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5 romantic ways to blow your loved one’s mind on Valentine’s Day

on Feb. 10, 2016, at 2:02 p.m.
Here are some ideas that aren’t sappy, fake or trite.
A bear baiting opponent stands with signs the requisite distance from a polling station inside the Portland Expo on Nov. 4, 2014.

Bear-baiting foes press judges to rule on state election spending

By Michael Shepherd on Feb. 10, 2016, at 1:48 p.m.
The case — if decided for Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting — could have a wide impact on state government’s ability to influence elections. But the group faced difficult questions from justices at the hearing in Portland.

A dirty line from the new Beyonce song is selling a ton of (Red) lobster

on Feb. 10, 2016, at 1:33 p.m.
Beyonce’s new song “Formation,” which you’ve probably heard by now on the radio, from a passing car or on the Super Bowl Halftime Show, has been a highly talked-about song since it was released last week. There have been protests, counter-protests and seemingly endless essays about what it means. But the …
Orange tape marks where part of a roadside embankment along Duck Brook Road in Acadia National Park fell away In April 2012. Repeated underfunding of the park’s annual budget has resulted in an estimated $68.3 million backlog at Acadia in  deferred maintenance projects. The park has decided to permanently close the section of road where the collapse occurred to motor vehicles, in part to save money and in part to improve non-motorized access between downtown Bar Harbor and Acadia’s carriage road network.

Officials: Acadia has $68.3M deferred maintenance backlog

By Bill Trotter on Feb. 10, 2016, at 12:46 p.m.
Overall, similar shortages have resulted in $11.9 billion worth of deferred maintenance throughout the nationwide National Park Service system.
Gary Arsenault, 65, of Winterport packs up his ice fishing gear on Swan Lake, Jan. 25, 2016.

Coldest weather yet this winter moving into Maine for weekend

By Ryan McLaughlin on Feb. 10, 2016, at 11:53 a.m.
Wind chills in northwestern parts of the state could reach 35 below zero Sunday morning.
Rep. Jeff Timberlake, R-Turner, speaks in Augusta, Nov. 7, 2014.

Maine legislators keep bickering over tax code fix

By Scott Thistle on Feb. 10, 2016, at 9:20 a.m.
The bill will go to the Senate, where Republicans hold the majority and appear unlikely to approve the House version of the tax conformity legislation.

Maine rail cargo secrecy law bypassed public access, safety defenses

By Dave Sherwood, Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting on Feb. 10, 2016, at 6:15 a.m.
After a runaway oil train killed 47 people in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, just miles from the Maine border in 2013, Mainers demanded to know more about the state’s railways. At about the same time, the rail industry began its own campaign to keep much of that information secret.
Gov. Paul LePage answers a question from the audience during a town hall meeting at Central Maine Community College in Auburn in this October 2015 file photo.

LePage talks privatization of work program during town hall meeting

By Christopher Cousins on Feb. 09, 2016, at 8:17 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage said he is moving forward with the privatization of the state’s ASPIRE program because Maine is failing to meet federal work requirements for the program’s participants.
Inmates sit in a history class at the Maine State Prison in December 2010.

Maine State Prison ending most night visitation

By Susan Sharon, MPBN on Feb. 09, 2016, at 6:03 p.m.
A plan by the Maine State Prison in Warren to cut back on visitation beginning later this month is raising anxiety among some prisoners’ families and friends who fear it will discourage contact.

Brewer composites firm scores $5,000 grant

By Darren Fishell on Feb. 09, 2016, at 5:46 p.m.
Brewer composite manufacturer Compotech Inc. landed a $5,000 grant for early-stage companies in the latest round of Maine Technology Institute awards.

This totally unscientific analysis breaks down just how little Maine has in common with Donald Trump

on Feb. 09, 2016, at 5:26 p.m.
The analysis focuses on factors that largely have nothing to do with politics.

Report: Mainer kills Connecticut state trooper in hunting accident

By Christine Dempsey and Russell Blair, The Hartford Courant on Feb. 09, 2016, at 4:24 p.m.
TOLLAND, Connecticut — A Connecticut state trooper has been killed in a hunting accident in Texas. Trooper Stephen Davis, described as a “highly respected,” 27-year veteran of the state police, was shot and killed Saturday evening in Maverick County, Texas, according to the sheriff’s office there. A Maine man who …
Renee Ordway

State hires journalist as victims’ advocate for cold-case squad

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Feb. 09, 2016, at 2:44 p.m.
The staffing of the state’s first cold-case squad was completed Tuesday with the hiring of a journalist who has worked in television and as a reporter and columnist for the BDN to serve as the squad’s advocate for victims.
Educational technician Kathleen Cowperthwaite monitors a math station with students Chloe Skinner and Mylee Sylvia while Commissioner Bill Beardsley observes in Houlton on Dec. 22, 2015.

LePage pulls back education chief nomination

By Christopher Cousins on Feb. 09, 2016, at 2:16 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage announced Tuesday that he has temporarily withdrawn his nomination of William Beardsley for education commissioner, citing opposition that is growing on the Legislature’s Education Committee.
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Marco Rubio speaks to supporters at a rally in Nashua, New Hampshire, February 8, 2016.

Next US president? Casinos put the latest odds on Clinton, Rubio

By, on Feb. 09, 2016, at 8:29 a.m.
Just four months ago, oddsmakers considered Jeb Bush the favorite to win the presidency
Town moderator Leslie Schoof (left) casts a ballot for a resident after they voted in New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary in Hart's Location, New Hampshire, Feb. 9, 2016. The community of Hart's Location is one of three tiny New Hampshire towns that cast the state's first votes of the primary, as the clock strikes midnight.

Sanders rules New Hampshire midnight voting

By Justin Wm. Moyer, Washington Post on Feb. 09, 2016, at 8:15 a.m.
In sweaters, knit hats, gloves and mittens, they came.
A tractor-trailer jackknifed in the middle of the road on Monday in Alfred.

Slow-moving snowstorm grips Maine

By Dawn Gagnon on Feb. 08, 2016, at 7:50 p.m.
As expected, a storm that arrived about noon Monday in southern Maine wreaked havoc with motorists and prompted scores of cancellations.

Maine’s corrections department outlines major overhaul

By Mal Leary on Feb. 08, 2016, at 6:31 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage’s administration is proposing an overhaul of the state’s correctional system that would expand the capacity for female inmates and prisoners with substance abuse issues.
Daniel Wathen

Report: Maine fails to adequately staff psych hospital

By Christopher Cousins on Feb. 08, 2016, at 1:45 p.m.
Daniel Wathen recommended that Riverview take several specific actions to address chronic staffing shortages.
Don Gooding, executive director of Center for Entrepreneurial Development, is seen in this 2013 file photo.

Feds award Maine $640,000 to boost rural economy

By Darren Fishell on Feb. 08, 2016, at 1:45 p.m.
Two Maine organizations will share $610,000 in federal grant money designed to help support entrepreneurs in rural areas and to explore ways to get investor money to early-stage natural resource businesses.