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Governor Hopefuls To Face Off In 1st Debate

Updated 3 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The three candidates in a tight race for Maine governor are ready to face off in their first debate.

The debate will be held Wednesday morning at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland. Christopher Hall, CEO of the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce, is serving as moderator.

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Defense: Hunting Accident Victim Negligent

Updated 3 weeks ago

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — Defense attorneys in a Maine manslaughter case say a man who died in a hunting accident had been drinking and was not properly dressed when he was shot and killed.

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Widow Of Man Shot By Police To Sue For $2 Million

Updated 3 weeks ago

WINDHAM, Maine (AP) — The widow of a man who was shot and killed by a sheriff’s deputy in Maine is planning to sue for $2 million.

The Portland Press Herald reports that Vicki McKenney filed a notice of claim against the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy Nicholas Mangino and the Windham Police Department.

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Christie Headlining LePage Fundraiser Next Week

Updated 3 weeks ago

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is headlining a fundraiser in Maine for Republican Gov. Paul LePage next week.

LePage Political Adviser Brent Littlefield said Tuesday that Christie will attend a lunchtime fundraiser for the governor in Lewiston on Oct. 14.

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Bath Salts Thrown From Car In Police Chase

Updated 3 weeks ago

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — Police say a Maine man led state troopers on a chase in which he or a passenger in his vehicle threw bath salts out of his car before he fled into the woods.

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Residents Of Cumberland Debate Beach Creation

Updated 3 weeks ago

CUMBERLAND, Maine (AP) — Residents of a Maine town are divided about whether it should approve a $3 million bond referendum to establish its first beach.

The Portland Press Herald reports residents argued for and against the referendum at a Monday night town council meeting. The item is on the ballot Nov. 4. The town is asking voters if they want to borrow money to buy 23 acres off Foreside Road including almost 14 acres of shorefront property.

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York County Food Bank In Danger Of Closing

Updated 4 weeks ago

SANFORD, Maine (AP) — A York County food bank that makes sure tens of thousands of area residents have enough to eat is in danger of closing this month unless it gets a quick infusion of cash.

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PUC Warns Of Soaring Energy Costs

Updated 4 weeks ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — State energy officials are telling mid-size businesses in Maine that their electric bills could more than double this winter.

The Maine Public Utilities Commission said Monday that a medium-sized business such as a grocery store or a small sawmill could see energy costs jump from $870 in September to more than $2,000 in January.

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LePage Decries Cut To Vets Funeral Funding

Updated 4 weeks ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage is urging the state’s congressional delegation to help restore funding for a federal program that pays for honor guard details at veterans’ funerals.

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Regulators Set Restrictions On New England Herring

Updated 4 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal regulators are reducing the number of days fishermen can fish for Atlantic herring off of Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Atlantic Herring Section’s members from the three states say vessels may fish for Atlantic herring for four days weekly, from 12:01 a.m. Monday until midnight Thursday. Fishermen had previously been able to fish for herring for seven days. The restrictions apply in a section of the inshore Gulf of Maine that is heavily fished for herring. The rules apply to the end of the calendar year.

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Gabby Giffords Ad To Benefit Susan Collins

Updated 4 weeks ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gabby Giffords is running a new television advertising campaign to benefit U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine in her bid for re-election.

Collins is one of just two Republicans nationwide to get the backing of the former Democratic Arizona congresswoman’s political action committee. The group, Americans for Responsible Solutions, is dedicated to what it calls common sense gun reforms such as expanded background checks.

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Scientists Probe Mass Frog Deaths In Maine, Beyond

Updated 4 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine biologist says a virus-caused die-off of some 200,000 tadpoles in his backyard pond is the largest documented mass natural death of amphibians ever recorded in academic literature.

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A Police Standoff in Presque Isle Ends Monday Morning With an Arrest

Updated 4 weeks ago

A police standoff in Presque Isle ended with a man’s arrest Monday morning.

Police say 25-year-old James Shaw made several posts on Facebook threatening to harm himself and others, including police, then barricaded himself inside a home.

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USM To Cut 50 Faculty and 2 Programs

Updated 4 weeks ago

 

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – The University of Southern Maine will cut 50 faculty positions and two academic programs to try to close some of its $16 million budget gap.

The Portland Press Herald, reports the moves are expected to cut $6 million off the deficit. The cuts are the first of a three-step plan to downsize the public Portland university. Enrollment at the school has dropped almost 30 percent in the last five years.

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Kennebunk Woman Creates Endowment To Support Rink

Updated 4 weeks ago

KENNEBUNK, Maine (AP) — A Kennebunk woman has set up a $1.5 million endowment that ensures children in town have a safe place to hone their ice skating skills.

Geraldine Waterhouse’s generosity sparked a fundraising campaign that has raised nearly $900,000 to build the 11,000-square-foot Waterhouse Pavilion, an open-air rink officials hope will bring more people downtown and support the local economy.

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Historic Portland Cemetery Reclaimed

Updated 4 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A small Portland graveyard that dates to the 18th century has been put back on the map of the city’s historic burial grounds.

The Grand Trunk Cemetery, also known as the East Deering Cemetery and Presumpscot Street Cemetery, was the burial ground for settlers between 1793 and 1898.

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Expert Testimony At Issue In Wales Hunter Death

Updated 4 weeks ago

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — Prosecutors say two experts for the defense should not be allowed to testify at the trial of a man facing a manslaughter charge in connection with the hunting death of another man.

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Jay’s Police Chief Dies Of Cancer

Updated 4 weeks ago

JAY, Maine (AP) — The town of Jay is in mourning following the death of police Chief Larry White Sr.

The department announced on its Facebook page that White died Sunday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

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Governor Candidates To Square Off In First Debate

Updated 4 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 4 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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