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Maine continues to iron out the details of legal marijuana, including driving while under the influence.

Committee recommends against adding marijuana blood-level limit to OUI laws

By Steve Mistler on Aug. 06, 2017, at 7:28 a.m.
Instead, the committee said lawmakers should provide additional funding to train police officers, prosecutors and even judges to recognize marijuana impairment and its dangers while driving.
The Kenduskeag Stream can be seen in Bangor in 2016. Precipitation levels in Maine reached so low that summer that the state's Drought Task Force met for the first time in 14 years.

Drought conditions beginning to reappear in parts of Maine

By Lauren Abbate on Aug. 06, 2017, at 7:28 a.m.
Parts of northeastern Maine are experiencing drought conditions, while a majority of Aroostook County and parts of central and coastal Maine are classified as abnormally dry.
FRANCO-AMERICAN NEWS AND CULTURE

Evangeline and the movie star Dolores del Rio

on Aug. 05, 2017, at 9:34 a.m.
A help wanted sign is posted at a taco stand in Solana Beach, California.

The job market just recovered from the recession. Men and white people haven’t.

By Ana Swanson, Washington Post on Aug. 04, 2017, at 3:33 p.m.
The report shows that men continue to lag behind women in recovering pre-recession jobs, in part because the recession hit the male-dominated industries particularly hard.
Jean Léonard Teganya

Rwandan man arrested in Houlton faces fraud charge over genocide claims

By Reuters on Aug. 04, 2017, at 2:12 p.m.
He sought asylum in Canada but was denied after officials concluded he took part in atrocities against Tutsis.
VIDEO
Students aboard the training ship Oliver Hazard Perry, which is docked in Portland through Sunday. (Alexa Maslowski | CBS 13)

Kids are experiencing life on the open ocean thanks to tall ships in Maine

By CBS 13 on Aug. 04, 2017, at 1:59 p.m.
“You get to see them progress and become better and better sailors, take more charge of the vessel.”
POLL QUESTION
A Dunkin' store, the first since a rebranding by the Dunkin' Donuts chain, is pictured ahead of its opening in Pasadena, California.

Should Dunkin’ lose its ‘Donuts’?

By Andrew deGrandpre, Washington Post on Aug. 04, 2017, at 1:40 p.m.
A location in Pasadena, California, will just be going by “Dunkin’” as a test.
Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell

LePage fires back at George Mitchell

By Christopher Cousins on Aug. 04, 2017, at 12:55 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage shot back at former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell on Friday for Mitchell’s defense of recent votes on the Affordable Care Act by U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King.
Some York County police agencies have equipped their Ford Explorer cruisers with carbon monoxide detectors and other proactive measures after agencies in Massachusetts and Texas have reported officer illness and crashes.

Maine cops on alert after police vehicles found with carbon monoxide leaks

By Tammy Wells, Journal Tribune on Aug. 04, 2017, at 12:11 p.m.
Area police chiefs say they have not yet heard complaints of illness, but they are taking a proactive approach to national reports that some police officers have gotten sick when they drive Ford Explorer SUV cruisers.
Former US Senator George Mitchell

George Mitchell blasts LePage for attacks on Susan Collins, Angus King

By Christopher Cousins on Aug. 03, 2017, at 3:40 p.m.
“Sens. Collins and King did in fact represent the best interests of the vast majority of Maine people.”
ANALYSIS
Sen. Garrett Mason, R-Lisbon Falls, puts his hands to his face while listening to arguments during the Senate's hearing on the state budget in June.

Why no one is happy even though the Legislature is finally leaving Augusta

By Michael Shepherd on Aug. 03, 2017, at 10:02 a.m.
A recap of the 128th Legislature.
POLL QUESTION
The State House shines through the the fog Tuesday night.

Bucking LePage veto, lawmakers raise Maine’s minimum age to buy tobacco

By Christopher Cousins and Michael Shepherd on Aug. 02, 2017, at 7:31 p.m.
Lawmakers adjourned for the year after overriding 13 of 27 lingering vetoes from the Republican governor, ending a session that gave Maine its first government shutdown since 1991.
Gov. Paul LePage

Solar bill falls to LePage veto, leaving policy in regulators’ hands

By Darren Fishell on Aug. 02, 2017, at 7:03 p.m.

VA Choice emergency funding passes House, Senate vote pending

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 01, 2017, at 7:10 p.m.
The House passed a $3.9 billion emergency funding bill on Friday afternoon, just before its August break, with $2.1 billion designated for the Veterans Choice Program.
Maine Attorney Genaral Janet Mills

AG Mills joins lawsuit to challenge EPA over smog rules

By Bill Trotter on Aug. 01, 2017, at 6:41 p.m.
Maine on Tuesday joined 14 other states in a lawsuit seeking to force the federal government to adhere to a deadline laid out in the Clean Air Act.
Clement Thibodeau, 85, of Caribou was last seen in Caribou on Saturday, July 15. State Police have now issued a Silver Alert in hopes of locating Thibodeau, who is believed to be driving
a gray 2013 Chevrolet Equinox with license plate number 638A.

Wardens suspend formal search for missing priest

on Aug. 01, 2017, at 1:17 p.m.
A Silver Alert remains active statewide and wardens have distributed fliers in the Lee area, where a signal from the missing priest’s cell phone was last detected, informing residents what to look for and who to call should they should spot him.
People stream on and off The Pier in Old Orchard Beach, May 26, 2014.

Call police on public poopers, Old Orchard Beach town manager says

By Jake Bleiberg on Aug. 01, 2017, at 12:43 p.m.
Dial 911 for poo.
The high-speed ferry known as The Cat sits at the Ocean Gateway Terminal in Portland, June 6, 2016.

Technical problems force Nova Scotia, Portland ferry to cancel trips

By Alex Acquisto on Aug. 01, 2017, at 10:06 a.m.
The ferry service did not explain the technical difficulties but urged passengers to call and re-book their trips.
University of New England researcher James Sulikowski examines a tiger shark.
UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND PHOTO COURTESY OF MAINE PUBLIC

Researchers home to track more great white sharks in Maine waters

By Nora Flaherty on July 31, 2017, at 5:56 p.m.
The number of great white sharks may be increasing in the Gulf of Maine.

Maine father, son suffer minor injuries in Ohio plane crash

By Nick McCrea on July 31, 2017, at 8:59 a.m.
They attempted to land on a plowed wheat field, but hilly terrain forced the pilot to try to land in a nearby bean field instead.