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‘SUPSHIP Bath’ Gets New Commanding Officer

Updated 3 weeks ago

BATH, Maine (AP) — The Navy Supervisor of Shipbuilding in Bath, Maine, has a new commanding officer.

Capt. Michael Taylor became the 30th commanding officer when he relieved Capt. Robert Crowe during a ceremony Friday at Bath Waterfront Park.

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Mom Fights State Over No-resuscitation Order

Updated 3 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A young mother in Maine is fighting a do-not-resuscitate order that was imposed on her brain-injured daughter over the woman’s objections.

Child welfare officials intervened after the baby’s father was accused of shaking her. They say life-saving measures implemented in the event she stops breathing would only prolong her suffering.

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Meth Lab Discovered in Houlton

Updated 4 weeks ago

Drug enforcement agents are dealing with another suspected meth lab in Maine, this time at a house in Houlton.

They say Houlton police had gone to the house on Hillview Avenue last night on an unrelated matter and made the discovery.

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Brunswick Men Say They Will Skip Court Date

Updated 4 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Two Brunswick men charged with conspiracy to defraud the Internal Revenue Service plan to skip a scheduled date in U.S. District Court because they don’t recognize the federal court system.

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Lawyers Seek Community Service In Fatal Crash

Updated 4 weeks ago

SOUTH PARIS, Maine (AP) — Lawyers for a Maine woman convicted of manslaughter for being behind the wheel during a crash that killed two of her passengers are asking a judge to sentence their client to community service instead of prison.

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Maine Issues Air Quality Alert

Updated 4 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine environmental officials have issued an air quality alert for the southern coast.

The Department of Environmental Protection says the alert will be in effect from late Friday morning through the evening for coastal York, Cumberland and Sagadahoc counties.

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32 States Ask High Court To Settle Gay Marriage

Updated 4 weeks ago

BOSTON (AP) — More than 30 states have filed briefs asking the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on same-sex marriage.

Massachusetts and 14 other states where same-sex marriage is legal filed a brief Thursday asking the justices to overturn other states’ bans on gay marriage.

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Winter Harbor Man Gets Jail In Scallop Scheme

Updated 4 weeks ago

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The owner of a Maine seafood company who admitted conspiring to conceal the harvesting of nearly 80,000 pounds of scallops off the coasts of New Jersey and Massachusetts has been sentenced to jail.

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Portland Mom Fights For Brain-damaged Daughter

Updated 4 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A young mother in Maine is suing the state to lift a do-not-resuscitate order imposed over her objections on her brain-injured daughter.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Maine, Christian Civic League of Maine and Alliance Defending Freedom are supporting the mother’s request to lift the judge-approved order. The youngster identified as A.P. in court proceedings was 6 months old in December when she was allegedly shaken by her father, causing injuries so severe that she can’t hear or see.

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Senate Candidate Dies After Motorcycle Crash

Updated 4 weeks ago

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A Maine Senate candidate who crashed his motorcycle last month has died.

The Maine Republican Party said Stuart “Toby” Pennels died early Thursday.

The 55-year-old Republican from Casco was running against Democrat Bill Diamond for Senate District 26, which includes Casco, Baldwin, Frye Island, Raymond and Standish.

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Emu Catches Eastern Equine Encephalitis

Updated 4 weeks ago

YORK, Maine (AP) — Maine officials say three York County mosquito pools tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis, and an emu in Cumberland County has the disease.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention says the three pools bring the total number of positive tests to four in 2014. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry says the emu is located in the Sebago Lake region. Authorities say the emu had not been vaccinated against the disease.

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Former Prison Guard Charged With Sexual Assault

Updated 4 weeks ago

WINDHAM, Maine (AP) — A former Maine prison guard has been charged with sexually assaulting a female inmate at the Maine Correctional Center in Windham.

The Portland Press Herald report that 23-year-old Auburn resident Bret Butterfield is being held at the York County Jail in Alfred on $50,000 cash bail.

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Gorham Police Investigate After Officer Shoots Cat

Updated 4 weeks ago

WESTBROOK, Maine (AP) — Gorham police are investigating after an officer shot a stray cat he thought had rabies, but turned out to be healthy.

The cat is recovering at a Westbrook shelter from shattered front leg bones caused by pellets from the 16-gauge shotgun the officer used to shoot the cat last month.

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Sudanese Man Reaches Plea Deal In Wife Stabbing

Updated 4 weeks ago

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A Sudanese immigrant who attacked his wife with a knife has reached a plea agreement in which prosecutors dismissed a charge of attempted murder.

Forty-three-year-old Deng Mirac of Lewiston entered a plea of no contest to a charge of aggravated assault on Wednesday. A judge ordered him to serve two years in prison.

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Portland Hospital Revives Consolidation Plan

Updated 4 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — One of southern Maine’s key hospitals is reviving plans to move from Portland’s West End and consolidate at a newer campus elsewhere in the city.

The Portland Press Herald reports the hospital could consolidate at its Fore River Parkway campus by 2018. Spokeswoman Susan Corliss says the costs of running two campuses in the same city are too high. A state environmental permit approved last year could allow the hospital to expand its building footprint up to 250,000 square feet with an additional ambulatory care facility of 72,000 square feet.

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Windham Man Sentenced In Traveler’s Check Scheme

Updated 4 weeks ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine man has been sentenced to eight months in prison for using $19,000 worth of fake traveler’s checks.

U.S. District Attorney Thomas Delahanty’s office said on Wednesday that Keith Coleman also received three years of supervised release and must pay $19,000 in restitution.

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New England Jobless Rate Ticks Up To 5.8 Percent

Updated 4 weeks ago

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The unemployment rate in New England ticked up to 5.8 percent in July, but it’s still lower than the national average.

The New England Information Office of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the rate for the six-state region on Wednesday. It was one-tenth of 1 percentage point higher in June.

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Biden: We’ll Follow Terrorists To ‘gates Of Hell’

Updated 4 weeks ago

KITTERY, Maine (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden says America will follow the terrorists who have killed two journalists “to the gates of hell.”

Speaking at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, Biden said Wednesday that the Islamic State militant group responsible for beheading Americans James Foley and Steven Sotloff won’t intimidate the United States.

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Vice President Visits Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

Updated 4 weeks ago

 

KITTERY, Maine (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden has received a firsthand look at efficiencies achieved through cooperation and management at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

Union leader Paul O’Connor, who invited Biden, said he wanted Biden to see the collaboration between managers and workers to improve performance. He says such techniques could be used elsewhere in the federal government.

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Study: Maine Has Room For More Casinos

Updated 4 weeks ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A study commissioned by the Legislature suggests that Maine could sustain more casinos depending on their size and location.

The study released Aug. 30 shows the state’s economy could handle one more casino as long as it is in southern Maine, close to Interstate 95 and popular summer tourist attractions.

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