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Darrick Deshane shovels the sidewalk outside Paddy Murphy's on Tuesday morning as part of a group of three men from Hopkins Landscaping, including Nick Watson and Michael Deshane (not shown), who were clearing downtown sidewalks as good samaritans. "We don't want anybody getting hurt because it's nasty out," said Watson.

Bangor hasn’t enforced sidewalk snow clearing ordinance in at least 17 years

By Danielle McLean on March 14, 2017, at 1:17 p.m.
Property owners, businesses or tenants located in the downtown area have six hours to remove snow or ice from their adjacent sidewalk or else face a $100 fine.
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A man looks up Congress Street in Portland while crossing in the snow on Feb. 9.

Massive storm expected to dump foot or more across the state

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 13, 2017, at 2:26 p.m.
“In Portland, they should see 13 to 14 inches. … The current total we have forecasted for the Bangor area is 16 inches.”
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Blaze maintenance man Robert McClure tries to keep on top of the falling snow so there's a clear path to the business in Bangor, Feb. 13, 2017.

Winter storm on track to dump a foot of snow across Maine this week

By Dawn Gagnon on March 12, 2017, at 3:18 p.m.
A snowstorm could drop nearly a foot of snow as it passes over Maine Tuesday and into Wednesday.
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Ethan Evans works remotely from CoVort co-working space in Bangor on Friday for the Boston-based software development firm Appworks, supplementing a military career with the Maine National Guard and allowing him to buck a trend of the state losing its youngest workers in droves.

For younger workers, leaving Maine means higher incomes

By Darren Fishell on March 12, 2017, at 7:23 a.m.
From 2011 to 2015, Maine lost more than 1,800 workers younger than 26 and had a net loss of about 667 workers under the age of 65, according to IRS statistics.
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A bill co-sponsored by Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin would allow 16- and 17-year-olds to work in logging operations under parental supervision.

Poliquin-backed bill would allow 16-year-olds to work in logging industry

By Christopher Cousins on March 10, 2017, at 2:56 p.m.
“Outdated regulations from Washington haven’t kept up, preventing young Mainers from pursuing careers in the trade in Maine.”
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Fifteen Hannaford Supermarket stores have launched a pilot program to sell irregularly shaped produce at a discount.

Hannaford launches ‘misfits’ produce at a discount

By CBS 13 on March 08, 2017, at 8:15 a.m.
It may not be pretty, but less-than-perfect produce can save you a penny at Hannaford Supermarkets.
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Fresh, organic, local, all natural ― there are a host of descriptors that food producers use these days to market their products. While some of these claims are verifiable, others are not, and it takes a quick education in food labels for consumers to know the difference.

What you should know about food labeling in Maine

By Lauren Abbate on March 08, 2017, at 1 a.m.
“It’s a big challenge to look at things with a critical eye and try to figure out how you are not being deceived.”
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Sarah Smiley

Revisiting thoughts on the ‘Day Without a Woman’ march

By Sarah Smiley on March 07, 2017, at 5:16 p.m.
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Hilda Wiley (right), of Brunswick, and her daughter, Simone Wiley, 9, stand together during the Women's March on Maine outside the Burton M. Cross building at the Maine State House in Augusta on Jan. 21.

Why I’m not participating in the women’s strike

By Cara Courchesne on March 07, 2017, at 4:15 p.m.
I want a movement that lends a voice and enables participation for everyone, not just (mostly) white professional women who can take a vacation day.
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Michelle Robbins (center) cheers during the Women's March on Maine outside the Burton M. Cross building at the Maine State House in Augusta on Jan. 21.

What you need to know about Wednesday’s women’s strike

By Kathleen Pierce on March 07, 2017, at 4:02 p.m.
Organizers of The Women’s March on Washington have called for a national women’s strike for Wednesday, corresponding with International Women’s Day.
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A patient goes through dialysis treatment at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.

With more Mainers on dialysis, local centers struggle to keep up

By Lindsey Tice, Sun Journal on March 06, 2017, at 11:18 a.m.
In less than 20 years, the number of dialysis patients in Maine has almost doubled.
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Shipping containers stand stacked at the Eimskip facility on Commercial Street in Portland.

Maine to New York barge route on infrastructure wish list sent to Trump administration

By Fred Bever, Maine Public on March 05, 2017, at 8:15 a.m.
Maine’s to-do list includes a plan for new barge service between here and New York.
Rep. Craig Hickman, D-Winthrop.

Push to end public funding in Maine governor’s races hits partisan wall

By Steve Mistler, Maine Public on March 03, 2017, at 3:13 p.m.
Rep. Kathleen Dillingham says she can’t justify spending up to $3 million in taxpayer funds for each gubernatorial candidate.
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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, U.S., March 2, 2017.

Trump’s attorney general recuses himself from any Russia probes

By Julia Edwards Ainsley and Richard Cowan, Reuters on March 02, 2017, at 5:02 p.m.
Sessions said he had been weighing recusal — ruling himself out from any role in the investigations — even before the latest twist of the controversy.
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Jeff Sessions testifies at a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for Sessions to become U.S. attorney general on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 10, 2017.

Maine’s entire delegation calls on Sessions to stay out of Russia probe

By Staff and wire reports on March 02, 2017, at 6:31 a.m.
The previously undisclosed discussions Jeff Sessions had with Russia’s ambassador to the United States could fuel new congressional calls for the appointment of a special counsel to investigate Russia’s alleged role in the 2016 presidential election.
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Bangor business owners back the minimum wage referendum during a press conference in June.

Democrats’ split could spur minimum wage change for Maine restaurant servers

By Michael Shepherd on March 01, 2017, at 6:20 a.m.
Eight Democrats in the Maine Legislature are supporting proposals to restore the tipped minimum wage for servers phased out by a 2016 minimum wage referendum.
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An inspirational message is painted above a door in a hallway of Piscataquis Community Secondary School, which serves the seventh through 12th-grade students of School Administrative District 4, in this November 2016 photo. School officials in the Guilford-based district have been in discussions with their counterparts in neighboring AOS 94 about applying for a state-funded school consolidation pilot project that would result in a merger of multiple high schools.

Here’s how the state plans to get more schools to consolidate

By Nick McCrea on Feb. 28, 2017, at 12:03 p.m.
The state is looking for a new model for high school education and is turning to ailing school districts to help build it.
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Jimmy Buffett performs at the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion on the Bangor Waterfront on Aug. 18, 2016. His was the biggest concert of 2016. City officials continue with contract talks with the company that manages the pavilion.

Bangor still in talks with Waterfront Concerts over new contract

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Feb. 27, 2017, at 8:50 p.m.
The city has been negotiating what was at first described as a 10-year contract with Waterfront Concerts since the end of the concert season last year, according to Council Chairman Joe Baldacci.
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Gov. Paul LePage addresses the chamber during the 2017 State of the State address at the State House in Augusta, Feb. 7, 2017.

Thanks mostly to LePage, Maine has a record $1 billion in the bank

By Christopher Cousins on Feb. 26, 2017, at 7:18 a.m.
An improving economy and rigid fiscal discipline under Republican Gov. Paul LePage have contributed to an all-time record for Maine state government: more than $1 billion in its cash pool.
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U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin

Poliquin votes to let states require drug tests for jobless benefits

By Steve Collins, Sun Journal on Feb. 24, 2017, at 2:25 p.m.
U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin joined his GOP colleagues on the vote because, he said, “drug testing for welfare programs should be a state’s decision, not controlled by the whims of Washington.”