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Greg Lounder (right), executive director of the Municipal Review Committee Inc., announced Friday, March 28, 2014, that the group is requesting permission from the state to open a landfill and recycling facility in Greenbush or Argyle. The Municipal Review Committee's general council, Dan McKay, sits beside Lounder. The yellow on the map of Maine indicates the 187 communities that make up Municipal Review Committee and send solid waste to the Penobscot Energy Recovery Co. waste-to-energy plant in Orrington.

Trash group signs deal to send waste to Norridgewock landfill

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 30, 2015, at 7:45 p.m.
HAMPDEN | The group representing the trash-disposal interests of nearly 200 Maine towns has taken another step toward operating its own recycling and processing facility by signing a contract that will send leftover waste to a landfill in Norridgewock. The Municipal Review Committee, which is working on a proposed …
Sabrina Osborne, a guest from the audience, watches as Tommy Breen swallows a sword as a demonstration for the World of Wonders show at the Bangor State Fair Thursday, July 30. The fair is scheduled to open 2 p.m. Friday, July 31, and run through Aug. 9.

From demolition derby to amusement rides: Bangor State Fair returns

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 30, 2015, at 4:28 p.m.
Workers and safety inspectors were busy on a steamy Thursday afternoon at Bass Park fairgrounds, preparing for the annual event that draws thousands of people to the city. The Bangor State Fair is scheduled to open at 2 p.m. Friday and run through Sunday, Aug. 9. As …
President Barack Obama arrives at the Portland International Jetport and is greeted by U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud in this Oct. 30, 2014, file photo.

Obama taps Mike Michaud for veterans employment post

By Darren Fishell on July 30, 2015, at 4 p.m.
PORTLAND | President Barack Obama intends to nominate former U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, a Democrat who represented Maine’s 2nd District for 12 years and ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2014, for a federal post leading the Department of Labor agency dealing with veterans training and employment, according to a …

High temps, humidity may stir strong thunderstorms

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 30, 2015, at 2:48 p.m.
GRAY | With humidity and high temperatures baking the state yet again Thursday, there is a possibility of thunderstorms during the afternoon and evening hours, according to the National Weather Service. A few strong thunderstorms capable of producing large hail and damaging winds are possible in southern, western and …

Mount Katahdin named one of 10 best summit hikes in the world by National Geographic

on July 30, 2015, at 1:35 p.m.
Maine has an abundance of mountains and peaks to conquer, some of which are globally recognized as the best in the business. National Geographic recently featured the best summit hikes in the world, and coming in at No. 2 was Maine’s own Mount Katahdin. Mount Katahdin reflects in a pond by the Abol …

Stephen King’s advice to 16-year-old self: Stay away from drugs. What’s yours?

on July 30, 2015, at 11:44 a.m.
Five years ago, Maine’s premier horror author penned a letter to his teenage self. It had one simple message: “Stay away from recreational drugs.”
Greg Dufour, CEO of Camden National Bank

Camden National profit jumps 14 percent in second quarter

By Darren Fishell on July 30, 2015, at 11:37 a.m.
PORTLAND | Heading into an acquisition of The Bank of Maine that will make it the largest bank headquartered in Maine, Camden National Bank reported profits rose 14 percent in the second quarter of 2015 and 6.4 percent for the year. The bank reported net income of $7.2 million …
House Speaker Mark Eves addresses reporters during a press conference Thursday outside the U.S. District Court in Portland. Eves and his attorney, David Webbert, filed a lawsuit against Gov. Paul LePage accusing him of blackmailing Good Will-Hinckley.

In lawsuit, House Speaker Eves accuses LePage of blackmail

By Mario Moretto on July 30, 2015, at 10:23 a.m.
PORTLAND | House Speaker Mark Eves, D-North Berwick, filed a civil lawsuit against Gov. Paul LePage in U.S. District Court in Portland on Thursday afternoon. The lawsuit alleges LePage “blackmailed’ Good Will-Hinckley — a Fairfield nonprofit that had recently hired Eves to be its president — by threatening to …

Bill to set up vets commission stuck in LePage’s legal limbo

By Scott Thistle on July 30, 2015, at 8:55 a.m.
AUGUSTA | A bill that creates a short-term task force of veterans to review and make recommendations for change to the state’s Bureau of Veterans Services is among a group of 65 bills in legal limbo as the Legislature and Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s lawyers prep to duke it …
Bangor Councilor Joe Baldacci speaks in support of raising the city's minimum wage during an April meeting at Abraham Lincoln School in Bangor.

