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An artist's rendition of what the new WEX headquarters would look like as part of a proposed Thames Street project in Portland.

Payment processing firm eyes new HQ on Portland waterfront

By Jake Bleiberg on Aug. 22, 2017, at 10:29 a.m.
The city council voted 8-to-0 to approve the sale.
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke listens to questions as part of a question and answer with media during a tour of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in June.

This could be the week we finally learn the fate of Maine’s monument

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Aug. 21, 2017, at 7:02 p.m.
Speculation is widespread, but no one really knows what the Trump administration will do.
Tree tops and limbs removed during log harvesting will be fed through a chipper and converted into chips for biomass.

Loggers say biomass firm Stored Solar hasn’t paid them in weeks

By Darren Fishell on Aug. 21, 2017, at 6:35 p.m.
George Moon alleges Stored Solar owes his three-person operation $50,000 for deliveries dating back 150 days.
Mark Holbrook

Another Maine Republican is trying to out-LePage LePage

By Michael Shepherd on Aug. 21, 2017, at 1:01 p.m.
These are signs that he’s doubling down on stark conservatism in a Democratic district.
Katahdin is seen from a scenic overlook in the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.

Trump’s national monument review to test key land protection law

By Valerie Volcovici, Reuters on Aug. 21, 2017, at 9:21 a.m.
Environmental groups are prepared to challenge any changes in court — something that has not happened before.
The U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain is seen after a collision in Singapore waters, Aug. 21, 2017.

Top Navy admiral orders fleetwide probe after BIW-built destroyer’s collision at sea

By Anna Fifield and Dan Lamothe, The Washington Post on Aug. 21, 2017, at 7:18 a.m.
This was the second time in two months that a Navy destroyer based at the 7th Fleet’s home port of Yokosuka, Japan, has been involved in a collision at sea.
Maine Focus
Rich Horsley talks about the barley growing in the fields during a barley workshop at the University of Maine Rogers Farm in Old Town on July 25. Farmers, researchers, brewers and maltsters attended to learn about various types of barley well suited for growing in Maine.

How Maine could reap far more from the craft beer craze

By Rosie Hughes on Aug. 21, 2017, at 1 a.m.
“Maine could really be the Northeast source for malt barley,” Joel Alex said. “I also think that it doesn’t just have to stop in the Northeast.”

State police: Weekend crashes leave 2 dead

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 20, 2017, at 3:32 p.m.
A New Hampshire man and a Windham man died in separate crashes over the weekend.
A woman cycles by the statue of Joshua Chamberlain in front of the Bowdoin College campus in Brunswick. The college announced Saturday that it will relocate a plaque listing the names of 19 alumni who fought for the Confederate Army during the Civil War.

Bowdoin relocates plaque listing alumni who fought for the Confederacy

By Christopher Burns on Aug. 20, 2017, at 9:12 a.m.
The decision to move the plaque listing the names of 19 Bowdoin and Medical School of Maine alumni comes on the heels of last weekend’s deadly violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville.
Counterprotesters gather on the Boston Common before a controversial rally that organizers described as a demonstration in favor of free speech.

Mainers help opponents stifle Boston rally they claim supported ‘hate speech’

By Jake Bleiberg on Aug. 19, 2017, at 7:14 p.m.
Thousands of counterprotesters packed a public park and took to the streets of Boston on Saturday in an effort to drown out a controversial rally that organizers described as a demonstration in favor of free speech.
EpiPen auto-injection epinephrine pens manufactured by Mylan NV pharmaceutical company for use by severe allergy sufferers are seen in a file photo.

Maine to recoup $950,000 in settlement over Medicaid payments for EpiPen

By Patricia Sabatini, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Aug. 18, 2017, at 12:05 p.m.
Maine Attorney General Janet Mills said Maine’s share of the deal is nearly $2.5 million, of which more than $1.5 million will flow to the federal government.
Wood chips are dumped from a truck in West Enfield in a 2016 file photo.

Maine’s biomass bailout bill isn’t helping loggers as much as it was supposed to

By Darren Fishell on Aug. 18, 2017, at 9:10 a.m.
Stored Solar LLC disclosed that in the first half of the year, it was only 31 percent of the way toward its year-end wood purchasing goal.
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald, damaged by colliding with a Philippine-flagged merchant vessel, is seen at the U.S. naval base in Yokosuka, Japan, on June 18, 2017.

Top two officers, other sailors aboard USS Fitzgerald to be disciplined following deadly collision

By Dan Lamothe, Washington Post on Aug. 17, 2017, at 7:53 p.m.
The discipline will include likely career-ending actions against Cmdr. Bryce Benson, the ship’s captain at the time, and his second in command, Cmdr. Sean Babbitt.
Four-year-old Harper Pearson started her first ever day of public school as a pre-kindergarten student at Fort Kent Elementary School on Thursday, Aug. 17. Behind Harper is her sister Emmy Lou Demar, a first grader.

They’re back to school in The County

on Aug. 17, 2017, at 4:30 p.m.
In Fort Kent, Maine School Administrative District No. 27 buses buzzed about town Thursday morning, stopping the flow of traffic every so often to gather up children, who were sporting new shoes and clothes and were carrying backpacks that were sure to be heavier on the ride home.
Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins listens as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Senate Republicans about healthcare in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., June 27, 2017.

Collins on Trump: Be clear in condemning racism

By Kathryn Skelton on Aug. 17, 2017, at 2:03 p.m.
Sen. Susan Collins said she wants President Donald Trump to make a fourth statement on the violence in Charlottesville, this time making crystal clear he won’t tolerate bigotry.

Lawsuit claims Poland Spring a ‘colossal fraud,’ selling groundwater

By Jake Bleiberg on Aug. 17, 2017, at 1:11 p.m.
A group of bottled water drinkers have brought a class action lawsuit against the company behind Poland Spring, alleging that the Maine business has long deceived consumers by mislabeling common groundwater.
A Bean boot at L.L. Bean's new factory in Lewiston.

L.L. Bean’s new Maine factory expected to add 140 employees

By CBS 13 on Aug. 17, 2017, at 12:29 p.m.
L.L. Bean is opening a new manufacturing center in Lewiston the company says will employ more than 100.
Gov. Paul LePage introduces Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a rally in August 2016.

LePage echoes Trump in blaming ‘both sides’ for Virginia violence

By Christopher Cousins on Aug. 17, 2017, at 9:10 a.m.
“They’re trying to erase history,” said LePage. “How can future generations learn if they erase history?”
Kent Seneres, a senior computer engineering major from Saco, takes part in a test launch of a high-altitude balloon that will film the coming solar eclipse on Monday morning, Aug. 14, at the Pittsfield Municipal Airport. The eclipse is Aug. 21.

UMaine team to launch high-altitude balloons for live broadcast of solar eclipse

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 16, 2017, at 7:54 p.m.
The UMaine High Altitude Ballooning group will travel to Clemson University, where it will be one of many teams documenting the eclipse as part of the NASA-sponsored Great American Eclipse project.

Maine weather: surf from Gert, the weekend, and the eclipse

on Aug. 16, 2017, at 6:23 p.m.