APA: Congress St. one of 10 greatest streets in America


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The American Planning Association named Congress Street in Portland, Maine one of the 10 greatest streets in America for 2014.

Every October the APA names 30 exemplary streets, neighborhoods and public spaces that add value to communities and this year our very own Congress Street is one of them.

"W have ways to educate people we have a nice library and everything is in close proximity so i think it's a great way to let people view our city in a positive way and it's beautiful," said Lannette Enman.

One of the many reasons Congress Street was picked is because of how it has evolved over the years. May Michael Brennan said it has been a lot through the decades.

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Portland woman gets 9 months for embezzlement


PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A Portland woman has been sentenced to nine months in prison for embezzling more than $330,000 from a Chinese company that planned to invest in a Baileyville paper mill.

Jody Flynn was also sentenced to three years of probation, ordered to perform 500 hours of community service, and to pay full restitution.

The 61-year-old Flynn pleaded guilty in August to a felony theft charge.

Prosecutors say Flynn formed Greentree Renewable Energy Inc. to facilitate the mill's sale.

Authorities say she took a $500,000 investment and spent most of the money in 2009 and 2010 on her daughter's college tuition, a car, and jewelry.

State Theatre announces plans for outdoor concert venue


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(NEWS CENTER) -- The State Theatre announced today that they have signed an agreement to develop an outdoor concert venue at Thompson's Point in Portland.

The State Theatre will serve as the exclusive promoters for the venue and plans to host concerts beginning in summer 2015. The State will also handle all aspects of production, ticketing, marketing and talent acquisition.

The concert venue will be located on the southern tip of the Point, adjacent to the recently restored section of the Union Station platform shed that was moved to Thompson's Point in the 1960's. Thompson's Point will have an initial capacity of 5,000 for concerts and festivals. And, within close proximity to downtown Portland, the venue will eventually be linked to Portland Trails for easy walking and biking access.

NAACP, City of Portland hold race relations forum


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The NAACP, Portland Police Department and two local churches held a race relations forum Monday. They decided to have the forum because of the problems in Ferguson, Missouri, where a Caucasian officer shot an African American unarmed teen. Riots followed as people questioned whether the shooting was justified.

Police Chief Mike Sauschuck lead a question and answer session about how his department works. He said the point of these conversations is to create trust between the police and the community.

"The important part is that people know that we're paying attention, that we care about their opinion, and we're going to do something about it," he said.

Chief Sauschuck said that there could be other discussions in the future, depending on what comes out of this meeting.

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Pratt murder trial begins in Portland


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Jurors began hearing testimony Monday in the murder trial of Anthony Pratt.

The New York man is accused of killing Rita Fisenko Scott in 2012. Her body was discovered two months after her death inside her vehicle parked outside a Portland motel.

The prosecutor told jurors that Pratt was engaged to Fisenko Scott, even though she was still married. He said Pratt assaulted her the day before she disappeared because he was upset she had gone to visit her husband. Pratt left Maine for New York around the same time Fisenko Scott disappeared. The prosecutor told jurors he never again inquired about the woman he was engaged to.

"This man, the defendant Anthony Pratt, shot Rita . He shot her with this gun that he obtained just weeks before the murder," Assistant Attorney General Donald Macomber told jurors.

Man hospitalized after being struck by train in Portland


PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A man is in the hospital after being hit by a train in Portland this morning.

A spokesperson for Pan AM confirmed that one of their trains hit the man shortly after 1 a.m. as he was walking on the tracks near Forest Avenue. The train was stopped for more than five hours as police investigated the incident.

The man, whose identity has not been released, has been taken to Maine Medical Center with serious injuries.


Gas prices drop slightly in Maine


PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Gas prices have fallen slightly in Maine in the last week.

The average price of a gallon of gas in Maine on Monday was $3.44 a gallon, down 5.1 cents from one month ago, according to gasbuddy.com.

The price is 10 cents higher than the price of a gallon of gas nationally, which increased 1.2 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.34.

The national price stands 8.6 cents lower from a year ago.

Gas prices in Maine are 15.3 cents a gallon lower than they were one year ago.