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Officer Lori Marks of the York County Sheriff's Office demonstrates a video visit at the York County Jail.

In effort to reduce contraband, more Maine jails turn to video visitation

By Susan Sharon, Maine Public on Jan. 08, 2017, at 10:46 a.m.
“I mean we’ve had people pass pills with a quick kiss. We’ve had people come in with drugs or needles in a baby’s diaper. People will have stuff taped on their forearms. So, when they’re holding hands they just slide into their sleeve,” Officer Lori Marks of the York County Sheriff’s Office said.

Long commute taking toll, but this millworker’s ‘new normal’ continues

By Ashley Conti on Jan. 08, 2017, at 7:25 a.m.
MAINERS WE MET
Tom Picard sits in his home in Millinocket Saturday. Picard says he lives "the new normal." As a millworker, Tom has been laid off 10 times since 1980. For the last few years he has been making the weekly commute to his new job 130 miles away, at the Huhtamaki plant in Waterville. This past summer, he divorced his wife, Tammy Shorey Picard, as the commuting was putting a strain on their relationship.

Long commute taking toll, but this millworker’s ‘new normal’ continues

By John Holyoke on Jan. 08, 2017, at 7:24 a.m.
A year ago, Tom Picard said that a series of layoffs — 10 in all since he began work in 1980 — had made life as a millworker tough.
Snow blankets Pine Street in Bangor in this December 2016 file photo. Up to 5 inches of snow is expected to hit western and coastal Maine on Saturday.

Up to 5 inches of snow expected in coastal, western Maine

By Dawn Gagnon on Jan. 07, 2017, at 12:27 p.m.
People on the airport ramp area near terminals 1 and 2 are seen following a shooting incident on Friday at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

3 Mainers recount Fort Lauderdale airport shooting

By Daniel McCarthy, CBS 13 on Jan. 07, 2017, at 8:57 a.m.
“Her boyfriend ducked, and she ducked, and the woman beside her died,” said Deb Nielsen.
PINE TREE WEATHER

Maine avoids blizzard but snow to fall over interior and coast

on Jan. 07, 2017, at 6:13 a.m.
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage budget would cut 500 state jobs, shift Maine to flat tax by 2020

By mshepherd and ccousins on Jan. 06, 2017, at 10:47 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage’s $6.8 billion, two-year state budget proposal, released Friday night, would reduce Maine’s state employee workforce by approximately 500 and shift Maine to a flat income tax by 2020.

Emera wants regulators to reconsider rate hike they cut in half

By Darren Fishell on Jan. 06, 2017, at 6:09 p.m.

Some Mainers will see paychecks bumped up after Saturday

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 06, 2017, at 5:57 p.m.
The hourly rate will increase from $7.50 to $9 per hour, and the wage for workers who receive tips will increase from $3.75 to $5 per hour.
PINE TREE WEATHER

Storm to bring snow to coastal Maine Saturday

on Jan. 06, 2017, at 5:09 p.m.
Sen. Susan Collins

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

By Targeted News Service on Jan. 06, 2017, at 4:36 p.m.
Here’s a look at how area members of Congress voted over the previous week.
Maine Attorney General Janet Mills

Maine attorney general sues Volkswagen over devices that concealed emissions

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 06, 2017, at 4:12 p.m.
The lawsuit, announced Friday, was filed last month in Kennebec County Superior Court, according to a press release.
Items belonging to three ice fisherman lay on top of thin ice on Long Lake in northern Maine in January 2011. The men went through the ice on an ATV and tote sled. All got out safely.

‘The ice is very treacherous,’ Maine Game Warden warns

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 06, 2017, at 3:50 p.m.
With reports of a pair of all-terrain vehicles and a snowmobile trail groomer going through lake ice in northern and western Maine this past week, snowmobilers and ice fishermen are being warned to be cautious.
Gov. Paul LePage

Union: State workers warned about layoffs ahead of LePage budget release

By Michael Shepherd on Jan. 06, 2017, at 3:35 p.m.
A state employees union said Gov. Paul LePage’s administration has notified workers in the Maine Office of Aging and Disability Services that it intends to lay them off, likely signaling a priority in the governor’s two-year budget to be released on Friday.
Organizers for Maine March, the local effort to get people to the Women's March on Washington, are from left Sarah Gaba, Cara Paulak, Genevieve Morgan and Sally Struever with son Jasper Eiermann.

Portland writer helping Maine women march on Washington

By Kathleen Pierce on Jan. 06, 2017, at 2:13 p.m.
Genevieve Morgan said that “this isn’t an anti-Trump march. It’s about the principles that many, many people across the country think are being threatened.”
A storage tank looms over a freeway at the Enbridge Edmonton terminal in Edmonton in this, Aug. 4, 2012.

Study: Maine electricity customers unlikely to benefit from new natural gas storage

By Darren Fishell on Jan. 06, 2017, at 2 p.m.
The California consulting firm Navigant has concluded almost all proposals for using stored natural gas to protect Maine electricity customers from wintertime price spikes won’t be worth it, especially if a major regional pipeline is expanded.

Webinar: Recent Trends in Cloud Computing

By Kate Carpenter on Jan. 06, 2017, at 1:46 p.m.
Zoe Seaman-Grant of Charleston, South Carolina, and Matthew Davis of Chicago, members of the Brooks Quimby Debate Council at Bates College, advanced to the quarter-finals of the World Universities Debating Championship on Tuesday in The Hague, Netherlands. A team from the University of Sydney in Australia was named the winner.

A Maine college team talked its way into the world debate championships

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 06, 2017, at 7:01 a.m.
Two Bates College students joined teams from Oxford University, Yale University and the University of Sydney earlier this week in The Hague, Netherlands, competing in the World Universities Debating Championship.
FairPoint employees conduct an informational picket in Bangor in this August 2014 file photo.

FairPoint unions say they need more information about merger

By Darren Fishell on Jan. 06, 2017, at 6:36 a.m.
The unions on Thursday asked regulators for special access to their review of FairPoint’s request to allow the $1.5 billion sale.
The Penobscot Indian Nation Enterprises hopes to open a distillery on this property seen on Wednesday on Indian Island.

Maine tribe’s plan to sell vodka to casinos fuels conflict on Indian Island

By Darren Fishell and Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 06, 2017, at 6:35 a.m.
The corporate arm of the Penobscot Indian Nation plans to launch its own line of vodka to sell primarily to tribal casinos in other states, an idea the nation’s former chief said contradicts tribal values and the aims of its affiliated corporation.