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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.
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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?”
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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.
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Maine weather: surf from Gert, the weekend, and the eclipse

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

Former BDN editor Woodward, Ellsworth publisher Baker to enter MPA Hall of Fame

By The Maine Press Association on Aug. 16, 2017, at 6:12 p.m.
They will be inducted Oct. 21 during the association’s annual Fall Conference at The Atlantic Oceanside in Bar Harbor.
A picture posted to Facebook Wednesday shows Pelletier posing in front of the Confederate flag on his tractor in the middle of a blueberry field in Sedgwick.

Maine blueberry company orders raker to take down Confederate flag

By Alex Acquisto on Aug. 16, 2017, at 11:51 a.m.
Marc Pelletier, who refers to himself as a “red-blooded Yankee Mainer,” said he is not a white nationalist.
A person signs a petition that is related to "An Act to Allow Slot Machines or a Casino in York County" in October 2016 in Bangor.

The only person who could build a new Maine casino emerges from campaign funding shadows

By Michael Shepherd on Aug. 16, 2017, at 2:18 a.m.
The developer who would be the only one with rights to a new casino in York County under a 2018 referendum is finally taking a central role in the campaign.
Nathan Damigo explains his beliefs in a YouTube video

Bangor father of white nationalist who organized Charlottesville protest ‘disappointed’ in him

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 15, 2017, at 6:09 p.m.
“They divided people [in prison] by race,” Lodge said. “It was really where he was radicalized in his thinkings about race.”
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Maine weather: windy through Thursday; weekend showers; eclipse outlook

on Aug. 15, 2017, at 4:41 p.m.
Students attend a graduation ceremony at Presque Isle High School, June 10, 2016.

Proposed Maine graduation rule changes would harm disabled kids, advocates say

By Robbie Feinberg, Maine Public on Aug. 15, 2017, at 10:19 a.m.
Educators and advocates are speaking out about proposed changes to Maine’s law on proficiency-based diplomas.
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Young demonstrators hold signs at a rally and lobby day organized by the Maine Peoples Alliance at the State House in Augusta around the issue of Medicaid expansion, Jan. 8, 2014.

LePage: Medicaid expansion would ‘kill’ Maine

By Christopher Cousins on Aug. 15, 2017, at 9:25 a.m.
The governor claims that broadening eligibility for the government-run program would drive the state into backbreaking debt.
Cmdr. Matthew T. Griffin

Millinocket Native promoted to U.S. Navy Commander

on Aug. 15, 2017, at 9:17 a.m.
Nathan Damigo explains his beliefs in a YouTube video.

Organizer of Charlottesville white nationalist rally has Maine roots

By Steve Collins, Sun Journal on Aug. 15, 2017, at 8:01 a.m.
Nathan Damigo, 31, who founded California-based Identity Evropa, was one of the key organizers of the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Presidential candidate Donald Trump shakes hands with Maine Gov. Paul LePage at a 2016 campaign rally in Portland.

LePage is only New England governor not to condemn Virginia white supremacist protests

By Steve Mistler on Aug. 14, 2017, at 6:48 p.m.
NH Gov. Chris Sununu, a Republican, said the racist protesters were “absolutely disgusting.”