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 2020-10-02 17:49 

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Former Rockland police officers charged with animal cruelty...

ROCKLAND, Maine (BDN) -- Two former police officers have been summonsed on felony animal cruelty charges. Mike Rolerson and Addison Cox were fired from the Rockland Police Department last week following an internal investigation into alleged misconduct. A...

 2020-10-02 17:21 

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Great weather ahead for peak leaf-peeping weekend...

PORTLAND (WGME) -- If you haven't had the chance to check out this year's gorgeous fall colors, now is the time to do so! Due to the ongoing drought, peak colors are 1-2 weeks ahead of schedule in northern New England. Peak colors are being observ...

 2020-10-02 16:30 

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Don't accidentally throw away your Maine absentee ballot!...

Lewiston city officials are warning voters not to throw away absentee ballots by mistake. Ballots are now getting sent to voters and officials are urging Mainers to be careful they don't throw away their ballots accidentally. They add all ballots look...

 2020-10-02 15:38 

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37 more coronavirus cases reported in Maine, no new deaths...

AUGUSTA (WGME) -- No new coronavirus-related deaths were reported in Maine on Friday. The death toll stands at 142. There have been 5,468 coronavirus cases reported in Maine as of Friday. The Maine CDC says 4,900 of those cases are confirmed and 568 are p...

 2020-10-02 15:28 

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Maine eagle electrocuted after being harassed by crows and flying into power line...

(BDN) -- Down in South Blue Hill, there are plenty of bald eagles flying around, enjoying the abundant forage they find in Blue Hill Bay. Last Friday, one of those eagles met an untimely end, apparently after a bunch of hungry crows — a "murder,...

 2020-10-02 14:53 

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Stray bullet hits inside of Maine child's room...

SABATTUS (WGME) -- The Sabattus Police Department is warning Mainers about the importance of firearm safety after a stray bullet hit the inside of a child's room. Officials say the incident happened last Wednesday. The homeowner discovered the bullet ...

 2020-10-02 14:09 

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Maine's congressional delegation send well wishes to Trump after positive COVID-19 test...

President Donald Trump is experiencing "mild symptoms" of COVID-19 after revealing Friday that he and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus. Trump, who has spent much of the year downplaying the threat of a virus that h...

 2020-10-02 13:44 

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Mainers warned to protect against browntail moth hairs during fall cleanup...

AUGUSTA (WGME) -- State officials are urging Mainers to be cautious while performing fall yardwork because of the presence of an irritating pest. The Maine CDC says browntail moth hairs in the environment can get stirred up during fall yardwork. These tin...

 2020-10-02 12:09 

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Median age of coronavirus sufferers trends downward in Maine...

PORTLAND, MAINE (AP) -- The median age of people who contract coronavirus in the state of Maine is trending downward. The median age was 51. 3 from March through the end of May, and it dipped to 41. 4 for the months of June through September, Maine Center...

 2020-10-02 11:57 

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Daughter of Maine homicide victim pleads for public to come forward with information...

CARIBOU (WGME) -- This week would have marked the 63rd birthday of a Caribou man who was killed under mysterious circumstances. Ken Zernicke's body was found burned in the rubble of his home in 2015. His death was ruled a homicide but was never solved...

 2020-10-02 11:07 

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Former direct support professional from Sanford accused of sexual assault...

SANFORD (WGME) -- A Sanford man has been arrested and charged with gross sexual assault. Detectives at the Sanford Police Department say they arrested 45-year-old Mark Paster on Thursday. [Big Al's hit with cease and desist order over fireworks storag...

 2020-10-02 10:34 

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More Maine businesses cited for violating coronavirus prevention measures...

More Maine businesses have been cited by state health authorities. According to the Press Herald, they violated the state's coronavirus prevention measures. [License reinstated for Millinocket inn linked to wedding coronavirus outbreak] Most were cite...

 2020-10-02 10:10 

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RSU 12 schools switch to remote learning due to COVID-19 cases...

