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Gov. Paul LePage

For LePage, state-funded contingency account is personal charity fund

By Mario Moretto on Aug. 01, 2014, at 6:48 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — There’s a truism in politics that the Legislature “controls the purse strings.” It’s a shorthand reference to the fact that if you want the state to spend money on something, you’ve got to go through the Legislature. But there’s one state account set aside for the governor …
The Downeaster pulls into Freeport station in this February 2013 file photo.

Downeaster completes track repairs, restores cancelled trains

By Darren Fishell on Aug. 01, 2014, at 3:56 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Amtrak’s Downeaster has restored its full schedule of five daily round-trips between Portland and Boston after track defects detected months ago led to delays and cancellations. Patricia Quinn, the executive director of the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority, said in a statement that the service restored …
Mourners gather Tuesday night outside the Saco apartment where police say 33-year-old Joel Smith shot and killed his wife and three children before killing himself last Saturday night.

Father of Saco man who murdered family says son was fighting alcoholism

By Beth Brogan on Aug. 01, 2014, at 3:49 p.m.
SACO, Maine — The father of a Saco man who shot and killed his family members in their beds last weekend says his son was ravaged by alcohol abuse and may have lost his grip on reality as he underwent detoxification. On Saturday night, 33-year-old Joel Smith killed himself after …
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State Library Hosts Program and Discussion on Work in Maine

By Adam Fisher on Aug. 01, 2014, at 2:47 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Location: Maine State Library, State Street, Augusta, Maine For more information: 207-287-5600 AUGUSTA, Maine — What does it mean to be a worker in Maine? What are the challenges and opportunities for people trying to make ends meet in a rapidly …

Scammers using caller ID technology to impersonate court, police officials in Maine

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 01, 2014, at 12:47 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Criminal scammers using caller ID technology to impersonate court and police officials are calling people and saying they have missed a court date, a fine payment or jury duty, and an arrest warrant will be issued unless they pay a fine, Mary Ann Lynch, spokeswoman for the …
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Franklin & Megantic First Class Coach No. 2 pictured here in 1903 at the Jackson & Sharp Co. in Wilmington, Delaware before being put into service in Maine.

Historic first class coach restored, ready for Day Out With Thomas

on Aug. 01, 2014, at 12:47 p.m.
BOOTHBAY, Maine — First Class Coach No. 2 was built by Jackson & Sharp Co. in Wilmington, Delaware, in 1903 for Maine’s Franklin & Megantic Railway, which at one time stretched from Strong to Bigelow passing through the heart of Maine’s Carrabasset Valley. The line serviced rusticators traveling to the …
Various types of alcohol are on display in this April 2013 file photo.

Company that appealed Maine liquor marketing contract award decides not to bid for the work

By Scott Thistle on Aug. 01, 2014, at 12:24 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine – After spending years preparing to bid on the new state wholesale liquor contract, and successfully appealing this spring when part of it was awarded to someone else, Ford Reiche has decided to walk away. The president of Dirigo Spirits and former Auburn businessman said Friday his company …

NH man brutally attacked, robbed during pizza delivery

By Katherine Underwood. CBS 13 on Aug. 01, 2014, at 12:08 p.m.
SOMERSWORTH, New Hampshire — A pizza delivery driver brutally attacked while on the job in New Hampshire is recovering, and he is receiving major help from the pizza shop where he worked. Thomas Kefalas, the owner of Somerworth House of Pizza, has spent 26 years in this kitchen and said …
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

Gov. Christie returning to Maine for big LePage fundraiser

By Scott Thistle on Aug. 01, 2014, at 12 p.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — Former U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe and her husband former Gov. John McKernan are among a group hosting a fundraising event for Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s re-election campaign later in August. The event featuring New Jersey’s Republican Gov. Chris Christie will be held at the Lucerne Inn in …
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Kathy Hall

Machiasport woman led Maine delegation to national VFW session

on Aug. 01, 2014, at 11:56 a.m.
Maine’s President, Kathy Hall of Machiasport, a member of Captain John E. Williams Memorial Ladies Auxiliary, No. 11553, led the state delegation of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States at the 101st National Convention held July 19-23, at the America’s Center Convention Complex in St. Louis, Missouri. As leading representative of the …
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488th Military Police awarded Meritorious Unit Commendation

