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Arrest in Threatening Case Brings Relief to Windham Area Schools

WINDHAM, Maine - Police have made an arrest in connection with two separate threats to Windham-Raymond schools earlier this week. The emails prompted school officials to close all RSU 14 schools for three days.
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Bucksport Residents Cheer Verso Workers Leaving Their Last Shift

BUCKSPORT, Maine - Firetrucks, police cars and hundreds of people gathered in Bucksport to show their support for Verso Paper mill workers coming off their final shift at the soon-to-be-shuttered facility.
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WASHINGTON - Late Tuesday night, the U. S. Senate reached an agreement with the House on a package of four dozen tax breaks for businesses and individuals totaling $41 billion.  But even those supporting passage recognize that it may not accomplish its goals of economic growth.

 

Among the tax breaks included in the package are deductions for teachers who buy classroom supplies and breaks for businesses for expensing and depreciation of equipment.

MONTPELIER, Vt. - The chief negotiator for the unions on strike against FairPoint Communications in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine is rejecting assertions by the company that they're not willing to negotiate.

Peter McLaughlin of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers says the company has rejected all its proposals.

McLaughlin spoke in response to comments FairPoint CEO Paul Sunu made in a Wednesday letter to Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin.

Updated at 5:10 p.m. ET

Sony Pictures has canceled the Christmas Day release of The Interview, the comedy that centers on a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader. The move came after the largest U.S. movie theater chains said they won't screen the film in the wake of threats against them by a group that also allegedly hacked Sony's internal documents.

On Tuesday, President Obama picked up the phone and talked to Cuban President Raul Castro.

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The Maine Arts Commission is hoping everyone will respond to a survey about the art in their lives and communities, in hopes of shaping the future.  How important are the arts to you?  And what are your hopes for Maine arts in the 21st century?

Guests:  Julie Richard, Executive Director, Maine Arts Commission

Kimberly Callas, Belfast Creative Coalition

Argy Nestor, Director of Arts Education, Maine Arts Commission

PORTLAND, Maine - A Maine government survey says the average statewide cash price for heating oil dropped 7 cents in the past week.

The Governor's Energy Office says the average price according to the Nov. 24 survey was $2.86. The average kerosene price of $3.46 was also 7 cents lower than last week. Propane prices declined a penny to $2.77.

Heating oil averaged $3.66 per gallon a year ago at this time, while kerosene dropped 60 cents in that time and propane dropped 15 cents.

MONTPELIER, Vt. - The chief executive officer of FairPoint Communications is telling Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin the union is responsible for the continued strike of its workers across northern New England.

In a Wednesday letter, FairPoint CEO Paul Sunu says his company has always been willing to negotiate with the unions that represent more than 1,700 workers across the three states.

Sunu was responding to a letter from Shumlin last week that urged the company to resolve the strike that began Oct. 17.

BANGOR, Maine - A former top drug prosecutor in Maine has been sentenced to nearly 16 years in prison for child pornography and contempt of court charges.

James Cameron was sentenced Wednesday at the U.S. District Court in Bangor. The 52-year-old was a Maine assistant attorney general when he was fired in 2008.

On Sunday, my mother sent me an email: "OMG! Watch this unbelievable cooking show!"

It wasn't spam, and my mother, who's 65, does not use OMG lightly.

The fuss was over a 20-minute video about a 91-year-old grandmother who cooks Italian classics in marijuana-infused butter.

The Church of England has named its first female bishop.

The Rev. Libby Lane, who has been a parish priest for 20 years, will be consecrated on Jan. 26, becoming the first woman to hold that position since the church was founded five centuries ago.

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MAINE CALLING

The Future of Arts in Maine

Learn why the Maine Arts Commission is conducting a survey on arts and culture in Maine.