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L.L. Bean joins forces with Portland-based advertisers VIA Agency

on March 30, 2017, at 1:10 p.m.
Long Creek Youth Development Center on Westbrook Street in South Portland.

Legislative committee opposes staff cuts at troubled youth prison

By Jake Bleiberg on March 30, 2017, at 12 p.m.
A legislative committee is opposing job cuts that might endanger the accreditation of a school at Maine’s youth prison.
Elvers sit in a net in Card Mill Stream in Franklin, May 29, 2015.

Well-known elver fisherman, dealer denies poaching charges

By Judy Harrison on March 30, 2017, at 11:33 a.m.
A 71-year-old Woolwich man pleaded not guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to trafficking in poached elvers — juvenile American eels — between 2011 and 2014.
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Snow started falling in Bangor in a March 14, 2017 file photo.

Spring snowstorm could drop a foot in some parts of Maine

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 30, 2017, at 10:14 a.m.
“We certainly have the possibility of six inches or more, possibly a foot of snow in interior Maine.”
Members of the Class of 2016 at the University of Maine await their degrees at their graduation at Alfond Arena at the Orono campus last spring. The University of Maine System is expected to approve in May the first system-wide tuition increase in the past six years.

Maine’s public universities to see first tuition bump in six years

By Nick McCrea on March 30, 2017, at 6:29 a.m.
The state’s public university system held its tuition flat for six years, but that uncommon streak is expected to end as system trustees weigh their next budget.
Eric Gallandt, president of the Maine Canoe and Kayak Racing Organization, carries an old racing canoe down to the Pushaw Stream in Old Town on Tuesday with canoe partner Nicole Grohoski.

Canoe and kayak group’s president stumbled upon the sport by accident

By John Holyoke on March 30, 2017, at 6:19 a.m.
Eric Gallandt, president of the Maine Canoe and Kayak Racing Organization, says the sport has one rule: “Keep your paddle in the water.”
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Bart Brizee, 25, of Bangor packs up shipments of his recently kickstarted subscription box service, LARP boxes, in the basement of his apartment on Thursday. A few years ago, Brizee started Eastern Front Designs, a company that creates costumes, prop weapons and other items for live action role players, or LARPers. Now he hopes to pack up similar gear and ship them to his customers' doorsteps once a month.

Bangor gamer making a business out of live action role playing

By Emily Burnham on March 30, 2017, at 6:18 a.m.
All LARPs aim to immerse the player in another world.
The main entrance of Eastern Maine Medical Center is seen in Bangor, March 17, 2017.

Hospital network that includes EMMC, Mercy braces for credit rating hit

By Jackie Farwell on March 30, 2017, at 1:01 a.m.
Another downgrade would sink EMHS into the “non-investment grade” category, better known as “junk bond” status.
Cheryl Lee Rust, left, receives a lifetime achievement award from Maine Restaurant Association board chair Michelle Corry, and president Steve Hewins Tuesday night at a gala celebration.

Restaurant awards tout chefs and owners from Ogunquit to Wiscasset

By Kathleen Pierce on March 29, 2017, at 6:37 p.m.
Maine eateries Le Garage, Jonathan’s Ogunquit, Union Restaurant and The Red Barn were among the restaurants honored.
Vince Lombardi Trophy on display during the 2017 NFL Combine at the Indiana Convention Center.

Patriots’ Super Bowl trophy coming to Bangor

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 29, 2017, at 3:19 p.m.
The trophy is coming to Bangor in response to an invitation city officials in Bangor, Brewer and Portland extended in February.
Waldo County District Attorney Geoffrey Rushlau delivered opening arguments at Waldo County Superior Court, Jan. 7, 2011.

LePage taps longtime prosecutor to become district court judge

By Christopher Cousins on March 29, 2017, at 12:09 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage has nominated the district attorney for four coastal counties to serve as a Maine District Court judge.
David McKenzie, 40, of Bangor signs a petition outside the garage at Pickering Square in Bangor, Jan. 13, 2016.

Lawmakers blast Maine casino bid after lobbyist admits offshore backing

By Michael Shepherd on March 29, 2017, at 10:57 a.m.
“I would just say that if the government of Laos thinks you’re corrupt, we have a major problem,” Senate Majority Leader Garrett Mason said.
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Maine man taken off transplant list for using medical marijuana

By CBS 13 on March 29, 2017, at 10:04 a.m.
State lawmakers are considering a bill that would prohibit Maine hospitals from doing that, even though one local hospital said there are medical reasons to disqualify patients who use marijuana.
Dr. Gary Stuer examines Pearl at the Bethel Animal Hospital on Tuesday afternoon. Stuer prescribes pain medication for the 3-year-old dog.

Maine veterinarians say new pain meds law puts animals, humans at risk

By Lindsay Tice on March 29, 2017, at 8:01 a.m.
“I can’t live with (the current law),” veterinarian Gail Mason said. “I don’t want to access people’s medical records. I’m not their physician.”
The Curiosity Mars rover took this 'selfie'on the surface of Mars on May 11, 2016, before it began traversing part of the Red Planet that research scientists have named "Bar Harbor" and which has several features named after places in the Pine Tree State.

Scientists are naming locations on Mars after iconic Maine towns, landmarks

By Alex Acquisto on March 29, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Ogunquit Beach, Cape Elizabeth, Rockport, Isleboro, Isle au Haut and Mt. Katahdin are all locations in Maine — and now on Mars.
A student fidgets on a "wobble stool" inside Susan Chase's classroom at the Piscataquis Community Secondary School in Guilford.

These Maine classrooms encourage fidgeting to improve learning

By Robbie Feinberg, Maine Public on March 28, 2017, at 8:52 p.m.
“Historically, parents and teachers, if they see somebody fidgeting, the natural reaction is to tell them.”

Shareholders OK FairPoint’s $1.5 billion sale to Illinois company

By Darren Fishell on March 28, 2017, at 7:07 p.m.
FairPoint has at least 660 employees in Maine.
OxyContin, in 80 mg pills, in a 2013 file image.

Maine’s new opiate limits could be targeted in lawsuit

By Michael Shepherd on March 28, 2017, at 6:45 p.m.
Two midcoast men who suffer from chronic pain informed state officials on Tuesday that they intend to sue over a new law that limits opiate prescriptions.
The University of Maine at Machias  has entered into a partnership with the University of Maine in an effort to turn around the declining enrollment at the state's smallest university.  The partnership will bring more opportunities to the students at both campuses.

University of Maine at Machias to be absorbed into UMaine flagship

By Nick McCrea on March 28, 2017, at 4:36 p.m.
The partnership is in response to a prolonged decline in enrollment and financial security at the Machias university.
Stored Solar, which operates biomass generators in West Enfield and Jonesboro, said it has settled a problem with loggers who claim they had not been paid since early February for products delivered to the generators.

Biomass company says it paid aggrieved loggers, wants to rework subsidy

By Darren Fishell on March 28, 2017, at 3:26 p.m.
Biomass generator Stored Solar said it’s settled an “invoicing dispute” with loggers who claimed they were not being paid.