All RSU 12 schools are going remote. The school district says someone at Windsor Elementary School tested positive for COVID-19. It also says there's a second probable case as well. [Portland delays return of in-person classes for some students] Accor...

 2020-10-02 09:57 

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Portland delays return of in-person classes for some students...

PORTLAND (WGME) Portland is delaying the return of in-person classes for some students. They're currently attending classes under a hybrid plan. The superintendent sent a letter to parents this week, citing concerns about not having enough space or st...

 2020-10-02 02:14 

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Big Al's hit with cease and desist order over fireworks storage...

WISCASSET (WGME) -- A Midcoast business, well-known for its bargains and its commercials, has been hit with a cease and desist order. It's a potential end to what has been a years-long legal battle between the owners of Big Al's and nearby propert...

 2020-10-02 00:53 

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'Stuff the Bus Maine' offers helping hand to students...

SANFORD (WGME) -- A local non-profit is lending a helping hand for low-income and at-risk students in Maine during these difficult times. "Stuff the Bus Maine" held its annual backpack event Thursday at Willard School in Sanford, but things were a...

 2020-10-01 23:50 

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Former Lewiston and Auburn Mayor John Jenkins dies at 68...

(LEWISTON, WGME) John Jenkins, former mayor of Lewiston and Auburn has died. According to those close to him, Jenkins succumbed to his illness and passed Wednesday night. The Bates College graduate got into politics in 1993, winning Lewiston's mayoral...

 2020-10-01 23:22 

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York County towns prepare to celebrate Halloween safely...

YORK COUNTY (WGME) -- Now that we're in October, many towns are starting to think about Halloween, and how to still have holiday events safely. 'Once in a blue moon:' 2 full moons to take place in October including one on Halloween! For reside...

 2020-10-01 21:52 

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Absentee ballots being processed, sent to Maine voters...

PORTLAND (WGME) -- Absentee ballots are now being processed and sent out to voters in Maine. The city of Portland began mailing out absentee ballots on Tuesday, and city officials say the demand for those ballots has nearly doubled since the last presiden...

 2020-10-01 21:41 

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Portland ballot question would restrict short term rentals, raise fees...

PORTLAND (WGME) -- Voters in Portland will decide six referendum questions this Election Day, including one that would further restrict short term rentals, like Airbnb and VRBO. Portland to discuss whether or not to implement new rules on short-term renta...

 2020-10-01 21:27 

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Massabesic offers coronavirus testing after slew of positive cases...

WATERBORO (WGME) --Coronavirus testing in Waterboro is underway following a slew of positive cases at Massabesic Middle School. Massabesic Middle School going fully remote due to COVID-19 outbreak. Superintendent Larry Malone has confirmed three or more c...

 2020-10-01 21:04 

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Maine Supreme Court denies ranked-choice voting appeal...

PORTLAND (WGME) -- The legal battle over ranked choice voting in Maine is over, at least for this year. The Maine Supreme Court has denied a last-minute appeal that would have stopped the use of ranked choice voting in Maine's presidential election. I...

 2020-10-01 17:25 

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"Once in a blue moon!" Two full moons to take place in October...

PORTLAND (WGME) -- For the first time since January 2018, this month will feature a Blue Moon! By definition, a Blue Moon is the second full moon in a single month. The first full moon, called the Harvest Moon, takes place tonight. Why is this full moon c...

 2020-10-01 15:20 

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Nominate the worst road in Biddeford and it will get fixed if bond question passes...

BIDDEFORD -- Think your road is the worst road in Biddeford? City officials want to hear from you. On the November 3, Biddeford officials says voters will be asked to support two bond questions, totaling $17. 5 million to address longstanding maintenance ...

 2020-10-01 13:35 

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Another Mainer dies as 40 new coronavirus cases are reported...

AUGUSTA (WGME) -- One new coronavirus-related deaths was reported in Maine on Thursday. The death toll stands at 142. There have been 5,431 coronavirus cases reported in Maine as of Thursday. The Maine CDC says 4,865 of those cases are confirmed and 566 a...

 2020-10-01 12:33 

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Judge declines to intervene on Maine's absentee ballot rules...

