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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.”
Sarah Smiley

Revisiting thoughts on the ‘Day Without a Woman’ march

By Sarah Smiley on March 07, 2017, at 5:16 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, speaks at her home in Bangor, Jan. 4, 2016.

Sen. Collins says she’s open to demanding Trump’s tax returns

By Karoun Demirjian, Washington Post on Feb. 23, 2017, at 7:29 a.m.
Sen. Susan Collins of Maine made the remark to a local radio program Wednesday, in which she stated that “many of the members” on the Intelligence panel will formally request that ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn testify before the committee.
The bright red houseboat owned by Steve White is docked at the Front Street Shipyard in Belfast, Aug. 20, 2014.

Floating homes aren’t houseboats and a Maine town will vote on banning them

By Abigail Adams on Feb. 22, 2017, at 6:24 a.m.
Edgecomb voters will soon decide whether to place a temporary ban on floating homes while the town develops regulations to govern them.
Andrew MacLean, deputy executive vice president of the Maine Medical Association, voices his organization's support for Medicaid expansion at the State House Welcome Center in Augusta, Jan. 23, 2014.

Medicaid expansion referendum headed to Maine ballot

By Christopher Cousins on Feb. 21, 2017, at 11:07 a.m.
Mainers will vote in November on whether the state should expand its Medicaid program, following the validation Tuesday of a petition to do so.
A sign in front of the Portland Police Department can be seen on Friday in Portland.

Portland plans to buy police body cameras by 2019, but activists want them earlier

By Jake Bleiberg on Feb. 20, 2017, at 2:41 p.m.
Some local activists and officials are pushing the city to move up its plan for body cameras after a local man was shot dead by police last weekend.
Steam locomotive 470 chugged into Union Station marking the last visit to Bangor of a Maine Central steam train in this 1954 file photo.

Passenger trains in Bangor: A vision of the future or a pipe dream?

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Feb. 18, 2017, at 1 a.m.
The state’s sole passenger rail service has been a slow-blooming flower. The Amtrak Downeaster train began in December 2001 as a tourist attraction, running between Boston and Portland, but it has grown steadily.
Mary Mayhew, commissioner of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.

LePage asks Trump to let Maine ban candy, soda from food stamps

By Christopher Cousins and Michael Shepherd, BDN Staff on Feb. 17, 2017, at 11:33 a.m.
Gov. LePage’s administration asked the USDA on Friday to OK banning soft drink and candy purchases with food stamps.