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 01, 2014, at 11:17 a.m.
 AUGUSTA, Maine – The Meritorious Unit Commendation is a unit award of the United States military which is awarded to any military command that displays exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service, heroic deeds, or valorous actions. The 488th Military Police Company deployed in September 2012 to Bagram Airfield …
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Bangor I-95 Union Street bridge overnight work schedule

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 01, 2014, at 11:02 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Maine Department of Transportation crews are working on Interstate 95 during the overnight hours on the Union Street Bridge project in Bangor. This work involves closing one lane of traffic on the interstate to allow for construction to take place safely 7 p.m.-7 a.m. The northbound travel lane will be …
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Culvert replacement project in Greene

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 01, 2014, at 10:09 a.m.
GREENE, Maine — Maine Department of Transportation crews will replace a culvert on the Allen Pond Road in Greene beginning on Monday, Aug. 4.Allen Pond Road will be closed approximately five miles north of the Route 202 intersection. Motorists will follow the detour route from Allen Pond Road to Addition Road to …
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A past edition of Maine Antiques Festival.

33rd annual Maine Antiques Festival to be held in Union

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 01, 2014, at 9:53 a.m.
Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Union Fairgrounds, 1 Fairgrounds Lane, Union UNION, Maine – The 33rd annual Maine Antiques Festival will be held 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8; 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Saturday, …
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Repairs to be made to bridge in Gardiner

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 01, 2014, at 9:38 a.m.
GARDINER, Maine – Beginning Monday, Aug. 4, Maine Department of Transportation crews will workon the Bridge Street Bridge, near the intersection of Water and Bridge streets in Gardiner, 8 p.m.-6 a.m.Motorists should allow extra time traveling through the work zone with alternating one-way traffic controlled by flaggers. Work involves joint repair at …
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DOT to inspect Peru-Mexico bridge

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 01, 2014, at 9:34 a.m.
PERU and MEXICO, Maine — Starting on Monday, Aug. 4, Maine Department of Transportation crews will inspect the Androscoggin River Bridge on North Main Street that links the towns of Peru and Mexico.There will be one lane of alternating one-way traffic for passenger vehicles only. No heavy trucks will be allowed over …
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Mid-Coast Mud Runs Kids Day to raise funds for Sandy Hook

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 01, 2014, at 8:19 a.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — Mid-Coast Mud Runs will hold a “Kids Day” beginning at 9 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, at 496 Bucksport Road as a special fundraiser to benefit Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. All children 17 and under enter free; age 18 and older, $5. Gates open at 7 …
Rococo Artisan Ice Cream in Kennebunkport offers an array of unusual flavor combinations.

Maine ice cream shop with funky flavors ranks 6th in the nation

By WGME on Aug. 01, 2014, at 7:20 a.m.
KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine — Cayenne pepper, olive oil and goat cheese are probably not the first things that come to mind when you think of ice cream. But one woman wants to change the way we think about the summertime staple, and her unique combinations taste a lot like sweet success. …
John Brennan, director of the Central Intelligence Agency

CIA admits it broke into Senate computers; senators call for spy chief’s ouster

By Jonathan S. Landay and Ali Watkins, McClatchy Washington Bureau on Aug. 01, 2014, at 6:45 a.m.
WASHINGTON — An internal CIA investigation confirmed allegations that agency personnel improperly intruded into a protected database used by Senate Intelligence Committee staff to compile a scathing report on the agency’s detention and interrogation program, prompting bipartisan outrage and at least two calls for spy chief John Brennan to resign. …
U.S. Senator Susan Collins

Collins, King slated to head to southern border as US House rushes to pass border funding bill

BDN staff and wire reports on July 31, 2014, at 8:57 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Maine Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King are scheduled to soon head to Texas for a first-hand look at the recent influx of unaccompanied children crossing into the United States. The delegation of Senate and House members is being led by Collins, a senior member of the Senate …
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