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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson attends a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, Russia, April 12, 2017.

Tillerson receives icy reception on visit to Moscow as ties strained over Syria

By Yeganeh Torbati and Denis Dyomkin, Reuters on April 13, 2017, at 6:57 a.m.
Any hope in Russia that the Trump administration would herald less confrontational relations has been dashed in the past week after the new U.S. leader fired missiles at Syria to punish Moscow’s ally for its suspected use of poison gas.
The former Great Northern Paper Co. site in East Millinocket.

Investors say proposed energy park at former mill site won’t require more state aid

By Darren Fishell on April 13, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Stored Solar plans to get a $240 million biorefinery off the ground in East Millinocket with a blend of private money and a federally backed loan for energy projects.
FILE PHOTO - Immigration activists, including members of the DC Justice for Muslims Coalition, rally against the Trump administration's new ban against travelers from six Muslim-majority nations, outside of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection headquarters in Washington, U.S. on March 7, 2017. REUTERS/Eric Thayer/File Photo

Maine ACLU joins lawsuit to gain Trump Muslim ban documents

By Christopher Cousins on April 12, 2017, at 12:46 p.m.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine has joined a lawsuit that demands government documents that would describe what President Donald Trump’s administration is doing in regards banning people from certain Muslim countries from traveling to the United States.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on March 22, 2017. President Donald Trump is proposing overhauls in the aviation industry that do not sit well with Collins and other lawmakers from rural states.

Collins among senators opposed to Trump’s plans for rural airports

By Curtis Tate, McClatchy Washington Bureau on April 12, 2017, at 10:03 a.m.
Lawmakers from rural states almost uniformly want to maintain subsidized air service to smaller airports, which Trump’s budget blueprint proposes to eliminate.
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AUGUSTA, MAINE -- 01/06/16 --  Winter State House file photo. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

State budget fight pits people against ideology

on April 12, 2017, at 7:48 a.m.
The Democratic budget blueprint makes a statement that Maine can’t cut its way to prosperity.
Jon Fishman, drummer for Phish, performs on stage at the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion on July 3, 2013.

Inspired by Bernie Sanders, Phish drummer runs for local office in Lincolnville

By Nick McCrea on April 12, 2017, at 6 a.m.
Jonathan Fishman, the drummer for Phish and side project Touchpants, has decided to have a go at public office.

Lawmaker still wants to regulate foraging but drops support for wild picker law

By Abigail Curtis on April 12, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Sen. Tom Saviello said that after reviewing state laws already on the books and learning that such harvesting already is largely prohibited, he decided that there is no need for another law.
Press secretary Sean Spicer apologizes for his comments related to Hitler during a TV interview at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday.

Trump spokesman sparks outcry by comparing Assad to Hitler

By Ayesha Rascoe, Reuters on April 11, 2017, at 7:57 p.m.
“You had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons,” Spicer said.

Maine House approves ‘Real ID’ bill allowing individuals to opt out

By Steve Mistler on April 11, 2017, at 5:50 p.m.
The House voted 115-30 on a bill that would comply with the Real ID law, while also allowing Mainers to individually opt out.
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Dakota was pardoned in March by Gov. Paul LePage. A District Court judge had ordered the Husky euthanized after it attacked other dogs.

Judge refuses to spare life of Dakota, dog pardoned by LePage

By Judy Harrison on April 11, 2017, at 2:03 p.m.
Judge Valerie Stanfill found that Maine law requires that a dog be euthanized after it is declared a dangerous dog and it attacks again.
Dakota was pardoned recently by Gov. Paul LePage. A District Court judge had ordered the husky euthanized after it attacked other dogs.

State animal welfare department defends dog pardoned by LePage

By Judy Harrison on April 11, 2017, at 1 a.m.
The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s animal welfare program on Monday came to the defense of the dog, saying she is now less dangerous.
Maine Attorney General Janet Mills has denounced the recent arrest by ICE agents of an immigrant in a Portland courthouse.

Janet Mills warns ICE courthouse arrests could have a ‘chilling effect’ in Maine

By Judy Harrison on April 10, 2017, at 7:22 p.m.
Maine’s top prosecutor has urged the head of Homeland Security to stop arresting immigrants in and around Maine courthouses.

First Annual Libby Lecture in Resource Policy: Uncertainty, Learning, and a Framework for the Integration of Science and Policy

By Alan Berry on April 10, 2017, at 6:20 p.m.
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Recreational marijuana “gifts” in exchange for “donations” are asking for trouble

on April 10, 2017, at 3:19 p.m.
Judge Neil Gorsuch (L) is sworn in as an associate justice of the Supreme Court by Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy (R) , as U.S. President Donald J. Trump (C) watches with Louise Gorsuch in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 10, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Gorsuch sworn in as Supreme Court justice

By Robert Barnes and Ashley Parker, The Washington Post on April 10, 2017, at 11:42 a.m.
It is the conclusion of a nearly 14-month process to fill Scalia’s seat.
Companies promising electricity savings to Maine homeowners have instead cost them millions since ramping up operations in 2012, a Bangor Daily News investigation has found.

Maine moves closer to shielding electricity customers from sticker shock

By Darren Fishell on April 10, 2017, at 11:39 a.m.
The Maine House and Senate will soon vote whether to enact new consumer protections for Maine electricity customers.
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos talks with members of the faculty and students during a tour of the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences' Simulation Teaching and Research Centeron in Florida International University Thursday, April 6, 2017 in Miami.

To DeVos, Florida shows the path to school choice

By Emma Brown, Washington Post on April 10, 2017, at 7:44 a.m.
She is driven by the faith that children need and deserve alternatives to traditional public schools.
Maine Education Commissioner Robert Hasson Jr. announces $3 million worth of grants to help Maine school districts with consolidation projects during an April 3, 2017 ceremony in Augusta.

Frustrated by politics, LePage turns to a veteran educator to leave his mark on Maine schools

By Christopher Cousins on April 09, 2017, at 7:18 a.m.
Less than two weeks into the job, Robert Hasson Jr. is tasked with promoting big and bold LePage initiatives that would change the face of public education in Maine.

America’s first female mayor was elected 130 years ago. Men nominated her as a cruel joke.

By Travis M. Andrews, Washington Post on April 08, 2017, at 1:24 p.m.
The election of America’s first female mayor began as a cruel joke by men.
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The Portland Jetport terminal in October 2015.

Maine airports want to unclog terminals by regulating Uber, Lyft

By Steve Mistler on April 08, 2017, at 12:40 p.m.
“We have to have rules to keep from having chaos in that we have a lot of people on a very small piece of property.”