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Group recommends Maine to create new agency to regulate motorized farm attractions

Group recommends Maine to create new agency to regulate motorized farm attractio

Maine currently lacks the ability to regulate motorized farm attractions and it would have to form a new agency to do so, a safety task force created in response to a 2014 fatal hayride accident said.

The Hayride Safety Stakeholders Group examined existing system and found that the Maine State Police and the state Fire Marshal’s Office don’t have the manpower and resources required to regulate motorized farm attractions.

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Woman who threw Vaseline at Gov. LePage can run for Senate seat

Woman who threw Vaseline at Gov. LePage can run for Senate seat

The Maine woman who last year threw a jar of Vaseline at outspoken Republican Gov. Paul LePage has been allowed to run in the June Democratic primary for a Senate seat.

Joanne Twomey, a former mayor for Biddeford, has been certified by the Secretary of Maine State to run in the Democratic primary for the Senate District 32 seat. The primary is scheduled to take place on June 14, 2016.

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Hundreds of people come out to support Literacy Volunteers of Bangor

Hundreds of people come out to support Literacy Volunteers of Bangor

Hundreds of students, teachers and community members came out to show their support for the Literacy Volunteers of Bangor, a program designed to strengthen non-English people's English skills or to encourage them to take it on as another language.

Dozens of business owners, local shops and restaurants, and several community groups decorated more than three dozen tables with children's books, tea cups, toys and more. Each of the tables had a unique theme based on a children's book.

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Powerful wind gusts cause widespread outages in Maine

Powerful wind gusts cause widespread outages in Maine

Thousands of electric utility customers across Maine remained without power for several hours on Sunday as powerful wind gusts knocked out power lines.

Moving at a speed of 50 miles per hour (mph) in some places, the winds caused significant damage to power lines by throwing tree limbs onto wires and traffic lights. Thus, thousands of homes and businesses remained without power, and traffic lights malfunctioned.

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Lawmakers trying to thwart Obama’s attempts to create National Monument in Maine

Lawmakers trying to thwart Obama’s attempts to create National Monument in Maine

In a preliminary vote on Thursday, the Maine House of Representatives passed a bill that would thwart President Barack Obama’s attempts create a National Monument in the state’s North Woods.

Roxanne Quimby, a millionaire landowner and philanthropist, has offered to donate a massive patch of land near Baxter State Park to the U.S. government. She wants the president to declare the area as a National Monument.

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Maine House approves two bills to tackle opiate epidemic

Maine House approves two bills to tackle opiate epidemic

The Maine House of Representatives on Wednesday approved two bills, one of which would increase the maximum prison term for importing drugs like heroin and the other would make grants available programs to tackle substance abuse.

Sponsored by Sen. Scott Cyrway (R-Benton), L.D. 1541 would make importing heroine and opiates into the state a felony and increase the maximum sentence for the same from 5 years to 10 years in prison. The House vote followed a 26-8 vote in the Senate in support of the bill.

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Maine Medical Center fall victim wasn’t suicidal: daughter says

Maine Medical Center fall victim wasn’t suicidal: daughter says

The man who died earlier this week after jumping from the window of his sixth-floor hospital room at Maine Medical Center wasn’t suicidal but was disoriented and wanted to return home to live with his family, according to the victim’s daughter.

Paul Cady, a 43-year-old resident of Hollis, was hospitalized for treatment of brain injuries he received in an accident in earlier this month. He had been facing problems in breathing and at one point had to be placed in a medically induced coma.

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