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Ada Yentes-Quinn waves her sign in the air during the Women's March on Maine outside the Burton M. Cross building at the Maine State House in Augusta on Jan. 21.

Maine Republicans block new statewide Equal Rights Amendment vote

By Christopher Cousins on May 16, 2017, at 12:25 p.m.
Republicans in the Legislature have essentially shut the door on the possibility of a referendum to enshrine gender equality in the Maine Constitution.
Miss USA Kara McCullough of the District of Columbia speaks during a press conference after the pageant.

Miss USA calls health care a ‘privilege,’ sparks debate during pageant

By Emily Yahr, Washington Post on May 15, 2017, at 11:59 a.m.
It’s rare to see anyone answer a question directly. Contestants often spout off media-trained, middle-of-the-road answers that ensure no one will be offended.
Lawmakers are considering a bill to ban Mainers younger than 18 from using tanning beds.

Tanning beds pose big cancer risk to young Mainers

By Amy Volk and Hilary Schneider on May 14, 2017, at 8:51 a.m.
Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and is one of the most common types of cancer in young people, especially young girls.
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage: Drug, alcohol use by pregnant women is child abuse

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 12, 2017, at 5:25 p.m.
“If you’re abusing drugs, if you’re abusing alcohol when you are pregnant, we have to do something. We have to work with you. We have to get you off them,” LePage said.
Margaret Zwicker (from left), Louise Ringle, Joan Shapleigh, and Gayle LaVallee cheer during the Women's March on Maine outside the Burton M. Cross building at the Maine State House in Augusta, Jan. 21, 2017.

Push for new Equal Rights Amendment vote in Maine sputters

By Christopher Cousins on May 12, 2017, at 9:17 a.m.
Equal gender rights is a fight that has simmered for more than a century in the United States.
Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap

Maine Democrat to take part in Trump’s voter fraud probe

By Christopher Cousins on May 11, 2017, at 12:48 p.m.
Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap said Thursday he has been asked to serve on an election fraud commission that is being spearheaded by President Donald Trump.
Sen. Roger Katz, R-Augusta

Push to restore lower base wage, tip credit for Maine tipped workers gains momentum

By Christopher Cousins on May 10, 2017, at 2:52 p.m.
The bill would restore the tip credit to Maine’s minimum wage laws.
Three 50 milliliter bottles of Fireball Whisky lie on a table with a standard pack of cards.

Maine takes a step closer to charging deposits on ‘nip’ liquor bottles

By Christopher Cousins on May 09, 2017, at 12:58 p.m.
A bill to include “nip”-sized liquor bottles in Maine’s bottle redemption system cruised through the House on Tuesday.
A model from The Well Armed Woman demonstrates a Concealed Carry Pack in Ghent, New York, Oct. 5, 2016.

Schools, cops say concealed guns on campuses would jeopardize safety

By Nick McCrea on May 08, 2017, at 1 a.m.
“Based on my 40 years in law enforcement, I know that when there are more guns allowed, there is more risk and less safety.”
Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents take green card holder Sergio Rodriguez into custody outside his home in El Monte, Calif., on April 18, 2017.

Fear, symbolism drive sanctuary community movement in Maine

By Beth Brogan on May 07, 2017, at 7:26 a.m.
“It’s a very terrifying time. Some of us are very, very scared. It’s more terrifying because Trump is so completely a loose cannon. You can’t tell what he could do.”
Hampden police used Narcan to revive an unresponsive man Wednesday.

Why pharmacists still can’t give out Narcan without a prescription

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 06, 2017, at 1 a.m.
The Legislature passed LD 1547 to make Narcan available at pharmacies without a prescription, but an apparent mistake still has the law requiring a prescription.
Humans around the world are planning to shed their clothes and dig into the earth on Saturday for World Naked Gardening Day.

Gardening this weekend? Time to get naked

By Julia Bayly on May 05, 2017, at 11:08 a.m.
That desire to feel the earth and wind is a comment sentiment among avid gardeners, even the ones who keep their clothes on.
BANGOR, MAINE -- 5/18/2016 -- The harm reduction coordinator for the Down East AIDS Network and Health Equity Alliance in Bangor is offering free Narcan nasal spray to heroin and opiate users and the people who care about them.

LePage wants Mainers repeatedly revived by Narcan to pay for it

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 04, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Bangor area doctors and advocates said the bill would make it harder to stop the state’s drug epidemic — which last year killed more than one person a day.
Beloved Ellsworth eatery Jordan's Snack Bar will be closed for the remainder of the 2017 season following another loss in the family.

Jordan’s Snack Bar closed for the year after family member’s death

By Nick McCrea on May 03, 2017, at 4:38 p.m.
The owners of Jordan’s Snack Bar published an advertisement in this week’s Ellsworth American announcing the closure and thanking customers for their support.
Tozier's employee Rosie Fish fills a case with fried hot dogs on Wednesday at the store in Bucksport.

Maine House votes to let small groceries open on Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas

By Michael Shepherd on May 02, 2017, at 12:26 p.m.
It was sponsored by Rep. James Gillway, R-Searsport, who proposed it on behalf of the owner of Tozier’s Family Market in his town.
This aerial photo shows Bangor and the Penobscot River on a clear summer day in 2014. An air quality study by the American Lung Association released in April ranked Bangor among the cleanest cities in the country.

Sale of clean air could be Maine’s next industry

By Alex Acquisto on May 01, 2017, at 5:57 a.m.
In an increasingly polluted world, selling clean Maine air could be the state’s next marketable industry.
A ball is seen on a roulette wheel in front of slot machines at Gaming Expo Asia in Macau, May 22, 2012.

Why Maine might not be voting on another casino after all

By Michael Shepherd on April 30, 2017, at 7:15 a.m.
Top Maine legislators are casting about for ways to thwart a highly controversial casino bid slated for the November ballot, considering the unprecedented use of a potential loophole in the state Constitution that could allow them to strike it from the ballot.
Gov. Paul LePage has signed a bill that will put Maine on track to complying with federal Real ID standards and avoiding problems for Mainers accessing federal facilities or boarding domestic flights.

LePage signs bill to bring Maine into Real ID compliance

By Christopher Cousins on April 28, 2017, at 11:20 a.m.
“It is in the best interest of Mainers for state officials to unite in going forward with Real ID implementation,” LePage said.
The Lincoln Mill tower in Biddeford

Maine House supports time zone switch, dumping daylight saving

By Christopher Cousins on April 27, 2017, at 12:38 p.m.
Maine could shift to the Atlantic time zone without a statewide referendum if preliminary votes Thursday in the House of Representatives hold.
 A Maine resident casts a ballot

Maine lawmakers edge closer to tightening ballot question rules

By Michael Shepherd on April 26, 2017, at 10:02 a.m.
The Maine Legislature started a quiet push Tuesday to put a constitutional amendment on the 2017 ballot that could rein in the state’s increasingly used — and some say abused — citizen initiative process.