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Auburn Police Chief Officially Retires
Auburn is getting a new police chief. Chief Phil Crowell retired Friday after 25 years with the department; he was chief for 12 of those years. But he’s staying local and in government, serving as the new assistant city manager. Deputy Chief Jason Moen will serve as interim chief.

Weather Gets in Way of Great Falls Balloon Festival
It may have taken all weekend, but balloons finally got off the ground at the Great Falls Balloon Festival. Saturday’s morning and afternoon launches were scrapped due to weather. Saturday morning it was rainy, and Saturday night, it was too windy. Those winds persisted Sunday morning, but four balloons were able to get up in the air, including the Elvis Tribute balloon.

Palliative Care vs. Hospice Care: Which is Better for Your Family?
Angela Moore and Robin Turner from Beacon Hospice visited The Breakfast Club to explain difference between palliative care and hospice care. To hear more of the conversation, head on over to mainesbigz.com.

Somerset Co. Judge Wants Fines, Jail Time for Juror No-Shows
A Somerset County judge is threatening people Mainers, who don’t show up for jury duty. Central Maine.com reports Justice Robert Mullen wants to fine no-show jurors $100 or throw them in jail for a few days. Mullen said people need to realize that their not showing up threatens the state’s justice system.

Mold Shutters SMCC Dorm on South Portland Campus
Mold shutters a dorm at Southern Maine Community College. The discovery was made Sunday inside Spring Point Residence Hall on the college’s South Portland campus, WGME-TV reported. In a statement, the college saids it’s taking steps to remediate the problem.

Study: More Mainers Abusing Opioids While Pregnant
The number of pregnant Mainers abusing opioids is on the rise, according to a new study. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control said Maine had the highest annual rate of increases among two dozen states. The study found that by 2014, the number of cases per thousand deliveries grew to 34.

Motorcyclist Seriously Hurt in Palmyra
A central Maine man is critical after being thrown from his motorcycle after police say a car cut him off. It happened on I-95 northbound in Palmyra Saturday morning. Police said Robert Dorrance of Plymouth wasn’t wearing a helmet and was hospitalized. So far, no charges have been filed.

4 Saved from Near-Drowning in Brunswick
Two couples had to be rescued after their canoes capsized in Brunswick. A large group on vacation from New Hampshire said they heard the couples’ cries for help Thursday night in Brunswick; they called 911 and officers on rowboats helped them out. Three of four people on the boat were wearing life jackets.

New Rules: Campaign Signs Coming Earlier and Longer
It’s that time of year—when campaign signs start popping up. And thanks to changes to the law, Mainers can expect to see signs go up earlier and come down later. Now, political signs can be posted up to 12 weeks before an election; it used to be six weeks. Signs must be no larger than 4×8 and must be placed away from the highway.

Study: ME Could Improve Broadband Internet Access
Maine does a lot better than other New England states, but providing internet access isn’t one of them. A U.S. Census Bureau study found the Pine Tree State ranking last in New England. The Bangor Daily News reported the study found that nearly 81 percent of Maine homes subscribed to broadband internet services. New Hampshire’s total was closer to 90 percent.

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