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A man stands on a skateboard outside a Wal-Mart store in Williston, North Dakota, in 2013.

Wal-Mart to settle lawsuit over benefits for same-sex spouses

By Daniel Wiessner, Reuters on Dec. 02, 2016, at 6:14 p.m.
The plaintiff in the case has worked at Wal-Mart stores in Maine and Massachusetts since 1999.
President-elect Donald Trump walks off his plane upon his arrival in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Thursday.

Trump’s welfare policies could look a lot like Maine’s

By Steve Mistler, Maine Public on Dec. 02, 2016, at 5:11 p.m.
The president of the Foundation for Government Accountability is confident that policies enacted in Maine and other states can help convince the new guard in Washington to enact bold welfare changes at the federal level.
Sen. Susan Collins

The yeas and nays: How Maine’s congressional representatives voted this week

By Targeted News Service on Dec. 02, 2016, at 3:16 p.m.
Here’s a look at how area members of Congress voted over the previous week.

Rights advocate living in Maine dies of heart attack on Rosa Parks anniversary

By Brad Harper, Montgomery Advertiser on Dec. 02, 2016, at 1:41 p.m.
Virginia “Tilla” Durr’s parents bailed Parks out of jail after she was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus on Dec. 1, 1955.
Michael Liberty

How illegal campaign donations deepened the downfall of a Maine-made mogul

By Darren Fishell on Dec. 02, 2016, at 1:39 p.m.
The possibility of jail comes at an already difficult time for Michael Liberty.
Hatchimals, made by Spinmaster, a US company, are the hottest children's toy on the market this Dec. 2016 holiday season. It is also the hardest to get.

Maine parents pained by Hatchimals hunt

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 02, 2016, at 12:30 p.m.
“I am very afraid that my daughter is going to be disappointed.”

Much of Maine still considered in severe drought despite rain

By Abigail Curtis on Dec. 02, 2016, at 11:26 a.m.
All this rainfall still doesn’t mean that the drought is over.
The New Balance manufacturing facility can be seen Nov. 17 in Norridgewock.

Defense spending bill renews New Balance’s chances of selling sneakers to military

By Nick McCrea on Dec. 01, 2016, at 4:15 p.m.
New Balance could get another crack at making shoes for the U.S. military after federal lawmakers decided to include an American-made requirement in the final version of the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act.
Gov. Paul LePage

Without evidence, LePage tells lawmakers he can’t attest to election tallies

By Michael Shepherd on Dec. 01, 2016, at 2:11 p.m.
“I think the integrity of the election is absolutely not in question,” Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap said. “I’ve asserted that a hundred times, and I’ll assert it another hundred times.”
The Maine College of Art aquisition of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in April. MECA's dean Ian Anderson (left), addressed the crowd as Salt former board chair Kimberly Curry (center) and past president Donald Tuski looked on.

Salt Institute for Documentary Studies gains accreditation, will offer graduate program

By Kathleen Pierce on Dec. 01, 2016, at 1:41 p.m.
For the first time in its 43 year old history, the program is fully accredited.
Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, speaks in July at the University of Maine in Orono.

King to Obama: Declassify intelligence on Russia’s influence on the election

By Michael Shepherd on Dec. 01, 2016, at 12:41 p.m.
“This isn’t about Donald Trump’s election or Hillary Clinton’s defeat,” U.S. Sen. Angus King said. “This is about an extraordinary, bold, aggressive movement by a foreign country to influence our elections.”

Liberty’s hiring of former UMaine, Baylor employee sends chilling message about sexual assault

By Adam Kilgore, Washington Post on Dec. 01, 2016, at 11:20 a.m.
The hiring decision sent a chilling message to athletic department employees and female students, not only at Baylor but across the country.
A downtown merchant attempts to keep ahead of Thursday’s storm that closed schools and many businesses in Presque Isle and most of Aroostook County.

Second storm this week ups snowfall total to 22 inches in County

By Anthony Brino on Dec. 01, 2016, at 8:41 a.m.
The second major snowstorm to hit Aroostook County this week already had the total snow depth at 22 inches in Caribou by late Thursday afternoon.
Steve Sherman demonstrates how his skidder, nicknamed Matilda, works in Oxbow, Maine.

The forces pulling apart the lives of Maine’s loggers

on Dec. 01, 2016, at 6:28 a.m.
Three loggers fight to survive as the world shifts around them.
Sen. Angus King listens as Bucksport officials discuss the potential redevelopment of the former Verso Paper mill in Bucksport recently.

Angus King, other senators ask Obama to declassify information on Russia and the election

By Craig Timberg, The Washington Post on Nov. 30, 2016, at 10:05 p.m.
Congressional negotiators approved an initiative to track and combat foreign propaganda amid growing concerns that Russian efforts to spread “fake news” threaten U.S. national security.
Daily operations continue around the clock in a legal marijuana growing facility in Monterey County on Oct. 6, 2016 near Salinas, California.

Investors bet legal marijuana will boost warehouse rents

By Polly Mosendz and Patrick Clark, Bloomberg on Nov. 30, 2016, at 6:24 p.m.
The short history of legalized marijuana in the U.S. is rife with tales of tight supply and above-market leases.

Electricity prices to drop in Greater Bangor, rise in southern Maine

By Darren Fishell on Nov. 30, 2016, at 5:58 p.m.
Most power customers in Emera Maine’s Bangor Hydro district will see the unit price of electricity drop next year, while Central Maine Power customers will pay more.
The Maine State Prison's main entrance where visitors and prison staff must pass before going further can be seen in this October 2006 file photo.

Maine prisoner, kept nearly 2 years in solitary, still seeks answers

By Susan Sharon, Maine Public on Nov. 30, 2016, at 5:48 p.m.
“My paperwork says ‘the possibility to attempt to traffic’ is why I’m down there, and that’s unheard of. … There was no evidence, and they kept me down there for two years.”
Students walk across the University of Maine Mall in Orono between classes in this April 2011 file photo.

UMaine officials: Training, info, technology key to emergency prep

By Nick McCrea on Nov. 30, 2016, at 4:49 p.m.
Maine university and college officials say they are making efforts both to prevent incidents and to prepare students for escaping harm in the event tragedy strikes close to home.
Gov. Paul LePage

Using rare vote, Democratic leaders block LePage’s $3M plan for Riverview

By Christopher Cousins on Nov. 30, 2016, at 4:41 p.m.
Construction of a crucial forensic psychiatric unit in Augusta was dealt a blow by Democratic legislative leaders who, using an oft-overlooked oversight power, voted against Gov. Paul LePage’s administration’s plan.