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 2020-09-22 01:06 

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Portland Park Will Be Pesticide Free...

PORTLAND (WGME) -- A park in Portland is going pesticide free in an attempt to clear the area of harmful chemicals. Hannaford and Stonyfield Organic teamed up to implement organic grounds management at Fox Field in Kennedy Park. That means the space will ...

 2020-09-22 00:50 

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Portland City Budget to Include Layoffs...

PORTLAND (WGME) -- The Portland City Council is considering a new budget that will cut dozens of positions. According to the city, 65 jobs are on the chopping block with a majority of them in the Parks and Recreation Department. According to Portland Mayo...

 2020-09-22 00:32 

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UPDATE: Westbrook Won't Take Action on Landslide...

WESTBROOK (WGME) -- The city of Westbrook has been investigating what to do after last week's landslide pushed tons of dirt and debris into the Presumpscot River. City leaders announced Monday they won't do anything at least for now. "Water is...

 2020-09-21 22:52 

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Maine crews head west to help fight California fires...

GRAY (WGME) - An enormous wildfire that's burned more than 100,000 acres near Los Angeles continues to threaten homes. Officials hope calmer winds this week could help crews corral the flames. The Bobcat Fire is one of the largest ever in Los Angeles ...

 2020-09-21 22:16 

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Maine voter activists ask for ballots mailed by Election Day to be counted...

PORTLAND (WGME) The Kennebec County Court heard arguments Monday on the constitutionality of certain aspects of Maine's election procedures, and whether or not they should be changed. Voter activists want ballots mailed by Election Day to be counted....

 2020-09-21 21:27 

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Jill Biden to travel to Maine Friday...

PORTLAND (WGME) -- The Biden campaign has announced that Jill Biden will be in Maine on Friday. The campaign did not provide any other details on Monday....

 2020-09-21 21:22 

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Portland homeless advocates say not much has changed since "sleep out" protest...

((PORTLAND)) -- It's been six weeks since dozens of people experiencing homelessness and community resource groups held a "sleep out" protest at city hall. Some of the people in need staying at city hall during the protest say they were there ...

 2020-09-21 21:08 

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Big changes made for some York County school districts...

SANFORD (WGME) There were big changes made for school districts in York County, the area in Maine that's been hit especially hard by the coronavirus. One new death, 27 new coronavirus cases in Maine. At the start of the school year in Sanford, they we...

 2020-09-21 18:46 

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Maine CDC investigates possible COVID-19 exposure at Portland International Jetport...

PORTLAND (WGME) -- The Maine CDC reported Monday that an individual with COVID-19 and someone in close contact with that individual went to the Portland International Jetport on Sunday, potentially exposing others to the virus. One new death, 27 new coron...

 2020-09-21 17:49 

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Sara Gideon says country should wait to nominate new Supreme Court Justice...

PORTLAND (WGME) Maine Senate Candidate Sara Gideon says she believes the United States should wait before the confirmation process for a new Supreme Court Justice begins. Maine leaders mourn death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg"I think a...

 2020-09-21 16:18 

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One new death, 27 new coronavirus cases in Maine...

AUGUSTA (WGME) -- One new coronavirus-related death was reported in Maine on Monday. The death toll stands at 140. There have been 5,106 coronavirus cases reported in Maine as of Monday. The Maine CDC says 4,586 of those cases are confirmed and 520 are pr...

 2020-09-21 11:16 

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Wells-Ogunquit students return to school in person this week...

WELLS (WGME) -- Starting Monday, all students in the Wells-Ogunquit school district will attend classes in person five days a week with smaller class sizes. The York County school district first returned to school on Sept. 8 under the "Hybrid B" m...

 2020-09-21 00:13 

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Hurricane Teddy will bring an elevated fire danger Tuesday...

Hurricane Teddy is getting closer and will impact Maine on Tuesday. With high winds in our ongoing drought, there is an elevated fire danger. The exact track will keep the storm well east of us, but we can expect many impacts in Maine. Here are the detail...

