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Heating Oil Costs Strain State, Federal Aid Programs

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Heating Oil Costs Strain State, Federal Aid Programs

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Heating Oil Costs Strain State, Federal Aid Programs

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Heating oil prices are up sharply this winter. In Maine — where 80 percent of homes are heated with oil or kerosene — people are struggling to heat their homes.

The state's low income heating assistance programs are helping, but because of the rising prices and high demand, they are running low on funds.

Meanwhile, the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program is receiving a record number of applications from the state.