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BANGOR — A newly released court document says a Maine teenager told her boyfriend that the man now charged in her death tried to kiss and grope her the night before she disappeared. A search warrant affidavit released in Bangor on Thursday provides a detailed account of the investigation into the May 12 disappearance of 15-year-old Nichole Cable.
AUGUSTA — The Senate passes an amendment to the bill to expand Medicaid to 70,000 Mainers, picking up more Republican votes in a push to get the measure passed before the end of the session. By Glenn Adams.
OXFORD — A year after Maine's newest casino opened in Oxford, developers have decided to build a hotel with conference space and a restaurant directly across the street.
Casalinova Development Group announced Thursday that it will build an 80- to 120-room, four-story hotel on what is now the family owned Crestholm Farm across the street from the Oxford Casino.
ALSO GETTING ATTENTION:
— PRISONER ESCAPE — Maine corrections officials say a 37-year-old inmate has escaped from home confinement 10 days before his sentence was due to end.
— CUTLER-GOVERNOR — Eliot Cutler, an independent who ran for Maine governor in 2010, is reconfirming that he plans to run for governor in 2014.
— SPACE JAM — A special order of Maine-made blueberry jam is heading to space. NASA spokesman Bill Jeffs says several containers of Stonewall Kitchen Wild Maine Blueberry Jam will be flown to the International Space Station in August.
— JAIL FIGHT — Cumberland County Jail officials are investigating a jailhouse fight that escalated into a brawl and ended with a corrections officer requiring stitches after being punched in the mouth. Authorities say a fight broke out last Thursday morning between two inmates over magazines in a medium-security housing unit.
— PORTLAND STREET ASSAULT — Lawyers for a Scarborough man charged with kicking and stomping a woman on a Portland street with such severity that she was left with permanent brain damage have asked a judge to throw out some evidence in the case.
— PRESCHOOL GUN — The father of a 4-year-old who brought his dad's loaded handgun to a Maine day care center has been charged with reckless conduct. Prosecutors said Wednesday that 31-year-old Adam Keene of Madison will be summoned to court to face the misdemeanor charge.
— XGR-CELLPHONE PRIVACY — The state's top criminal prosecutor says a bill that would require police to get warrants to access citizens' cellphone records could cost the state $500,000 over the next four years. The bill, which has passed both houses, would require police to obtain warrants to get the location history for people's cellphones and other GPS-enabled devices in non-emergency situations.
— SEXUAL ABUSE CHARGES — A Sabattus man has been indicted on 42 counts for allegedly sexually molesting girl over a period of four years beginning when she was 9. Michael Gagnier was indicted Wednesday on 38 counts of gross sexual assault and charges of endangering the welfare of a child, aggravated unlawful furnishing of drugs, domestic assault and tampering with a witness.
— CREATIVE ECONOMY — Portland is hosting a two-day regional gathering that's showcasing dozens of projects tied to the creative economy. The Creative Communities Exchange is being held Thursday and Friday at the Maine College of Art and other downtown locations.
— ARCTIC EXPEDITION — University of Maine researchers are taking part in an international scientific expedition to the Arctic. Two professors and two graduate students from the School of Marine Sciences are participating in the Tara Oceans Polar Circle Expedition 2013 to investigate Arctic planktonic ecosystems in the context of climate change.
— MINING REGULATIONS — The Maine house has approved a bill tightening Maine's mining regulations, including provisions to protect water quality from metal mining pollution. The House voted 91-49 on Wednesday, sending it to the Senate for a vote. The sponsor, Assistant House Democratic Leader Jeff McCabe of Skowhegan, says the measure would ensure that any metallic mineral mining that occurs in the state will not pollute Maine waterways or stick Maine taxpayers with cleanup costs.