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An adult mosquito harvesting a blood meal. Improper application of insect repellent could increase your chances for bites.

You’re putting your insect repellent on wrong

By Aislinn Sarnacki on April 07, 2017, at 1 a.m.
“There’s actually a right and a wrong way to put on insect repellent,” said Michael Bentley, staff entomologist for the National Pest Management Association.
Sen. Bill Diamond, D-Windham, at the statehouse in Augusta in mid-March. Bill sponsored a bill to bring Maine in compliance with Real ID laws.

Maine Senate backs bill to implement Real ID compliance

By Steve Mistler, Maine Public on April 06, 2017, at 5:17 p.m.
The Maine Senate has voted 31-4 on Thursday to endorse a bill that will make Maine comply with the federal Real ID law.
Jeremy Erving

St. Albans man accused of killing uncle claims insanity defense

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 06, 2017, at 2:39 p.m.
Jeremy Erving, 25, told police that his uncle, Randy Erving, 53, was his best friend and that he didn’t know why he shot him.
An adult female deer tick. The National Pest Management Association predicts 2017 will be a bad season for mosquitoes and ticks.

Pest experts predict bad tick, mosquito season for Northeast

By Aislinn Sarnacki on April 06, 2017, at 2:02 p.m.
For the Northeast, the bi-annual Bug Barometer states that “higher tick populations may result from the unseasonably warm winter.
POLL QUESTION
A glass of water is seen during the taste testing at the Maine Rural Water Association's 34th Annual Water and Wastewater Technical Conference at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Dec. 11, 2014.

Maine’s wells could be polluted with arsenic, lead

By Abigail Curtis on April 05, 2017, at 6:01 a.m.
“The major problem is that Maine has a high reliance on wells, but very few people test their wells.”
HEATHER DENKMIRE
Heather Denkmire is a writer and artist who lives in Portland with her two young daughters.

Autistic people don’t need a ‘cure’

By Heather Denkmire on April 05, 2017, at 5:55 a.m.
The largest autism organizations treat autism as if it were a disease that needs to be eradicated, rather than a set of developmental conditions.
POLL QUESTION
Independent U.S. Senator Angus King of Maine (above) will oppose the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

Angus King comes out against Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch

By Michael Shepherd on April 04, 2017, at 4:44 p.m.
In his statement, King says he’ll also support Democrats’ planned filibuster, which he hinted at on a Sunday appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
OxyContin pills on a counting tray at Miller Drug in Bangor.

Lawyer: State exceptions on prescription opiate dosages still too vague

By Alex Acquisto on April 04, 2017, at 4:16 p.m.
“Patients have been lawfully prescribed high doses of pain management medication for years and have become physiologically dependent on this pain management approach.”
MAINE FOCUS
The Maine State House is pictured in January 2016.

LePage administration paid $315K for a consultant to rethink child care, then did nothing

By Matthew Stone on April 04, 2017, at 6:26 a.m.
The state told federal regulators it planned to carry out the consultant’s recommendations and re-upped with the consultant after its first proposal. But it appears there are no plans to follow through.
Sen. Eric Brakey, R-Auburn, intends to run against Sen. Angus King in the 2018 senate race.

GOP state senator Eric Brakey kicks off underdog 2018 bid to unseat Angus King

By Michael Shepherd on April 03, 2017, at 8 p.m.
Brakey called King a champion of “big government and big corporations” and hit Republicans for challenging him weakly.

Climate change skeptic group’s mailing campaign targets Maine teachers

By Nick McCrea on April 03, 2017, at 5:47 p.m.
A letter from the Heartland Institute said that the “science isn’t settled” and that there was an ongoing, “vibrant debate” among scientists.
A snow pile covers half the kiosk at the trailhead for Big Moose Mountain on Feb. 12, near Greenville.

Another spring storm to dump up to 8 inches of snow

By Nick McCrea on April 03, 2017, at 9:22 a.m.
Western and southern Maine could see between 5 and 8 inches of snow, with possible higher totals in the and around mountains.
Ben Dionne stacks seeds on the shelves at Paris Farmers Union in Lewiston, where he works part-time. He was hired due to the help of vocational rehabilitation.

Workers with disabilities could be the secret to saving Maine’s future

on April 03, 2017, at 6:26 a.m.
When comparing the rates of employment among people with and without disabilities, Maine sees the greatest disparity in employment in the nation.

41 years of stars: BDN All-Maine Schoolgirl Basketball teams, 1977 to 2017

on April 01, 2017, at 1 a.m.
41 years of stars: BDN All-Maine Schoolgirl Basketball teams, 1977 to 2017

BDN All-Maine Schoolgirl Basketball Team stats; honorable mention list

on April 01, 2017, at 1 a.m.
BDN All-Maine Schoolgirl Basketball Team stats; honorable mention list
Emily Wheaton (right) of Presque Isle, pictured during a game in 2017, is among 15 honorees on the BDN All-Maine Schoolgirl Basketball Team.

Esposito, Bouchard headline 41st BDN All-Maine Schoolgirl Basketball Team

By Larry Mahoney on April 01, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Emily Esposito has been chosen to the first team of the Bangor Daily News All-Maine Schoolgirl Basketball Team for the third consecutive season.
Dakota was pardoned by Gov. Paul LePage, but her fate remains unclear.

Fate of pardoned dog in limbo after court hearing delayed

By Judy Harrison on March 31, 2017, at 4:56 p.m.
The fate of a husky named Dakota, who killed a smaller dog in Winslow last year, remained undecided Friday after a status conference was delayed.
Bangor's Katie Butler (right) drives up for two past Cheverus' Brooke McElman during their Class AA girls basketball quarterfinal game at Augusta Civic Center in Augusta. Due to low attendance in Augusta, all semifinals and regional championship games will now be played at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland.

MPA adopts new ‘AA’ basketball format, eyes better tourney experience

By Ernie Clark on March 31, 2017, at 4:02 p.m.
The MPA approved a two-year plan that will retain two Class AA regions but stage all semifinals and regional championship games in Portland.
A worker from the SEAT factory, under the Volkswagen group, works on an engine of a SEAT Leon car, in Martorell near Barcelona December 5, 2014.  About 700,000 of the 11 million diesel engines involved in the Volkswagen emissions scandal were manufactured by the company's brand Seat, a spokesman for the Spanish unit said on Tuesday, September 29, 2015.  Picture taken December 5, 2014.     REUTERS/Gustau Nacarino

Maine to get $5.1 million from Volkswagen emissions settlement

By Dawn Gagnon on March 30, 2017, at 7:47 p.m.
Volkswagen has agreed to pay more than $157 million to 10 states to settle environmental lawsuits filed last year.
Verizon's Bangor call center closed last week.

Verizon eliminates jobs in Waterville one week after closure of Bangor call center

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 30, 2017, at 6:02 p.m.
“We are working with employees to find new positions within the organization or they can choose to receive a compensation package.”