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Marijuana advocates hope Maine goes legal next


SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Maine marijuana advocates say their state is in position to become the first state in the Northeast to legalize recreational use of the drug.

Marijuana legalization proponents around the country scored a series of wins on election night, when Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C. all went legal. Supporters of legalization in Maine say their efforts are buoyed by a ballot initiative in South Portland that legalized small amounts of marijuana in the state's fourth-largest city. Portland voters also legalized marijuana in Maine's largest city in 2013.

Stephen King's newest book is released


SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Stephen King is wrapping up a six-city book tour in his home state.

The Maine-based horror writer is making his final appearance at Books-A-Million in South Portland, where he'll be signing copies of his book, "Revival."

The book launched on Nov. 11.

King has described it as a "straight-ahead horror novel."

About 900 of King's fans showed up last week to get tickets, but only 400 were rewarded with a chance to meet King.

READ MORE: Stephen King fans wait for newest novel


Pie throw benefits Make-a-Wish


SCARBOROUGH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Pie was on the menu for four Scarborough workers Thursday. As part of a Make-A-Wish fundraiser, four workers at Stantec took pies in the face.

Ursula from Gorham delivered the pies. The 12-year-old is batting Lymphoid Leukemia and recently went to Hawaii as part of her wish and Stantec raised money to grant her wish.

"It's a good cause, one we have done for many years. It's just fun to be part of it and I was happy to lead the way," said Stantec worker Mark Tracey.

Thursday's pie event generated another $1,600 in donations from Stantec employees to grant future wishes for Make-A-Wish children.


SoPo accident causes traffic on Maine Mall Road


SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- An accident on Maine Mall Road near the Turnpike Spur Tuesday afternoon caused traffic to back up in South Portland.

Police said a man ran a red light and hit three or four cars who were in the intersection and had the right of way. There were no serious injuries, but police said it will take a while to clear the accident and investigate.

As of 2:50 p.m., officials are still on scene. It is best to avoid the area if possible.


South Portland pot referendum goes door to door


SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- We're now ten days away from election day when voters will be heading to the polls. Those in South Portland will have to decide if they want to legalize recreational marijuana for adults in their city, and the campaigns from both sides are spending the final stretch going door to door.

A group from the Marijuana Policy Project spent their Saturday walking around several residential areas of South Portland asking citizens to vote in favor of the marijuana referendum. That would allow adults over the age of 21 to posses one once of marijuana or less in their homes, but not in public places. According to the Maine Director of the Marijuana Policy Project, David Boyer, recreational marijuana is a safer alternative to alcohol and would allow law enforcement to spend their time dealing with more serious crimes.

Hillary Clinton rallies Michaud supporters in Scarborugh


SCARBOROUGH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Hillary Clinton visits Maine to stump for Democrat Mike Michaud in the race for governor.

Former Senator and Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton speaks to the crowd at Scarborough High School at 6:45 p.m..

Clinton's visit comes just a week before President Barack Obama is scheduled to swing through the state to aid the Democrat hoping to unseat Republican Gov. Paul LePage next month.


Rough surf causes boats to wash onto shore


SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Coast Guard had a busy Thursday. The rough surf caused quite a few boats to crash along the shore.