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Biddeford Residents Vow to Pursue Allegations of Sex Abuse in Civil Court

BIDDEFORD, Maine - The Maine Attorney General's office has decided not to file criminal charges against a former Biddeford police officer accused of sexually abusing former city resident Matt Lauzon when Lauzon was a teenager.
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Maine Farmers Sail to New Markets the Old-Fashioned Way

PORTLAND, Maine - A 90-year-old, twin-masted schooner sailed into Portland harbor Thursday morning. The "Adventure," as she's called, arrived to pick up three tons of Maine-grown farm produce. She'll then depart for Boston at first light on Friday.
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AUGUSTA, Maine - A special election to choose a member of the Maine House of Representatives to represent the Standish area is scheduled for Nov. 3.

Representative Michael A. Shaw, a Democrat, resigned from the District 23 seat on Aug. 21. Maine officials announced the special election date on Thursday.

Maine political parties will now caucus to choose candidates for the election. Nominations are due by Sept. 14. The winner will serve the rest of Shaw's term, which runs until the end of 2016.

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine fishing regulators are proposing to trim 10 days from scallop fishing season along the state's southern coast.

The state Department of Marine Resources announced the proposed terms of the 2015-16 scallop season on Thursday. The southern scalloping zone would be reduced from 70 to 60 days. The Midcoast and eastern Maine zone would have 70 days, the same as last year. The far eastern zone, which includes scallop-rich Cobscook Bay, would remain at 50 days.

Maine PUC Warns of Phone Scam

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HALLOWELL, Maine - The Maine Public Utilities Commission is alerting residents about a scam in which thieves pose as representatives of a local utility.

The commission says scammers contact consumers by phone, misrepresent themselves as utility employees and immediately demand payment.

They often tell consumers to make a payment using a debit or credit card and direct them to call a number. The scammers tell residents that failure to pay will result in disconnection of utility service.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Three Maine teachers have been selected as finalists in the 2016 Maine Teacher of the Year contest.

The three are among 16 Maine educators named in May as County Teachers of the Year. The 16 were chosen from a field of more than 300 nominees.

Educate Maine Program Director Dolly Sullivan says Maine has one of the most rigorous teacher-of-the-year selection processes in the country.

"It is designed by teachers for teachers to be a professional development opportunity and an opportunity for them to reflect," Sullivan says.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The final rates for the Affordable Care Act's marketplace insurance plans in Maine have been released.

Emily Brostek, of Consumers for Affordable Health Care, says the plans for 2016 have only minor rate increases, and some have even decreased to be more competitive. 

"Despite what we've seen in national news - a lot of scary stories about 30 percent increase in rates in some markets - we're not seeing that in Maine," Brostek says. "And that's fantastic news."

WASHINGTON - Maine Sen. Susan Collins says the Senate budget for education programs passed earlier this summer has a small increase in funding for special education programs. 

Maine currently gets about $59 million a year and that would likely go up slightly under the proposal. Collins welcomes the increase, but says it falls short of the federal funding goal.

"If there is one thing we could do that would help every school district in this state and in this country it would be for the federal government to meet its obligation."

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine Attorney General Janet Mills says her office will not file criminal charges against a former Biddeford police officer or another city resident on the basis of sexual abuse allegations made by Matthew Lauzon.

Lauzon alleged that he was the victim of sexual abuse by the two men when he was a teenager. Mills says there is insufficient evidence to prove the elements of a crime beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Get ready for some recommendations of books to put on your 'to read' list this summer. 

Guests:  Joshua Bodwell, Executive Director, Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance

Sarah Braunstein,  author of The Sweet Relief of Missing Children.  She is on the faculty of the Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine and is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Bowdoin College.

HOULTON, Maine -  The pilot of a small plane is presumed dead after crashing into a pond in Houlton, a short distance from the Houlton Airport.

PORTLAND, Maine - A Maine man whose phony mayday call led to a seven-hour search by the U.S. Coast Guard has been sentenced to a year in federal prison.

U.S. District Judge Nancy Torresen imposed the sentence Thursday on 23-year-old Owen Adair of Vinalhaven, Maine. He also was ordered to pay $15,000 in restitution and to serve up to a year of community confinement.

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