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Legionnaires' disease bacteria found in Maine water samples

Jul. 19, 2019 5:30 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention says it has detected bacteria responsible for Legionnaires' disease in samples from the Orono-Veazie Water District. The agency said Friday that chlorine will be added to eliminate the bacteria. The CDC is investigating a cluster of...

3 charged with federal crime stemming from Maine robbery

Jul. 19, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Prosecutors say they've invoked a federal law in charging three men from New York City with robbery and conspiracy in Maine. U.S. Attorney Halsey Frank said Friday that 48-year-old Andre Muller, 39-year-old Robert Holland and 57-year-old Hector Munoz have been charged with conspiracy...

Court deals major blow to hydropower transmission line

Jul. 19, 2019 4:12 PM EDT

The New Hampshire Supreme Court dealt a possibly fatal blow Friday to plans for a hydropower transmission line that has raised concerns among communities and environmentalists that it would harm tourism and property values. In its unanimous ruling, the court upheld a state committee's rejection of the Northern...

AG says officers acted in self-defense in fatal shooting

Jul. 19, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's attorney general says officers acted in self-defense when they fatally shot a man who fired at an armored vehicle and warned he wanted to "kill a cop." Attorney General Aaron Frey on Friday says Sgt. Peter Michaud, Sgt. Joshua Haines and Trp. David Coflesky reasonably believed...

Maine grappling with closure of nursing homes

Jul. 19, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — More than a dozen nursing homes have shuttered in Maine in past five years, and leaders representing them in the aging state plan to meet next week with the administration of Gov. Janet Mills to push for $1 million in held-up funding. Maine currently has 94 nursing homes, down from...

Hot weather that scorched heartland arriving in New England

Jul. 19, 2019 3:16 PM EDT

Hot weather that has scorched the nation's heartland is making its way to the nation's northeastern tip, where temperature could hit 100 this weekend in parts of northern New England. The temperature already topped 90 degrees in parts of Vermont and New Hampshire on Friday. By Saturday, hot weather and oppressive...

Border Patrol makes arrests in Rangeley area

Jul. 19, 2019 12:14 PM EDT

RANGELEY, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Border Patrol says agents have arrested six people working in the Rangeley, Maine, area who are in the country illegally. Agents said Friday two men from the Dominican Republic and one from Guatemala entered the United States illegally through Texas and three Ecuadorians...

Maine hires DC group to help reform juvenile justice system

Jul. 19, 2019 11:23 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine corrections officials who are considering reforms to the state's juvenile justice system have hired a Washington, D.C.-based juvenile justice policy group. The Portland Press Herald reports the $227,000 contract with the Center for Children's Law and Policy will result in a...

Maine unemployment remains low, hasn't exceeded 4% in years

Jul. 19, 2019 10:45 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine labor officials say the unemployment rate in the state continues to hold steady, and has ranged between 3.2% and 3.5% over the past two years. The Maine Department of Labor says the preliminary unemployment rate for June was 3.2%. The department says unemployment in the state...

Judge denies request for new trial in rape, murder in Maine

Jul. 19, 2019 10:33 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine judge has denied a request for a new trial for a man serving a life sentence for a rape and killing in 1994 The Portland Press Herald reports Justice Roland Cole this week dismissed 51-year-old Foster Bates' third petition for post-conviction review. He'll likely continue...