 2020-09-20 21:06 

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Midcoast college town depends on students...

BRUNSWICK (WGME) -- A college town on the midcoast is looking ahead to the winter months. Due to COVID-19, Brunswick business owners aren't expecting Bowdoin college students to carry them through, like in previous years. Student at Saint Dominic Acad...

 2020-09-20 20:54 

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Portrait honors Maine soldier critically injured in Iraq...

AUGUSTA (AP) — A portrait of a soldier who was critically injured in 2004 in Mosul, Iraq, is now hanging in his honor at Camp Chamberlain alongside nine other fallen Maine Army National Guard soldiers who've lost their lives since 9/11. The bomb...

 2020-09-20 17:57 

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Lisbon schools reopen fully in person...

LISBON — Schools are fully reopened amid the challenges of social distancing and other COVID-19 protocols. Local schools — Lisbon High, Philip W. Sugg Middle School, Lisbon Community School and the Gartley Street alternative school — ope...

 2020-09-20 16:29 

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44 new cases of coronavirus in Maine...

AUGUSTA (WGME) -- The Maine CDC reported 44 new cases of coronavirus Sunday. There are no additional deaths to report to keep the toll at 139. There are now 5,079 reported cases in Maine. 4,562 have been confirmed and 517 are probable. 439 people have bee...

 2020-09-20 14:47 

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Mail delays sharply rose in Maine as Postal Service pursued savings, new data show...

(BDN) -- The share of one popular class of mail arriving at least a day late in Maine doubled for a time this summer as the U. S. Postal Service pursued cost-savings measures, though delays look to have subsided nationally after the agency halted heavily ...

 2020-09-20 14:04 

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Fire heavily damages house in Jay...

JAY — State fire investigators will determine the cause of a fire that damaged a ranch-style house at 20 Belleview Drive late Friday afternoon and again early Saturday. A fire heavily damaged a ranch-style home late Friday afternoon at 20 Belleview ...

 2020-09-20 01:11 

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Political experts reflect on the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg...

Political experts here in Maine say while Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death was both shocking and experted they're now thinking about the fight that they say is inevitably going to start in the U. S. Senate. Professors in government studies at Bowdoin C...

 2020-09-20 01:09 

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Hurricane Teddy to bring windy conditions Tuesday...

Hurricane Teddy remains a powerful category 3 hurricane with winds of 120 mph, as of Saturday evening. It is moving just east of Bermuda through Monday. The forecast has Teddy weakening slowly, according to the National Hurricane Center. Teddy may still m...

 2020-09-19 21:03 

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Democratic donkey sculpted by local artist burned and destroyed in Bowdoinham...

BOWDOINHAM (WGME) -- A democratic donkey, sculpted by a local artist, was burned and destroyed early Saturday morning in Bowdoinham. The donkey took two years to build by local artist and buss driver Doug Chess, according to a Facebook post from Democrati...

 2020-09-19 20:50 

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Sen. Collins releases statement on Supreme Court Vacancy...

Senator Susan Collins said in a statement Saturday she believes the Senate should vote on a Supreme Court nominee after the November presidential election. "Given the proximity of the presidential election, however, I do not believe that the Senate sh...

 2020-09-19 18:56 

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Workers find human bones while digging a trench in Guilford...

Excavators were digging a trench in Stephanie Cartwright's yard on Water Street in Guilford to upgrade the power system. That's when Zac Herrick and his crew found something they didn't expect: human remains. Skulls and bones of two people wer...

 2020-09-19 17:03 

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Eight deaths now tied to Millinocket-area wedding outbreak...

An eighth person has now died from COVID-19 as part of an outbreak stemming from an Aug. 7 wedding in the Millinocket-area, even though none of those eight people attended the wedding themselves. The most recent death was also associated with the Madison ...

 2020-09-19 14:40 

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Maine blueberry industry reels from drought, frost, virus...

