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Oil companies and railroads spar over changing rail safety standards

WASHINGTON — Spurred by a series of fiery train crashes, a push by government and industry to make safer tank cars used for shipping crude oil and ethanol has bogged down in squabbling and finger-pointing over whether they're needed and if so, who should pay. The Department of Transp...

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LePage vetoes bill that sought greater government transparency

AUGUSTA — A bill that would have opened records on industrial hazardous waste and mercury emission control plans was vetoed by Republi [...] 3


Livermore to go with Lewiston-based animal control officer

LIVERMORE — Selectpersons unanimously voted Tuesday to enter into a contract with Rich Burton of Maine Animal Damage Control of Lewist [...]


H.S. Baseball: Emerson's 2-hit gem leads Lewiston past Hampden, 1-0

LEWISTON — Sure, it's April, when the infield dirt is rugged as plywood, the outfield grass is brown and saturated, and the pitchers a [...]


Livermore Falls to hold hearing on proposed $2.45 million budget

LIVERMORE FALLS — A public hearing will be held Monday, April 28, on a proposed $2.45 million town budget for 2014-15. Selectmen will [...]


French fries get extra crispy when truck catches fire in parking lot

WATERVILLE— Bring on the ketchup: A tractor-trailer carrying 40,000 pounds of french fries caught fire in a Wal-Mart parking lot in th [...]

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State funds to help overhaul lower Main Street in Norway

NORWAY — The state has approved money for an $800,000 overhaul of lower Main Street. If the local share of approximately $400,000 is a [...]


‘It’s like God picked up the Jeep and launched it at the telephone pole’

TRENTON — A man has been taken to an Ellsworth hospital for treatment after a Jeep he was driving crashed into a utility pole on Route [...] 1


Sales of single-family homes in Maine up

SOUTH PORTLAND (AP) — The number of existing single-family homes sold in Maine last month jumped almost 13 percent when compared to th [...]


Proposed plan for compost pad presented to Farmington Board

FARMINGTON — Selectmen approved a plan Tuesday for the town to retain the compost pad built by Sandy River Recycling Association in pa [...]


Warden Service says snowmobilers charged by moose could be charged

FORT KENT — An incident involving a New Hampshire couple’s moose encounter while snowmobiling in Jackman last week is under [...] 10


Subcontractor for Kennebec Valley natural gas pipeline sues

AUGUSTA (AP) — Another federal lawsuit has been filed in connection with the installation of a natural gas pipeline in the Kennebec Va [...]

Union representing FairPoint workers blasts LePage veto of new standards for telecom mergers

PORTLAND, Maine — Officials at the union that represents most employees of FairPoint Communications say telephone and broadband custo [...]

LePage nominates PUC alternates to overcome stalemate in Poland Spring case

AUGUSTA — Gov. Paul LePage has nominated three retired judges to serve as alternates on the Maine Public Utilities Commission in an ef [...]

Blackstone: New business hub coming to Lewiston-Auburn

LEWISTON — Twin Cities business leaders and entrepreneurs said Tuesday that they are eager to accept any help the Blackstone Charitabl [...]

Property tax credit getting boost with new law

AUGUSTA (AP) — A new Maine law means that some low-and-middle income families will see their property tax credits double. The bill Rep [...]

Lewiston market owners to serve 19 months in jail

 AUBURN — A Lewiston couple who owns Lewiston's first halal market was sentenced Tuesday to a total of 19 months in jail for bilk [...] 10

Olympia's List preps to fund primary candidates

LEWISTON — At least two Maine candidates are getting a boost from the political action committee created by former U.S. Sen. Olympia S [...]

Lewiston wraps revenue review, readies for budget-cutting

LEWISTON — Councilors wrapped up the first stage of their 2014-15 fiscal year budget discussions Tuesday with a review of their expect [...]

Michaud calls for Maine to cut heating oil usage

YARMOUTH, Maine (AP) — U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud on Tuesday called for Maine to cut its dependency on heating oil in half by implementing [...] 2

Lewiston names new ELL director

LEWISTON — A teachers' coach at Longley and Farwell elementary schools has been named the new director of the English Language Learner [...]

Oxford sewer project receives $23.7 million in federal cash

OXFORD — The town has received nearly $23.7 million in federal funding to complete work on its proposed municipal sewer system. O [...]

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