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Lightning strikes in Bangor in July 2013.

Potentially dangerous storms heading to Maine; Emera preparing for possible outages

By Dawn Gagnon on July 22, 2014, at 6:51 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The entire state is under a hazardous weather outlook, effective Wednesday afternoon into early evening, according to the National Weather Service’s offices in Caribou and Gray. The weather service is predicting thunderstorms that potentially could become severe, with damaging winds and heavy downpours. Some large hail also …
Gov. Paul LePage at a Republican rally at Husson University in June

LePage says 8 ‘unaccompanied alien children’ put in Maine without his knowledge

By Mario Moretto on July 22, 2014, at 5:54 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Republican Gov. Paul LePage learned Monday that eight unaccompanied children who entered the country illegally have been placed in Maine without his knowledge. In a statement from the governor’s office, LePage said he learned about the children’s placement during a conference call with White House staff and …
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This Mainer is selling his life-sized Flintstones car. Guess the price…

on July 22, 2014, at 5:46 p.m.
You’ve seen classic car replicas, but perhaps nothing quite like this classic. Tip of the cap here to my BDN colleague Jackie Farwell, who was probably hunting online for a 1967 Corvette when she found this gem. Someone from Gorham is putting his life-sized Flintstones car up on Craigslist for …
Michael Stevenson

USM provost to take new post in university system office

By Nell Gluckman on July 22, 2014, at 5:08 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The provost of the University of Southern Maine will leave his position to become the senior fellow for academic affairs for the University of Maine System, a new position in that office. Provost Michael Stevenson sent a letter to the USM faculty and staff on Tuesday announcing …
Turbines on Heifer Hill that are part of the Bull Hill Wind Project put up by First Wind in Township 16, seen here February 2013.

After legal challenge, Maine utility regulators again OK $333 million partnership between Emera, First Wind

By Darren Fishell on July 22, 2014, at 3:42 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The Maine Public Utilities Commission voted 2-1 Tuesday to allow Emera Maine’s parent company to invest $333 million through a joint venture with wind farm developer First Wind, a deal that was sent back to the commission for further review after a Maine Supreme Judicial Court decision. …
Scaffolding around the State House Dome, seen here Tuesday, will be a regular sight through October, as contractors work to replace the more than 100-year-old weather-damaged and oxidized copper patina with a shiny new one.

Old copper from State House dome may be available for Maine artists

By Mario Moretto on July 22, 2014, at 2:48 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine artists may have a chance to get their hands on a bona fide piece of state history if a proposal pending before a legislative leadership panel wins approval Thursday. As work continues to replace 7,000 square feet of more than 100-year-old copper on the Maine State …
Andrew E. Demers

Mental competency exam ordered for former Maine State Police chief charged with gross sexual assault against child

By Beth Brogan on July 22, 2014, at 2:43 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A former Maine State Police chief charged with sexually assaulting a young family member will undergo a mental examination after his attorney questioned his competency to stand trial. Andrew E. Demers, 74, of New Gloucester was arrested March 17 and initially charged with Class B unlawful sexual …
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Canadian Harvard Aerobatic Team

Acadian Heritage Air Show Aug. 9 and 10 at Frenchville

on July 22, 2014, at 1:58 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Location: Northern Aroostook Regional Airport, 74 Airport Ave., Frenchville For more information: 207-543-6300 By Anne Ward, Public Affairs FRENCHVILLE, Maine –  This is the fifth year the Northern Aroostook Regional Airport will host the …
Rococo Artisan Ice Cream in Kennebunkport offers unusual flavors, such as sweet avocado cayenne and this cone made with local wheat beer, candied ginger and apricots.

Avocado, cayenne pepper, lobster, local brews among the many unusual ingredients Maine ice cream makers are scooping up

By Kathleen Pierce on July 22, 2014, at 1:54 p.m.
KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine — Going to the garden for fresh herbs, reaching into the pot for a Maine-caught crustacean and raiding the brewery for a seasonal ale — these sound like activities that would take place in a commercial kitchen, not an ice cream stand. But, like chefs, bakers and mixologists …

Gifford’s ice cream makes its Capitol Hill debut

By Kathleen Pierce on July 22, 2014, at 1:37 p.m.
Is Maine-made ice cream rich enough to sweeten the sour gridlock on Capitol Hill? Gifford’s Famous Ice Cream is giving it a spin. On Monday, the Skowhegan frozen dessert maker was touted by state officials in Washington to herald the company’s expansion into the mid-Atlantic states. “The delicious and refreshing …
Yarmouth resident Tristan Goggin channels his inner superhero at the Creative Capes booth in the craft show section of the 49th annual Yarmouth Clam Festival.

