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Warmth, Rain and Ice: Combination Raises Flooding Fears in Northern Maine

CARIBOU, Maine - Northernmost Maine remains under a flood watch today, as warming temperatures and melting snow cause water to build up behind ice jams and rivers in the area to rise. Ice remains a concern, as well, on the upper Penobscot and Piscataquis Rivers.
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Maine Peepers Sing Spring Songs, Amid Worries About Amphibians' Future

WISCASSET, Maine - After months of bitter cold, we have at last reached that time of year when nature starts to wake up. Some of the first - and most audible - signs of spring's arrival are the mating calls of amphibians - peepers and wood frogs.
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  BANGOR, Maine (AP) _ Vinyl  enthusiasts are out today to shop at neighborhood music stores, spin discs, buy limited edition presses, and enjoy a little old school technology. Now in its eighth year, Record Store Day began in Maine, from an idea hatched by Chris Brown of Bull Moose.

COLUMBIA FALLS, Maine (AP) _ The Downeast Salmon Federation's 15th Annual Smelt Fry is taking over Columbia Falls with a celebration of all things smelt.

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ Republican Gov. Paul LePage's administration has revoked the city of South Portland's ``business friendly'' status because of a local ordinance that bans tar sands oil from being exported from the city's harbor.

SOUTH CHINA, Maine (AP) _ A South China man is charged with arson, accusing him of setting the fire that destroyed his home last week.

ELLSWORTH, Maine - A Maine jury has convicted a carpenter who was accused of killing his employer and raiding the victim's bank accounts to the tune of nearly $180,000.

WABI-TV reported that jurors on Friday found William Morse guilty of murder in the fatal shooting of 61-year-old Richard Bellittieri.

Prosecutors say Morse killed Bellittieri and then used his money to lead a lavish lifestyle that earned him the nickname "hundred dollar Bill.'' Witnesses said Morse even presented himself as Bellittieri at times.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's congressional delegation is urging the Federal Emergency Management Agency to add Washington County to a winter storm disaster declaration.

In the letter, Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King and Rep. Bruce Poliquin pointed out that Washington County was hit especially hard by winter storms but was left off a disaster declaration that included York, Androscoggin and Cumberland counties.

The disaster declaration applies to the first big blizzard of the season in late January.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine - Five hundred of the world's top biathletes will converge on Aroostook County next February for an International Biathlon Union World Cup event.

Competitions will take place Feb. 11 to Feb. 14 of 2016, and will be held at the Nordic Heritage Center in Presque Isle.

Event Director Jane Towle says the economic impact will be in the millions of dollars. She says the budget for just hosting the event is $1 million.

ELLSWORTH, Maine - Prosecutors say a carpenter accused of killing his employer and raiding the man's bank accounts to the tune of $180,000 "had it down to a science.'' But the defense says investigators failed to prove who fired the fatal shots.

WNSX-FM reports that jurors began deliberations Friday after closing arguments in the trial of William Morse, who's charged with killing 61-year-old Richard Bellittieri and leading a lifestyle that led to the nickname "hundred dollar bill.''

Witnesses said Morse even presented himself as Bellittieri at times.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and other law enforcement agencies are asking lawmakers on the Legislature's Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee to add acetylfentanyl to the list of outlawed drugs in Maine.

Maine Drug Enforcement Agency Director Roy McKinney says the drug was among those seized in a raid last year, and, after analysis, the agency realized the drug was not illegal under Maine law - even though use is illegal under federal law.

McKinney says it's a loophole that needs to be closed.

The State Of The Cancer Nation

Apr 17, 2015

While a cure for cancer remains elusive, we already know how to keep many cases of the disease from developing in the first place.

People can reduce cancer risks by keeping a healthful weight and avoiding cigarettes.

But smoking, obesity and other major cancer risk factors remain common, and they still vary widely across the country.

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