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 2021-01-12 00:31 

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Officials: Maine probably set record for overdose deaths in 2020...

PORTLAND (WGME) According to Maine's third-quarter drug overdose report, 2020 will probably set the record for most overdose deaths in a year. The Mills administration, along with the Office of the Attorney General, says substance abuse, specifically ...

 2021-01-11 23:47 

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Maine food banks say need is even greater as new year begins...

SACO (WGME) -- Two weeks into the new year, area food banks say the need is even greater. Wells donut shop raises money for local food pantryAt the Saco Food Pantry, the enormous amount of food donations keep pouring in, but with more food comes a greater...

 2021-01-11 23:19 

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Rep. Golden announces support for article of impeachment...

PORTLAND (WGME) -- Maine Representative Jared Golden has announced his support for an article of impeachment against President Donald Trump. Golden joins Representative Chellie Pingree, who called for the president's impeachment after Wednesday's ...

 2021-01-11 22:47 

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Children's gravestones defaced, damaged by vandals in East Waterboro...

WATERBORO (WGME) -- Children's gravestones have been defaced and damaged by vandals in East Waterboro. The Waterboro Cemetery Committee says 10 memorials at the Roberts-Wakefield Cemetery were damaged. They say six belonged to children who died before...

 2021-01-11 22:21 

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Maine lawmakers make fighting COVID-19 top priority...

PORTLAND (WGME) -- Lawmakers in Augusta have made fighting COVID-19 their top priority. Six more Mainers die as 313 new coronavirus cases are reported"No Mainer should have to worry about taking on more debt to protect themselves from the virus," ...

 2021-01-11 19:26 

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Another quiet week of weather in Maine, but a stormy weekend is possible...

PORTLAND (WGME) -- While some folks in the deep south woke up to snow, Mainers woke up to yet another dry and seasonable day. After a chilly start, temperatures will rebound into the mid-30s on Monday afternoon. What a polar vortex 'split' means f...

 2021-01-11 17:30 

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Over 70 Maine businesses notified for violating COVID-19 safety rules...

New data shows 71 businesses have received a notice that they have violated COVID-19 restrictions during the pandemic. [Maine businesses, lacking legal immunity, fear COVID-19 lawsuits]Most of the Imminent Health Hazard findings from the state have expire...

 2021-01-11 13:38 

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N.H. court sides with 'North Woods Law' in couple's case...

CONCORD, N. H. (AP) — New Hampshire's highest court sided with the television show "North Woods Law" on Friday in a legal dispute with a couple whose blurred faces were featured on the program in 2018. The New Hampshire Supreme Court ove...

 2021-01-11 13:27 

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Six more Mainers die as 313 new coronavirus cases are reported...

AUGUSTA (WGME) -- Six new coronavirus-related deaths were reported in Maine on Monday. The death toll stands at 438. The Maine CDC reported 313 additional coronavirus cases in Maine on Monday. [Ask the I-Team: Who's eligible for second round of stimul...

 2021-01-11 12:49 

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Students who experienced racism at Bangor High feel validated, but underwhelmed, by probe...

BANGOR (BDN) -- Ijeoma Obi received an email on Dec. 29 with outside confirmation that she and fellow Black students experienced racism at Bangor High School. The email contained a report from an independent investigation the Bangor School Department comm...

 2021-01-11 11:43 

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'Words have consequences:' Sen. King blames Trump for attack at U.S. Capitol...

Maine Senator Angus King, an independent, is directly blaming President Donald Trump for the assault on the U. S. Capitol building. [House 'will proceed' with legislation to impeach Trump, Pelosi says] In an interview on "60 Minutes," he s...

 2021-01-11 11:26 

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PPP loans reopen for some small Maine businesses...

Applications will begin to reopen for new borrowers seeking a loan under the federal Paycheck Protection Program. This round of loans will require different applications from the initial loans last April. The idea is to help even the smallest businesses g...

 2021-01-11 00:41 

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Local snowmobile clubs make the best of no snow...

