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A sizable crowd shops at the Bangor Farmers' Market in this June 2012 file photo.

More farmers markets accepting SNAP this season

By Sarah Walker Caron on July 28, 2014, at 8:02 a.m.
On Sundays, the farmers market in Bangor bustles with customers. Brilliant yellow squash, rich red beets, fresh green lettuces and a rainbow of other fruits and veggies are stacked in booths, ready for the choosing. Other booths have coolers teeming with meats, multi-hued cartons of eggs and a variety of …

Prescription tracking at 10: Maine police, doctors, lawmakers disagree on more stringent monitoring, even as drug abuse picture improves

By Jackie Farwell on July 27, 2014, at 6:01 a.m.
Part 2 of a 2-part series Brent Gallant will never forget the moment that launched his 15 years of prescription drug addiction. “I remember the first day I took a Vicodin, to a tee,” says the 44-year-old lobsterman from Brunswick. It was nearly two decades ago. Gallant worked for a …

Prescription tracking at 10: Why it still has much to prove, but could be Maine’s best weapon against drug abuse

By Jackie Farwell on July 25, 2014, at 2:13 p.m.
Part 1 of a 2-part series Anne Perry offered her longtime patient a choice. The patient was prescribed painkillers for chronic pain. She also complained of anxiety and asked for benzodiazepines, an addictive class of medications that includes Xanax and Valium, which opiate abusers often take to enhance their high. …
Tony Bennett, 48, of Bethel narrates and is featured in 'Down East Dickering,' a reality TV show airing on the History Channel.

The camera’s on us: Reality TV turns the spotlight on Maine, its people

By Emily Burnham on July 25, 2014, at 8 a.m.
Reality television is always looking for the next big thing; the next place that will spawn a whole host of crazy new shows about unique people. From the mid-2000s on, it was all about Alaska, between “The Deadliest Catch, “Ice Road Truckers” and “Wild West Alaska.” Louisiana has no shortage …
East Millinocket Selectman Mark Marston reads a statement during an anti-national park forum held by the Lincoln Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.

Katahdin-area residents attend forum on proposed national park, skeptical of benefits

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 24, 2014, at 12:47 p.m.
LINCOLN, Maine — Rep. Beth Turner, R-Burlington, said after a forum Wednesday on a proposed 150,000-acre national park in the Katahdin region that she doesn’t believe that the virtues of the park would outweigh its flaws. She and several of the 28 people who attended the Lincoln Lakes Region Chamber …
Ann Homola, director of physician recruitment at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, from left, Matt McLaughlin, vice chair of FUSION:Bangor, and  Ben Sprague, chairman of the Bangor City Council, participate in a forum moderated by Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce CEO John Porter Monday, July 23, 2014.

Bangor business leaders want more young people to move to Maine

By Nick McCrea on July 23, 2014, at 1:46 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The problem isn’t that Maine’s population is too old, there just aren’t enough young people, a panel made up of local business and government leaders said Wednesday during a Bangor Chamber of Commerce breakfast. Maine, with its oft-cited status as the state with the oldest median age …
A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday threw out a federal regulation that implements key subsidies that are vital to President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

Federal courts disagree over Obamacare, creating uncertainty about Mainers’ health insurance subsidies

By Jackie Farwell on July 22, 2014, at 11:12 a.m.
Tens of thousands of Mainers could pay much more for health insurance if a legal blow dealt Tuesday to Obamacare by a federal appeals court is upheld. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the federal government can’t legally administer health insurance subsidies in …
The Maine State Lottery announced that the winning ticket had been sold at the Big Apple convenience store on South Main Street in Brewer.

Trio of co-workers claim $3.1 million ‘Megabucks’ jackpot after winning ticket sold at Brewer store

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 21, 2014, at 12:55 p.m.
BREWER, Maine — Three men came forward to claim the $3.1 million “Megabucks” jackpot after they purchased the winning ticket at a local convenience store on Saturday, according to a Maine State Lottery official. “It was three gentlemen who worked together,” the lottery official said Monday. The men’s names were …
Cianbro Corp. chairman and CEO Peter Vigue with a map backdrop of the proposed east-west highway.

Gubernatorial candidates see eye to eye — mostly — on Maine’s proposed east-west highway

By Mario Moretto on July 20, 2014, at 5:47 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Areas for agreement between the three major candidates for governor will likely be few and far between, but here is one: Neither Republican Gov. Paul LePage, Democrat Mike Michaud or independent Eliot Cutler is sold on the proposal to build a private east-west highway. There’s just not …

Sudden move to Portland shows KahBang’s biggest problem is bad management

By Renee Ordway on July 18, 2014, at 2:38 p.m.
Well, KAHBANG! Or shall we now call it KAHPORT? Yes, it’s true. The organizers of Bangor’s KahBang music festival are taking their show on the road — Interstate 95 to be exact — and heading south to Portland, and oh, what a buzz they’ve created. Why the sudden venue change …
Sandra Negrete (center) owns 101 Miles of Maine with her daughter Heather Bowers (right) and son Andrew McCue.

