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Jury selection for Maine mom charged with killing baby

Times Record - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 11:00

BELFAST (AP) — Jury selection is getting underway in the trial of a Maine woman charged in the death of her infant son.

Miranda Hopkins, of Troy, originally was charged with murder in the January death of 7-week-old Jaxon Hopkins.

But a grand jury reduced the charge to manslaughter.

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Former fire chief admits starting blaze that burned 42 acres

Times Record - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 11:00

ALFRED (AP) — A former Maine fire chief has pleaded guilty to setting a wildfire that burned 42 acres in 2016.

The Journal Tribune reports that 61-year-old Ricky Plummer pleaded guilty Wednesday to starting the fire when he was chief, under an agreement in which he’d be sentenced to two years in prison.

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Shopper takes cart with baby, causes lockdown

Times Record - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 11:00

PORTLAND (AP) — Police

say an absent-minded shopper at a Maine grocery store took somebody else’s cart with a sleeping baby inside, causing a lockdown and a police investigation.

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High school students charged with unlawful sexual touching

Times Record - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 11:00

ELLSWORTH (AP) — Three Maine high school students have been expelled and charged with unlawful sexual touching and assault for unspecified behavior at the school earlier this month.

The Portland Press Herald reports that the boys were expelled effective Tuesday from Ellsworth High School.

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National parks seek fee hike amid struggle to fund repairs

Times Record - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 11:00
BY FELICIA FONSECA The Associated Press

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.

Visiting the country’s most popular national parks would get more costly under a federal proposal released this week. The National Park Service says its goal is to cut down on the nearly $12 billion in maintenance projects that have been put off under budget constraints.

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On 911 call, Winthrop teen says he ‘snapped’ when he killed parents

Times Record - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 11:00
The Associated Press

The agency collected nearly $200 million in entrance fees in the last fiscal year. It expects to raise an additional $70 million annually by charging visitors more to get into the 17 parks during the five busiest months of the year. Those parks generate 70 percent of the revenue from entrance fees.

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State holding forums to gather data on pedestrian safety

Times Record - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 11:00

WINSLOW (AP) — The Maine Department of Transportation says it is spearheading a new project to make the roads safer for state residents who like to walk.

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New light shed on mental state of man accused of killing 4

Times Record - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 11:00

GROTON, Mass. (AP) — Newly released documents are shedding light on the state of mind of a recent college graduate accused of fatally beating his mother, grandparents and their caretaker with a baseball bat in Massachusetts.

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MOVIN’ ON UP

Times Record - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 11:00
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Harpswell star party puts celestial wonders on display

Times Record - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 11:00
BY NATHAN STROUT Times Record Staff

HARPSWELL

A s stars slowly blinked into existence in the night sky Saturday, cars began pulling into the Land’s End parking lot at the southern end of Bailey Island. Headlights were quickly turned off, and people emerged with a variety of red hued lights.

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Morse High School girls soccer team scores $1,961 in fight against cancer

Times Record - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 11:00

BATH — Morse High School girls’ soccer team recently raised nearly $2,000 this year for the American Cancer Society. The team has been involved in the Coaches vs Cancer program for several years, raising more money for the cause than any other high school team in Maine. To date, the team has raised more than $10,000.

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Durham fire chief to retire after 44 years of service

Times Record - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 11:00
BY JULIETTE LAAKA Times Record Staff

DURHAM

Durham’s fire chief is leaving his post after 44 years with the department.

William “Bill” St. Michel will retire at the end of February after 25 years as chief. He said what he will miss the most is the people he works with.

St. Michel joined the department in 1973 at 17, at the behest of his friends who staffed the fire department.

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Workforce board sues Gov. LePage

Times Record - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 11:00
BY NATHAN STROUT Times Record Staff

BRUNSWICK

Brunswick-based Coastal Counties Workforce, Inc. has filed a lawsuit against Gov. Paul LePage and Labor Commissioner John Butera over millions in federal funding they say the state is withholding from them.

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Coastal Academy students learn skills through bicycle repair

Times Record - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 11:00
BY DARCIE MOORE Times Record Staff

BRUNSWICK

W hen 18-year-old Kylan Freeman signed up for bike repair class, the Harpswell Coastal Academy student was just hoping to learn a few useful maintenance skills.

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Bath Savings hires new commercial lender

Times Record - Wed, 10/25/2017 - 11:36
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BATH

Glenn Hutchinson, Bath Savings Institution president and CEO, recently announced the hiring of Brian Desjardins is a new commercial lender.

Hutchinson said, “We are happy to continue expanding our staff to meet the needs of our continued growth and add to our economy by creating new jobs in the region.”

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MEREDA event to examine Portland District

Times Record - Wed, 10/25/2017 - 11:36
The Times Record

PORTLAND

A program of the Greater Portland Council of Governments, the Portland 2030 District is a collaborative local community of high-performance buildings in downtown Portland that aims to reduce energy and water consumption and reduce emissions from transportation, while increasing competitiveness in the business environment and owners’ returns on investment.

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MEREDA’s annual Fall Social is happening

Times Record - Wed, 10/25/2017 - 11:36
The Times Record

PORTLAND

Another great “meet-and-greet” opportunity, this time on Portland’s waterfront. You are invited to the Maine Real Estate & Development Association’s annual Fall Social on Thursday, Oct. 26.

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Atlantic CU changes insurance name

Times Record - Wed, 10/25/2017 - 11:36
The Times Record

BRUNSWICK

Atlantic Federal Credit Union recently changed the name of its insurance division to Atlantic Federal Credit Union Insurance.

While the name has changed, the service and range of insurance products offered remain the same.

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Three McTeague Higbee lawyers earn recognition

Times Record - Wed, 10/25/2017 - 11:36
The Times Record

TOPSHAM

McTeague Higbee, a law firm dedicated to protecting the rights of Maine’s working people, recently announced that partners Jeffery Cohen and Karen Bilodeau, and Kevin Noonan, managing partner, have been named to the Best Lawyers in America roster for 2018.

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Credit union announces promotions

Times Record - Wed, 10/25/2017 - 11:36
The Times Record

ORONO

University Credit Union, Maine’s only full-service financial institution exclusively serving the University of Maine System’s students, employees, alumni and their families, recently announced several staff promotions in Orono and Portland, one involving a resident of South Freeport.

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