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Environmentalists Rally For Cap-and-trade

Updated 3 weeks ago

WESTBROOK, Maine (AP) — Maine environmental advocates will gather in Westbrook in support of the multi-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

The Natural Resources Council of Maine and others say the agreement is slated to hold its twenty-fifth auction of carbon credits. The council and others will gather at a Hannaford grocery store in Westbrook on Wednesday at 10 a.m. to celebrate the milestone.

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Vice President To Visit Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

Updated 3 weeks ago

KITTERY, Maine (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is going to get a firsthand look at work done at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard before another possible round of base closings.

Union leader Paul O’Connor says he’s invited Biden several times in recent years. He wants the vice president to see the collaboration between managers and workers that has led to cost savings.

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Pot Initiative To Appear On Ballot In Lewiston

Updated 3 weeks ago

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — The Lewiston City Council has voted to place a measure on the November ballot to legalize recreational use of marijuana.

The council voted unanimously Tuesday night to let voters decide whether it should be legal for people 21 and older to possess up to one ounce of pot.

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Clinton Rallies Democrats For Michaud

Updated 3 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton says Democrat Mike Michaud is what Maine needs in a governor to bring people together.

Before a Portland crowd of about 1,600 Tuesday, Clinton painted Republican Gov. Paul LePage as a divisive figure who has chosen conflict over cooperation.

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Portland Man Buys New England’s Tallest Lighthouse

Updated 3 weeks ago

YORK, Maine (AP) — A Maine man is buying New England’s tallest lighthouse for $78,000.

A federal government spokeswoman says the General Services Administration has accepted a bid to buy the Boon Island Light Station off of York, Maine. The winning bidder is Art Girard of Portland, Maine.

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Police: Westbrook Man Assaulted Police Dog

Updated 3 weeks ago

YORK, Maine (AP) — A 22-year-old Maine man is in custody facing charges he assaulted a state police dog.

Andrew Leeman of Westbrook faces charges of assault, refusing to submit to arrest, interference with a law enforcement dog, and animal cruelty. State police say they apprehended Leeman near the Buxton-Hollis town line on Friday.

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Oil Spill Reported In Kennebunkport

Updated 3 weeks ago

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) — An oil spill in Kennebunkport is expected to take a couple more days to clean up.

A sheen on the water off the village of Cape Porpoise was first reported Sunday night.

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Governor Candidates To Speak At Energy Forum

Updated 3 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage and the two candidates vying to replace him will lay out their positions on energy and the environment at an event this month.

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Pingree: Biden To Tour Navy Shipyard

Updated 3 weeks ago

KITTERY, Maine (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is paying a visit to the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard this week.

Joining him on Wednesday will be U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Rep. Carol Shea-Porter of New Hampshire, along with Reps. Chellie Pingree and Mike Michaud of Maine. The shipyard announced the visit on Sunday.

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For Sale: Century-old Cards Of Ty Cobb, Cy Young

Updated 3 weeks ago

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — A small auction house that’s becoming known for selling rare baseball memorabilia has come across a mother lode of cards prized by collectors. The collection from 1909, 1910 and 1911 features more than 1,400 cards including famous players like Cy Young and Ty Cobb.

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British Officials To Attend Climate Event

Updated 3 weeks ago

BOOTHBAY, Maine (AP) — Several British dignitaries will attend a discussion about climate change at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in Boothbay, Maine.

Topics for the Sept. 4 meeting will include ocean acidification, carbon capture and storage, and hydraulic fracturing. British Council General to New England Susie Kitchens and British Embassy Counsellor for Global Issues Rosalind Campion will attend. U.S. Deputy Director for UK Science and Innovation Sarah Hokanson also will be there.

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DEP Sends $400K For Landfill Closures, Fixes

Updated 3 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Department of Environmental Protection is sending $401,678 in checks to 11 municipalities for costs associated with landfill closures and clean-up costs.

Presque Isle Municipal Landfill is receiving the largest check at $125,445. Others receiving checks include Bath, Greenville and Hartland.

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Maine Man Dies After NH Mountain Hike

Updated 3 weeks ago

THOMPSON AND MESERVE’S PURCHASE, N.H. (AP) — Authorities say a Maine hiker has died after suffering a medical emergency while climbing New Hampshire’s Mount Jefferson.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says 63-year-old Gregory Larson was stricken Friday afternoon near the summit of the 5,712-foot mountain. His companions performed CPR while rescue hikers and a hospital helicopter were dispatched to help.

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Company Recalls 25,192 Pounds Of Beef

Updated 3 weeks ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine company is recalling more than 25,000 pounds of beef dating to last November for failure to remove tissues that could potentially allow transmission of mad cow disease.

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Gay Rights PAC Won’t Endorse In Senate Race

Updated 3 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A leading advocacy group for gay, lesbian and transgender people in Maine will not make an endorsement in this year’s U.S. Senate race in the state.

The race between incumbent Republican Sen. Susan Collins and Democratic challenger Shenna Bellows includes two candidates who both publicly support same-sex marriage.

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6 New England Governors Urge Painkiller Reversal

Updated 3 weeks ago

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The six New England governors are urging the U.S. Health and Human Services secretary to reverse the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of a powerful new painkiller, Zohydro.

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Portland Jetport Security Finds Gun In Luggage

Updated 3 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Transportation Security Administration officials say they found a handgun in a passenger’s carry-on luggage at Portland International Jetport.

WCHS6 reports the gun — a .32-caliber Beretta — was detected at the security checkpoint.

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Man Guilty Of Transporting Women For Prostitution

Updated 3 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Boston man has been found guilty in a Maine court of transporting women for prostitution.

Twenty-eight-year-old Fritz Blanchard was convicted on Thursday after a four-day jury trial in Portland.

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Maine Town And Resident Clash Over Critical Signs

Updated 3 weeks ago

NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine (AP) — A Maine town and long-time local government critic are clashing over whether the town can use a zoning ordinance to force the man to remove political signs from his front lawn.

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Michaud Rally With Clinton Moved To Bigger Venue

Updated 3 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A rally for Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Mike Michaud that’s being headlined by former President Bill Clinton is being moved to a bigger venue.

The event scheduled for Tuesday night will now take place at the Portland Exposition Building. It was supposed to be at the Ocean Gateway, but Michaud’s campaign said high demand prompted them to move it to a larger location.

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