Maine store only sells items produced within 101-mile radius

By Abigail Curtis on July 18, 2014, at 2:04 p.m.
WINTERPORT, Maine — Sandy Negrete of Old Town had always wanted to open her own store, but she wasn’t quite sure what to sell in it. Then the laboratory technician read a book called the “100-Mile Diet” in a science class and had a brainstorm. The book is about the …
 Kahbang posters line shop windows in downtown Bangor. After five years of the festival in Bangor, Kahbang has announced that it will be moving to Portland, Maine.

KahBang Festival to move from Bangor to Portland

By Emily Burnham on July 17, 2014, at 1:34 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — With just three weeks before major performers including DMX and St. Vincent are scheduled to take the main stage at the annual KahBang Festival, organizers confirmed Thursday that a last-minute venue change will take the festival more than two hours south. KahBang Festival organizers told the Bangor …
Protestors hold up signs during a protest against the recent Supreme Court decision about birth control on Saturday outside the Bangor Hobby Lobby.

Why abortion could become a defining issue in Maine’s 2nd District race

By Nell Gluckman on July 17, 2014, at 5:32 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Social issues, in particular abortion, are poised to become part of the campaign narrative in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District, with supporters of Sen. Emily Cain, the Democrat, and Republican Bruce Poliquin making plans to bring them to the fore. Voters in this congressional district, which includes Lewiston, …

Expert: Brunswick Junior High had strong system in place to combat bullying

By Beth Brogan on July 16, 2014, at 6:05 p.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — Brunswick Superintendent of Schools Paul Perzanoski on Wednesday continued to defend the district’s efforts to prevent bullying, two days after the Maine Human Rights Commission found that the school department discriminated against a former junior high school student who was bullied by other students for more than …
Archery is one of the many activities military youth get to experience at the Maine National Guard youth camp, held every summer at Bog Brook training facility in Gilead, Maine.

Maine National Guard summer camp shows kids of military parents ‘they are not alone’

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 15, 2014, at 5:45 p.m.
GILEAD, Maine — When a mom or a dad in the Maine National Guard deploys, their children are often left to wonder what will happen without having a support group of peers going through the same experience. “The kids feel like they’re all alone,” Master Sgt. Barbara Claudel, organizer of …
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud

Michaud fundraiser with Giffords spurs Maine GOP to question his commitment to gun rights

By Christopher Cousins on July 14, 2014, at 3:59 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud’s involvement in a fundraiser next month with a prominent national gun control advocate is triggering questions from Republicans about where the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, who in the past has received support from the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine and the National Rifle Association, stands …

OUI checkpoint in downtown Bangor nets 2 arrests

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 12, 2014, at 9:42 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Bangor police patrol officers were busy Friday night when they decided to stop everyone driving through downtown to see if they were driving drunk, Sgt. Paul Kenison said Saturday morning. The roadblock was set up at 6 State St. They made two arrests and “detained a few …
Governor Paul LePage

The 61% calculus: Why November’s election isn’t shaping up to be a repeat of 2010

By Christopher Cousins on July 11, 2014, at 12:30 p.m.
Part 2 of 2 AUGUSTA, Maine — For more than three years, a common sight on Maine roads has been a bumper sticker that reads “61%: We did not vote for Paul LePage.” The sticker began showing up shortly after LePage took office, reinforcing the notion that he rose from …
Gov. Paul LePage speaks during the second day of the 2014 Maine Republican Convention at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

The 38-point governor: How one month in 2010 changed decades of Maine political reality

By Mario Moretto on July 10, 2014, at 2:09 p.m.
Part 1 of 2 AUGUSTA, Maine — For the roughly 62 percent of voters who chose someone other than Republican Paul LePage for governor on Election Day in 2010, the result was a shock. They remember a campaign full of controversy over property tax payments, threats to punch reporters and …
David Richards of Skowhegan survived this accident on July 3 while driving near Monson. The moose ended up inside his Hyundai Accent, but James was up and walking shortly after the crash.

‘Worst moose accident’ ends better than it appeared

By John Holyoke on July 09, 2014, at 11:19 a.m.
MONSON, Maine — Chester Jaynes Annance has responded to all kinds of automobile emergencies during his 20 years working for the family business, Moosehead Towing. But on July 3, he was called to the scene of a car-moose crash on Route 15 in Monson that was unlike anything he’d ever …
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