Headlines 4/20/2017

County Offices, Courts to Sync Schedules
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Androscoggin County offices are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. by state statute while the courts operate 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Androscoggin is the only county in Maine where office hours are set by the state. It will be up to the county's legislative delegation to submit a bill requesting the statute be eliminated.
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5-Year Sentence for Lewiston Crack Dealer
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A crack cocaine distribution conviction lands a former Lewiston man in federal prison. 30-year-old Lamar Young was sentenced Wednesday for conspiring to distribute 28 grams of crack in 2012 and 2013. Young and other cohorts processed and packaged the cocaine at a Lewiston apartment.
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State Budget Process Means Many Meetings
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Matty B welcomed Maine state Sen. Jim Hamper to the Breakfast Club yesterday. Sen. Ham per is the chair of the Senate Appropriations Commmittee, and he talked about some of the budgeting process. Listen. To hear more from Sen. Jim Hamper, check out mainesbigz.com.
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Boats Cleared to Enter Lake Auburn
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The ice-out for Lake Auburn is official. Water district officials made the call Wednesday ahead of a public boat ramp installation off Route 4. The mid-April declaration is fairly average for the spring thaw. Last year's March 18 ice-out was the earliest since records-keeping began in 1836.
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Not-Guilty Plea in Father's Death
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54-year-old Kurt Linton of Richmond remains in a Wiscasset jail on $5,000 cash bail. Investigators say Linton's father, 76-year-old Malcolm Linton, died of complications from blunt force trauma to his head. Kurt Linton pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of manslaugher, aggravated assault, and leaving the scene of a collision that occurred after he left his parents home that day.
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School Opts to Clean Rather than Close
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Manchester Elementary School in RSU 38 will not close over air quality concerns. A possible mold issue in January resulted in air quality tests, cleaning, and some repairs. Complaints of an odor and headaches late last month forced one class to relocate to another room for the remainder of the year. Cleaning and some ventilation improvements are planned for the summer.
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2 Food Waste Recycling Programs Start Today
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Today marks the official start of curbside food waste recycling programs in Scarborough and South Portland. The two cities are partnering with schools, farms, and environmental groups to turn that waste into electricity using an anaerobic digestion system. About 900 residents will participate in the first phase of the programs before a full rollout.
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