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Truck driver injured when rig collides with train in Livermore Falls

LIVERMORE FALLS — The driver of a pulp truck loaded with wood was injured Wednesday afternoon when the truck crashed into a Pan Am Railways train on Main Street near the Bank Building. Jeremy Tillson, 25, of Sidney told police did not hear the train or the bells or see the train befo...

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Defense hints at false confession in Parent murder

AUBURN — An attorney who specializes in the study of false confessions said Wednesday that innocent suspects sometimes admit to crimes [...] 10:13pm

Pedestrian struck, reportedly killed by Downeaster train in North Berwick

NORTH BERWICK — A pedestrian was struck by an Amtrak Downeaster train on Main Street in North Berwick, [...] 9:45pm

Mayhew: Work requirement for food stamps not punitive

AUGUSTA — After a five-year break, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services plans to once again require childless adults to w [...] 12:01pm 8

SAD 17 considers need to keep former Paris school building

PARIS — The SAD 17 Operations Committee is looking at the district's need to retain ownership of the former Mildred Fox Elementary Sch [...] 3:07pm

Spark grows for electric vehicles in greater Portland

PORTLAND — Turning over a new Leaf has worked well for Scarborough resident Marc Lausier. "I can say with confidence that I’ll n [...] 2:56pm

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LePage wants answers on immigrant children placed in Maine

AUGUSTA — In a conference call Tuesday with federal agencies, Gov. Paul LePage was informed that eight illegal immigrant children have been placed in Maine by the federal government. "I only learned that children have been placed in Maine after I asked the question," LePage said in a... 23

C. Swanton: Have to blame Obama

This is in response to a letter from Norman Smith (July 12). He blamed George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Colin Powell for the U.S. war with Iraq. But unlike President Obama, who bypasses Congress regularly, President Bush asked Congress for the authority for action in Iraq. He received almos... 15

Mayhew: Work requirement for food stamps not punitive

AUGUSTA — After a five-year break, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services plans to once again require childless adults to work in order to receive help through the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps. The department announced We... 8

New Hampshire driver stops to help ducklings, gets ticket

NEWFIELDS, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire woman who called police after stopping in a highway median to help some stranded ducklings plans to fight a $44 ticket. Hallie Bibeau of Newfields said she was driving east on Route 101 on Friday when she had to slam on her brakes to avoid hitti... 4

ACA proponent: Ruling 'nothing to panic about'

Despite a pair of dueling court rulings Tuesday — one that said people cannot use government tax breaks to buy health insurance through federally run Affordable Care Act marketplaces and one that said they can — proponents of the health care reform law said Mainers should not be conce... 3

Maine heating prices drop as summer heats up

PORTLAND (AP) — A Maine government survey says the average price of heating oil in the state has dropped 5 cents from earlier this month to $3.46 per gallon. The Governor's Energy Office said Tuesday that the average statewide price for a gallon of heating oil ranged from $3.15 to $3... 3

Sabattus tax rate up 8.8 percent

SABATTUS — The town has a new tax rate. Selectmen unanimously voted Tuesday night to set the new mill rate at $17.80, an 8.8 percent increase over the current year, according to Town Clerk Suzanne Adams. It was the lowest of the three tax rate options on the table for the boar... 2

Students spend summer hours learning about math

AUBURN — Tuesday was a beautiful summer day, the temperature already 80 degrees at 10:30 a.m. Instead of lounging by a pool, Quinn Myrick, 15, worked on geometry at Edward Little High School. He had lots of company. The air-conditioned library was packed with 50-plus students ... 2

LePage says 8 ‘unaccompanied alien children’ put in Maine without his knowledge

AUGUSTA — Republican Gov. Paul LePage learned Monday that eight unaccompanied children who entered the country illegally have been placed in Maine without his knowledge. In a statement from the governor’s office, LePage said he learned about the children’s placement durin... 2

Border patrol says Canadian man tried to smuggle wife into U.S.

JACKMAN — Federal officials say a Canadian man is facing charges after he tried to illegally bring his wife across the border into Maine. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers say they became suspicious last week when they found women's clothing in the vehicle of 41-year-old Pi... 2


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