Maine

Maine
7:01 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Officials in Maine Town Reject Marijuana Plan

YORK, Maine — Selectmen in York have said no to placing a proposed ordinance to legalize marijuana in the town on the November ballot.

The 3-2 vote on Monday does not end the issue, however. Supporters of the proposal must now collect 613 signatures to force the question on to the ballot.

The Portland Press Herald reports the vote followed a public hearing in which the majority spoke out against legalizing marijuana, citing concerns about public health and law enforcement.

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Maine
1:58 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Maine Muslims Gather in Portland to Celebrate Eid al-Fitr

Sairah Shir (left) and Haleema Shir.
Credit Caroline Losneck / MPBN

PORTLAND, Maine — Muslims from throughout Maine gathered at the Cross Insurance Arena today in downtown Portland to celebrate Eid al-Fitr.

The holiday marks the end of the monthlong Ramadan fast, a time when Muslims fast from dawn to sunset. The Eid holiday includes three days of festivities following Ramadan. Outside the center, people of all ages arrived throughout the morning greeting one another with "Eid Mubarak," or "blessed Eid."

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Maine
10:56 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Maine Hearing on Chemicals Set for Tuesday

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public hearing about the use of chemicals called phthalates in household products.

A parents group petitioned the agency to hold the hearing on a request to require manufacturers to report use of the chemicals. It is slated for Tuesday at 12:15 p.m. in the DEP's response training room on Blossom Lane in Augusta.

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Maine
10:51 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Head of California Science Museum Speaks in Maine

PORTLAND, Maine — The executive director of the California Academy of Sciences will give a presentation about global environment, climate change and land use at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland.

The event is slated for Monday at 5:30 p.m. The academy announced Dr. Jonathan Foley's appointment as executive director in April. He is a native of Bangor, Maine whose work focuses on issues including people's impact on global environment, food systems and biosphere sustainability. He won the Heinz Award for the Environment this year.

Maine
6:39 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Woman Killed In Maine Crash

LEWISTON, Maine — A fatal car crash is under investigation in Saco.

Police say a 22-year-old woman from Lewiston was killed early Sunday when the car she was driving went off Buxton Road and crashed into a utility pole.

Police have not yet released the woman's name and the cause of the accident is not yet known.

Maine
6:38 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Strong Thunderstorms Possible in Maine

PORTLAND, Maine — The region is bracing for the possibility of more severe weather.

The National Weather Service says thunderstorms could develop in areas of the state on Monday, with some capable of producing strong winds and heavy rain.

The weather service, meanwhile, is looking into whether a small tornado may have formed later Sunday afternoon over or near Sebago Lake in Raymond.

Meteorologists monitoring radar at the time saw some rotation at the time a tornado warning was in effect.

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Maine
6:37 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Democratic Chairwoman to Rally Support for Maine Candidates

PORTLAND, Maine — The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee is helping Maine Democrats rally around the candidates at the top of their ticket.

The event with U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida is being held at the Portland Public Library on Monday.

The rally, called "Women Take Action 2014," will focus on issues the party says are critical to women, like access to preventative care and equal pay.

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Maine
6:35 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Celebration of Maine's Signature Seafood Kicks Off

ROCKLAND, Maine — It's time for lobster lovers to get their bibs out.

The 67th annual Maine Lobster Festival kicks off Wednesday in Rockland with five days of festivities that celebrate the state's signature seafood. The festival event draws about 100,000 visitors who put away more than 20,000 pounds of lobster.

Besides lobster, the festival features a sea goddess coronation, a parade, tours of the Coast Guard tall ship Eagle, cooking contests, carnival rides and a race where contestants run across lobster crates floating in the water.

Education
6:30 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Maine University System Eyes Streamlined Courses

FARMINGTON, Maine — The head of a group working to streamline course offerings in the Maine university system says the goal is to have individual campuses develop specializations that can be offered to students at other campuses.

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Maine
6:20 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Police: Saco Murder-Suicide 'One of the Worst in the State's History'

SACO, Maine — Police in Maine say a suicidal man having financial problems killed his wife, three children and then himself.

33-year-old Joel Smith shot his family inside their apartment about 11:30 p.m. Saturday with a 12-gauge shotgun.

Twelve-year-old Jason Montez and 7-year-old Noah Montez were shot to death in their separate bedrooms. Thirty-five-year-old Heather Smith and 4-year-old Lily Smith were shot in the parents' bed. Joel Smith's body was found on the floor nearby, the gun by his side.

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