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Investigators probe fatal house fire in Mexico

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 20, 2016, at 5:33 p.m.
83-year-old man escaped uninjured.

One dead, another seriously injured in Mexico house fire

By CBS 13 on Aug. 20, 2016, at 5:21 p.m.
A third man inside the home in his 80s escaped without injury.

Maine trees could fuel military jets, but as long as oil costs $40 a barrel, it’ll be a while

By Christopher Burns on Aug. 20, 2016, at 1 a.m.
For the last decade, there has been a concerted push in the U.S. to replace petroleum-based fuel with plant-based biofuels in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the nation’s reliance on foreign oil.
Darlene Helms

More Maine Red Cross volunteers heading to Louisiana flooding

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 19, 2016, at 5:04 p.m.
Two Maine women are set to fly to Louisiana on Saturday, joining three Maine Red Cross volunteers already assisting flood victims in the Pelican State.

Homeless man charged with murder of man found in Falmouth parking lot

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 19, 2016, at 12:25 p.m.
Kenneth Briggs is charged in connection with the death of Roger Nelsen, 67, who was found bleeding in a parking lot in Falmouth earlier this week.
A note left under the windshield wiper of a car owned by a Muslim resident of the Westbrook Pointe Apartments complex. Sent to the Bangor Daily News by Fasal Kalayaf of Portland, who was sent the image by a friend who received the threat.

Westbrook city leaders meet with Iraqi and Muslim community to discuss threats

By CBS 13 on Aug. 19, 2016, at 11:12 a.m.
Westbrook city leaders met with community members after pieces of paper reading “All Muslims are Terrorists should be killed” were found in a Westbrook apartment complex.
Gov. Paul LePage

Advocate: State officials broke law by telling newspaper that Fazeli received welfare

By Steve Mistler, MPBN News on Aug. 19, 2016, at 8:23 a.m.
“It’s concerning if that was indeed reported by Maine officials because federal law is clear that people’s confidentiality should be protected.”
Timothy Danforth

Wilton man charged with murder in shooting death

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 18, 2016, at 5:52 p.m.
Timothy Danforth is charged in the death of 24-year-old Michael Reis, who was shot outside Danforth’s father’s home in June.
Leigh Saufley

Most Maine courts to expand hours by 30 minutes

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 18, 2016, at 4:42 p.m.
A majority of courts around the state will expand their hours beginning Tuesday, Sept. 6.
This sign marks the public access to the ocean at Highview Terrace. Neighbors recently debated whether the right-of-way is good for the residents of the quiet street.

Belfast wrangling with public access to ocean

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 18, 2016, at 3:57 p.m.
“We have the right for access to the ocean. It doesn’t matter who’s rich and who’s poor,” said resident Richard Robinson.
Sen. Susan Collins (left) speaks of the importance of senior safety while Rep. Bruce Poliquin looks on during a press conference on Thursday at Bangor Savings Bank in Bangor.

Collins, Poliquin promote legislation to stop fraud against seniors

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 18, 2016, at 3:34 p.m.
While evidence of elder abuse can sometimes be apparent, when seniors are being victimized financially, it can be difficult to spot.
Rep. Patricia Hymanson, D-York.

LePage, state representative spar at town hall in Sanford

By Liz Gotthelf, Journal Tribune on Aug. 18, 2016, at 2:54 p.m.
Although most of the more than 100 people at Gov. Paul LePage’s town hall in Sanford Wednesday night applauded and cheered as he spoke, there were a couple who butted heads with him — including state Rep. Patricia Hymanson, D-York.

Sailor’s widow sought to have fishing vessel seized before it sank

By Bill Trotter on Aug. 18, 2016, at 1:38 p.m.
Marcia J. Gorham claims the ship was unseaworthy at the time of her husband’s death in 2013.

Suit accuses former Maine prosecutor of sexual harassment

By Judy Harrison on Aug. 18, 2016, at 1:34 p.m.
A former victim witness advocate has filed suit against former Assistant District Attorney Andrew Wright, among others.
Kim Wagaman, a behavioral therapist, takes Dustin Strasser, 19, left, to visit Evan Roth, 12, whom he helps mentor.

We want to know: Have you ever been a mentor or mentee?

By Adanya Lustig on Aug. 18, 2016, at 11:12 a.m.
We want to know about how some people uplift the lives of others, even when they don’t have to.
Terry Theriault exits his delimber while working in the field July 29, 2015, off the Golden Road.

Federal team touring Maine to help find answers for beleaguered forest economy

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 17, 2016, at 4:34 p.m.
Responding to a plea from Maine’s congressional delegation, the U.S. Department of Commerce is investigating how to boost the state’s beleaguered forest-products industry and communities that depend on it.
U.S. Sen. Susan Collins

Collins praises Social Security decision to back off text messaging requirement

By Joe Davidson, The Washington Post on Aug. 17, 2016, at 4:07 p.m.
“I was troubled that the policy would have placed a high burden on seniors, many of whom do not own a cellphone.”
Leslie Ross stops to laugh while playing a modern bassoon on Aug. 11 in her bassoon fabrication studio at her home near the shore of Northern Bay in Penobscot.

This Maine woman has made nearly 300 bassoons from scratch

By Bill Trotter on Aug. 17, 2016, at 3:40 p.m.
Leslie Ross makes replicas of historical bassoons of older baroque, renaissance and classical design, using maple, boxwood and fruit woods for her instruments.
Among the conditions that can impact honeybee colonies is European foulbrood. The disease is treatable, but after Jan. 1, beekeepers will need a prescription from a licensed veterinarian to purchase what is now the over-the-counter antibiotic.

FDA policy changes may turn Maine veterinarians into beekeepers

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 17, 2016, at 3:36 p.m.
As of the first of the year, beekeepers — including the roughly 1,200 in Maine — will no longer have access to certain over-the-counter antibiotics used to treat the condition known as European foulbrood, and are going to need prescriptions for the drug from a licensed veterinarian.

Funny Maine postcards from the 1970’s between a dad and his daughter

on Aug. 17, 2016, at 3:32 p.m.
We’ve all heard a good dad joke here and there and any parent worth their salt has at least three or four of these punny little gems hidden away for just the right moment. Recently, one Reddit user regaled the Internet with a series of dad jokes so good that they may …