SOUTHERN MAINE (WGME) -- With barely any snow on the ground in Southern Maine and no snow in the immediate forecast, some snowmobile clubs are getting creative. The Saco Pathfinders Snowmobile Club said in a Facebook post on Sunday that without snow there...

 2021-01-11 00:06 

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Former President Bush's sister dies from COVID complications...

CONCORD, MA (WGME) -- According to the George and Barbara Bush Foundation, President Bush's sister, Nancy Bush Ellis, died Sunday. According to The New York Times, she died from complications related to COVID-19. The Geroge and Barbara Bush Foundation...

 2021-01-10 23:23 

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4-wheeler causes garage in Harrison to catch on fire...

HARRISON (WGME) -- A 4-wheeler caught on fire in a garage in Harrison at 1:30 Sunday afternoon. According to the Harrison Fire & Rescue Facebook page, there was heavy smoke and fire in a corner of the garage. According to the Harrison Fire & Rescue Facebo...

 2021-01-10 22:54 

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Two Bath schools going fully remote after COVID-19 outbreak...

BATH (WGME) -- Two schools in the RSU 1 district in Bath are moving to remote learning until January 19 due to COVID-19 outbreaks at both schools. The Maine CDC identified outbreaks at Fisher-Mitchell School and Morse High School. Both schools will go ful...

 2021-01-10 21:09 

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Maine's cannabis industry booming during the pandemic...

PORTLAND (WGME) -- Maine's cannabis industry reports business has been booming during the pandemic. Staff at OMG Cannabis Co. said they were able to launch their cannabis delivery business during the pandemic, and unlike other small businesses who hav...

 2021-01-10 20:24 

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Maine fishing boat owner says its not at fault for sinking...

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The owner of a Maine boat carrying four fishermen that sank off Cape Cod last fall has asked a court to declare it is not at fault. The owner of the 82-foot Emmy Rose wants a Maine federal court judge to declare that it is not...

 2021-01-10 19:57 

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Portland school moves to remote learning after five individuals test positive for COVID-19...

PORTLAND (WGME) -- East End Community School in Portland will go to remote learning next week after five individuals at the school tested positive for COVID-19 last week. Officials say the five individuals were from three different households at the schoo...

 2021-01-10 18:10 

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Lewiston schools working with St. Mary's on COVID-19 testing program...

LEWISTON — A drive-through COVID-19 testing site could be up and running at Lewiston Middle School on Central Avenue as early as Tuesday, according to school officials. The partnership with St. Mary's Health System would initially be used to off...

 2021-01-10 15:58 

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Teacher at East Machias school where noose was found placed on leave for social media post...

A teacher at Washington Academy has been placed on leave after posting comments critical of the school's new racial sensitivity training program on social media. The training was implemented this past fall after a noose was found in a Latina teacher&#...

 2021-01-10 15:33 

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Collins-backed proposal to end surprise medical bills is law...

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- A proposal to prevent surprise medical bills that was promoted by Maine's Republican senator has been signed into law. Sen. Susan Collins said the proposal was crafted because "the last thing patients should have to worry ab...

 2021-01-10 14:59 

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279 new coronavirus cases reported in Maine, no additional deaths...

AUGUSTA (WGME) -- No new deaths were reported by the Maine CDC Sunday morning. The death toll remains at 432. The Maine CDC reported 279 more cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases since the pandemic started in the state to 29,298. 24,43...

 2021-01-09 22:57 

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Protestors urge Gov. Mills to reconsider COVID-19 mandates...

AUGUSTA (WGME) -- The focus of today's rally was to call attention to Governor Mills' latest executive order. The order says all Maine public establishments should require a mask upon entry in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. In response prot...

 2021-01-09 22:37 

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Auburn WinterFest being reimagined this year...

AUBURN (WGME) -- The City of Auburn is carrying on with a wintertime tradition with new changes this year due to the pandemic. Auburn's annual winter festival will run from January 29 -31. Organizers say they've reimagined the event this year. Rat...

