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Central Maine News: UMA Building being Renamed in Honor of Outgoing President

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These are some of the stories central Maine is talking about today.

A rally for Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Mike Michaud that’s being headlined by former President Bill Clinton is being to a larger venue in Portland. They had to move it because of the high demand for tickets. Michaud’s campaign said that the overwhelming interest in the event shows the energy Mainers have for his campaign. (AP)

As summer winds down, Maine conservation officials say they’re expecting a vibrant fall foliage season. The weekly fall foliage report on Sept. 10 and run through Oct. 25. Officials say that conditions in northern Maine meant that residents and visitors will likely see subtle color changes and low leaf drop. (AP)

A building at the University of Maine at Augusta is being renamed in honor of the outgoing president who is taking a job in California. University of Maine Chancellor James Page has announced that a building in downtown Augusta will be renamed Handley Hall, in honor of President Allyson Handley. The building on Water Street is home to the architecture and art programs. The building was given to the university in 2010. (AP)

Northern New England apple growers are expecting a decent crop but not as good as last year’s bumper yield. Early season varieties are already ripening, prompting some pick-your-own orchards to open this weekend. Some orchards are reporting a smaller crop of some varieties that produced bountiful numbers last year. (AP)

Detroit’s bankruptcy trial begins today in federal court; 13 months after the city became the largest in the U.S. to file for protection from creditors. Detroit expects to cut $12 billion in unsecured debt to about $5 billion. Most creditors, including more than 30,000 retirees and city employees, have endorsed the plan of adjustment put together by the restructuring team. Now, city lawyers will have to convince the judge to wipe out the debt. (AP)

A standoff involving about 25 people that police described as “just shy of a riot” led to a Waterville man’s arrest early Sunday morning outside the Chez Paree bar. According to the KJ, the man had a knife; he was arrested after police got it away from him. Police said at the time they didn’t know what had caused the conflict. (centralmaine.com)

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