PORTLAND (AP) — A late spring frost, a devastating drought and labor troubles wrought by the coronavirus pandemic conspired to make 2020 a difficult year for the wild blueberry producers who harvest the fruit in the nation's northeastern corner....

 2020-09-19 14:27 

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Maine nonprofits get aid assisting domestic violence victims...

PORTLAND (AP) — Three nonprofit groups that provide services for victims of domestic violence are among the recipients of more than $2. 3 million in federal aid in Maine. The federal Office of Violence Against Women is providing the grants, which ar...

 2020-09-19 14:00 

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Crews battle woods fire in Buckfield...

BUCKFIELD — Crews from several towns battled a wild fire Saturday morning after flames were reported in the woods in the area of Conejo Lane, off East Hebron Road. The fire was reported contained about 6 a. m. Firefighters went to the area, a short ...

 2020-09-19 13:52 

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1 new death, 30 more cases of coronavirus in Maine...

AUGUSTA (WGME) -- The Maine CDC reported one new death and 30 more cases of coronavirus Saturday. The death toll now stands at 139. There are now 5,035 reported cases of coronavirus in Maine. 4,522 have been confirmed and 513 are probable. On Friday, the ...

 2020-09-19 03:07 

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Portland residents on the lookout after coyote sightings...

PORTLAND (WGME) -- A coyote spotted Friday in the Riverton neighborhood of Portland has neighbors on the lookout. Greg Gould has the seen the coyote multiple times since last Saturday, when he was out walking his dog. Some neighbors had mistaken the coyot...

 2020-09-19 02:49 

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Maine leaders mourn death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg...

PORTLAND (WGME) -- Many Maine leaders are mourning the loss of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87. Senator Angus King tweeted his statement. Maine Senator Susan Collins called Ginsburg, "A t...

 2020-09-19 02:12 

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Portland teachers find creative way to connect with students...

PORTLAND (WGME) -- Teachers and staff members at an elementary school in Portland are connecting with students in a creative way, while staying safe. Students attending Gerald E. Talbot Community School will get to see their teachers' smiles, thanks t...

 2020-09-19 01:56 

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"Kevin on the Roof' fundraiser for STRIVE begins Friday...

PORTLAND (WGME) -- Friday marks the start of the eighth annual "Kevin on the Roof" fundraiser to benefit STRIVE. Yarmouth family makes face masks to raise money for STRIVESTRIVE is a non-profit organization helping children and teens with disabili...

 2020-09-19 01:32 

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Families in need get extra help thanks to generous donations...

PORTLAND (WGME) -- Families still in need during the pandemic are getting some extra help, thanks to some generous donations. No new deaths, total coronavirus cases in Maine surpass 5,000United Way and Wayside Food Programs held a contact-less food drive ...

 2020-09-18 23:32 

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Italian Heritage Center in Portland to host first wedding since reopening...

PORTLAND (WGME) -- Saturday afternoon, there will be a wedding at the Italian Heritage Center in Portland, and the event planners say they're doing all they can to avoid another outbreak like the one in Millinocket. Maine wedding now linked to 7 COVID...

 2020-09-18 22:34 

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Portland opens new park on the waterfront...

PORTLAND (WGME) -- Portland now has another park. The city held a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday for the park at the Amethyst Lot on Portland's waterfront. Portland's proposed waterfront park gets federal supportIt's alongside the Eastern Prom...

 2020-09-18 22:03 

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Maine's 'hands free' driving law turns 1 year old on Saturday...

WINDHAM (WGME) -- Nearly one year ago, Maine's "hands free" law went into effect, banning people from holding a cell phone or device while driving. The law went into effect on September 19 last year. Maine's new hands-free driving law now ...

 2020-09-18 21:58 

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"This is dust. That is not enough water," drought affecting pumpkin growers...

YORK (WGME) -- Pumpkin patches are opening for the fall, but it has been a rough growing season with the drought. Abe Zacharias says this is one of the best pumpkin crops he's ever grown. He owns Zach's Farm in York and has a dozen acres of health...

