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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 …

UMS trustees approve plan to address projected $69 million budget shortfall

By Nell Gluckman on July 21, 2014, at 6:56 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The University of Maine System’s board of trustees will attempt to add focus and accountability to their plan to close a budget gap that campuses have been grappling with for years. “It is very focused,” said Trustee Sam Collins of a strategic plan that the board approved …
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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 …
Firefighters work in a field that was hit by the Carlton Complex Fire, near Brewster, Washington July 20, 2014.

Smoke from western fires on its way to Maine

By Julia Bayly on July 21, 2014, at 6:02 p.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — Smoke from wildfires in the western United States created hazy conditions and dramatic sunsets in northern Maine this past weekend and more may be on the way. The air cleared on Monday, but state and national forecasters predict the smoke will drift back over Maine again …
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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.
Jordan Pond is seen from the South Bubble Trail on July 6, 2014, near the summit of South Bubble mountain in Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island.

Report: National Park Service visitors spent $8.5 million less in Maine in 2013

By Bill Trotter on July 21, 2014, at 4:42 p.m.
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine — Visitors to Maine’s only national park are estimated to have generated $191.5 million for the state’s economy last year, according to the federal agency that runs the park. A new National Park Service report also indicates spending by visitors to Acadia and to the Saint …
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Maine hot air balloon hits power lines in Mass., explosion burns two

By Staff, CBS 13 on July 21, 2014, at 4:33 p.m.
CLINTON, Massachusetts — Federal Aviation Administration records show that a hot air balloon that hit power lines in Massachusetts over the weekend, injuring at least two, is registered to Derald Young, who operates Damn Yankee Balloons in Dixfield. On Saturday, witnesses say the balloon was trying to land in a …
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John Robinson

John Robinson to keynote Empowerment Forum for People with Disabilities

Bangor Daily News on July 21, 2014, at 4:16 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — On Thursday, Aug. 7, the Five Council Collaborative is sponsoring the second annual Maine Empowerment Forum for People with Disabilities at the Bangor Hilton Garden Inn located at 250 Haskell Road. John Robinson, managing partner and CEO of Our Ability, will keynote the event. Robinson, who was born a …
Abigail Hernandez

NH teen missing for 9 months returns home safely

By Staff, CBS 13 on July 21, 2014, at 3:29 p.m.
CONWAY, New Hampshire — According to New Hampshire’s attorney general, Abigail Hernandez is back home with her family in Conway, New Hampshire. Hernandez, 15, was last seen nine months ago walking home from school in Conway, New Hampshire. The teen’s mother said when she got home from work on the …
From the community

25th annual Maine Open Farm Day on July 27

Bangor Daily News on July 21, 2014, at 3:28 p.m.
Sunday, July 27, 2014 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: AUGUSTA, Maine — Visit select Maine Farms 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, July 27, across Maine. Nearly 90 farms will open their doors to give the public an opportunity to learn about Maine and Maine food producers and for farms to show consumers their …
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Bangor High Class of 1959 to hold informal 55th reunion

Bangor Daily News on July 21, 2014, at 3:11 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Location: Pat's Pizza , 11 Mill St., Orono For more information: 207-942-8683; bangor59.com BANGOR, Maine — Bangor High School Class of 1959 will hold an informal 55th reunion at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, at Pat’s Pizza in Orono. All class members and friends …
Todd M. Gilday is escorted into the Waldo County Superior Courthouse during his first appearance at court.

Belfast man pleads guilty to August 2013 slaying of Belfast woman

By Abigail Curtis on July 21, 2014, at 2:53 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — The former tax examiner accused of killing a well-loved Belfast woman last summer pleaded guilty to murder Monday morning and will spend 50 years in prison, according to a deal worked out with state prosecutors and his defense attorney. Todd Gilday, 44, will be sentenced on Aug. …
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 …

‘Sextortion’: Hackers extorting with stolen photos increasing focus of police

By Del Quentin Wilber, Bloomberg on July 21, 2014, at 1 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The email terrified the young mother. “What if I told you I had pics of you?” the unknown writer asked. “Like a lot. Would you send me more?” “They were pretty x-rated,” he added. To prove he wasn’t bluffing, the mysterious emailer sent four naked or suggestive photographs …
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The Maine State Lottery announced that the winning ticket had been sold at the Big Apple convenience store on South Main Street in Brewer.

Trio of co-workers claim $3.1 million ‘Megabucks’ jackpot after winning ticket sold at Brewer store

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 21, 2014, at 12:55 p.m.
BREWER, Maine — Three men came forward to claim the $3.1 million “Megabucks” jackpot after they purchased the winning ticket at a local convenience store on Saturday, according to a Maine State Lottery official. “It was three gentlemen who worked together,” the lottery official said Monday. The men’s names were …
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Gary LaPlante

Gary LaPlante named director of operations for Corrections

Bangor Daily News on July 21, 2014, at 12:25 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Gary LaPlante has been named director of operations at Maine Department of Corrections. According to a statement by Commissioner Dr. Joseph Fitzpatrick, LaPlante started his MDOC career more than 25 years ago as a guard at Maine State Prison in Thomaston. He has served as a sergeant, correctional investigator …
Charles Black, left, speaks with his attorney Walter McKee before closing arguments are made in Black's trial Monday in Knox County Superior Court.

Defense offers no witnesses as trial nears end for man accused of pushing wife off Camden cliff

By Stephen Betts on July 21, 2014, at 11:06 a.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A Knox County jury is now deciding whether a 71-year-old man tried to kill his wife by pushing her off Maiden Cliff in Camden in order to have her money and be with his former high school girlfriend. The defense rested its case Monday morning, calling no …
From the community

Maine benefits from multi-state Virtual Pet Sheltering Exercise

Bangor Daily News on July 21, 2014, at 10:53 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — During disasters, emergency managers not only aim to protect the civilian population, but must also figure out how to protect animals and livestock within the affected area. Often people will not leave their homes during times of emergency unless they know their pets or livestock will be …
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GasBuddy: Average price per gallon down 3.7 cents in Maine

Bangor Daily News on July 21, 2014, at 8:24 a.m.
STATEWIDE, Maine – Average retail gasoline prices in Maine have fallen 3.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.68/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 1,228 gas outlets in Maine. This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.57/g, …
 
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