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Central Maine News: CMP Customers Seeing Average Increase of $2

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

Some Maine senior citizens are in line for property tax relief. The Portland Press-Herald reports a new law more than doubles the tax credit for taxpayers who are 65 and older, to $900, while the credit for younger, low-income residents also will rise, from $300 to $600. (AP)

The Oakland Mystery Pig that chased children and adults on a walking trail has been nabbed. Officials even closed the trail after the runaway pig scared two children walking on it between Messalonskee middle and high schools and then chased a high school student and attacked a woman. He was caught yesterday after the Oakland’s animal control officer and an expert from the U.S. Department of Agriculture tracked, baited and captured the pig. (AP)

Nathaniel Kibby was arraigned yesterday and held on a million dollars cash bail. A judge denied his public defender’s request to unseal affidavits and other investigative records before the hearing. Police say the 34-year-old Kibby confined Abigail Hernandez on Oct. 9, sometime after she left Kennett High School to walk to her North Conway home. Abigail, now 15, returned home July 20. According to WCSH, their media partner NECN spoke with a friend of Hernandez who said that that the teen had been locked inside an orange shipping container behind Kibby’s home.  The neighbors also called him crazy Nate. (AP/WCSH)

A new government report says weather kills at least 2,000 Americans each year, and nearly two-thirds of those deaths are from the cold. Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say its the hurricanes, tornadoes and heat waves “get more publicity, for some reason, than cold-related deaths.” About 31 % of the deaths were caused by heat, heat stroke or sun stroke. About 6 % were blamed on storms, floods or lightning. People 65 and older had much higher death rates than younger people. Researchers say that may be because it’s harder for them to endure temperature extremes. (AP)

Waterville police say they have a suspect in Monday night’s stabbing, even though the victim and witnesses aren’t talking and heavy rain washed away blood evidence. According to the KJ, detectives are “very familiar” with both the victim and the suspect. Depending on exactly what police are able to learn about the circumstances, detectives could be able to still pursue a lesser charge against the suspect with the evidence that’s gathered. (centralmaine.com)

An average Central Maine Power customer will see their overall bills go up just over $2 a month beginning Sept. 1. According to the KJ, this comes after the approval by the Maine Public Utilities Commission of a rate-case settlement. The settlement detaches the revenue CMP earns from electricity sales. It adopts a formula that gives the utility an incentive to participate in the state’s energy-efficiency programs, rather than promote electric sales in an attempt to boost earnings. (centralmaine.com)

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