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 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...

 2021-01-08 02:17 

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Maine Office of Tourism hopes to keep track of visitor through new pledge, app...

PORTLAND (WGME) -- As the pandemic worsens, the Maine Office of Tourism is trying to keep better track of visitors to the state through a new online pledge and app, as they try to make sure people follow the rules. Thursday's announcement was a direct...

 2021-01-08 01:40 

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Construction begins on new courthouse for York County...

BIDDEFORD (WGME) -- Construction is underway on a new courthouse for York County. The York Judicial Center will be located on Elm Street, or Route 1, in Biddeford. In 2016, the state legislature passed a bill budgeting $65 million for the new courthouse. ...

 2021-01-08 00:43 

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Gov. Mills to submit state budget proposal to lawmakers Friday...

PORTLAND (WGME) -- Governor Janet Mills will soon submit her state budget proposal to state lawmakers for the next two years. Revenue was better than expected, due in large part to $7. 6 billion of federal pandemic relief funds that poured into the state ...

 2021-01-07 23:34 

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Portland couple surprised by homophobic letter, plans to keep flying LGBTQ+ flag...

PORTLAND (WGME) -- Police are still searching for whoever sent homophobic letters to area residents. Three letters were sent to residents in Portland while authorities are aware of one in South Portland. Portland residents receive homophobic hate letters,...

 2021-01-07 22:38 

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Maine educators face challenge of speaking to students about violence at Capitol...

PORTLAND (WGME) -- Many teachers faced a challenge Thursday, trying to figure out how to talk to their students about Wednesday's violence. 'Danger to our country:' Maine congresswoman calls for Trump's impeachmentTeachers at Casco Bay Hig...

 2021-01-07 22:12 

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Maine professor says Pres. Trump bears some responsibility for chaos at Capitol...

BRUNSWICK (WGME) -- A local professor says multiple factors led to Wednesday's chaos in the Capitol, including a trend of increasing political polarization and the influence social media plays in spreading misinformation and flat out lies. Bowdoin His...

 2021-01-07 19:01 

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Recent heavy rain, snow end drought in Maine...

PORTLAND (WGME) -- Drought dominated the forecast for much of 2020, and farmers struggled for most of the growing season, especially in far southern Maine. Recent heavy rains and snows since October, however, have finally lifted drought conditions. Some p...

 2021-01-07 16:42 

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'Danger to our country:' Maine congresswoman calls for Trump's impeachment...

Maine Representative Chellie Pingree is one of a handful of lawmakers calling for President Donald Trump to be impeached after the violent riots at the Capitol. [Biden win confirmed after pro-Trump mob storms US Capitol] In a video statement on Twitter, P...

 2021-01-07 15:35 

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What a polar vortex 'split' means for Maine's weather pattern...

Here in Maine, temperatures have not been too extreme over the past few weeks. We have seen our fair share of storms, but those storms have come without extreme cold or record warmth. Meanwhile, nearly 100,000 feet above the North Pole in the stratosphere...

 2021-01-07 15:01 

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Maine teen charged with drunken driving after crash...

RAYMOND (WGME) -- A Westbrook teen was charged Wednesday night with drunken driving after she allegedly crossed the center line and struck a vehicle in Raymond. The two-vehicle crash happened around 9:25 p. m. on Route 302 near the Raymond Fire Station. [...

 2021-01-07 14:19 

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13 more Mainers die as 535 new coronavirus cases are reported...

AUGUSTA (WGME) -- Thirteen new coronavirus-related deaths were reported in Maine on Thursday. The death toll stands at 385. The Maine CDC reported 535 additional coronavirus cases in Maine on Thursday. [As New Hampshire releases vaccination plans, Maine t...

 2021-01-07 13:12 

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Police remind Mainers to lock vehicles after multiple burglaries...

LEWISTON (WGME) -- The Lewiston Police Department is urging Mainers to not leave valuables in your car and to remember to lock your doors. The department says it's already seen several car burglaries in the first week of the new year. [Massachusetts m...

 2021-01-07 13:00 

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Vendors leave Maine furniture store's craft section after request for Proud Boys hoodies...

BANGOR (BDN) -- A handful of craft vendors have pulled their items from a furniture and mattress store by the Bangor Mall after the store's owner requested that someone print sweatshirts featuring the insignia of the far-right group the Proud Boys....

 2021-01-07 12:25 

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Maine foster kids aren't protected from psychotropic meds, lawsuit says...

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Department of Health and Human Services allowed six foster children and others across the state to be given psychotropic drugs without appropriate safeguards or oversight, according to advocates who filed a federal l...

 2021-01-07 11:28 

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'Shameful:' Maine lawmakers react after pro-Trump mob storms US Capitol...

WASHINGTON (WGME) -- Congress confirmed Democrat Joe Biden as the presidential election winner early Thursday after a violent mob loyal to President Donald Trump stormed the U. S. Capitol in an attempt to overturn America's presidential election. [Bid...

 2021-01-07 04:05 

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Portland planning board approves new 40-bed shelter...

PORTLAND (WGME) -- After months of waiting for approval, Portland's planning board unanimously approved a plan at Preble Street for a new 40-bed shelter. Portland approves proposal for new homeless shelterBoth Preble Street workers and community advoc...

 2021-01-07 03:33 

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Cumberland County begins offering treatment to all inmates dealing with drug addiction...

PORTLAND (WGME) -- The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office says a large number of inmates in the county jail are struggling with drug addiction. Sheriff Kevin Joyce says something needs to change inside his jail, as they see an increase in the number o...

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