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Kayaker Ed Dox (left) and registered Maine Guide Humphrey Johnson model appropriate attire for kayaking in cold waters — dry suit and a life jacket.

Coast Guard, NWS team up to curb rise in paddler deaths

By Patty Wight on May 20, 2017, at 2:56 p.m.
Last year, 28 people in the Northeast died from paddle craft-related deaths. That’s more than double the national average, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

Lawmakers reject LePage’s proposal to eliminate Maine’s pet food surcharge

By Mal Leary, Maine Public on May 20, 2017, at 12:40 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage wants to eliminate a $20 per product, per year surcharge on pet food sold in Maine, which is used mostly to fund cat neutering programs.

Bateyes are where Haitian sugar cane workers live

on May 20, 2017, at 9:38 a.m.
Seen speaking in East Millinocket against the Maine national monument last year, Gov. Paul LePage has ordered a ban of all monument signs along state roads until a federal review of the monument’s status is finished.

LePage refuses to put up road signs for North Woods national monument

By Nick Sambides Jr. on May 20, 2017, at 1 a.m.
The governor won’t allow official signs for Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument to be placed along Interstate 95 and Routes 11, 157 and 159, until federal officials determine whether the executive order creating the monument was valid.

Maine’s biggest electricity reseller allowed to keep operating in New York

By Darren Fishell on May 19, 2017, at 2:21 p.m.
New York regulators will allow the owner of Maine’s largest retail electricity sales company to continue operating.
BANGOR, MAINE -- 02/28/2017 --  Salena Sawtelle has been working at the Stillwater Health Care facility in Bangor for three years. Nursing homes such as this are largely staffed by women and the wages are not far above Maine's minimum wage.

When this Maine caregiver shared her struggle to get by, strangers showed up with gifts

By Rosie Hughes on May 19, 2017, at 6:28 a.m.
Salena Sawtelle, a certified nursing assistant in Bangor, couldn’t even afford new shoes. She’s since been offered 20 new pairs.
A portrait of former Bath Police Sgt. Merle Niles, painted by local artist Benjamin Glick.

Maine police hero gets his due, 57 years after he died

By Beth Brogan on May 19, 2017, at 1 a.m.
During slow nights at the station, Sgt. Dan Couture would take his radio to the basement of Bath City Hall and dig through decades of old Bath Daily Times, trying to piece together the story of Sgt. Merle Niles’ death.
Dakota, the husky pardoned by Gov. Paul LePage

Husky pardoned by LePage may become a sled dog

By Dawn Gagnon on May 18, 2017, at 8:14 p.m.
Kennebec County District Attorney Maeghan Maloney filed a motion that would let her propose sending Dakota, a 4-year-old female husky, to an animal rescue program in New Hampshire instead of being euthanized.
One of the waste rock piles at the former Callahan Mine Corp. site in Brooksville. The company operated at the site from 1968-1972 and studies have determined that contaminants leaching from the piles have been moving into nearby waters.

Mining rule compromise sailing for passage after Maine House vote

By Michael Shepherd on May 18, 2017, at 2:45 p.m.
A bill that would allow mining in Maine with strict environmental protections sailed easily through the state House of Representatives on Thursday.

Maine Army veteran fatally shot in Texas

BDN staff reports on May 18, 2017, at 2:04 p.m.
A Brunswick native and Army veteran died in Texas early this month after he was found with a gunshot wound behind a convenience store.
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage push to treat drug, alcohol use during pregnancy as child abuse suffers setback

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 18, 2017, at 12:14 p.m.
A committee dealt a blow to Gov. Paul LePage’s bill that would designate drug or alcohol use by pregnant woman as child abuse.

2017 American Folk Festival: August 25-27

By Erich Herbert on May 18, 2017, at 12:03 p.m.

Three Maine companies will compete for $100,000 in cash

on May 18, 2017, at 10:08 a.m.
The final round of pitches will be held at Thomas College’s Ayotte Auditorium, starting at 7 p.m.
Three 50 milliliter bottles of Fireball whisky lie on a table with a standard pack of cards.

Fireball bottler pulls support of ‘nips’ deposit bill after LePage threat

By Steve Collins, Sun Journal on May 18, 2017, at 9:50 a.m.
Mark Brown, CEO of Sazerac Co., said the governor’s position leaves his company with no option except to oppose a bill it had been more than willing to go along with until LePage stepped in.
Tourists explore the southwest side of Cadillac Mountain on a sunny summer day in July of 2016.

Breathing might be a bit more difficult along the coast today

By Nick McCrea on May 18, 2017, at 8:50 a.m.
The sudden burst of heat in Maine on Thursday has prompted an air quality warning for all of coastal Maine.
Xavier Watson

Man gets 10 years for armed robbery of Maine medical marijuana provider

By Judy Harrison on May 18, 2017, at 8:39 a.m.
By pleading guilty, Watson admitted he and four other men drove from New Hampshire to Lyman on Jan. 15, 2016, and broke into the home of the caregiver.
Maine Focus
State Sen. Brownie Carson, D-Harpswell.

DHHS has blocked lawmakers from public data on nursing program

By Matthew Stone on May 18, 2017, at 6:11 a.m.
The experience of requesting public information and not receiving it has become the norm in recent months for state Sen. Brownie Carson and others who have sought details and basic documents about public health nursing from the Maine CDC.
Members of the Maine House of Representatives are sworn in for the first session of the 128th Legislature in December.

Democrats block bill to punish lying at Maine State House

By Christopher Cousins on May 17, 2017, at 3:03 p.m.
A bill that would prohibit lying during legislative hearings failed Wednesday in a narrowly divided vote in the Maine House of Representatives.
A marijuana plant in Hermon.

Maine’s still a long way from figuring out how legal marijuana will work

By Darren Fishell on May 17, 2017, at 1:57 p.m.
It’s still uncertain how much recreational growers will be charged for permits, a key concern for growers considering entering the market.

Neighbors oppose Christian group home in Waldoboro

By Alexander Violo, Lincoln County News on May 17, 2017, at 10:59 a.m.
The neighbors of a small farm off Friendship Road, whose new owner hopes to create a Christian short-term group home featuring culinary programs for deaf and partially deaf young adults as well as low-income young adults, asked the Waldoboro Planning Board on May 10 to block the project.