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The Pettegrow family, which owns the Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound, is selling its wholesale lobster distribution business, Seal Point Lobster Co. in Lamoine, to the Maine Lobstering Union. The sale, which media reports say is for $4 million, will provide the fishermen-only union with a greater stake in the industry's distribution chain.

Maine lobstermen figured out how to make more money off their catches

By Bill Trotter on March 24, 2017, at 2:08 p.m.
A lobstermen-only fishing organization has purchased a local lobster wholesale business, Seal Point Lobster Co.
POLL QUESTION
Governor Paul LePage attends a maple tree tapping ceremony on a cold day in mid-March. LePage now backs the American Health Care Act and is urging Maine's senators to support it.

LePage now backs GOP health plan, urges support from King, Collins

By Christopher Cousins and Michael Shepherd on March 23, 2017, at 2:22 p.m.
Earlier this month, LePage sent a letter to U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan which said of the bill, “early signs do not look encouraging.”
Snow is predicted to fall in Bangor on Wednesday.

Cold front brings cooler air, up to 2 inches of snow

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 22, 2017, at 7:38 a.m.
Don’t forget your coat Wednesday. “[The air] will feel like mid-winter, not spring.”
GOING COASTAL

Gay pride, Confederate battle flags displayed at Maine high schools

on March 22, 2017, at 6:30 a.m.
Maine Game Warden Eric Rudolph stands next to dozens of dead snowshoe hares that wardens confiscated Saturday from a group of hunters on Great Duck Island.

Hunters busted for killing 87 snowshoe hares on remote Maine island

By Bill Trotter on March 20, 2017, at 1:50 p.m.
The group was found to have killed 67 snowshoe hares more than Maine’s daily bag limit allows.
David Rockefeller Sr. is seen during an event to mark his donation of 1,000 acres to the Mount Desert Land and Garden Preserve in May 2015 on Mount Desert Island.

David Rockefeller Sr., billionaire whose family helped create Acadia, dies at 101

By Bill Trotter on March 20, 2017, at 11:28 a.m.
Rockefeller died on Monday morning at his home in Pocantico Hills, N.Y.

For Those Who Have Lost a Loved One

By Emilie Hermans on March 20, 2017, at 10 a.m.

Crews douse fire at former Verso paper mill

By Dawn Gagnon on March 19, 2017, at 1:26 p.m.
Firefighters from Bucksport and several surrounding towns extinguished a fire Saturday morning at the former Verso paper mill.
POLL QUESTION
Blaze maintenance man Robert McClure tries to keep on top of the falling snow so there's a clear path to the business in Bangor, Feb. 13, 2017.

Winter storm on track to dump a foot of snow across Maine this week

By Dawn Gagnon on March 12, 2017, at 3:18 p.m.
A snowstorm could drop nearly a foot of snow as it passes over Maine Tuesday and into Wednesday.

Maine man who stole $1.15 million dies days before sentencing

By Beth Brogan on March 10, 2017, at 9:45 a.m.
Moriarty had agreed to pay $750,000 in restitution to two investors.
The Penobscot Narrows Bridge bridge, linking Verona Island and Prospect over the Penobscot River, became a landmark and tourist destination when it opened to the public late 2006. Over the years, it also has drawn people in crisis. In 2015, the Maine Department of Transportation, in collaboration with the National Association on Mental Illness of Maine (NAMI), installed a pair of phones at either end of the bridge in an effort to help a person in crisis make a phone call that might save their life. The phones connect the caller to the Statewide Crisis Hotline at (888) 568-1112.

Bridge suicide reignites talks of how best to help people in crisis

By Nick McCrea on March 10, 2017, at 1 a.m.
In its decade of existence, at least seven people have jumped to their deaths from the bridge.
Don McLean

Don McLean’s ex-wife granted new protection order against folk singer

By Bill Trotter on March 08, 2017, at 5:52 p.m.
The “American Pie” singer pleaded guilty in July to charges of domestic violence assault, domestic violence criminal threatening, criminal restraint and criminal mischief.

Body of Penobscot Narrows Bridge jumper found

By Dawn Gagnon on March 05, 2017, at 5:33 p.m.
Police and emergency personnel have recovered the body of a person who jumped off the Penobscot Narrows Bridge in an apparent suicide.
GOING COASTAL

These are the 4 most pressing marine management issues in the Gulf of Maine

on March 03, 2017, at 6 a.m.
Russell Burnett, 46, of Franklin.

Police search for Franklin man missing for nearly a week

By Dawn Gagnon on Feb. 27, 2017, at 5:37 p.m.
Russell Burnett, 46, last was seen around 7 a.m. Feb. 21 after leaving a home on Eastbrook Road in Franklin.

Forecast calls for freezing rain to sweep across northern Maine

By Dawn Gagnon on Feb. 24, 2017, at 5:35 p.m.
Ice accumulations of up to around a tenth of an inch could lead to slick road conditions and scattered power outages across the northern part of the state.

Five, including two from New York, arrested in Hancock County drug bust

on Feb. 22, 2017, at 12:21 p.m.
Five people, including two men from the Bronx, New York, have been arrested in connection with the alleged sale of heroin and crack cocaine in Hancock County.
Supplies and parts can be seen near the Swan’s Island Electric Cooperative office in this September 2016 file photo.

Islands will try again to join Emera Maine’s electric grid

By Darren Fishell on Feb. 15, 2017, at 3:53 p.m.
Driven by extremely high power rates, the Swan’s Island Electric Co-op plans to make another attempt at merging with Emera Maine, after regulators denied the proposal last month.
An Eastern Maine Railway plow train approaches the Route 171 crossing in Wytopitlock Wednesday morning as it works to clear rail lines following the blizzard earlier this week.

Third storm in a week to drop up to a foot of snow overnight

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Feb. 15, 2017, at 9:25 a.m.
A winter storm warning is in place for much of the state from 1 p.m. Wednesday until 1 p.m. Thursday.
Superintendent of Bangor Public Schools Betsy Webb

Maine educators look beyond testing to measure student success

By Robbie Feinberg, Maine Public on Feb. 13, 2017, at 4:32 p.m.
While school funding is at the center of public debate right now, educators are wrestling with another problem, too: how to measure student success.