 2020-09-18 21:42 

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With fewer tourists, Maine's small businesses are hurting...

OLD ORCHARD BEACH (WGME) -- It's no surprise that in Vacationland, tourism is Maine's top industry. There are usually 30 million visitors to Maine annually, creating 110,000 jobs and a $10 billion economic impact, but this year, with the pandemic,...

 2020-09-18 21:11 

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Western Maine manhunt continues into second day...

BYRON (WGME) -- There's a manhunt underway in rural, western Maine. Search underway for 2 Maine men, 1 is a convicted sex offender and considered 'dangerous'State, local and federal authorities are looking in a remote part of the state, Byron,...

 2020-09-18 20:02 

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Hurricane Teddy may impact Maine...

The tropics are still very active as we continue through 2020. As of Friday afternoon, there are three named storms in the Atlantic with a fourth on the way. The most powerful is Hurricane Teddy, a category 4 hurricane with winds of 130 mph, and it may im...

 2020-09-18 13:48 

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No new deaths, total coronavirus cases in Maine surpass 5,000...

AUGUSTA (WGME) -- No new coronavirus-related deaths were reported in Maine on Friday. The death toll stands at 138. There have been 5,005 coronavirus cases reported in Maine as of Friday. The Maine CDC says 4,492 of those cases are confirmed and 513 are p...

 2020-09-18 13:00 

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Search underway for 2 Maine men, one convicted of sex crimes and considered 'dangerous'...

BYRON (WGME) -- A manhunt is underway for a "dangerous" Maine man who has been convicted of gross sexual assault. The Maine Department of Corrections says 36-year-old Shawn Batchelder failed to report to his probation officer. Batchelder was last ...

 2020-09-18 11:49 

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Maine hospital to host drive-thru flu shot clinics...

Drive-thru flu shot clinics will be available this fall in several Maine communities. Mid CoastParkview Health will host clinics in Bath, Brunswick and Topsham. Clinics will be offered every weekend in October and the first weekend in November. [Experts r...

 2020-09-18 11:19 

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Fast-warming Gulf of Maine recorded hottest day this summer...

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The warming Gulf of Maine recorded its hottest single day this summer, reaching 69. 85 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius). The reading was taken on Aug. 14 in what's already one of the fastest-warming bodies of water on...

 2020-09-18 11:12 

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Gov. Mills signs curtailment order to address pandemic shortfall...

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Democratic Gov. Janet Mills signed an order Thursday to address a projected revenue shortfall caused by the pandemic. Her order curtails the General Fund by $221 million and the highway fund by $23 million but avoids deep progr...

 2020-09-18 10:25 

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Looking for the purr-fect pet? Maine shelter looking for loving homes for 150 cats...

SOUTH PARIS (WGME) -- More than 40 cats have recently been surrendered to Responsible Pet Care of Oxford Hills. Now the shelter is looking for homes for a total of 150 cats. Morgan Miles, a board member with the animal shelter, says the adoption process h...

 2020-09-18 09:59 

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Livestock saved during fire at Maine slaughterhouse...

KENNEBUNK (WGME) -- Owners, friends and neighbors of a Kennebunk business sprang into action to save animals from a fire. The Nest and Mullen Slaughterhouse on Perkins Lane caught fire Thursday night. [Speed, alcohol factors in crash that killed 19-year-o...

 2020-09-18 02:29 

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Study: Maine recovering from pandemic better than any other state...

PORTLAND (WGME) A new study shows Maine is recovering from the pandemic better than any other state. No new deaths, 21 more coronavirus cases reported in MaineMoody's Investment Service, a bond rating company, and CNN Business have teamed up to track ...

 2020-09-17 23:47 

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Maine CDC investigates COVID-19 outbreak at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard...

KITTERY (WGME) The Maine CDC is now investigating another COVID-19 outbreak in York County. No new deaths, 21 more coronavirus cases reported in Maine. This time the outbreak is at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, where 18 people have tested posi...

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