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Governor Candidates To Square Off In First Debate

Updated 2 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The three candidates for Maine governor are preparing for their first debate this week.

The first of five scheduled debates is Wednesday at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland. It will be moderated by Christopher Hall, CEO of the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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Maine Supreme Court Visits High Schools This Week

Updated 2 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s supreme court is taking a road trip this week, with justices holding court in two high schools.

The court will hear three appeals Wednesday at Mattanawcook Academy in Lincoln. On Thursday, the court will hear three more appeals at Yarmouth High School. Later this month, the justices will visit Presque Isle High School.

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US Sen. Angus King Traveling To India

Updated 2 weeks ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Sen. Angus King is heading to India this week to meet with senior defense and foreign affairs officials and members of Parliament.

The independent senator’s visit to the country follows Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s trip to the U.S. last week.

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Portland Living Facility Gets $2M From HUD

Updated 2 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development is giving more than $2 million to a Portland independent living facility owned by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland.

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Sen. King To Tour Nuclear Weapons Labs

Updated 2 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — U.S. Sens. Angus King of Maine will visit the country’s nuclear weapons laboratories in New Mexico.

King and U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer of Nebraska , both members of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, will tour the Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratory and meet with leaders and scientists on Sunday and Monday.

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Duck Hunters Rescued In Ocean

Updated 2 weeks ago

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — Two duck hunters have been rescued after their boat tipped over in the Maine ocean near Scarborough Beach.

The father and son were thrown into the water Saturday morning when a wave tipped over their boat.

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Maine Looking For Innovative Chicken Coops

Updated 2 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine is looking for a few good chicken coops.

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Poultry Growers Association are looking for entries into the 2015 Maine Poultry Coop Contest. The groups are accepting the submissions until Nov. 1. The contest is open to farmers and hobbyists.

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Man Sentenced For Recording, Assault Charges

Updated 2 weeks ago

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — A Biddeford man has been sentenced to 12 years for trying to secretly video record a fellow employee in a tanning booth at the fitness center where they worked and having sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl.

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Wardens Say Photo Showed Bobcat, Not Cougar

Updated 2 weeks ago

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — A sighting of a large cat that a Scarborough resident says could be a mountain lion or a bobcat has rekindled a debate about whether mountain lions live in Maine.

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New England Jobless Rate Edges Up To 5.9 Percent

Updated 2 weeks ago

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The unemployment rate for New England edged up in August to 5.9 percent but remains below the U.S. average.

The regional information office of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the figure for the six-state region on Friday. The regional rate for July was 5.8 percent. A year ago, it was 7.2 percent.

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Cops: Drunk Former Des Moines Mayor Caused Deaths

Updated 2 weeks ago

DEDHAM, Maine (AP) — Police say the former mayor of Des Moines, Iowa, was drunk and speeding when he caused a Dedham, Maine, car crash that killed himself and two others in August.

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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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