Headlines 4/21/17

Bag Fee, Styrofoam Ban Just Weeks Away
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A 5-cent fee for single-use shopping bags and a ban on polystyrene foam containers, also known as Styrofoam, take effect on May 8. Topsham voters approved the ordinances back in November. The town joins six other central and southern Maine communities with the bag fee, which customers can avoid by bringing their own bags.
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YMCA Trains to Recognize Child Abuse
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Yesterday's 'Here's Y' Hour featured Mary Murphy with the Auburn-Lewiston YMCA. With April being Child Abuse Prevention Month, Murphy talked about how YMCA staff are trained to identify and respond to abuse. Listen. To hear more about Child Abuse Prevention Month, click on mainesbigz.com.
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New Company Matches Veterans with Jobs
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Former L-A Metro Chamber of Commerce president Matt Leonard announced yesterday the creation of a company that will pair military veterans with job openings. Leonard says he began working on Military Talent Source back in December. He says his experience in both military and civilian work make him uniquely qualified to provide the service.
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Marijuana Prohibition Ordinance on June Ballot
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Otisfield residents will get their say on whether or not the town will allow retail marijuana sales and social clubs. The Board of Selectment voted earlier this week to put the question on the June ballot at the annual town meeting. Officials say the proposed prohibition ordinance can remain in place until the state decides its own rules and regulations, no matter how long that takes, without having to revisit the issue.
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Murder Case Prosecutor to Testify
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The prosecutor in what could turn out to be a wrongful conviction for murder agrees to testify at a hearing next month. Pamela Ames won the 1992 case that convicted Anthony Sanborn, Jr., for the murder of Jessica Briggs three years earlier. Sanborn was granted bail last week after the key eyewitness in the case recanted her testimony.
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Exes Recovering from Injuries After Altercation
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33-year-old Jasmine Caret of Oakland suffered a shoulder injury and a collapsed lung. Her ex-boyfriend, 36-year-old Jeremy Clement of Fairfield, was also treated for head injuries sustained Wednesday night when Caret's mother attacked him with a baseball bat. Clement showed up at Caret's home and was asked to leave. He remains in the Kennebec County Jail.
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Eminent Domain Invoked in Wiscasset Road Project
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The Maine Dept. of Transportation has filed documents to seize a Water St. property through eminent domain. A parking lot is planned on the 'Haggets Garage' property as parking spaces on Main St. go away. It's all part of a project to improve traffic flow on Route 1. The plan has been strong opposed locally.
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Clean Energy Goal Marked for 2040
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Portland could get all of its electricity from clean energy sources by 2040. The City Council's Sustainability and Transporation Committee announced the goal as a City Council resolution Thursday afternoon. If approved, Portland will join a number of other U.S. cities looking to reduce fossil fuel usage and transition to clean, renewable energy sources.
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