 2021-01-09 22:21 

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Residents at Kennebunk assisted living facility receive COVID-19 vaccine...

KENNEBUNK (WGME) -- As the pandemic continues to worsen, vaccinations are continuing at assisted living facilities across the state. In Kennebunk, residents at Atria Retirement and Assisted Living Facility received coronavirus vaccines Saturday. The shots...

 2021-01-09 21:26 

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68 students, 5 staff members at RSU 14 in quarantine after positive COVID-19 cases...

WINDHAM (WGME) -- More than 60 students and five staff members at RSU 14 are in quarantine after being exposed to the coronavirus. RSU 14 school officials released a letter to the community saying 59 students and three staff members in the school district...

 2021-01-09 20:33 

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Senator Collins 'outraged' by the violence at the Capitol, won't comment on impeachment...

AUGUSTA (WGME) -- Senator Susan Collins said Saturday she was outraged about the violence at the Capitol and the President's role, according spokesperson Annie Clark. In a statement sent Saturday afternoon, Clark said "Initiating the 25th Amendmen...

 2021-01-09 17:39 

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Olympia Snowe calls on President Trump to resign...

Former Maine U. S. Senator Olympia Snowe called for the resignation of President Trump Saturday on social media. The Republican said in a Tweet that Trump"resign from office now to allow our nation to begin to heal and prepare for the transition to th...

 2021-01-09 16:44 

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Maine Democratic Party calls for Trump's removal from office...

AUGUSTA (WGME) -- Maine's Democratic Party is calling for President Trump to be removed from office. Maine Democratic Party Chair Kathleen Marra released a statement Saturday morning supporting Trump's removal with just two weeks left in his term....

 2021-01-09 16:11 

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Maine duck hunting seasons ending for the winter...

BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) -- Several of Maine's duck hunting seasons are coming to an end for the year in the coming days. The season for sea ducks, including scoters, eiders and long-tailed ducks, ends on Jan. 16. Hunters are allowed to take five sea duc...

 2021-01-09 15:30 

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Maine marijuana shops report brisk business despite pandemic...

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Maine marijuana shops are reporting brisk business even though the state's rollout of legal marijuana sales has been muted compared with others because of the coronavirus pandemic. Sales began in October as the pandemic was wor...

 2021-01-09 15:05 

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6 coronavirus-related deaths, 612 new cases reported in Maine Saturday...
 2021-01-09 03:24 

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Casco Bay High School students continue tradition in unique way...

PORTLAND (WGME) -- Seniors at Casco Bay High School carried on with a special tradition Friday, in a year unlike any other for students. Friday was the eighth annual "College March" down Congress Street, in which graduating seniors get public reco...

 2021-01-09 02:32 

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Deadlines for driver's licenses, ID cards back in effect in Maine...

PORTLAND (WGME) -- Deadlines and expirations for items like driver's licenses and ID cards are once again in effect in Maine, according to the Maine Secretary of State. Maine BMV locations fully open for business, all credentials must be renewed. On N...

 2021-01-09 01:54 

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Group hopes to get New Hampshire WWII veteran hundreds of cards for 98th birthday...

PORTSMOUTH (WGME) -- A group in New Hampshire is on a mission to make a veteran's 98th birthday special. Raymond Goulet will be spending his birthday alone next week, because of the pandemic. Maine sets single-day record with 782 new coronavirus cases...

 2021-01-09 01:30 

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Gov. Mills submits balanced state budget proposal...

PORTLAND (WGME) -- Governor Janet Mills has submitted a balanced state budget proposal, which she says will protect vital services and invest in the state's pandemic response. Gov. Mills' budget proposal aims to strengthen COVID-19 response, does ...

 2021-01-09 00:08 

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Some Wiscasset students to return to in-person learning as absentee rates climb...

WISCASSET (WGME) -- Some students in Wiscasset will now be going back to school for in-person learning four days a week. During the first half of the school year, absentee rates nearly doubled in some schools across Maine, and the superintendent in Wiscas...

