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A South Thomaston 19 year old has been charged with manslaughter.  According to it is in connection with a car crash last year that resulted in the death of St. George man.

A historic building in downtown Skowhegan is being restored and according to the owner has a number of ideas for the property and downtown revitalization.

MeDOT spend about an hour last night at a public meeting answering questions about the downtown Hallowell road project. reports about 50 people attended.

From the Associated Press:

A trio of young Maine chefs faced off against one another in the first-ever Augusta Agricultural Trades Show gourmet grilled cheese sandwich contest. The "get Real. get Maine." cooking contest took place Wednesday, with 10-year-old Jade Eastman taking the top prize with her grilled cheese. The Portland Press Herald reports the trio of competitors was given 30 minutes to prepare a grilled cheese sandwich, and they were given no advance warning on what they'd be cooking. Jade received a gift bag from Hannaford Bros. supermarkets for her win. Runners-up Chase Daigle and Ethan Hobart, both 12, got to keep their official competition aprons and chef hats, as did Jade. The 77th Agricultural Trades Show continues from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday. (more)

Law enforcement officials say the shooting deaths of a husband and wife in Temple, Maine, have been ruled a murder-suicide. The state medical examiner's office reported Wednesday that 60-year-old Thomas Masse and 59-year-old Michelle Masse both died from a gunshot wound to the head. State Police say Thomas Masse killed his wife, whose body was found in a bathtub, before killing himself.

Maine's U.S. senators say they are getting behind an effort to restore "net neutrality." Republican Sen. Susan Collins and independent Sen. Angus King say they support a bipartisan Congressional Review Act resolution to bring back net neutrality, which was repealed by the Federal Communications Commission last month.

Retailer L.L. Bean is giving $2 million to charity with a renewed focus on groups that help get kids outdoors. The company says its Board of Directors last month approved gifts ranging from $5,000 to $412,000 to a variety of organizations engaged in conservation, outdoor recreation, health and human services, education and the arts.

The transition group for President Donald Trump contends that a memo in the hands of the General Services Administration will support its side in a dispute with the special counsel investigating Russian election meddling. Trump for America is arguing that tens of thousands of emails should not have been delivered to Robert Mueller's investigators. The group says the memo shows that a GSA lawyer had agreed that the group owned and controlled the emails.

President Donald Trump is playing down the possibility that he'd give an interview to investigators looking into any coordination between his presidential campaign and Russia. His reasoning is simple enough: With no collusion, there's no reason to have an interview. Trump made the remarks Wednesday during a news conference with Norway's prime minister. The special counsel's investigators have expressed interest in speaking with Trump, but no details have been worked out.

Authorities now say 17 people have died in Southern California mudslides and another 17 are missing. The death toll rose Wednesday as searchers pulled two more bodies from the inundated area in the Santa Barbara County enclave of Montecito.

Residents of the area hit the hardest by the deadly flash floods in Southern California didn't heed a voluntary evacuation. In Montecito, California, the vast majority of people under mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders early Tuesday stayed in their homes, 400 of which were either destroyed or damaged. Evacuation orders are generally based on weather conditions, projected storm or fire patterns and the immanency of the threat. But experts say disasters can change course in an instant.

Top lawmakers from both parties, backed by the White House, have kicked off their search for a long-delayed and politically fraught compromise on immigration. They're seeking to take advantage of a window of opportunity opened by President Donald Trump. The group faces great pressure for a breakthrough before a deadline next week that, if missed, could lead to a government shutdown that neither side wants.

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