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LePage wants to gut fast-tracked wind permits

Times Record - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 10:40

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine’s Republican governor is behind a bill to gut most of the state’s fast-track permitting process for commercial wind power projects.

The Portland Press Herald reports Gov. Paul LePage’s bill is part of his recent efforts against Maine’s wind power industry.

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UMaine’s college radio station off-air due to January fire

Times Record - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 10:40

ORONO (AP) — A fire has knocked the University of Maine’s college radio station off the airways.

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Moose hunting applications online only in ’18

Times Record - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 10:40

AUGUSTA (AP) — The state of Maine is taking online applications for the upcoming moose hunting season.

The state is only accepting online applications this year. Tens of thousands of people typically apply for a spot in Maine’s moose hunt, which takes place every fall.

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UMaine investigates report that contract bidder was coached

Times Record - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 10:40

ORONO (AP) — The University of Maine says it will examine allegations that a school official provided inside information to help a bidder land a lucrative energy contract.

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Woman apologizes for kicking police officer in groin

Times Record - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 10:40

JAY (AP) — A Maine woman has pleaded guilty to kicking a Jay police officer in the groin during her arrest last year.

Forty-eight-year-old Carol Welch was sentenced to eight days in jail with credit given for four days already served Tuesday. The Sun-Journal reports Welch apologized for her actions, saying she is an alcoholic.

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Theater teacher admits creating fake Facebook pages to spy

Times Record - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 10:40

KENNEBUNK (AP) — A theater director at a school in Maine who acknowledged creating fake Facebook profiles to eavesdrop on parents’ discussions is out of a job.

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Maine sees increase in reported syphilis cases

Times Record - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 10:40

AUGUSTA (AP) — Public health officials in Maine say there has been an increase in syphilis cases, mirroring a national trend.

According to the Maine Center for Disease Control, the number of syphilis cases reported in the state increased from 48 in 2016 to 84 last year. The number of national syphilis cases increased by 18 percent in between 2015 and 2016.

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Maine’s flu season is bad and peaking

Times Record - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 10:40

PORTLAND (AP) — Maine saw a rise in the number of flu cases and hospitalizations last week.

The state had 876 new cases of influenza, which was a rise of more than 60 percent from the previous week. There were 120 new hospitalizations and five deaths.

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Moldy SoPo fire station needs ‘major renovations’

Times Record - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 10:40

SOUTH PORTLAND (AP) — Officials with a Maine fire department say a fire station in South Portland needs major renovations because of a problem with mold.

Mold was discovered about a year ago at the Cash Corner Fire Station while ceiling tiles were being replaced. A spokesman says “high concentrations of several types of mold” were found in wall and ceiling spaces.

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Lawmakers must attend more anti-harassment trainings

Times Record - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 10:40
The Associated Press

AUGUSTA

Maine lawmakers are going to have to attend sexual harassment training in person instead of simply signing a form to fulfill the requirement.

The House voted 120-24 Tuesday to support the change. The 35-member Senate voted 32-0 last week in favor of it.

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St. Albans man sentenced to 27 years for killing uncle

Times Record - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 10:40

SKOWHEGAN (AP) — A St. Albans man has been sentenced to 27 years in prison for killing his uncle.

Twenty-six-year-old Jeremy Erving was sentenced Wednesday in Somerset County Superior Court after pleading guilty in the 2016 death of 53-year-old Randy Erving. Erving had previously pleaded not guilty because of a mental illness, and his trial was due to begin Thursday.

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Inaugural walk at the McDonald Marsh

Times Record - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 10:40
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Bath Head Start to receive $1.4 million

Times Record - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 10:40

BATH — U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King announced that two Maine organizations will receive more than $2.7 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for Head Start and Early Head Start programs across the state.

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ROBOT ROLL CALL

Times Record - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 10:40
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Brunswick student is top youth volunteer

Times Record - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 10:40
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Wolfe’s Neck Center’s Research Director, Dorn Cox, receives Bennett Award

Times Record - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 10:40

FREEPORT — Dorn Cox, research director at Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture & the Environment, has been named the inaugural recipient of the Hugh Hammond Bennett Excellence in Conservation Award by the National Association of Conversation Districts’ at their annual meeting in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Q&A

Times Record - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 10:40
BY DARCIE MOORE Times Record Staff

BRUNSWICK

Coastal Humane Society and Lincoln County Animal Shelter’s new executive director, Trendy Stanchfield, is now on the job.

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Brunswick to hang welcome banner

Times Record - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 10:40
BY DARCIE MOORE Times Record Staff

BRUNSWICK

It’s official — the town of Brunswick will “Welcome New Mainers.”

The Brunswick Town Council agreed Monday to hang a banner displaying that message prominently in the Town Hall.

Councilor Jane Millett said she received the request from Susan Weems of Brunswick Public Art and sponsored the request.

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Students give voice to civil rights

Times Record - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 10:40
BY CHRIS QUATTRUCCI Times Record Staff

TOPSHAM

Mt. Ararat Middle School’s civil rights team is full of students wanting to positively impact their community.

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Fast-moving snowstorm creates slippery roads in New England

Times Record - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 10:40
The Associated Press

A fast-moving winter storm swept across New England on Wednesday, bringing heavy snow that sent cars sliding.

Motorists faced slippery conditions and dozens of fender-benders were reported. In New Hampshire, heavy snow was blamed for an afternoon pileup that blocked Route 101 eastbound in Epping.

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