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  • South Portland renews concern about contamination from dry cleaner

    SOUTH PORTLAND — For at least 25 years, a harmful chemical has existed in soil beneath and air around Pratt-Abbott Cleaners at Broadway and Cottage Road. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection recorded tetrachloroethylene contamination in the late 1980s and again in 20...

  • Scarborough School Board members urge defeat of revised budget

    SCARBOROUGH — The School Board finance committee, taking direction from the Town Council, eliminated $500,000 in a revised School Department budget proposal that goes to voters July 7. Board members said the reduction will cripple clubs, sports and after-school activities. ...

  • House District 106: Greene challenges incumbent Webster

    FREEPORT — Incumbent Democratic Rep. David C. Webster is challenged by Republican newcomer William Greene in the election to represent Freeport and a portion of Pownal in House District 106. Both Greene and Webster agree the budget deficit needs to be addressed in the coming years, b...

  • House District 107: Innes, Weinstein compete in Yarmouth

    YARMOUTH — Incumbent Democratic Rep. Melissa Walsh Innes is challenged by Republican newcomer Jeffrey Weinstein in state House District 107. Innes is seeking her second term in the Legislature. Melissa Walsh Innes Innes, 39, of East Elm Street, is marri...

  • House District 109: 3-way race includes 3-time candidate

    NORTH YARMOUTH — In her third bid to represent Maine House District 109, Democrat Anne Graham is in a contest with fellow North Yarmouth resident Tyler Frank, an independent, and Republican Gary Foster of Gray. They are vying to replace Rep. Susan Austin, R-Gray, who is barred f...

  • House District 113: Sheriff faces golf course operator

    FALMOUTH — Mark Dion, the retiring Cumberland County sheriff, is facing political newcomer Jason Harris in state House District 113, representing the North Deering section of Portland and West Falmouth. State Rep. Joan Cohen, D-Portland, withdrew from the race in July, as did the ori...

  • Portland councilor: Economic task force should work in public

    PORTLAND — A task force appointed by city staff and the local chamber of commerce has been working quietly since the beginning of the year to come up with an economic development plan for the city. Now, at least one city councilor says the group's work should come out from behind the...

  • House District 108: Incumbent faces 2 challengers

    CUMBERLAND — To win a third term in state House District 108, Rep. Meredith Strang Burgess, R-Cumberland, must defeat fellow Cumberland residents Erin Cianchette, a Green Independent, and Thomas Gruber, a Democrat. All three spoke of desires to cross party lines so that lawmaker...

  • House District 112: Richard challenges Nelson

    FALMOUTH — Incumbent state Rep. Mary Nelson, D-Falmouth, is up against Republican candidate Mark Richard of Falmouth in the House District 112 election. The district represents citizens in Falmouth Foreside, north and west Falmouth as well as Mackworth and Clapboard islands. ...

  • Portland police add anonymous crime tip options

    PORTLAND — In an attempt to adapt to what the police chief calls a "no-snitching culture," the Police Department has set up an anonymous text message service and Web reporting form. Text-a-Tip is designed to allow people to share information with police without fear of retaliation fr... 1