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A judge on Wednesday rejected a request for an injunction allowing absentee ballots postmarked by Election Day to be counted and to require the government to pay the postage for mailed ballots. Plaintiffs including the Alliance...

 2020-10-01 12:12 

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Maine's peak leaf-peeping weekend is on the way...

PORTLAND, Maine (AP/WGME) -- The coming weekend could be the best of the fall for Maine's leaf peepers. [Mainers can expect a warmer than average fall] The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry says most of the state is experiencing...

 2020-10-01 11:43 

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Maine nursing home's corrective plan for coronavirus outbreak rejected by state...

A Madison nursing home submitted a corrective plan after violating federal coronavirus regulations. According to the Morning Sentinel, state officials say the plan doesn't meet all the requirements for approval. [At a Maine nursing home, a couple'...

 2020-10-01 11:23 

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Maine elementary school student test positive for COVID-19...

A Standish elementary school has a confirmed positive coronavirus case. [2 Maine schools switch to remote learning due to coronavirus outbreak] The MSAD 6 superintendent says the new case is a student at Edna Libby Elementary. All students and staff who w...

 2020-10-01 10:50 

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Wrong-way driver hits 5 cars on Maine Turnpike...

CUMBERLAND (WGME) -- Maine State Police say a 73-year-old man driving the wrong way on the Maine Turnpike in Cumberland hit several vehicles on Wednesday, but thankfully no one was seriously hurt. Police got reports around 2:10 p. m. of a wrong way driver...

 2020-10-01 10:32 

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Maine restaurant customers may have been exposed to hepatitis A...

AUGUSTA (WGME) -- The Maine CDC says customers of a Moosehead Lake restaurant could be at risk of contracting hepatitis A. Health officials say a worker at The Birches Resort in Rockwood, who was ill with hepatitis A, handled food while infectious between...

 2020-10-01 10:15 

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Maine bus fares resume, contactless payment option now available...

PORTLAND (WGME) -- Three public bus systems in Maine are resuming regular service and bus fares under a new touchless system. The Greater Portland METRO, Biddeford - Saco - Old Orchard Beach Transit, and South Portland Bus Service are rolling out the "...

 2020-10-01 01:11 

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Maine senators say Pres. Trump should have condemned all hate groups during debate...

PORTLAND (WGME) Maine's two senators say the president should have condemned all hate groups, like the Proud Boys, right away Tuesday night. Republican Susan Collins weighed in on the toxic nature of Tuesday night's presidential debate. First deba...

 2020-10-01 00:43 

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CMP working to restore power to thousands of Mainers...

PHIPPSBURG (WGME) Wednesday morning's heavy wind caused widespread damage across Maine, knocking out power for more than 100,000 customers at the peak. Thousands of CMP customers still without power after stormCMP has been working all day to get the l...

 2020-09-30 23:25 

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Westbrook police chief to retire at end of year...

WESTBROOK (WGME) Westbrook's police chief is retiring from the force after six years as the head of the department. Westbrook Police Department gives public look at policies, guidelinesThe mayor says Chief Janine Roberts will be stepping away from the...

 2020-09-30 23:09 

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Demand for propane heaters rises for businesses during pandemic...

PORTLAND (WGME) As the weather gets colder, and restaurants and breweries seat people outside, the demand for propane heaters has never been greater. Maine restaurants prepare for uncertain winter monthsAt the Portland Zoo, the owners were lucky enough to...

 2020-09-30 22:17 

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Game wardens tranquilize moose that was wandering around South Portland...

SOUTH PORTLAND (WGME) A moose that was on the run around southern Maine for several days has now been tranquilized. Authorities are now trying to safely transport it back to where it belongs. The moose wandered around neighborhoods in South Portland and b...

 2020-09-30 21:40 

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Thousands of CMP customers still without power after storm...

OAKLAND (WGME) Thousands of CMP customers are without power after Wednesday morning's strong wind and rain. Thousands in the dark after strong winds hit MaineAt the peak of outages, there were more than 100,000 homes and businesses without power, but ...

