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Judge Frank M. Coffin is seen in a 2006 photo.

Late Maine judge’s clerks urge Congress to respect the judiciary, rule of law

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 25, 2017, at 12:21 p.m.
More than half of the men and women who worked as clerks for the late appellate judge Frank M. Coffin, a Lewiston native, have signed a letter addressed to members of Congress on the importance of judicial independence and the rule of law.
Worms harvested by Donnie Bayrd

Declining worm harvest poses challenge for diggers, scientists

By A.J. Higgins, Maine Public on Feb. 25, 2017, at 12:10 p.m.
Maine’s annual harvest of popular bait worms continues to decline, posing a quandary for marine biologists who cite climate change and predation as possible factors.
Ambroshia “Amber” Fagre, 18, of Oakland was mortally shot by police in Vassalboro on Feb. 10 as a passenger in a truck driven by Kadhar Bailey, 25, of Gardiner, who also was shot after ramming the truck into a Maine State Police cruiser. He died at the scene and she died the next day.

Family struggling to bury 18-year-old killed by police

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Feb. 25, 2017, at 1:14 a.m.
The family of Ambroshia “Amber” Fagre , one of two people shot by police Feb. 10 in Vassalboro, say they are struggling to come up with the funds to bury her and can’t afford to pay for an obituary.
Jessica Fagre talks about her daughter, 18-year-old Ambroshia Fagre, who was fatally shot by police on Feb. 10. Ambroshia was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Kadhar Bailey who also was killed. Officers, who were investigating reported burglaries in the area, fired at the pickup truck the two were in after Bailey rammed it into a police cruiser, according to police.

‘They killed an innocent girl': Family, friends question why police shot 18-year-old passenger

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Feb. 25, 2017, at 1:14 a.m.
Since at least 1990, the Maine attorney general’s office has never ruled a fatal shooting by a law enforcement officer unjustified.
Portland city councilors discuss a plan to buy a small number of police body cameras before the department fully adopts them in the 2019 fiscal year.

Maine law shields police videos from public scrutiny

By Jake Bleiberg on Feb. 25, 2017, at 1 a.m.
“What’s happened over time with the public record law in Maine is it’s turned into Swiss cheese,” a First Amendment lawyer in Portland said. “There are just so many exemptions to it, and some of them are ambiguous and open to broad interpretation.”

Forecast calls for freezing rain to sweep across northern Maine

By Dawn Gagnon on Feb. 24, 2017, at 5:35 p.m.
Ice accumulations of up to around a tenth of an inch could lead to slick road conditions and scattered power outages across the northern part of the state.
POLL QUESTION
U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin

Poliquin votes to let states require drug tests for jobless benefits

By Steve Collins, Sun Journal on Feb. 24, 2017, at 2:25 p.m.
U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin joined his GOP colleagues on the vote because, he said, “drug testing for welfare programs should be a state’s decision, not controlled by the whims of Washington.”
Sen. James Hamper, R-Oxford

Maine budget panel OKs $29M package funding addiction treatment, higher ed

By Michael Shepherd on Feb. 24, 2017, at 11:43 a.m.
The Maine Legislature’s budget committee unanimously approved a $29 million emergency spending package Friday that funds addiction treatment and higher education and bails out a state-run equipment refurbishing outfit in Aroostook County.
FRANCO-AMERICAN NEWS AND CULTURE

“Immigrants from the North”: A retrospective about history

on Feb. 24, 2017, at 8:46 a.m.
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Six beautiful Maine private islands that can be yours in time for summer

on Feb. 24, 2017, at 7:54 a.m.
Owning a private island in Maine is a dream for a number of people here and abroad.

Report: Turner woman dies in Auburn crash

By Nick McCrea and Nok-Noi Ricker on Feb. 24, 2017, at 7:17 a.m.
One person has died and another has been injured in a two-vehicle crash in Auburn.
Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew.

Mayhew outlines $4.8 million plan for opioid treatment

By Mal Leary, Maine Public on Feb. 23, 2017, at 7:33 p.m.
Maine DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew told lawmakers that the $4.8 million plan would provide treatment services for about 400 additional Mainers
Andrea Irwin, executive director of the Mabel Wadsworth Center, speaks Thursday outside the office of U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin in support of continued funding for Planned Parenthood.

Supporters of Planned Parenthood funding present 650 signatures to Poliquin’s Bangor office

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 23, 2017, at 5:52 p.m.
The rally in Bangor was one of more than 300 similar events held this week around the country, and supporters delivered petitions with more than 650 signatures in support of Planned Parenthood to Poliquin’s Bangor office
The Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument offers a spectacular view of Mount Katahdin and other natural beauties in this November picture.

Collins, King, Pingree urge LePage to drop fight against North Woods monument

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Feb. 23, 2017, at 2:32 p.m.
U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King say northern Maine accepts the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument and so should Gov. Paul LePage.
The Carlton Bridge is seen behind the Sagadahoc Bridge from the Bath waterfront on March 11, 2015.

Maine sends $460 million projects wish list to Trump

By Steve Collins, Sun Journal on Feb. 23, 2017, at 2:11 p.m.
Maine is looking for $460 million to help pay for bridge improvements for roads and rail lines as well as barge service between Portland and mid-Atlantic ports.
POLL QUESTION
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, speaks at her home in Bangor, Jan. 4, 2016.

Sen. Collins says she’s open to demanding Trump’s tax returns

By Karoun Demirjian, Washington Post on Feb. 23, 2017, at 7:29 a.m.
Sen. Susan Collins of Maine made the remark to a local radio program Wednesday, in which she stated that “many of the members” on the Intelligence panel will formally request that ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn testify before the committee.

Estranged wife accused of killing husband in Acton

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Feb. 23, 2017, at 6:44 a.m.
An estranged wife in the small border community of Acton was charged with murder late Wednesday, accused of mortally wounding her husband in his front yard.
U.S. Sen. Susan Collin is seen recently at her home in Bangor.

Sen. Collins sees common ground with Trump administration on trade

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 22, 2017, at 6:39 p.m.
U.S. Sen. Susan Collins said that trade is an issue she can work on with the new administration even though she has concerns about the impact some of the president’s ideas might have on business relations with Canada.
An artist's rendering of what the "earth-like" planets orbiting Trappist 1 might look like. NASA announced the discovery of the exoplanets on Wednesday, saying that some of the planets likely have water and the potential for extraterrestrial life.

Discovery of new ‘earth-like’ planets sparks new talks of alien life

By Nick McCrea on Feb. 22, 2017, at 5:30 p.m.
The blockbuster discovery of seven “earth-like” planets — including some that may have liquid water and the potential for extraterrestrial life — set off a firestorm of excitement among astronomers across the globe on Wednesday.
Maine Attorney General Janet Mills.

Feds, state sue Maine firm over alleged false advertising for health supplements

By Darren Fishell on Feb. 22, 2017, at 3:09 p.m.
The lawsuit claims a South Portland-based supplement company and others used false advertising to sell health supplements that promised joint pain relief and memory improvements.