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On-air personality Pat LaMarche says an anonymous Californian then promised another $50,000, if Mr. King matched it. The Maine native agreed, bringing the total to more than $240,000.

Mr. King says he’s grateful to everybody who helped.

The federal government told the state it should expect $23 million in heating oil assistance this winter, down from $55.6 million last winter.

Compiled from Web and wire service reports.