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United States Postal Service letter carrier Kenny Darling trudges through the snow to deliver mail on Thomas Hill Road in Bangor on Friday.

More snow headed for Maine before deep freeze later in week

By Dawn Gagnon on Feb. 07, 2016, at 2:26 p.m.
Days after a snowstorm dumped a foot or more of snow in some locations, Down East and northern and interior Maine could see another half a foot from Monday night into late Tuesday afternoon.
Sen. Roger Katz, R-Augusta.

Is Medicaid expansion near a tipping point? New president could make difference for Maine

By Christine Vestal, on Feb. 07, 2016, at 12 p.m.
Ever since the Supreme Court’s 2012 decision making Medicaid expansion a state option, the issue has been more political than practical. Many Republican governors and lawmakers have rejected the deal, fearing they would lose their jobs if they were seen cooperating with President Barack Obama on a law most conservatives abhor.
Maine Republicans will gather for nominating caucuses on March 5, while Democrats in the state will caucus the next day to indicate their preference for the parties’ presidential nominees. Unlike states that conduct primaries by secret ballot, Maine’s delegate selection process can involve voice or hand votes, as was the case at the Penobscot County Republican caucus in Bangor on Feb. 2, 2008.

How Maine’s Republican and Democratic caucuses will work

By Michael Shepherd on Feb. 07, 2016, at 7:52 a.m.
Republicans’ race for the state’s 23 delegates at the nominating caucus on March 5 is totally unsettled, while Bernie Sanders figures to give national frontrunner Hillary Clinton a challenge for Maine’s 30 Democratic convention delegates on March 6.

Maine one of the best states in America to get divorced, cost analysis finds

on Feb. 07, 2016, at 7:50 a.m.
“The requirements and costs of a divorce are so different from state to state.”
David Woods II (left) and his father David Woods of Wiggly Bridge Distillery work on constructing a still at their secondary location in a barn on Route 1 in York on Wednesday. They opened the distillery in 2013.

Old barn gets new spirit from small-batch distillery

By Kathleen Pierce on Feb. 07, 2016, at 7:30 a.m.
It takes 24 months to create a straight bourbon. It’s taken David Woods 13 months and counting to turn the neglected barn in York Corner into a distillery of bourbon whiskey, vodka and other premier quaffables.

2 Maine colleges make list of 35 ‘beautiful’ campuses

on Feb. 06, 2016, at 3:38 p.m.
  There are a lot of factors kids take into consideration when choosing a college. How much will it cost me? Do graduates go on to make a lot of money? How well regarded is it? Is it in a cool city or a pretty place? Students looking for a …
Sally Emery (left), sister to Reid Emery (photo), and Margaret Emery, Reid's widow, talk about Reid in Eastport on Jan. 29. Reid Emery was the 61-year-old hospital patient who was discharged against medical advice from Down East Community Hospital in Machias during a snowstorm the night of Jan. 1, 2008. He was found dead the next day, in a snowbank about 380 feet from the hospital's main entrance.

Years after patient dies in snowstorm outside Machias hospital, his family speaks out

By Johanna S. Billings on Feb. 06, 2016, at 9:38 a.m.
With recent court proceedings bringing the case back into the spotlight, Reid Emery’s wife and sister say it’s time for people to hear their side of the story.

These Maine towns are renowned around the world for their singular contributions to society

on Feb. 06, 2016, at 7:09 a.m.
Check out Maine’s most surprising capitals.
Jean-Paul Dugre shovels his driveway on Union Street in Bangor on Friday.

Storm dumps more than 8 inches of snow in much of Maine

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 05, 2016, at 7:13 p.m.
Snow totals Down East were predicted to reach 12 inches.
A federal judge has ruled that some claims filed by former Gouldsboro resident Vladek Filler against former Hancock County prosecutors can move ahead toward a civil trial. Filler was tried twice, but ultimately unsuccessfully, on criminal charges that he raped and assaulted his then-wife in 2007.

Judge allows lawsuit against prosecutors, police to proceed

By Bill Trotter on Feb. 05, 2016, at 5:35 p.m.
A judge has ruled in part against prosecutors who had sought to dismiss a lawsuit filed against them and others by a former Gouldsboro man who was tried twice but ultimately acquitted on charges that he raped his wife.
Troy McVey (left) appears in court with his lawyer, Arthur P. Lindars, on Jan. 21 in Los Angeles.

Former Maine man found guilty of manslaughter in Hollywood shooting

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Feb. 05, 2016, at 4:08 p.m.
Troy McVey’s lawyer, Arthur Lindars, added that his client was found not guilty of murder.
Bangor City Council member Joe Baldacci.

Joe Baldacci drops out of race in Maine’s 2nd District

By Michael Shepherd on Feb. 05, 2016, at 3:39 p.m.
Baldacci said his responsibility was with his family and law firm employees.
Sen. Susan Collins

The yeas and nays: How Maine’s congressional representatives voted this week

By Targeted News Service on Feb. 05, 2016, at 3:31 p.m.
Here’s a look at how area members of Congress voted over the previous week.
Fleece-lined pants and jeans are marked down at Sleepers in Caribou. Business owners in Aroostook County and other parts of the state said this week that the warmer weather and lack of snow this season has affected the sales of winter clothing and equipment.

Warmer winter impacts sales of cold weather gear

By Jen Lynds on Feb. 05, 2016, at 3:20 p.m.
“Our store employees are more inclined to bring out spring wear,” said Joe Sleeper, owner of Sleepers of Maine.
Christopher Richardson of Bangor has filed a petition in Penobscot County Probate Court to change his first name to Batman. He started using the name Batman when he was younger as a way to connect with kids with disabilities while working at a camp and has been known by the name by friends and family ever since.

Bangor man petitions court to change name to Batman

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 05, 2016, at 2:40 p.m.
Holy name change! A Bangor man has petitioned the Penobscot County Probate Court to legally change his name to Batman.
House Majority Leader Jeff McCabe, D-Skowhegan, speaks to the press at the State House in Augusta on Jan. 6.

House Dems adjourn in middle of tax conformity debate

By MPBN on Feb. 05, 2016, at 2:37 p.m.
More than 100,000 Mainers are waiting to find out if the Legislature will bring Maine’s income tax policies into line with changes made by Congress in December.
The Maine attorney general's office and Federal Trade Commission said a South Portland company used deceptive advertisements, free-trial offers and return policies to sell two weight-loss supplements, including AF Plus, pictured above.

FTC: Maine supplement seller offered ‘blizzard of lies’

By Darren Fishell on Feb. 05, 2016, at 12:18 p.m.
“This company preyed on the vulnerability of consumers who seek a legitimate weight loss program,” Attorney General Janet Mills said.

New England school announces snow day with viral Adele parody

on Feb. 05, 2016, at 9:22 a.m.
Hundreds of Maine schools and offices called snow days on Friday. But none did so quite like this.
United States Postal Service letter carrier Kenny Darling trudges through the snow to deliver mail on Thomas Hill Road in Bangor on Friday.

February thaw gives way to snowstorm

By Ryan McLaughlin on Feb. 05, 2016, at 9:08 a.m.
Spring-like weather have yielded to winter-like conditions throughout Maine.
An elderly Maine resident reads from her notes as she talks about being targeted by scammers over the phone.

A Belfast woman lost her life savings to scammers. Could your loved one be the next target?

By Meg Haskell on Feb. 05, 2016, at 7:53 a.m.
Maine Attorney General Janet Mills said about 2,500 Mainers contacted her office to report being scammed last year. That’s just the tip of the iceberg.