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Gov. Paul LePage answers questions from broadcast media following a maple tree tapping ceremony on the Blaine House lawn in mid-March.

LePage seeks to lock tougher welfare rules into law

By Christopher Cousins and Michael Shepherd on March 28, 2017, at 10:55 a.m.
Gov. Paul LePage unveiled a bill that represents his latest effort to incorporate tougher welfare policies into Maine law.
Sap buckets around a neighborhood in Belfast wait to be emptied by Sasha Kutsy and her family Wednesday. The family gathers sap from neighbor trees to make around two gallons of maple syrup.

Maple syrup isn’t just a business, it’s a way of life

By Abigail Curtis on March 28, 2017, at 5:57 a.m.
“As February rolls around and we are so eager for spring to come, this is a sign that it’s on its way.”
Clara Connolly, 8, looks out the window with Mango before cat yoga at P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center in Camden Wednesday. The third Wednesday of every month, Coastal Maine Yoga provides free yoga classes with adoptable cats at the center.

Mainers can now do yoga with cats

By Abigail Curtis on March 27, 2017, at 8:42 a.m.
“I love animals, and this was a really cool way to have a new experience.”
Camden Hills Regional High School students get onto a bus after being dismissed from school Friday afternoon. Maria Libby, superintendent of MSAD 28, part of the Five Town CSD, said Wednesday that the vast majority of parents in her district support starting school later.

More Maine schools are opting for later morning starts

By Alex Acquisto on March 25, 2017, at 7:40 a.m.
Midcoast school districts are considering joining the ranks of others in Maine that have delayed the start of the school day.
Matt Bell tops off jars of beets with brine at Thirty Acre Farm. Besides traditional sauerkraut, they make a variety of other fermented vegetables and hot sauces. They grow the large majority of the organic vegetables on their farm in Whitefield.

Maine farmer turns fresh produce into funky ferments

By Lauren Abbate on March 24, 2017, at 11:02 a.m.
“My hope was to just provide nutritious food to people. I think we’re definitely doing that by growing nutritious crops and them giving them further value through the fermentation process.”
Governor Paul LePage attends a maple tree tapping ceremony on a cold day in mid-March. LePage now backs the American Health Care Act and is urging Maine's senators to support it.

LePage now backs GOP health plan, urges support from King, Collins

By Christopher Cousins and Michael Shepherd on March 23, 2017, at 2:22 p.m.
Earlier this month, LePage sent a letter to U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan which said of the bill, “early signs do not look encouraging.”
University of Maine neuropsychology student Katrina Daigle and electrical engineering student Ahmed Almaghasilah hold a device that records data while a person is sleeping. The mattress cover is outfitted with sensors to record movement while a person is asleep. The patented technology, developed at UMaine, is being used to study sleep disorders.

This device developed at UMaine may help maintain brain health

By Meg Haskell on March 22, 2017, at 11:53 a.m.
For this study, a special sheet is placed under the regular bedding in the patient’s home, like a mattress pad. As sensors in the pad pick up the sleeper’s subtle movements and respirations, electronic information is wirelessly transmitted via the internet to receivers at UMaine, where it can be analyzed to determine the duration and quality of sleep.
Rev. Bobby Bledsoe, pastor of CityReach church, speaks at a public hearing of the Penobscot County Commissioners, informing the board that representatives from his denomination will be in town Wednesday to outbid Penobscot County in its efforts to acquire the former YMCA building where his congregation meets.

County would displace Bangor church to make way for inmates

By Judy Harrison on March 21, 2017, at 6:44 p.m.
“You aren’t just trying to take the building, you’re taking the livelihood and the hope and the help that many people are receiving in our ministry.”
A new app launched by Forager 1 LLC, a group led by former CashStar CEO David Stone, aims to streamline transactions between local farmers and stores such as the Portland Co-op.

It just got easier for Mainers to get food from local farmers

By Darren Fishell on March 20, 2017, at 6:24 a.m.
The company aims to improve transactions between small farmers and grocery stores or cooperatives, mostly by taking manual paperwork out of the equation.
Chuck Berry on stage at Hidden Valley Ranch, in Irvine, California, in a July 2001 file image. Berry died at 90 on Saturday, March 18, 2017.

Chuck Berry, wild man of rock who helped define its rebellious spirit, dies at 90

By Terence McArdle, The Washington Post on March 18, 2017, at 10:09 p.m.
Berry hits such as “Johnny B. Goode,” “Roll Over Beethoven,” “Sweet Little Sixteen,” “Maybellene” and “Memphis” melded elements of blues, rockabilly and jazz into some of America’s most timeless pop songs of the 20th century.
Handguns are offered for sale at Maine Military Supply in Holden.

Bill would allow adults under 21 to carry concealed weapons

By Mal Leary on March 18, 2017, at 11:04 a.m.
Maine allows people 21 and older to carry a concealed firearm without a permit, but lawmakers are considering a measure that would lower that age to 18.
Lincoln Paper and Tissue LLC

Lincoln wants feds to help pay for $20 million cleanup at former mill

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 17, 2017, at 7:33 a.m.
Asbestos cleanup from the LPT buildings alone will cost an estimated $16 million.
The future USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) is floated from the dock for the first time during its October 2015 christening at Bath Iron Works.

Critics warn Bath Iron Works river dredging could threaten wildlife

By Beth Brogan on March 16, 2017, at 7:11 a.m.
“It’s a complicated, vibrant ecosystem.”
Bangor area residents examine the offerings at a community supported agriculture (CSA) fair in 2011.

Bangor farm share fair could determine what you eat this season

By Lauren Abbate on March 16, 2017, at 1 a.m.
“This is one of the really best ways to support local agriculture because it’s not just going to the farmers’ market — it’s investing in the farmer for the entire season.”
People enjoy a great day on Sand Beach in Acadia National Park

Out-of-staters owe Maine almost $17 million in taxes

By Jake Bleiberg on March 15, 2017, at 9:04 a.m.
People and businesses outside of Maine have accumulated nearly $17 million in tax bills that remain unpaid.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”