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A Skowhegan man died inside his home after a fire Friday. WGME reports investigators believe electrical wiring is the cause of the fire.  A Wilton family is out of their home after a fire. WGME reports they are still investigating the cause.

A Monmouth couple and their tree house build is part of Animal Planet's Tree House Masters. Tree

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Business owners in the Maine city of Hallowell say they are concerned about an upcoming construction project that could hamper their businesses. The state Department of Transportation's reconstruction of Hallowell's historic downtown ends sometime in October. The Kennebec Journal reports the business owners in the impacted area say they hope people continue to visit despite expected traffic and parking issues.

Maine's Republican governor is behind a bill to promote manufacturing jobs through long-term contracts. Democratic Sen. James Dill is sponsoring Gov. Paul LePage's bill, which is set for a Monday hearing. LePage has long railed against long-term contracts for solar industries and claims they will end up raising costs for consumers in the long run. His bill says the average price per kilowatt-hour would have to be in the best interest of ratepayers considering market conditions.


The New Hampshire Lottery says the winning ticket for the $570 million Powerball lottery jackpot was sold at a local convenience store in Merrimack. Reeds Ferry Market, located in southern New Hampshire about 25 miles south of Concord, will receive a $75,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket. The winning numbers drawn Saturday night to claim the nation's seventh largest jackpot were 12-29-30-33-61 and Powerball 26. The winning ticket was drawn one day after a single Mega Millions ticket purchased in Florida matched all six numbers to claim $450 million. The odds of winning Powerball are one in 292.2 million. The odds of winning Mega Millions are one in 302.5 million.

One of two New York men charged in a shooting that left one person dead and another wounded in Bangor, Maine, is due to be sentenced. Law enforcement officials say 38-year-old Robert Kennedy was killed and another man wounded on Nov. 27, 2015, to settle a drug debt. His sentencing is scheduled for Monday in Bangor.

The search is continuing for a missing clammer who disappeared off the coast of Maine during Thursday's blizzard. The search for 35-year-old Paul Benner was suspended Saturday due to ice and slush from the cold weather. Jeff Nichols, spokesman for the Department of Marine Resources, says the marine patrol was searching the area by airplane on Sunday.

A Republican lawmaker wants to make accommodations for Maine children prescribed medical marijuana. Rep. Deborah Sanderson's bill would allow kids prescribed medical marijuana to receive it from certain medical providers on school grounds. The bill is scheduled for a Wednesday hearing. The medical marijuana must be in a non-smokeable form.

Lawmakers will have to figure out whether Maine needs to make any changes in responses to tax reform legislation recently passed by Congress. Maine's revenue division is expected to release a report at the end of January about what Maine may have to do to conform to the new law. Lawmakers are already hinting that there could at a political fight over such efforts.

Cleanup continues following a massive East Coast snowstorm that ushered in a weekend deep freeze while forecasters say there are signs of upcoming relief. National Weather Service meteorologist Patrick Burke says temperatures Sunday morning could hit record lows from South Carolina to Maine. But he says the wind won't be as powerful and it will be warmer by afternoon in many areas. The coming week could see temperatures back above freezing.

The Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority and Diversified Communications are ready to dedicate a project that'll produce 1.5 megawatts of solar energy. Officials say the system is designed to provide 13.3 percent of Brunswick Landing business park's electricity from on-site renewable energy, and eliminate more than 2,018,800 pounds carbon dioxide each year in the process. A ribbon cutting is set for Tuesday.

Maine lawmakers are inviting Republican Gov. Paul LePage to deliver a State of the State address. Democratic House Speaker Sara Gideon and Republican Senate President Mike Thibodeau on Tuesday invited LePage to give his address on Feb. 13. His office didn't immediately respond to a request for comment Friday.

Sears has announced it will close its store in Bangor, Maine. The Bangor Daily News reports Sears Holdings announced Thursday it's closing its location in the Bangor Mall in April. The move comes as Sears closes more than 100 Sears and Kmart nationwide.

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