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 Jimmy Wayne, a country music singer and best-selling author, delivers the keynote address during the 2015 Maine Affordable Housing Conference on Tuesday in Bangor.

Country music singer calls on LePage to do more for foster kids

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Country music singer and songwriter Jimmy Wayne on Tuesday called on Gov. Paul LePage to do more to help the state’s foster children, advocating policy changes that would allow foster children to remain in the system until age 21.
Co-owner and brewer Stephen Genthner recently opened Blank Canvas Brewery in Brewer.

Greater Bangor Beer Week to celebrate region’s brewing industry

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“We really felt like the time was right to do a beer week. Portland has a beer week, but until this year, there wasn’t that critical mass of breweries here in Bangor to make it feasible,” said Lisa Sturgeon, communications and resource manager for Geaghan’s Brewing Co. in Brewer and one of the event’s organizers.
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Dueling recommendations about need for pelvic exams leaves women confused

It’s the latest battle over screening: Should healthy women skip annual pelvic exams? A controversial recommendation last year by the American College of Physicians, which …

Maine sees $400,000 shortfall in services for blind, visually impaired

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The state says cost overruns and an uncertain federal funding situation have helped cause a $400,000 shortfall in the agency providing services to 1,100 Mainers who are blind and visually impaired.

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Maine employers face ‘messy’ change in overtime expansion

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Next year, tens of thousands of Maine employees could be eligible for more overtime pay.

Aging expert: Boomers will demand new housing options

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BANGOR | Maine’s aging baby boomers are going to be “a real handful” to …


A man carries a handgun and American flag during a visit by U.S. President Barack Obama to the town of Roseburg, Oregon, last week.

America’s gun debate needs reason, common sense, high-quality research

Gun violence is an undeniable public health problem that the U.S. is not addressing. In 2013, guns accounted for nearly as many U.S. deaths (more than 60 percent of them suicides) as motor vehicle traffic: 33,636 vs. 33,804, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Students test their outdoor skills on the Allagash Wilderness Waterway in 2012.

Allagash Wilderness Waterway now entirely state-owned

On Monday, the Allagash Wilderness Waterway Foundation, based in Bath, announced the 40-acre Lock Dam section connecting Chamberlain and Eagle lakes had been purchased through a private sale and subsequent donation to the state.



One way to become a team player, and why I’m taking a break

The unvarnished truth is this: I have essentially no interest in team sports. I was a lukewarm spectator-parent at my sons’ track meets, swim meets, soccer …



Roasted Vegetable Pasta Toss

In the mid-2000s, when the drive to eat local was just heating up and terms like “100 mile diet” and “locovore” were entering the vernacular, …


Paul LePage, left, and Winston Churchill

Who said it? Paul LePage or Winston Churchill?

Gov. LePage has been known for his blunt approach and sometimes politically incorrect delivery. When British Prime Minister Winston Churchill held office, the wartime politician was also known for his blunt approach.



New music including Kacy Hill, Bloc Party, Young Galaxy and !!! on this week’s West Of The Fields podcast

New tracks from Chvrches, Christine and the Queens and Dilly Dally debuted on the show this week, while we got a jump on nostalgia in the retro alternative section this week by looking back at some of the best music of 2006 three months before it celebrates its 10th anniversary.

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