president against a small Maine-based industry newsletter.

The lawsuit filed in 2011 in U.S. District Court in Portland against Chalmers “Chop” Hardenbergh and his Atlantic Northeast Rails & Ports newsletter alleged that Pan Am and former president, David Andrew Fink, were defamed in articles published in the email newsletter.

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Sen. Angus King Traveling To India Next Week

Updated 3 weeks ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Sen. Angus King will travel to India next week along with Democratic Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine.

King and Kaine will leave for the country on Monday and meet with senior Indian defense and foreign affairs officials as well as members of Parliament and others. They’re scheduled to return the following Saturday.

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Emergency Plan On New England Cod Fish Sought

Updated 3 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The National Marine Fisheries Service expects to implement emergency measures in November aimed at stemming cod fish decline in the Gulf of Maine.

The fisheries service is crafting the measures at the request of the New England Fishery Management Council. The council asked for them at its meeting in Hyannis, Massachusetts, on Wednesday. The measures will apply to the current fishing year, which ends April 30.

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Banker Gets 18 Months For Champagne, Lap Dances

Updated 3 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A judge is sentencing a former TD Bank executive to 18 months in prison for using a company credit card to buy $240,000 in champagne and lap dances at strip clubs.

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Panel Approves 2014-15 Scallop Rules

Updated 3 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A key Maine advisory council is approving the rules for the state’s forthcoming scallop fishing season.

The state Department of Marine Resources said Wednesday that the council signed off on proposed rules for the season. The rules call for the season to last from Dec. 1 to April 11. Zones one and two will have a 70-day season while zone three will have a 50-day season. Zone three includes scallop-rich Cobscook Bay.

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Lost Valley Ski Resort To Stay Open

Updated 3 weeks ago

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — Lost Valley Ski & Banquet Resort might not be so lost after all.

The Sun Journal reports the ski slope will open this winter. Owners Lincoln Hayes and Connie King announced the news on Wednesday. The owners said over the summer that the resort was struggling financially and faced sale or closure.

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George H.W. Bush Finally Receives JFK Award

Updated 3 weeks ago

BOSTON (AP) — President George H.W. Bush has received his John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award from one of Kennedy’s grandsons.

Jack Schlossberg presented the award to Bush on Tuesday at the former president’s home in Kennebunkport, Maine.

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Maine Gets 500 Letters Favoring Chemical Regulation

Updated 3 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Environmental organizers say Maine regulators are reviewing more than 500 letters in support of new regulations about household chemicals.

The public comment period on new regulations of phthalates closed Monday. Organizers say Maine Department of Environmental Protection got the letters from residents and activists.

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Otisfield Man Turns Himself In After Escape from Police Cruiser

Updated 3 weeks ago

The man who escaped from a state trooper’s car Tuesday while still in handcuffs has turned himself in.

Maxx Noble, 27, of Otisfield was arrested on several felony charges, stemming from an MDEA investigation before escaping from the car and running free.

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Bear Sighting on Popular Katahdin Trail

Adrienne DiPiazza

Updated 3 weeks ago

If you think you’re getting ready for winter, so is a lot of Maine’s wildlife.

A bear was seen on Knife Edge in Baxter State Park, a popular hiking trail but one where bears are rarely seen.

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Oxford Woman Faces Sentencing In Fatal Crash

Updated 3 weeks ago

PARIS, Maine (AP) — A Maine woman convicted of manslaughter for being behind the wheel during a crash that killed two of her passengers faces sentencing.

Kristina Lowe is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday in Oxford County Superior Court in connection with the January 2012 crash in West Paris that took the lives of 19-year-old Logan Dam and 16-year-old Rebecca Mason.

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Turner Man Dies In Motorcycle Accident

Updated 3 weeks ago

TURNER, Maine (AP) — A motorcycle rider involved in an accident with an SUV on Route 4 in Turner has died.

The Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Department says 41-year-old Gary Michaud died at the hospital at about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, about five hours after the accident.

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Heating Prices Down As Fall Begins

Updated 3 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine government survey says the average price of heating oil in the state has dropped 6 cents from earlier this month to $3.32 per gallon.

The Governor’s Energy Office said Tuesday that the average statewide price for a gallon of heating oil ranged from $3.00 to $3.60. It also found the average price of kerosene was the same as it was in the middle of last month at $3.88 per gallon. The average propane price is now $2.83, a 2-cent drop per gallon from a month ago. Heating oil and kerosene are both less expensive than last August, while propane is 13 cents more expensive.

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Archery Deer Hunt Begins This Week

Updated 3 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s season for hunting deer with bows and arrows is set to begin this week.

The archery season begins on Thursday and runs until Halloween. Hunters are allowed to harvest bucks throughout the state during the season. Hunters may only take antlerless deer in parts of the state that recognize “any deer” permits. The “any deer” permit itself is not required during the archery season. Hunters possessing a “bonus deer” permit can use it during the archery season.

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Homes Of Peary, Perkins Become National Landmarks

Updated 3 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The island home of arctic explorer Adm. Robert Peary and the homestead of labor leader Frances Perkins have been designated as national historic landmarks in Maine.

Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King of Maine said Tuesday that the two sites are among nine that are joining more than 2,500 national historical landmarks nationwide.

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Maine Residents’ Personal Income Increases

Updated 3 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine residents’ income rose during the April to June quarter.

The Bureau of Economic Analysis says Tuesday that Maine personal income went up 1.5 percent in the quarter. The increase places the state second in New England and matches the national average increase.

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