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Thanksgiving Snow Storm Hits Maine

With up to a foot of snow expected to have fallen across Maine by Thanksgiving day morning, "be careful" is the message to anyone venturing outside.
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HOWLAND, Maine - Summit Natural Gas of Maine is promising to reimburse customers who paid a contractor for work that was never done.

A spokesman for the natural gas company tells the Portland Press Herald that it feels strongly that reimbursing residents who lost deposits to the now-defunct Dave Ireland Builders it the right thing to do.

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WASHINGTON - Second District congressman-elect Bruce Poliquin has been on the run since the day after Election Day, at orientation sessions in Washington that amount to a school for new members of Congress, and interviewing potential staff. But MPBN's Mal Leary did have a chance to talk with him earlier today about his priorities for the new Congress, and his experiences in the last few weeks getting ready to take office Jan. 6.

After Michael Brown was shot dead in August, his mother, Leslie McSpadden, said, "My son was sweet. He didn't mean any harm to anybody." He was, she said, "a gentle giant."

Over the past couple of days, we've been reading through the trove of documents released by the prosecutor in the matter of Michael Brown.

Peter Galbraith

Ambassador Peter W. Galbraith is the Senior Diplomatic Fellow at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, where his work focuses on Iraq, the greater Middle East, and conflict resolution and post-conflict reconstruction, specifically in the Balkans, Indonesia, Iraq, India/Pakistan, and Southeast Asia.

For the Midcoast Forum on Public Relations, Galbraith presents "Iraq and Syria, What's Next?"

For more on Galbraith or the Midcoast Forum, click here.

MONTPELIER, Vt. - Ski areas across northern New England are giddy at the prospect of a major Thanksgiving snowstorm.

The snow began to fall at Mount Snow in southern Vermont at midmorning Wednesday. Spokesman Dave Meeker calls it "awesome.''

PARIS, Maine - The police chief of a Maine town is facing a drunken driving charge after getting pulled over last week.

The Portland Press Herald reports that 50-year-old Paris Police Chief Michael Madden of Harrison was pulled over in Naples by a Cumberland County sheriff's deputy after midnight last Friday. Police pulled him over for erratic operation and he failed a sobriety test. Madden had no passengers and was cooperative during the stop.

HOWLAND, Maine - At least 40 Maine homeowners have told the Maine attorney general that a natural gas contractor took thousands of dollars in deposit money from them for work that was never done.

NECN reports homeowners say they hired Dave Ireland Builders of Howland to convert home heating systems to natural gas after Summit Natural Gas promoted Ireland in literature to customers. Ireland closed his business last week. He says he plans to repay the 50 to 70 customers who have him deposits.

BUCKSPORT, Maine - The closure of a Bucksport paper mill that is expected to put more than 500 people out of work is being pushed back from Dec. 1 to Dec. 31, keeping employees on payroll for another month.

Verso Paper Corp.'s Bucksport mill was initially set to shutter on Dec. 1. Company spokesman Bill Cohen says that is now the day production at the mill will begin to shut down. He says production will be over by Dec. 4 and cleanup and mothballing will begin.

AUGUSTA, Maine - All Maine state offices are closing early due to a looming winter storm.



Maine Calling Book Club - Roxana Robinson's "Sparta"

The Maine Calling Book Club re-convenes to discuss Roxana Robinson's novel "Sparta."