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About 1,000 students participated in the ninth annual Maine Learning Technology Initiative Student Conference at the University of Maine in Orono.

Laptop program hasn’t closed technology skills gap for rural schools

By Robbie Feinberg, Maine Public on June 23, 2017, at 12:14 p.m.
Geography and school funding have made using that technology a lot more difficult for many rural schools.
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Josh Parda, a volunteer with Comins Hall, feeds the fire as he prepares to make bean-hole beans early Friday morning in Eddington. Parda is one of a group of volunteers who organize suppers, pie and bean sales and other events to generate income for the upkeep of the building that was built in 1878.

Digging into tradition with bean-hole beans

By Abigail Curtis on June 22, 2017, at 6:09 a.m.
“Fire, coals and cast iron or earthenware pots. It’s a pretty easy way to cook a whole bunch of food for a whole bunch of people. And relative to a can of beans, they taste very much better.”
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Dick Hall was the vice president of manufacturing at the former Dexter Shoe Company.

$325 loafers could bring shoe manufacturing back to Maine

By Lindsay Putnam on June 21, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Sixteen years after Dexter Shoe Co. closed, shoe manufacturing might be coming back to Maine — in the form of $325 hand-sewn penny loafers.
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Maine Legislature votes to ban cellphone use while driving

By Christopher Cousins on June 20, 2017, at 2:47 p.m.
The bill establishes penalties of $75 for a first offense and fines of up to $500 along with license suspensions for subsequent violations.
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These are some of the nearly 20 puppies and adult dogs that will be available for adoption at the Bangor Humane Society's shelter on Mount Hope Avenue on Tuesday.

Bangor animal shelter gearing up to adopt out first wave of southern ‘transfer dogs’

By Dawn Gagnon on June 19, 2017, at 6:35 a.m.
The dogs, which arrived in Maine on June 13, were rescued from the Southern Pines Animal Shelter in Mississippi, where they were at high risk of being euthanized due to overcrowding.
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The national smoking rate has fallen to historic lows, with just 15 percent of adults still smoking. But the socioeconomic gap has never been bigger.

America’s new tobacco crisis: The rich stopped smoking, the poor didn’t

By William Wan, The Washington Post on June 18, 2017, at 8:10 a.m.
Hidden among the steady declines in recent years is the stark reality that cigarettes are becoming a habit of the poor.
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Scott Cyr of Fort Fairfield celebrates when he hears his name drawn at the 2017 moose permit lottery drawing on Saturday, June 17, at Caribou Parks and Recreation.

Moose fever: 2,080 win hunt permits

By Dawn Gagnon on June 17, 2017, at 6:56 p.m.
As has become tradition on moose lottery day, Wildlife Department Commissioner Chandler Woodcock announced where the festivities will take place next year: Skowhegan.
A cow moose in the Moosehead Lake Region in 2016.

2017 Maine Moose Lottery Permit results

on June 17, 2017, at 6 p.m.
The following are the 2,080 permit winners in this year’s moose hunting drawing who were randomly selected by computer to participate in the 37th annual Maine moose hunt starting in September.
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Rachel Borch, 21, stands along an overgrown area of the trail she runs along Alford Lake, much like the section where she was recently attacked by a rabid raccoon while jogging near her home in Hope. The raccoon lunged at her and bit her on the thumb, not letting go. Borch drowned the animal in a puddle.

Maine jogger who killed rabid raccoon becomes overnight media sensation

By Alex Acquisto on June 16, 2017, at 6:19 a.m.
“I didn’t choose the rock star life, the rock star life chose me,” Rachel Borch said with a grin, sitting at her kitchen table as her mom fielded another call from another reporter.
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Passengers wait at the bus terminal in Pickering Square in downtown Bangor on Monday afternoon. Expanded service could happen in several years thanks to the arrival of new buses. 
Gabor Degre | BDN

Bangor’s new buses could be the first step in offering later routes

By Danielle McLean on June 15, 2017, at 1 a.m.
The city is replacing half of its aging, 22-bus fleet over the next five years, using a mix of federal, state and local funds — and could give the city-operated Community Connector transit service the inventory it needs to one day offer rides after 5:45 p.m.
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Maine’s $50 million tech bond appears likely to pass easily

By Darren Fishell and Michael Shepherd, BDN Staff on June 14, 2017, at 10:21 a.m.
It would earmark $45 million to replenish a fund for infrastructure, equipment and technology upgrades in seven targeted sectors, including aquaculture, forestry, agriculture and composite materials.
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Long Creek Youth Development Center on Westbrook Street in South Portland.

Maine youth prison lays off nearly half its teachers

By Jake Bleiberg on June 13, 2017, at 11:06 a.m.
Layoffs at Maine’s juvenile prison have left the school that serves its young inmates without qualified teachers for a number of subjects.
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Maine Sen. Andre Cushing, R-Newport

Maine Senate dumps proposal to hold union-busting votes every two years

By Christopher Cousins on June 12, 2017, at 1:32 p.m.
A bid to let labor union members vote every other year to dissolve their unions failed 20-13 Monday in the Republican-controlled Maine Senate.
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Medicaid cuts disproportionately harm rural areas, study finds

By Patty Wight, Maine Public on June 10, 2017, at 7:25 a.m.
More than 130,000 Maine children rely on Medicaid.
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Chestnut Street in downtown Lewiston is pictured on August 30, 2016.

Lewiston and Auburn have a name ready if they merge

By CBS 13 on June 09, 2017, at 1:58 p.m.
And the winner is: Lewiston-Auburn.
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A Maine Forest Ranger collects evidence on a property abuse case in October 2014.

Maine House strongly endorses new effort to arm forest rangers

By Christopher Cousins on June 08, 2017, at 2:56 p.m.
Several argued in House debate that forest rangers often find themselves in dangerous situations.
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Goats and two of four greenhouses are seen at Chase Street Farm in Monroe, June 20, 2016.

Small earthquake shakes up midcoast Maine

By Nick McCrea on June 07, 2017, at 10:46 a.m.
If you felt a little bit shaky Wednesday morning in midcoast Maine, you’re not alone.
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Mary Mayhew speaks at the regional home for state Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Labor offices in South Portland in 2015.

Mary Mayhew launches 2018 gubernatorial campaign

By Michael Shepherd on June 06, 2017, at 7:19 a.m.
“I know we have worked too hard to see what we have done undone. So today I announce my candidacy to be the next governor of the state of Maine.”
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Nurse Kaci Hickox speaks with the media in Fort Kent, Maine, Oct. 31, 2014.

Nurse who sued Chris Christie over Ebola lockdown nears settlement

By Nick McCrea on June 05, 2017, at 8:38 a.m.
Kaci Hickox claims she was held illegally and unconstitutionally against her will as part of a mandatory quarantine for anyone returning from certain West African countries who treated patients with Ebola.
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Tim Keefe with his tent in Washington, where he lived for the winter.

‘I felt like a caveman’: How work requirements for state benefits hurt one Maine man

By Patty Wight on June 03, 2017, at 1:50 p.m.
Tim Keefe says despite his injury, he lost his benefits because he couldn’t fulfill the work requirement.