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Josephine Jordan, 3, peers out from the doorway leading to her family's front hall after coming down from the upstairs to investigate the sound of visitors on Dec. 9, 2016.

Inside the isolation of the first refugee family to be resettled in small-town Maine

on Jan. 12, 2017, at 6:30 a.m.
We chronicled one child’s yearning to be understood.
The Brunswick Sewer District, which is one of hundreds of publicly-funded Maine organizations that have participated in the Maine PowerOptions program, can be seen recently. The Brunswick Sewer District recently selected a new supplier for its electricity needs.

Staff expense fees spark concern that Maine power buyer cut ‘special deal’

By Dave Sherwood. Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting on Jan. 11, 2017, at 4:16 p.m.
Bangor Savings Bank hopes to relocate its corporate headquarters to this building, seen on Wednesday, on the Bangor waterfront in 2018.

Bangor Savings Bank announces plan for multimillion dollar waterfront campus

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 11, 2017, at 4:15 p.m.
Bangor Savings Bank purchased a building at 20 South St. on Wednesday as part of a multimillion-dollar plan to eventually relocate about 350 Bangor-area workers to a headquarters campus on Bangor’s waterfront.
David Boyer, head of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana, Like Alcohol, speaks at a forum hosted by the Maine Law Federalist Society in Portland in this April 2015 file photo.

Legislative leaders’ plan to slow pot legalization draws advocates’ ire

By Michael Shepherd on Jan. 11, 2017, at 2:24 p.m.
The Maine Legislature’s roadmap for implementing marijuana legalization took shape on Wednesday, with legislative leaders striking deals to delay most of the law until 2018 and form a committee to consider bills on the subject.
Senate President Michael Thobodeau (from left), Speaker of the House Sara Gideon and Gov. Paul LePage attend as the Maine electors of the Electoral College cast their secret ballots for president of the United States at the State House in Augusta, Dec. 19, 2016.

LePage tells radio host he had surgery to lose weight

By Steve Collins, Sun Journal on Jan. 11, 2017, at 1:42 p.m.
“There’s 50 less pounds of me to hate,” Gov. Paul LePage said Wednesday.

8 Times Buzzfeed tried to explain Maine

on Jan. 11, 2017, at 11:05 a.m.
The internet just cannot get Maine right. At. All.

Education publisher with dry Maine wit remembered

By Deborah McDermott, Portsmouth Herald on Jan. 11, 2017, at 11:01 a.m.
Tom Seavey launched a U.S. office of the well-known British education publisher Heinemann in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, in the 1970s.
A WIC recipient and her son sit for an appointment at Bangor Public Health & Community Services on Jan. 12.

Mary Mayhew insists on photo IDs for infant nutrition program and loses $1.4M

By Matthew Stone on Jan. 11, 2017, at 8:10 a.m.
The demand by Maine’s top health official has stalled an upgrade required by federal law to a program that helps new moms buy healthy food.

In another state, electricity buyers are more open

By Dave Sherwood, Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting on Jan. 11, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Boston-based PowerOptions runs an organization nearly identical in mission to the Maine program, though far larger in scale.
Following deregulation, the process of purchasing electricity for municipalities and other state nonprofits became more complex, leading to the rise of Maine PowerOptions.

Maine group that buys power with public money operates in the dark

By Dave Sherwood, Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting on Jan. 11, 2017, at 1 a.m.
An investigation of Maine PowerOptions’ electricity program by the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting found there is virtually no proof that up to $500 million in taxpayer money that Maine PowerOptions has directed to a single electricity supplier over the past 16 years has been well spent.

LePage nominates Portland lawyer to District Court bench

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 10, 2017, at 6:13 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage on Tuesday nominated longtime Portland lawyer Michael A. Duddy of Cape Elizabeth to the District Court bench.

After a rough night, weather conditions improve Wednesday for Maine

on Jan. 10, 2017, at 5:24 p.m.

Town votes to put $25,000 toward fight with Maine Turnpike Authority

By Deborah McDermott, Portsmouth Herald on Jan. 10, 2017, at 3:47 p.m.
Town Manager Steve Burns stressed it’s only a first step, and that when all is said and done, the cost to put up a spirited defense could top as much as $50,000.
The rusty patched bumblebee, which will officially receive endangered status on Feb. 10, can be seen in Madison, Wisconsin, in this August 2015 file photo.

Midcoast Maine among last strongholds for newly protected bumblebee species

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 10, 2017, at 3:18 p.m.
For the first time, a bumblebee species is slated for protection under the Endangered Species Act, and one of its few remaining strongholds is in Waldo and Knox counties.
As part of a statewide campaign, voters walked up Harlow Street on Tuesday morning to visit the Bangor office of Sen. Susan Collins to protest her support for and introduction of Sen. Jeff Sessions for Attorney General.

Bangor-area residents protest Collins introduction of Trump’s AG pick

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 10, 2017, at 1:52 p.m.
Mainers marched Tuesday on five state offices of Sen. Susan Collins to protest her introduction of Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama, at the confirmation hearing on his nomination to be attorney general.
Linda Bean

Group says it’ll take L.L. Bean off boycott list if company takes Linda Bean off board

By Steve Mistler, Maine Public on Jan. 10, 2017, at 12:06 p.m.
Bean became the target of the group Grab Your Wallet following reports that she bankrolled a PAC supporting Donald Trump.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine

Susan Collins: Delay Obamacare repeal to give Trump time to find alternative

By Steve Collins, Sun Journal on Jan. 10, 2017, at 10:48 a.m.
Collins has argued that an alternative should be available before the demise of President Barack Obama’s signature legislation.

Collins introduces Trump’s AG pick in confirmation hearing

By Matt Zapotosky and Sari Horwitz, Washington Post on Jan. 10, 2017, at 10:23 a.m.

Another round of snow, rain and ice for Maine Tuesday into Wednesday

on Jan. 09, 2017, at 8:50 p.m.
Maine Speaker of the House Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, speaks during the first session of the 128th Legislature on Dec. 7, 2016, at the State House in Augusta.

Democrats draw early battle lines on LePage budget proposal

By Michael Shepherd on Jan. 09, 2017, at 6:28 p.m.
The Republican governor’s fourth and final two-year proposal is similar to the one two years ago that was largely rejected by the Legislature, which passed a budget over LePage’s veto in 2015.