 2021-01-09 00:04 

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Grants issued to help farms impacted by COVID-19...

LYMAN (WGME) -- The pandemic is forcing Maine farms to make changes to keep workers and customers safe, and it has taken a financial toll. In spring of 2020, Laura Neale was setting up for the growing season at Black Kettle Farm. Then COVID uprooted her p...

 2021-01-08 23:12 

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South Portland neighborhood dealing with rat problem...

SOUTH PORTLAND (WGME) -- Rats are turning out to be a big problem in a South Portland neighborhood. City officials have been getting a growing number of complaints since October. They're putting out fliers warning about the problem in parts of the Tho...

 2021-01-08 22:44 

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Portland city councilors denounce homophobic hate mail...

PORTLAND (WGME) -- Portland city councilors are calling the recent reports of residents getting hate mail "deeply threatening. "Portland residents receive homophobic hate letters, police investigatingPortland police are currently investigating aft...

 2021-01-08 22:18 

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Residents, staff at Scarborough assisted living facility get first COVID-19 vaccine shots...

SCARBOROUGH (WGME) -- Dozens of residents and staff at a Scarborough assisted living facility got their first COVID-19 vaccine shots Friday. Maine sets single-day record with 782 new coronavirus cases, 41 new deathsThey've been separated from their lo...

 2021-01-08 21:02 

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No snow or rain anytime soon...

PORTLAND (WGME) -- High pressure continues to dominate the forecast in New England. That means a long period of calm and dry weather. Friday night, expect mostly clear skies and temperatures down to the 10s. Into the weekend, expect more 30s and more suns...

 2021-01-08 17:10 

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COVID-19 hospitalizations at EMMC drop, but it may not all be good news...

BANGOR (WGME) -- Coronavirus hospitalizations are rising in Maine, but Eastern Maine Medical Center's hospitalizations are actually dropping. [Maine sets single-day record with 782 new coronavirus cases, 41 new deaths]In fact, they're down nearly ...

 2021-01-08 17:00 

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Gov. Mills' budget proposal aims to strengthen COVID-19 response, does not raise taxes...

AUGUSTA (WGME) -- Governor Janet Mills presented her budget proposal to the State Appropriations Committee on Friday. The proposal ensures the state's spending will not exceed available resources and taxes will not be raised, according to the budget d...

 2021-01-08 16:20 

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Maine BMV locations fully open for business, all credentials must be renewed...

AUGUSTA (WGME) -- Secretary of State Shenna Bellows announced Friday the reinstatement of regular deadlines and requirements for renewals of BMV-issued driver's licenses, state IDs and other credentials. All driver's licenses, driver permits, stat...

 2021-01-08 13:31 

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Maine sets single-day record with 782 new coronavirus cases, 41 new deaths...

AUGUSTA (WGME) -- Forty-one new coronavirus-related deaths were reported in Maine on Friday. The death toll stands at 385. The Maine CDC reported782 additional coronavirus cases in Maine on Friday, setting a new single-day record. [Maine Office of Tourism...

 2021-01-08 11:21 

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'This president has to go:' King, Pingree advocate for Trump's removal from office...

Top Democrats and some Republicans cast responsibility on President Donald Trump after a mob of his supporters stormed the Capitol Wednesday, as demands for his immediate removal from office spread and his future political prospects appeared to grow dimme...

 2021-01-08 03:14 

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Lewiston schools add Muslin Eid holidays to official calendar...

LEWISTON (WGME) -- Lewiston public schools will begin recognizing the Muslim Eid holidays as officials holidays in the district. The district voted Monday to make that decision. Augusta School Board rejects adding more religious holidays to calendarPrevio...

 2021-01-08 02:38 

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Downtown Portland gets new funding for murals...

PORTLAND (WGME) -- Downtown Portland is getting a glow up, with new funding for murals to liven up the city. Local artists unveil 'Let Equality Shine' mural in PortlandPortland Downtown is setting aside at least $5,000 for local businesses to hire...

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