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Michael Liberty

Feds: Sentence for Maine mogul should be example for political donors

By Darren Fishell on May 22, 2017, at 6:06 p.m.
Liberty, 56, earlier this year pleaded guilty to making $22,500 in illegal campaign contributions.
A worker walks toward the main office at Downeast Correctional Facility in Machiasport in February. The state prison will be closed in June, the state announced last week.

Lawmakers want hearings on the closure of Down East prison

By Christopher Cousins on May 22, 2017, at 3:21 p.m.
“It would just give us some additional facts so we don’t just have to read about it in the newspaper,” Gattine said.
LINCOLN, Maine -- 05/16/2017 - Chris Palmer Clayton Glidden (right) brings a PVC pipe for a test well in position for Chris Palmer, both of East Coast Exploration and Drilling, in Lincoln Tuesday. The pair are contracted by Poland Springs to dig test wells for the bottling plant Poland Springs might build here. Ashley L. Conti | BDN

How Poland Spring picks where to set up bottling plants

By Nick Sambides Jr. on May 22, 2017, at 2:31 p.m.
A Lincoln bottling plant would likely require 175 million gallons annually.
Emera Maine is starting a repair and maintenance project along a 100-mile stretch of an important transmission line using helicopters.
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Emera Maine using helicopters as part of line repairs

on May 22, 2017, at 11:29 a.m.
Sam Blackstone of Circle B Farms prepares to go pick up the bean pot for a group lunch at an open house and apple class at his Caribou farm in May 2016.

Caribou farm named northern Maine food aggregator for UMaine system

By Anthony Brino on May 22, 2017, at 11:13 a.m.
A major University of Maine system food service provider is partnering with Circle B Farms of Caribou to bring more locally grown food to four UMaine campuses.
Members of the Maine House of Representatives await the final votes on the last day of session, April 17, 2014.

History tells us that Maine voters will pass a $50 million bond in June

By Michael Shepherd on May 22, 2017, at 11:10 a.m.
Maine election officials are readying for election in just over three weeks that you already may have forgotten about — if you knew about it at all.
Maine State Police closed off Route 11 in Belgrade late Friday night after what officials say was an officer-involved shooting.

Officials identify man who died in Belgrade shooting

By CBS 13 on May 22, 2017, at 10:53 a.m.
One man was killed and his son was injured after exchanging gunfire with police, according to the Maine attorney general’s office.

Woman dies, two injured in Brownfield crash

By Nick McCrea on May 22, 2017, at 8:49 a.m.
A woman died Friday when the vehicle she was a passenger in collided with a second vehicle that crossed the centerline.
Antoinne J. Bethea

Man wanted in Bangor shooting on Easter arrested in Ohio

By Judy Harrison on May 22, 2017, at 8:13 a.m.
A suspect sought in connection with a shooting in Bangor last month that left one man dead was arrested Sunday in Ohio during a traffic stop, according to Bangor police.
Michael Bryant and his wife Sarah Bryant exit the Portland federal courthouse, after he was sentenced to 3 years of probation for poaching more than $330,000 worth of baby eels, May 17, 2017.

How Maine came to play a central role in an international eel smuggling scheme

By Bill Trotter on May 22, 2017, at 7:42 a.m.
Before 2014, when there were no statewide or individual catch limits in Maine, licensed elver fishermen could sell as many elvers as they could get their hands on, which encouraged many to pass off elvers caught by someone else as their own.
Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden is the keynote speaker during commencement ceremonies at Colby College Sunday in Waterville.

Biden urges Colby graduates to pursue and spread dignity

By Christopher Cousins on May 21, 2017, at 1:37 p.m.
The former vice president’s words thundered across the college’s Mayflower Hill under pristine blue skies and before hundreds of people who came to support the Waterville institution’s 480 newest graduates.
The Interstate Route 95 Pascataqua River Bridge is in the foreground, the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge is in the middle and the Memorial Bridge is at the top.

Hundreds sign their names into Sarah Mildred Long Bridge concrete segment

By Howard Altschiller, Portsmouth Herald on May 21, 2017, at 9:32 a.m.
“It’s nice to know that someday, when we’re long gone, they’ll take this bridge down and be able to see all our names,” Bonnie Baron of Kittery said.
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Sheep graze on Little Nash Island Wednesday. Alfie Wakeman and his family take care of approximately 150 sheep spread between Little and Big Nash Islands.

These offshore Maine islands are populated only by sheep

By Nick McCrea on May 21, 2017, at 7:30 a.m.
The only visitors the sheep see regularly are those that come to check for lambs in the spring, and those that come every year for an Addison-area cultural rite of passage — shearing.
An empty chair and an accompanying display board featuring the names of Maine’s prisoners of war and soldiers declared missing in action were officially installed Saturday during a ceremony at Bangor International Airport.

Bangor memorial pays tribute to all Maine POWs, MIAs

By Dawn Gagnon on May 20, 2017, at 7 p.m.
The nearly 500 Mainers who never returned from war were remembered Saturday afternoon during a brief ceremony at Bangor International Airport.
Kayaker Ed Dox (left) and registered Maine Guide Humphrey Johnson model appropriate attire for kayaking in cold waters — dry suit and a life jacket.

Coast Guard, NWS team up to curb rise in paddler deaths

By Patty Wight on May 20, 2017, at 2:56 p.m.
Last year, 28 people in the Northeast died from paddle craft-related deaths. That’s more than double the national average, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

Lawmakers reject LePage’s proposal to eliminate Maine’s pet food surcharge

By Mal Leary, Maine Public on May 20, 2017, at 12:40 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage wants to eliminate a $20 per product, per year surcharge on pet food sold in Maine, which is used mostly to fund cat neutering programs.
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Bateyes are where Haitian sugar cane workers live

on May 20, 2017, at 9:38 a.m.
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Seen speaking in East Millinocket against the Maine national monument last year, Gov. Paul LePage has ordered a ban of all monument signs along state roads until a federal review of the monument’s status is finished.

LePage refuses to put up road signs for North Woods national monument

By Nick Sambides Jr. on May 20, 2017, at 1 a.m.
The governor won’t allow official signs for Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument to be placed along Interstate 95 and Routes 11, 157 and 159, until federal officials determine whether the executive order creating the monument was valid.

Maine’s biggest electricity reseller allowed to keep operating in New York

By Darren Fishell on May 19, 2017, at 2:21 p.m.
New York regulators will allow the owner of Maine’s largest retail electricity sales company to continue operating.
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BANGOR, MAINE -- 02/28/2017 --  Salena Sawtelle has been working at the Stillwater Health Care facility in Bangor for three years. Nursing homes such as this are largely staffed by women and the wages are not far above Maine's minimum wage.

When this Maine caregiver shared her struggle to get by, strangers showed up with gifts

By Rosie Hughes on May 19, 2017, at 6:28 a.m.
Salena Sawtelle, a certified nursing assistant in Bangor, couldn’t even afford new shoes. She’s since been offered 20 new pairs.