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Augusta city unlawfully retaliating against local firefighters: IAFF

Augusta city unlawfully retaliating against local firefighters: IAFF

Augusta city authorities are unlawfully retaliating against the local firefighters for bringing up their safety concerns, the President of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) alleged.

The IAFF President, who represents more than three hundred thousand firefighters across the
United States and Canada, wrote in a letter to Augusta City Administrator Janice Allen Jackson that the association wasn’t pleased with how local firefighters were being treated by the city.

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Drone ordinance will be done before March 31st: Augusta Mayor says

Drone ordinance will be done before March 31st: Augusta Mayor says

Augusta Commission is still undecided on what the city’s unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or drone ordinance would look like but Mayor Hardie Davis has said that the ordinance will be done by the end of the March.

The Augusta Sheriff’s Office has long been pushing city authorities for a permanent drone ordinance, but some commissioners are still saying that a permanent solution will not get off the ground anytime soon.

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Seized Portland-bound missiles were lent for training purposes: U.S. official reveals

Seized Portland-bound missiles were lent for training purposes: U.S. official

The recently reported two Portland-bound Hellfire missiles that were seized in Serbia over the weekend were actually lent to the Lebanese Army for training purposes, a State Department official revealed.

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, the State Department official said that the American-made Portland bound AGM-114 II Hellfire missiles were lent by a Virginia-based company for training purposes, ahead of the Lebanese Army receiving the missiles as part of an approved sale.

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Bangor senior aims to grab medal of distinction at national science competition

Bangor senior aims to grab medal of distinction at national science competition

Bangor High School senior Paige Brown is one of more than three dozen finalists from around the United States who are competing in the nation’s most prominent pre-college science competition.

Competing in the Intel Science Talent Search competition, which is underway in Washington, D.C., Brown hopes that the gadget she that she has designed to clean polluted water will fetch her one of the top prizes.

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Three juveniles being questioned in connection with Auburn roundhouse fire

Three juveniles being questioned in connection with Auburn roundhouse fire

Three juveniles are being questioned in connection with a fire that destroyed the old Lehigh Valley Railroad roundhouse in Auburn last Saturday, police confirmed.

The red brick roundhouse, which is located at 140 Clark St., was found fully engulfed in aggressive flames when firefighters arrived there at around 4:05 p.m. on Saturday. The bulk of the flames were put out by 5:45 p.m.

Investigators are trying to determine whether the blaze was the result of an accident or if it was set by someone intentionally. However, they believe that three juveniles could have a role in the fire.

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Auburn Sunshine Week starts with seminar on public information laws

Auburn Sunshine Week starts with seminar on public information laws

Robert Freeman, the executive director of the Committee on Open Government, fielded questions during a public forum at Auburn’s Memorial City Hall on Monday.

Freeman took questions on topics included New York’s Freedom of Information and Public Meetings laws. The seminar was held just in time for the Sunshine Week that celebrates public information practices nationwide.

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Portland-bound Hellfire missiles seized in Serbia

Portland-bound Hellfire missiles seized in Serbia

Two armed hellfire missiles seized recently in Serbia were headed to Portland, a spokesperson for the Portland Police Department confirmed.

Portland Police Spokesperson Sgt. Pete Simpson said the department was aware of the report about the Portland bound missiles and the department’s chief was in contact with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
The spokesperson confirmed that the department was aware of the report about the missiles, but declined to comment further, saying there was no more information to share.

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