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An oil tanker in Casco Bay.

Bill to protect against Maine oil spills likely dead

By Jake Bleiberg on March 23, 2017, at 11:39 a.m.
A bill that would require ships transferring fuel in Maine waters to use protective devices meant to block the spread of oil in the case of a spill is likely dead.

Forbes demands we ‘stop ignoring’ this hidden gem in Maine

on March 23, 2017, at 11:06 a.m.

Study reveals rate of midlife mortality skyrocketing in middle-aged white Americans

on March 23, 2017, at 11:03 a.m.
Princeton professors Ann Case and Angus Deaton appeared on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition today to speak about their 2015 paper that found an unprecedented increase in midlife mortality in white Americans.
Sue Martin and her service dog, Quan.

Blind Maine woman describes getting kicked off plane with service dog

By A.J. Higgins on March 22, 2017, at 8:07 p.m.
Several investigations are underway into what prompted American Airlines to remove a blind Maine woman and her service dog from a plane in Washington, D.C.
An attorney for the Maine Public Utilities Commission on Wednesday asked representatives of Stored Solar, which operates a biomass energy generator in West Enfield, to respond to allegations that it has not been paying loggers for wood products used to generate energy.

Biomass firm asked to explain financial status after loggers say they were not paid

By Darren Fishell on March 22, 2017, at 7:35 p.m.
Regulators have asked a company receiving state subsidies to explain why loggers supplying the plants report not being paid in more than a month.
A fisherman opens scallops in Southwest Harbor earlier this month. Heavy fishing activity in the northern Gulf of Maine federal scallop management area has resulted in regulators shutting the area down on Thursday, two months earlier than it was closed last year.

Regulators close federal scallop fishing grounds in Gulf of Maine

By Bill Trotter on March 22, 2017, at 5:36 p.m.
The area is being closed because vessels in that area have reached their cumulative annual limit of 70,000 pounds of scallops.

World Happiness Report says Norway is the happiness country, the U.S. is 14th

on March 22, 2017, at 2:22 p.m.
The World Happiness Report, which is a real thing, released its 2017 report of how happy everyone is. Along with some great analysis, they released a descending list of 155 countries from happiest to unhappiest.

Hackers attack website used to look for jobs in Maine

By Darren Fishell on March 22, 2017, at 11:03 a.m.
The Kansas-based contractor that runs Maine’s JobLink website reported a hacker viewed names, Social Security numbers and dates of birth of job seekers.
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.”
This archived aerial photo shows the Northern Maine Regional Airport and vicinity in Presque Isle. The airport received a $250,000 grant from the Northern Border Regional Commission in 2016 to  help construct a five unit, heated airport hangar for medical evacuation aircraft and business clients.

Agency that brought $5 million to rural Maine on Trump’s chopping block

By Anthony Brino on March 21, 2017, at 3:47 p.m.
Since 2010, The Northern Border Regional Commission has funded 26 projects in Maine with a total of $5.4 million in grants
Lucas Houk (center) of Portland raises his arms to celebrate on Monday after being honored as the gold medalist in the Men's 5K Cross Country Freestyle event at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria.

Maine athletes win big at Special Olympics World Winter Games

By Pete Warner on March 21, 2017, at 3:05 p.m.
Lucas Houk of Portland earned a gold medal while competing for Team USA at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games.
A representative of the Professional Logging Contractors of Maine said some members of his group report that they have not been paid for wood products since early February by Stored Solar, which operates a biomass generator in West Enfield.

Loggers: State-subsidized biomass firm stopped paying in February

By Darren Fishell on March 21, 2017, at 2:21 p.m.
Ocean Renewable Power Co.'s tidal power generator, pictured here in August 2013, has been out of the water since April of that year because of problems with the generation component built by a Massachusetts company. In a regulatory filing in Maine, the company says it could have the generator back online later this year.

Bad waterproofing kept pioneering Maine tidal project off the grid

By Darren Fishell on March 21, 2017, at 12:37 p.m.
The company expects to get its new generator online by mid-2019. That’s a longer period offline than its contract with Emera Maine allows. The current agreement otherwise would expire April 21.
The Massachusetts State Police arrested three men, including two from Maine, who were allegedly taking heroin purchased in Connecticut to sell in Maine.

Two Maine men arrested in Massachusetts on heroin charges

By Anthony Brino on March 21, 2017, at 12:27 p.m.
Two Maine men were arrested in Massachusetts on Saint Patrick’s Day, accused of transporting heroin from Connecticut to Maine.

The Oakhurst Milk comma story broke the internet

on March 21, 2017, at 11:05 a.m.
On March 15, the BDN reported on a lawsuit between Oakhurst Dairy and a group of their drivers. The decision was overturned because of the Oxford comma, a hotly debated punctuation mark.

Website calls Maine one of the most government-dependent states

on March 21, 2017, at 10:04 a.m.
WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states across three key metrics: return on taxes paid to the federal government, federal funding as a share of state revenue, and share of federal jobs.
Maine Speaker of the House Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, speaks during the first session of the 128th Legislature at the State House in Augusta, Dec. 7, 2016.

House Speaker Gideon blocks move to shine a light on Tipping’s possible conflict of interest

By Lawrence Lockman on March 21, 2017, at 6:02 a.m.
OpEd: If the voters want to drain the swamp in Augusta, they need to start applying constituent pressure on legislative leadership.
Gov. Paul LePage advises Brooklyn Tarbox, 10, of Gorham how to hammer a tap into the maple tree on the Blaine House lawn in Augusta last week.

How LePage found a Land for Maine’s Future project he can support

By Michael Shepherd on March 21, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Bucking his pattern of opposing taxpayer-funded conservation projects, Gov. Paul LePage is backing a proposal that could clinch a $5.7 million easement on property that includes a major maple forest in Somerset County.
Gov. Paul LePage during a press conference at the State House.

LePage seeks to change rules on biomass bailout bill he signed

By Darren Fishell on March 20, 2017, at 7:22 p.m.
LePage has asked the Maine Public Utilities Commission to change the rules for two biomass companies getting $13.4 million in taxpayer subsidies over two years.

Amazon will start charging sales tax for Maine shoppers, state officials say

By Darren Fishell on March 20, 2017, at 5:48 p.m.
The change will add 5.5 percent to the price of items sold through Amazon, and the decision follows similar moves in other states.