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Winter Storm with Wide Swath Hitting Maine
A snowstorm of the rather ordinary kind, compared to the bomb cyclone, is dropping anywhere between 4 to 8 inches of snow on Lewiston and the surrounding areas Wednesday. Snow began falling overnight with the heaviest of snowfall Wednesday afternoon.

Snow Causes Parking Bans
Lewiston has instituted a parking ban from 8 p.m. until 7 a.m. Thursday. In Auburn, the parking ban starts much earlier at 8 a.m. Wednesday and ends at midnight Thursday. For more, go to MaineCancellations.com

MA Man Charged in Auburn Stabbing
A Massachusetts man is arrested in connection with a stabbing in Auburn. Police handcuffed Cory Hayden, 30, of New Bedford, MA, on charges of elevated aggravated assault. Police said Hayden stabbed a man three times on James Street Monday night. The victim was treated at Central Maine Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries.

Hallowell Residents Say They Weren’t Warned of Impending Ice Jam
Hallowell business owners are sounding the alarm, saying they didn’t receive proper notice that the Kennebec River was to spill its banks, causing cars to be stuck in ice jams. The Kennebec Journal reports the National Weather Service issued a flood warning Friday and upgraded it Saturday. But Kennebec County’s emergency management says it never received that update, though admits even if it had, the department wouldn’t have been able to predict the locations of potential ice jams.

Behind the Scenes of Business
This month’s LA Metro Chamber of Commerce Breakfast was held last week at the Ramada in Lewiston. Among those on-hand, Earle Durham, Managing Director with Supporting Strategies, told The Breakfast Club they can handle all of a company’s back-office needs. Find out more about supporting strategies and the closest location to your business, visit mainesbigz.com.

Maine Joins Net Neutrality Rollback Lawsuit
Maine is one of nearly two dozen states to sign onto a lawsuit to stop the rollback of net neutrality. Attorney General Janet Mills joined a coalition of 22 attorneys general seeking to block the FCC’s sweeping overhaul of a free internet. Mills called it “bad news” for consumers.

ME GOP Accuses Mills of Using Abortion Bill to Boost Gubernatorial Run
Republicans are calling on Attorney General Janet Mills to withdraw her support of an expansion of abortion in the state. The Press Herald reports a bill backed by Mills would allow nurse practitioners and physician assistants to perform abortions. Republicans say Mills is only using the bill to pander to far-left Democrats as she seeks her party’s nomination to be Maine’s next governor.

LePage to Deliver Final State of the State Next Month
Governor Paul LePage will deliver his final State of the State Address on February 13, 2018. LePage gave his address in person last year after a one-year hiatus from the tradition. Last year, he used the address to attack liberals and lawmakers tied to lobbyists.

No Bail for Portland Man Accused of Killing Domestic Partner
A Portland man accused of murdering his domestic partner is held without bail. Anthony Leng allegedly shot and killed Sokhua Kohn inside their home last week, where WGME-TV reported a makeshift memorial now rests. The couple’s young children were home at the time of the shooting death, but were safe.

Portland Officer Arrested at Massachusetts Concert
A Portland police officer winds up in handcuffs in Massachusetts at a Ja Rule concert. Police in that state said Officer Zahra Abu faces charges of assault and battery after she allegedly became unruly and pushed several people at Saturday’s show in Worcester. No one was hurt.

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