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Scarborough resident Marc Lausier stands outside Revision Energy in Portland, talking about the Nissan Leaf.  Lausier purchased the first electric Nissan Leaf sold in Maine and helped promote a new Environment Maine report urging wider use of electric vehicles in Maine.

Charging station for electric cars opens, sparks interest in Portland area

By David Harry on July 22, 2014, at 2:36 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Turning over a new leaf has worked well for Scarborough resident Marc Lausier. “I can say with confidence that I’ll never own a gas-powered car again,” Lausier said, standing next to his Nissan Leaf parked outside Revision Energy on Presumpscot Street. Lausier bought the first Leaf sold …
Tamika Dias

Gorham woman to serve 8 months in jail for aggravated sex trafficking

By Beth Brogan on July 22, 2014, at 2:25 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A Gorham woman who — with two men — was charged with holding a 19-year-old woman against her will and forcing her into prostitution will serve eight months in jail as part of a plea agreement. Tamika Dias, 34, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Cumberland County Unified Court …
Carol Bressi examines the damage to her car and home on Donica Road in York, Maine, after a severe thunderstorm pounded the town July 15.

York delays use of $100,000 in contingency funding to help clean up microburst damage

By Susan Morse, The York Weekly on July 22, 2014, at 12:31 p.m.
YORK, Maine — The Board of Selectmen on Monday deferred releasing $100,000 from a contingency account to pay for tree cleanup from last week’s microburst storm but said the town would pay its bills. In an unanimous vote, the five-member board moved to have the town manager pay the bills …
From the community

One-day paving projects in South Portland

Bangor Daily News on July 22, 2014, at 11:58 a.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — A one-day paving operation will take place July 23 in two locations in South Portland, according to Maine Department of Transportation. The first location will be on Market Street from Waterman Drive to Ocean Street beginning at 5 a.m.Once Market Street is completed, crews will be on …
From the community

I-195 ramp closures planned in Saco

Bangor Daily News on July 22, 2014, at 11:37 a.m.
SACO, Maine — As the Maine Department of Transportation paving and milling project continues on Interstate 195 in Saco, ramp closures are scheduled for Wednesday evening, July 23. The schedule is:– Exit 2A westbound off-ramp will be closed from 9 to 11 p.m.– Exit 2A on-ramp onto Route 1 will be closed 11 p.m.-5 a.m.Motorists …
Joe Eremita, 12, of Wells, prepares to fly with pilot Russell Keith at Brunswick Executive Airport during Maine ACE Camp on Monday.

Portland-based aviation camp takes kids into the sky

By Brendan Twist, The Forecaster on July 22, 2014, at 11:14 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — When Tim Lesiege took over two years ago as director of Portland’s Maine ACE Camp, a week-long summer session for aspiring aviators, he was excited about the opportunity to teach kids about all aspects of the aeronautics industry. Lesiege takes a week away from his job as …
A builder stands at top Murphy's Castle, one of nearly 50 entries in the Ogunquit Parks and Recreation Sand Castle Contest this past weekend.

Amateur sandcastle makers take to the beach for Ogunquit contest

By Chris Hayden, York County Coast Star on July 22, 2014, at 11:13 a.m.
OGUNQUIT, Maine — Beach bums, sunbathers and boogie boarders had some company at the Ogunquit Main Beach Saturday as nearly 50 contestants in the Parks and Recreation Sand Castle contest cast their creations out of the damp sand. Organized and coordinated by Select Board member Gary Latulippe, the contest is, …
Portland Mayor Michael Brennan

Portland mayor proposes $10.68 citywide minimum wage by 2017

By David Harry on July 22, 2014, at 10:33 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — With a preliminary plan in mind, Mayor Michael Brennan and members of his Minimum Wage Advisory Committee want residents, business owners and workers to share opinions next month about increasing the $7.50-per-hour minimum wage in the city. Brennan, who first convened the committee of business and labor …

Wells man who picked up package he believed held pot to plead guilty

By Kimberley Haas, Foster's Daily Democrat on July 22, 2014, at 8:05 a.m.
A Wells man, who picked up a FedEx Express package containing what he believed was 22 pounds of marijuana, is expected to plead guilty to two charges related to the incident. James Barnes, 30, of 1 Preble St. in Wells, was taken into custody on July 23, 2013, after he …

NH man airlifted to Maine Medical after motorcycle, car collide

By Liz Markhlevskaya, Foster's Daily Democrat on July 22, 2014, at 6:45 a.m.
ROCHESTER, New Hampshire — A motorcyclist was airlifted to Maine Medical Center after he was seriously injured in an accident on Milton Road in New Hampshire on Monday afternoon. Gregory Hughes, 49, of Rochester, New Hampshire, was airlifted after his motorcycle collided with a Chevrolet Cobalt around 4:17 p.m. Monday. …
The South Portland City Council voted 6-1 to pass an ordinance blocking the loading of crude oil onto ships from its waterfront district. Supporters hailed the vote as a historic local effort to block transport of Canadian tar sands through the city. Opponents say the measure hinders waterfront oil companies from adapting to changing energy supply trends, as proven oil reserves in the Canadian province of Alberta are now the third-largest after those in Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.

