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Verso Paper says it plans to make technology upgrades to its No. 4 Paper Machine in Jay. The company says this will increase the machine's capacity to produce “release-liner paper.”

“Release-liner is the paper that's used as the backing for a wide variety of industrial and consumer labels, and my favorite example of that is the familiar ‘Hello My Name’ is label,” says Verso spokesperson Kathi Rowzie.

Rowzie says the investments will advance the company's plan to produce only specialty papers and packaging products in Jay.

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An E. coli outbreak in Otisfield has closed the town beach on Pleasant Lake until further notice.

Anne Pastore, the town's administrative assistant, said that reports of sickened swimmers were received Tuesday and that by Wednesday, test samples proved positive for the presence of E. coli bacteria in the water.

Court Asked To Appoint Outside Manager To Handle Bangor Mall Finances

Jul 19, 2018
Lori Valigra / Bangor Daily News

The Bangor Mall, awash in uncertainty since its owner defaulted on a loan last fall, is the target of July 5 court filings that aim to assign an independent person to handle the mall’s finances and property.

Police in Maine say they've interviewed more than 100 people about a park brawl that led to a man's death.

Thirty-eight-year-old Donald Giusti died from injuries suffered in the June 12 fight in Lewiston. Police say Thursday they've been reviewing surveillance photos and evidence from the scene, in addition to interviewing dozens of people.

Police say they're also still reviewing the circumstances that led to the brawl, which they've characterized as a street fight involving teenagers.

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A class-action lawsuit aims to recoup alleged overbilling of Central Maine Power (CMP) customers last winter.

The lawsuit filed Thursday adds to the woes for the state's largest electric utility. CMP already is facing dual investigations over complaints of overbilling, one by the Maine Public Utilities Commission and another by an independent auditor.

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine - Residents in South Portland, Maine, say a power company should move rather than complete a planned substation expansion near the Fore River.
 
Residents say they want Central Maine Power Co. to reconsider non-transmission alternatives, such as local solar power. The Portland Press Herald reports about 20 residents and city officials attended an information session Wednesday where CMP described plans to expand the Cape Substation.
 

PORTLAND, Maine - Federal prosecutors say a Maine ambulance company is entering into a settlement with the federal government and the state to resolve allegations of submitting false claims to Medicare.
 
U.S. Attorney Halsey Frank says County Ambulance of Ellsworth has agreed to pay nearly $17,000 in the civil settlement agreement. The company was accused of submitting the false claims to Medicare and MaineCare from January 2015 to April 2016.
 

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Sen. Angus King says President Trump's recent comments about Montenegro reflect a misunderstanding of "the whole point of NATO" as a deterrence to Russian aggression.

 

Trump recently said the U.S. "may or may not" respond if the NATO ally becomes involved in a conflict with Russia. 

 

"That flies in the face of 200 years of diplomatic history, diplomatic principal," King said in an interview Thursday morning on CNN. "It should have been dismissed completely out of hand."

 

BOOTHBAY, Maine  - Maine's governor and first lady are pocketing a tidy profit - $182,500 - from the sale of their home in Boothbay.

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The feud over tariffs between President Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has rattled many towns along the border, but few are connected as tightly as Madawaska, Maine, and Edmundston, New Brunswick. This is where these linked mills make pulp and paper along the St. John River. With a trade war looming, people on both sides of that river are mystified by the deteriorating international ties.

PORTLAND, Maine - Portland is going to continue its jobs-for-panhandlers program thanks to donations from more than a dozen businesses.
 
The Portland Press Herald reports that the Portland Community Chamber of Commerce delivered a check for $13,000, enough to fund the crew for 10 weeks.
 
The city launched the Portland Opportunity Crew last year to reduce panhandling on city streets, which has generated complaints from businesses, residents and visitors alike. The program restarted in May with leftover money, but those funds would dry up in July.
 

WESTBROOK, Maine - A lightning strike has damaged key equipment at a Maine dairy farm, and officials say they may lose thousands of gallons of milk.
 
The Portland Press Herald reports lightning hit Smiling Hill Farm in Westbrook during a passing storm Tuesday.
 
Farm officials say the strike damaged controls required by the federal government to monitor pasteurization.
 

Gov. Paul LePage's Twitter feed

  President Donald Trump said Monday that Montenegro — a tiny Balkan nation that has its military sometimes train with the Maine National Guard — could cause a third world war if its “aggressive” behavior triggers a conflict between NATO and Russia.

Class Action Lawsuit To Be Filed Against CMP For High Bills

Jul 18, 2018
Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Three law firms plan to file a class action complaint in the Cumberland County Superior Court Thursday against Central Maine Power on behalf of customers of the utility who claim they were overcharged for electricity.

A.J. Higgins / Maine Public

A plan to relocate the high speed ferry service known as “the CAT” from Portland to its former port in Bar Harbor is being eyed cautiously.

Some Bar Harbor residents worry that the ferry operator may be taking on a greater expense than it can handle. During Tuesday night meeting of the Town Council, some critics expressed fears that local taxpayers could be stuck with a hefty bill, should Bay Ferries Ltd decide to terminate service to the community as it did nine years ago.

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