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A monarch butterfly perches on a flower on July 18, at Charlotte Rhoades Garden and Butterfly Park in Southwest Harbor.

Monarch butterflies return to Southwest Harbor garden after years of absence

By Aislinn Sarnacki on July 23, 2017, at 7:52 a.m.
The butterflies were roosting on a recent foggy morning in Charlotte Rhoades Park and Butterfly Garden. Wings shut, they clung to the undersides of leaves and colorful blossoms, waiting in shelter for the sun.
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Marijuana plants are seen in an indoor marijuana plantation of a marijuana smokers club in Uruguay.

How to grow marijuana now that it’s legal in Maine

By Julia Bayly on July 22, 2017, at 7 a.m.
A resident must be 21-years-old to grow marijuana for his or her personal use and can possess no more than 12 immature plants and six flowering plants.
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Walgreens on Broadway is seen in Bangor Tuesday.

Only Walgreens selling Narcan in Bangor without a prescription

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 21, 2017, at 1:42 p.m.
The Walgreens chain announced in December that Maine was one of the states where it would be dispensing Narcan without a prescription.
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Gov. Paul LePage

Gov. Paul LePage may seek U.S. Senate seat after all

By Steve Collins on July 20, 2017, at 3:40 p.m.
The governor said he’s getting pressure to reconsider his decision to steer clear of the 2018 contest.
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Portland Community Health Center medical assistant Shelby Heggeman (right) prepares a vaccination in a 2015 photo.

Parents of Maine kids refusing vaccines as measles, whooping cough cases increase

By Jackie Farwell on July 19, 2017, at 4:25 p.m.
“If a certain number of newborns get pertussis, then we’re going to see some infant deaths, which is horrifying to say, but it is the reality.”
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Giant hogweed is a type of noxious weed that can grow to more than 12 feet in height and has large, white flowers. Imported to the United States as an ornamental plant, hogweed oozes sap that can cause severe burns, blisters and even permanent scars. There are about 20 sites in Maine, many of them in the Bar Harbor area due to the plant's use in estate gardens.

Beware of the beautiful weed that can cause blindness, burns

By Abigail Curtis on July 18, 2017, at 7:40 a.m.
“It’s really pretty, but it’s extremely dangerous. You have to almost be in a hazmat suit [to be around it] because the sap on it is so dangerous.”
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People enjoy a great day on Sand Beach in Acadia National Park.

How summer vacation took hold in the US

By Stephen Mihm, Bloomberg View on July 17, 2017, at 12 p.m.
Planning a trip to the beach, a lake, or some other spot in the great outdoors in the next month or so? Please take a few moments to thank a small but influential group of reformers, idealists, and busybodies who created an enduring American institution: the summer vacation.
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Pat Guerard of Portland, Connecticut, has spent the past year touring the country in her hand-crafted "Gypsy caravan" she named Wandering Rose. The caravan was constructed by John Kaznecki of South Thomaston.

Her ‘retirement home’ is a Maine-built tiny house on the open road

By Meg Haskell on July 15, 2017, at 7:30 a.m.
“I told my daughter she needed to give me two years to explore, and then I’ll be ready to settle down,” Pat Guerard, 62, said.
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Rep. Scott Hamann, D-South Portland

House speaker boots state rep from committees for anti-Trump rant

By Jake Bleiberg on July 14, 2017, at 10:25 a.m.
State Rep. Scott Hamann, D-South Portland, has been removed from two legislative committees because of statements he made online that suggested he would harm President Donald Trump if he got close enough.
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All 10 varieties of boxed macaroni and cheese that were tested were found to contain the toxic chemicals phthalates.

Toxic chemicals found in boxed mac and cheese

By Patty Wight on July 13, 2017, at 5:08 p.m.
Boxed mac and cheese is a source of toxic chemicals called phthalates, according to food safety advocates.
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Barry Cook works to sort lumber at a St. Albans sawmill called Sebasticook Lumber on June 15, 2017.

A Maine nonprofit paid its disabled workers less than minimum wage, while its executives got six figures

By Corlyn Voorhees on July 12, 2017, at 6:37 a.m.
It also violated the subminimum wage law more than any other employer in the state.
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Riders spin in the dark while a laser light show and "Fire on High" by the Electric Light Orchestra booms through speakrs on the Astrospehere ride a Funtown in Saco.

More Maine employers can hire 14- and 15-year-olds

By Fred Bever, Maine Public on July 11, 2017, at 9:06 a.m.
Employers facing a crunch of summertime workers can start making new job offers — immediately.
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A new Maine law provides incentives to consumers who shop around for medical imaging and other health services.

New Maine law rewards consumers who find better deals on health care

By Jackie Farwell on July 10, 2017, at 1:56 p.m.
Under a new Maine law, health insurers must compensate customers who find a better deal on many common medical services.
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Russia's President Vladimir Putin (left) and President Donald Trump talk during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.

Trump proposes forming ‘cyber security unit’ with Russia after Putin denied election hacking

By Philip Rucker and David A. Fahrenthold, The Washington Post on July 09, 2017, at 10:24 a.m.
President Trump said he “strongly pressed” Vladimir Putin twice about Russian meddling in the election during their Friday meeting in Germany, and that Putin “vehemently denied it.”
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Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, here visiting Maine’s national monument in June, is due to advise President Trump on the monument next month.

99 percent of comments tell Trump to keep Maine’s monument

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 08, 2017, at 1 a.m.
All but 67 of the 192,052 comments about Maine’s monument that were submitted to Interior’s website from May 11 to July 4 supported it.
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Moninda Marube

Maine man outruns bears in Auburn

By CBS 13 on July 07, 2017, at 9:20 a.m.
A man out on his morning run was chased by bears in Auburn.
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On Rusty Metal Farm, there is no such thing as ever having too many coffee makers.

Confessions of a caffeine addict

By Julia Bayly on July 06, 2017, at 5:17 p.m.
What I am — to borrow a phrase from one of my favorite mugs — is “instant person, just add coffee.”
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Northbound traffic at the Maine Turnpike toll plaza in West Gardiner.

Vacationland turnpike director asks: Can every holiday be on a Tuesday?

By Darren Fishell on July 05, 2017, at 6:58 p.m.
Total Independence Day weekend traffic through the York plaza was up about 1.7 percent over last year, from Friday to Sunday. Traffic everywhere on the turnpike was up about 5.6 percent.
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After the Maine State Senate voted for the state budget bill the papers associated with the bill are carried to the Clerk of the Maine House of Representatives in Augusta Monday afternoon.

Maine government shutdown ends after LePage and Gideon cut late-night budget deal

By Christopher Cousins on July 03, 2017, at 8:45 p.m.
The House of Representatives voted 147-2 in favor of the deal at nearly 1 a.m. Tuesday and the Senate followed suit 35-0. LePage signed the budget into law.
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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 at the Maine State House in Augusta, June 28 2017.

New effort to break Maine budget stalemate defies LePage demand for no tax hike

By Michael Shepherd on July 03, 2017, at 12:07 a.m.
A special budget panel endorsed a two-year budget late Sunday, setting up a high-pressure round of Monday floor votes on Day 3 of a state shutdown.