South Portland council casts ‘historic’ vote to block tar sands exports

By Darren Fishell on July 21, 2014, at 11:55 p.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — The South Portland City Council effectively has banned the shipping of tar sands, or oil sands, from its waterfront with an ordinance that has gained international attention and that oil industry opponents have vowed to challenge in court or before city officials. “The fight is not …
Portland Mayor Michael Brennan speaks at a City Council workshop focused on the fate of Congress Square Monday evening flanked by Councilor Jill Duson.

November referendum rematch over Congress Square unlikely after Portland council workshop

By Seth Koenig on July 21, 2014, at 8:46 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A second citywide vote on whether Portland should sell two-thirds of its Congress Square to private hotel developers is unlikely to take place in November. Facing the prospect of keeping up with an aggressive timeline in order to put the controversial sale before city voters, members of …

Bangor says contract with KahBang is terminated

By Nick McCrea on July 21, 2014, at 7:50 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A City Council committee agreed that KahBang organizers breached their five-year contract with the city when they decided to move the music and arts festival to Portland this year, three weeks before showtime. “At this point we consider the contract with KahBang to be terminated,” council Chairman …
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The South Portland City Council listened to more than two hours of public comment from almost 70 residents, environmentalists, waterfront workers and oil industry representatives at the Community Center on Wednesday, July 9, before casting an initial vote in favor of a ban on tar sands in the city.

Debate over tar sands rages in South Portland

By Darren Fishell on July 21, 2014, at 6:50 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — More than a year of debate about the flow of heavy crude oil — commonly known as tar sands — through South Portland reaches its climax Monday night. The City Council is slated to take its final vote to enact an ordinance that would ban the bulk …
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U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud strolls out of Portland's Cumberland Club Monday afternoon trailed by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Vermont Gov. Peter Schumlin. The New England governors were in town to help raise money for Michaud's gubernatorial bid.

Democratic Govs. Deval Patrick, Peter Shumlin stump for Michaud in southern Maine

By Mario Moretto on July 21, 2014, at 5:17 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud got a fundraising and rallying boost Monday from two New England governors who said the state needs a leader who’s willing to work with other regional leaders to improve the lives of Mainers. Democratic Govs. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts and Peter Shumlin …

Michaud gets boost from New England governors

By Troy R. Bennett on July 21, 2014, at 5:15 p.m.
U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud spoke outside Portland’s Cumberland Club Monday afternoon with Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Vermont Gov. Peter Schumlin.

Gunshot fired during armed home invasion in Portland, police say

By Seth Koenig on July 21, 2014, at 4:05 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Portland police are searching for two men they say broke into an apartment on Sunday night brandishing firearms and demanding money. According to a Monday afternoon announcement by Lt. James Sweatt of the Portland Police Department, the two men entered the unit at 66 Smith St. at …
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage, New Brunswick leader agree to work together on jobs

By Darren Fishell on July 21, 2014, at 2:16 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage and New Brunswick Premier David Alward signed an agreement Monday outlining greater collaboration on economic issues between the state and government of the province to which Maine exports have increased in the past year. LePage’s office said in a statement Monday that representatives from …
A fire burns auto repair shop R.P. Bell Collision in Saco on Monday afternoon.

Fire collapses roof at longstanding Saco auto repair shop, CBS 13 reports

By Seth Koenig on July 21, 2014, at 2 p.m.
SACO, Maine — The roof of Saco auto repair shop R.P. Bell Collision has collapsed as firefighters work to get an afternoon blaze there under control, Portland television station WGME, CBS 13, reports. Authorities have blocked traffic to Barrows Road at Route 1 as a result of the fire. According …

Referendum on fluoride in drinking water rejected by Arundel selectmen

By Jennifer Galipeau, York County Coast Star on July 21, 2014, at 1:13 p.m.
ARUNDEL, Maine — Arundel will not be one of the towns supporting a question on the November ballot asking voters whether they support removing fluoride from the Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Wells Water District water supply. The KKWWD provides water to areas in Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Wells, Ogunquit, Saco, Biddeford and Arundel. …
 
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