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Maine Ends Budget Year With $59 Million Surplus

AUGUSTA, Maine - The state of Maine has ended its fiscal year with a surplus of almost $60 million, which some suggest is a sign of a rebounding economy.
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Congested Turnpike Indicates Maine on Road to Economic Recovery

AUGUSTA, Maine - If you've driven the Maine Turnpike this summer, you've probably run into your fair share of bottlenecks and slow-moving traffic. There are a lot more cars and trucks on the highway compared to a year ago, according to recent data from the Maine Turnpike Authority.
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JONESPORT, Maine - The Maine medical examiner's office says a Pennsylvania couple found floating in Chandler Bay over the weekend succumbed to hypothermia and drowning.

Autopsies were performed Monday on 58-year-old Roy Carlile and 53-year-old Judith Carlile of Warrington, Pennsylvania, who were wearing life jackets when their bodies were found Saturday and Sunday. Officials say they owned a summer home in Jonesport and had gone out in a canoe Friday evening, presumably to watch the sunset or rising blue moon.

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WASHINGTON - The Obama administration released its final Clean Power Plan this afternoon. The plan sets the first ever carbon emission limits from power plants.

The goal is to reduce carbon emissions 30 percent from 2005 levels by the year 2030. Former Maine Public Advocate Steve Ward, who oversaw the public's interest in utility issues, says it's a positive step for the country as a whole and for Maine.

WASHINGTON - Maine Senator Susan Collins has endorsed Jeb Bush for president; Gov. Paul LePage has endorsed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. But Maine's third-ranking elected Republican, 2nd District Congressman Bruce Poliquin, has not jumped into the GOP presidential sweepstakes.

"I am meeting with these candidates one at a time and making sure I look them in the eyes and understand what they believe, how they think and how they can help our families in Maine. That is the primary concern that I have," Poliquin says.

GRAY, Maine - Members of a Maine American Legion post say $15,000 was stolen from a safe when thieves broke into the building over the weekend.

Cumberland County authorities say they believe the suspects entered Post 86 in Gray between 11 p.m. Saturday and 5:30 a.m. Sunday and made off with the cash.

Deputies say the security alarm and phone's wires were cut. Investigators say an ATM was also broken into. It's unclear how much money was taken from the machine.

According to a review of the results of 12,000 blood tests, the world of track and field has a doping problem that is as big as the one cycling had at the height of Lance Armstrong's popularity.

That's according to the Sunday Times and Germany's public broadcaster ARD/WDR, which obtained a leak of documents with the bloodwork of 5,000 athletes.

NEW SHARON, Maine - Maine police say a 24-year-old Windham man died when his motorcycle sped off Route 27 into a field in New Sharon.

Police say Jonathan Billings died when he hit a fence post. Police say they attempted to stop his motorcycle before the crash but it sped off at more than 100 mph at about 1 a.m. on Sunday.

Trooper Jed Malcore says a land owner along Route 27 found Billings' body and the motorcycle on Sunday at about 6 p.m.

Police say Billings was not wearing a helmet. The crash was less than a mile from the border of Farmington and New Sharon.

In 1953, Dr. John Clements realized something fundamental about the way the lung functions — an insight that would ultimately save the lives of millions of premature babies.

The story begins in 1950, when the U.S. Army sent Clements, a newly graduated physician, to the medical division of what was then called the Army Chemical Center in Edgewood, Md. Clements was interested in doing research in biochemistry. His commanding officer was of a different mind.

DURHAM, Maine - Authorities in Maine say a motorcycle rider was killed after she crashed into a pole.

Chief Deputy William Gagne of the Androscoggin County Sheriff's Office says it happened around 7:10 p.m. Sunday in Durham. Police are identifying the driver on Monday as 52-year-old Beth L. Woodmancy of Brunswick.

Gagne says Woodmancy was traveling north on Route 125 when she failed to negotiate a curve, left the west side of the road and struck a utility pole.

Police say she was not wearing a helmet. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

By Judy Harrison, Bangor Daily News

BANGOR, Maine — The National Weather Service has confirmed what residents of the Queen City have been saying for weeks — 2015 is the coldest on record for the city.

Between Jan. 1 and July 31, the average temperature in Bangor was 38.9 degrees, the station in Caribou announced Sunday. It was the sixth-coldest year on record in Caribou for the same time period.