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This archived aerial photo shows the Northern Maine Regional Airport and vicinity in Presque Isle. The airport received a $250,000 grant from the Northern Border Regional Commission in 2016 to  help construct a five unit, heated airport hangar for medical evacuation aircraft and business clients.

Agency that brought $5 million to rural Maine on Trump’s chopping block

By Anthony Brino on March 21, 2017, at 3:47 p.m.
Since 2010, The Northern Border Regional Commission has funded 26 projects in Maine with a total of $5.4 million in grants
Lucas Houk (center) of Portland raises his arms to celebrate on Monday after being honored as the gold medalist in the Men's 5K Cross Country Freestyle event at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria.

Maine athletes win big at Special Olympics World Winter Games

By Pete Warner on March 21, 2017, at 3:05 p.m.
Lucas Houk of Portland earned a gold medal while competing for Team USA at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games.
A representative of the Professional Logging Contractors of Maine said some members of his group report that they have not been paid for wood products since early February by Stored Solar, which operates a biomass generator in West Enfield.

Loggers: State-subsidized biomass firm stopped paying in February

By Darren Fishell on March 21, 2017, at 2:21 p.m.
Ocean Renewable Power Co.'s tidal power generator, pictured here in August 2013, has been out of the water since April of that year because of problems with the generation component built by a Massachusetts company. In a regulatory filing in Maine, the company says it could have the generator back online later this year.

Bad waterproofing kept pioneering Maine tidal project off the grid

By Darren Fishell on March 21, 2017, at 12:37 p.m.
The company expects to get its new generator online by mid-2019. That’s a longer period offline than its contract with Emera Maine allows. The current agreement otherwise would expire April 21.
The Massachusetts State Police arrested three men, including two from Maine, who were allegedly taking heroin purchased in Connecticut to sell in Maine.

Two Maine men arrested in Massachusetts on heroin charges

By Anthony Brino on March 21, 2017, at 12:27 p.m.
Two Maine men were arrested in Massachusetts on Saint Patrick’s Day, accused of transporting heroin from Connecticut to Maine.
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The Oakhurst Milk comma story broke the internet

on March 21, 2017, at 11:05 a.m.
On March 15, the BDN reported on a lawsuit between Oakhurst Dairy and a group of their drivers. The decision was overturned because of the Oxford comma, a hotly debated punctuation mark.
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Website calls Maine one of the most government-dependent states

on March 21, 2017, at 10:04 a.m.
WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states across three key metrics: return on taxes paid to the federal government, federal funding as a share of state revenue, and share of federal jobs.
CONTRIBUTORS
Maine Speaker of the House Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, speaks during the first session of the 128th Legislature at the State House in Augusta, Dec. 7, 2016.

House Speaker Gideon blocks move to shine a light on Tipping’s possible conflict of interest

By Lawrence Lockman on March 21, 2017, at 6:02 a.m.
OpEd: If the voters want to drain the swamp in Augusta, they need to start applying constituent pressure on legislative leadership.
Gov. Paul LePage advises Brooklyn Tarbox, 10, of Gorham how to hammer a tap into the maple tree on the Blaine House lawn in Augusta last week.

How LePage found a Land for Maine’s Future project he can support

By Michael Shepherd on March 21, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Bucking his pattern of opposing taxpayer-funded conservation projects, Gov. Paul LePage is backing a proposal that could clinch a $5.7 million easement on property that includes a major maple forest in Somerset County.
Gov. Paul LePage during a press conference at the State House.

LePage seeks to change rules on biomass bailout bill he signed

By Darren Fishell on March 20, 2017, at 7:22 p.m.
LePage has asked the Maine Public Utilities Commission to change the rules for two biomass companies getting $13.4 million in taxpayer subsidies over two years.

Amazon will start charging sales tax for Maine shoppers, state officials say

By Darren Fishell on March 20, 2017, at 5:48 p.m.
The change will add 5.5 percent to the price of items sold through Amazon, and the decision follows similar moves in other states.
Craft breweries are on the rise in all but one county in Maine.

When it comes to craft breweries in the U.S., Maine reigns supreme

By Darren Fishell on March 20, 2017, at 12:35 p.m.
For Maine, the rate of new breweries coming online beat the national average for five of the six years between 2010 and 2015.
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Celebrate spring with Free Cone Day at Dairy Queen

on March 20, 2017, at 10:41 a.m.
Monday, March 20th is #FreeConeDay, which is the third annual charity fundraising event held by Dairy Queen across the country.
Maine Focus
A worker at Robbins Lumber in Searsmont monitors equipment on a recent rainy winter day.

Why we decided to look into the future of Maine’s workforce

By Erin Rhoda on March 20, 2017, at 6:11 a.m.
If nothing changes, experts expect to see limited business expansion and economic growth.
Megan Stover sits at the kitchen table after dinner with her three daughters (from left) Andie, 5, Madison, 10, and Nellie, 7, at their home in Scarborough.

How Maine is failing working parents by leaving millions unspent on child care

on March 20, 2017, at 6:08 a.m.
The typical cost of care for infants at a child care center, almost $9,700 annually, is more than in-state tuition at the University of Maine. Yet in each of the past four years, the state has simply not spent at least $4 million in federal funds meant to help working moms and dads.
U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, departs after a vote at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Feb. 17, 2017.

Collins says Trump owes country explanation for wiretap allegation

By Emily Stephenson and Caren Bohan, Reuters on March 19, 2017, at 2:28 p.m.
“I don’t know the basis for President Trump’s assertion,” U.S. Sen. Susan Collins said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “I do believe he owes us that explanation.”
Nathan Hinrichs, 4 looks at a a giant paper mache human skull at the University of Maine Museum of Art in Bangor Saturday. The sculpture will be on display at the library later in March and will be unveiled at a reception on March 28.

Kids explore the world of science at Maine Science Festival

By Dawn Gagnon on March 19, 2017, at 9:28 a.m.
From robotics to Minecraft children from across the state explored the world of science at the annual Maine Science Festival.
Sylvia Polchies holds an American eagle feather and a folded American flag that she received on behalf of her late father, Henry Sockbeson, during a ceremony to honor six members of the Passamaquoddy Tribe who fought in World War I on Sunday in Indian Township, July 17, 2016.

Quarries in France reveal an often forgotten part of Maine history

By Nora Flaherty, Maine Public on March 19, 2017, at 7:38 a.m.
Photographer Jeff Gusky learned about the quarries while in France on another project and discovered among other things that some of their most prolific decorators were the men of the 26th Yankee Division, many from Maine.
POLL QUESTION
Handguns are offered for sale at Maine Military Supply in Holden.

Bill would allow adults under 21 to carry concealed weapons

By Mal Leary on March 18, 2017, at 11:04 a.m.
Maine allows people 21 and older to carry a concealed firearm without a permit, but lawmakers are considering a measure that would lower that age to 18.
A lawsuit filed on March 10 is seeking class-action status on behalf of all the strip club dancers who work for VCG Holding Corp., which owns PT.

Federal lawsuit over strip club wages could include Maine dancers

By Judy Harrison on March 18, 2017, at 9:43 a.m.
The lawsuit alleged that dancers were “misclassified” by the company as independent contractors rather than employees and were required to pay varying fees for dancing during certain hours, parking their cars and bottled water.