Bangor City Councilor Joe Baldacci to run for US House seat

By Evan Belanger on July 29, 2015, at 9:01 p.m.
City Councilor Joe Baldacci, brother of former Gov. John Baldacci, is making a run for Congress. Baldacci filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday in order to seek the Democratic nomination in next year’s race for the 2nd Congressional District seat in …

Watch a water skier (on one ski) in Lyman catch a GoPro thrown by his friend on the speeding boat

By Erin Rhoda on July 29, 2015, at 7:28 p.m.
It’s hard enough to water ski using one ski and holding on with one hand. But to do it and catch an expensive object in mid-air? That just takes luck. Right? “Yes, it takes a lot of luck,” said Kyle Lagasse, 20, of Biddeford, who posted a video of the stunt, performed …
A man types on a computer keyboard in Warsaw in this February 28, 2013 illustration file picture.

This calculator will show how many times your personal information may have been exposed to hackers

By Dan MacLeod on July 29, 2015, at 4:59 p.m.
Did you use a debit or credit card at Target in November or December of 2013? Did you have health insurance through Anthem prior to this year? Have you applied for a federal job in the past 15 years? If you answered yes to any of these questions, your personal information …

Maine ice cream shop once again named one of America’s best

on July 29, 2015, at 4:39 p.m.
Mount Desert Island Ice Cream, which has already been lauded as one of the country’s best ice cream makers by the ABC talk show “The View” as well as Food & Wine magazine, is adding another voice to those singing its praises. TimeOut New York, the Big Apple’s branch in a …
UPM's Madison paper mill

Madison Paper, Verso win duties on Canadian paper imports

By Darren Fishell on July 29, 2015, at 4:20 p.m.
PORTLAND | The U.S. Department of Commerce will start collecting duties on imports of certain Canadian paper after a long-sought ruling from the mill in Madison and Verso Paper Corp. Both companies have mills making the same type of paper as Canadian producers that have received government subsidies. While …
Maine Attorney General Janet Mills

Maine AG kicks energy efficiency ‘and’ rule back to regulators

By Darren Fishell on July 29, 2015, at 3:57 p.m.
PORTLAND | Maine Attorney General Janet Mills’ office has returned to utilities regulators a controversial rule limiting funding for state energy efficiency programs, prompting a new rulemaking process. The routine rulemaking step comes after a legislative session that generated political controversy about that specific case and the Maine Public …

Military retirees invited to educational event in Augusta

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 29, 2015, at 3:28 p.m.
The No. 1 question those in the military ask when they decide to take off their uniforms for the last time is: “What are the entitlements from my military retirement?” according to Chief Warrant Officer 3 Jon Hunt, who helped organize the upcoming 18th annual Northern New …
Are you at risk of losing your personal information?

Are you at risk of having your personal information stolen? Find out with our test.

By Erin Rhoda on July 29, 2015, at 3:20 p.m.
AARP recently completed a survey of adult Internet users and found nearly half are not up on the latest online and wireless safety. Are you one of them?
Teacher Joel Hills leads an Advanced Placement history class at Hampden Academy in this 2011 file photo.

Maine gets more funding to help low-income students pay for AP tests

By Nick McCrea on July 29, 2015, at 3:13 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The Maine Department of Education will receive an additional $60,000 in federal funds to help Maine high schoolers from low-income families afford Advanced Placement tests. Advanced Placement exams give students college credits before they enter a higher education institution, provided the student performs well on the test. …
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks to the media before Super Bowl XLIX in Phoenix, Arizona, in this January 2015 file photo.

Scarborough police not providing private security for Goodell’s home

By Beth Brogan on July 29, 2015, at 3:09 p.m.
Scarborough Police Chief Robert Moulton said Wednesday that his department is not providing private security at the Prout’s Neck home of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after Tuesday’s decision to uphold a four-game suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Earlier media reports indicated the NFL had …

Maine regulators nix CMP land deal for wind farm

By Darren Fishell on July 29, 2015, at 2:46 p.m.
PORTLAND | Utilities regulators turned down Central Maine Power Co.’s request to negotiate a land purchase for an affiliated wind power developer, arguing such an arrangement could open the possibility of improperly favorable treatment. Tuesday’s unanimous decision of the three-person Maine Public Utilities Commission came before the panel allowed …
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