 2020-09-30 21:17 

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Strong winds damage trees, property in Cumberland County...

WESTBROOK (WGME) -- In Cumberland County, winds knocked out power for thousands of people Wednesday. Thousands in the dark after strong winds hit MaineWhile conditions are improving, the winds in Westbrook knocked down a large tree limb on Saco Street, wh...

 2020-09-30 19:12 

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Gov. Mills extends state of civil emergency...

AUGUSTA (WGME) -- Governor Janet Mills has extended the state of civil emergency for 30 days, through October 29. Nearly every other state is under a similar state of emergency, according to theNational Governors Association. Vermont and New Hampshire rec...

 2020-09-30 18:56 

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Why were winds so strong Wednesday morning?...

PORTLAND (WGME) -- It may have been brief, but heavy rain and damaging wind gusts hit Maine hard earlier this morning. Trees and power lines were knocked over, leaving over 100,000 Mainers without power. Thousands in the dark after strong winds hit Maine....

 2020-09-30 17:01 

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Early in-person absentee voting to begin Oct. 5 in Portland...

PORTLAND (WGME) -- Portland residents can vote absentee in-person beginning on October 5. Residents can vote at the City Clerk's temporary office space in the Merrill Auditorium via the Myrtle Street entrance. Hours are 9 a. m. to 4:30 p. m. , Monday ...

 2020-09-30 15:08 

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Tractor-trailer crashes on Maine Turnpike after driver falls asleep, police say...

AUBURN (WGME) -- Maine State Police say a tractor-trailer crashed early Wednesday morning on the Maine Turnpike in Auburn after the driver fell asleep. [Search underway for 2 Maine inmates who walked away from re-entry facility]The crash happened near mil...

 2020-09-30 14:51 

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[ FOX Portland, ME ]

Moose on the loose in South Portland...

SOUTH PORTLAND (WGME) -- There is a beautiful moose that has been wandering around the South Portland area. It made its way to SMCC's campus late Wednesday morning. It was spotted taking a stroll on Willard Beach earlier in the morning. According to S...

 2020-09-30 13:43 

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54 more coronavirus cases reported in Maine, no new deaths...

AUGUSTA (WGME) -- No new coronavirus-related deaths were reported in Maine on Wednesday. The death toll stands at 141. There have been 5,391 coronavirus cases reported in Maine as of Wednesday. The Maine CDC says 4,824 of those cases are confirmed and 567...

 2020-09-30 13:10 

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[ FOX Portland, ME ]

If you're still waiting for your $500 child stimulus payment, the deadline is Sept. 30...

If you think you were shorted the $500 for your child in your stimulus check, you may have another chance to get that money, but the deadline is Wednesday. The IRS re-opened online registration for recipients of Social Security, Supplemental Security Inco...

 2020-09-30 12:34 

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Search underway for 2 Maine inmates who walked away from re-entry facility...

BELFAST (WGME) -- The Waldo County Sheriff's Office says they are searching for two inmates who walked away from the Maine Coastal Regional Re-Entry Center on Tuesday. The Maine Coastal Regional Re-Entry Center isfor prisoners who are nearing the end ...

 2020-09-30 11:19 

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[ FOX Portland, ME ]

This is the only effective DIY way to get rid of skunk stink...

(BDN) -- Because of their stinky reputation, the mere sight of skunk stripes is enough to strike fear into hearts. If you are unfortunate enough to get sprayed with skunk stink, there is an easy odor remedy that uses materials you probably already have in...

 2020-09-30 11:11 

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Thousands in the dark as wet and windy weather hits Maine...

Thousands of Mainers are without power Wednesday morning as strong winds move through the state. As of 7 a. m. , about 8,200 CMP customers were in the dark. Most of the outages are in Cumberland and Androscoggin counties. [On-going drought creates complic...

 2020-09-30 10:49 

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UMaine will rename building named for eugenics advocate...

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The name of a former university president and scientist who advocated for eugenics and helped obscure the health risks of tobacco will be removed from a building at the University of Maine. The board voted Monday to remove Cla...

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