Yarmouth Clam Festival draws estimated crowd of 130,000-150,000

By Kate Gardner, The Forecaster on July 22, 2014, at 1:05 p.m.
YARMOUTH, Maine — Last weekend’s 49th annual Clam Festival, with its 6,000 pounds of clams and 145 craft show booths, attracted one of its biggest turnouts in recent years. According to Carolyn Schuster, executive director of the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce, there were 130,000-150,000 people at this year’s festival. Usually …
U.S. President Barack Obama walks across Lafayette Park back to the White House on June 30, 2014.

The VA was born from scandal: How its latest failure offers hope for reform

By Colin Moore on July 22, 2014, at 12:19 p.m.
Scandal is nothing new to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. General Eric Shinseki’s resignation adds another chapter to the beleaguered agency’s long history of mismanagement. Although Maine’s 150,000 veterans were largely spared from the problems that plagued other parts of the country, the reports of shameful waiting list manipulations …

National report says economic instability is biggest threat to Maine children’s well-being

By Julie Harris on July 22, 2014, at 11:58 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The greatest threat to children’s well-being in Maine is economic instability, according to the annual national child wellness report known as Kids Count, which was released Tuesday. Maine’s ranking among the states in children’s economic well-being dropped to 29th in 2014 from 20th last year, which is …
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I-195 ramp closures planned in Saco

Bangor Daily News on July 22, 2014, at 11:37 a.m.
SACO, Maine — As the Maine Department of Transportation paving and milling project continues on Interstate 195 in Saco, ramp closures are scheduled for Wednesday evening, July 23. The schedule is:– Exit 2A westbound off-ramp will be closed from 9 to 11 p.m.– Exit 2A on-ramp onto Route 1 will be closed 11 p.m.-5 a.m.Motorists …
A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday threw out a federal regulation that implements key subsidies that are vital to President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

Federal courts disagree over Obamacare, creating uncertainty about Mainers’ health insurance subsidies

By Jackie Farwell on July 22, 2014, at 11:12 a.m.
Tens of thousands of Mainers could pay much more for health insurance if a legal blow dealt Tuesday to Obamacare by a federal appeals court is upheld. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the federal government can’t legally administer health insurance subsidies in …
The South Portland City Council voted 6-1 to pass an ordinance blocking the loading of crude oil onto ships from its waterfront district. Supporters hailed the vote as a historic local effort to block transport of Canadian tar sands through the city. Opponents say the measure hinders waterfront oil companies from adapting to changing energy supply trends, as proven oil reserves in the Canadian province of Alberta are now the third-largest after those in Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.

South Portland council casts ‘historic’ vote to block tar sands exports

By Darren Fishell on July 21, 2014, at 11:55 p.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — The South Portland City Council effectively has banned the shipping of tar sands, or oil sands, from its waterfront with an ordinance that has gained international attention and that oil industry opponents have vowed to challenge in court or before city officials. “The fight is not …

UMS trustees approve plan to address projected $69 million budget shortfall

By Nell Gluckman on July 21, 2014, at 6:56 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The University of Maine System’s board of trustees will attempt to add focus and accountability to their plan to close a budget gap that campuses have been grappling with for years. “It is very focused,” said Trustee Sam Collins of a strategic plan that the board approved …
The South Portland City Council listened to more than two hours of public comment from almost 70 residents, environmentalists, waterfront workers and oil industry representatives at the Community Center on Wednesday, July 9, before casting an initial vote in favor of a ban on tar sands in the city.

Debate over tar sands rages in South Portland

By Darren Fishell on July 21, 2014, at 6:50 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — More than a year of debate about the flow of heavy crude oil — commonly known as tar sands — through South Portland reaches its climax Monday night. The City Council is slated to take its final vote to enact an ordinance that would ban the bulk …
Firefighters work in a field that was hit by the Carlton Complex Fire, near Brewster, Washington July 20, 2014.

Smoke from western fires on its way to Maine

By Julia Bayly on July 21, 2014, at 6:02 p.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — Smoke from wildfires in the western United States created hazy conditions and dramatic sunsets in northern Maine this past weekend and more may be on the way. The air cleared on Monday, but state and national forecasters predict the smoke will drift back over Maine again …
U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud strolls out of Portland's Cumberland Club Monday afternoon trailed by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Vermont Gov. Peter Schumlin. The New England governors were in town to help raise money for Michaud's gubernatorial bid.

Democratic Govs. Deval Patrick, Peter Shumlin stump for Michaud in southern Maine

By Mario Moretto on July 21, 2014, at 5:17 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud got a fundraising and rallying boost Monday from two New England governors who said the state needs a leader who’s willing to work with other regional leaders to improve the lives of Mainers. Democratic Govs. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts and Peter Shumlin …
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