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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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 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.
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Teachers take a tour of the Moose River Lumber sawmill in Jackman, which is planning to expand in light of the recent tariffs on Canadian softwood.

Citing new tariff, Jackman lumber mill to add jobs, second shift

By Anthony Brino on April 25, 2017, at 5:41 p.m.
Pleasant River Lumber company is expanding its Jackman sawmill in anticipation of increased demand for American lumber amid the U.S. government’s plans to levy tariffs on Canadian softwood.
Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin watches logs being cut while visiting a sawmill in Richmond just south of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on December 14, 2005.

U.S. to impose up to 24 percent tariff on Canadian softwood lumber

By Anthony Brino on April 25, 2017, at 1:10 p.m.
A lumber yard

Ahead of NAFTA talks, US sets 20 percent duties on Canadian softwood lumber

By David Lawder, Reuters on April 25, 2017, at 10:23 a.m.
Canada denounced the U.S. action and vowed to protect its lumber interests through litigation.
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U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell (left) and Lucas St. Clair of Elliotsville Plantation Inc. paddle on the East Branch of the Penobscot River in the new Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016.

Trump, LePage actions threaten Maine’s national monument

By Nick Sambides Jr. on April 24, 2017, at 10:48 a.m.
Trump’s order is not expected to change monument designations immediately.
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Dakota was pardoned in March by Gov. Paul LePage. A District Court judge had ordered the Husky euthanized after it attacked other dogs.

Dog pardon again proves LePage is the alpha in Maine’s power structure

By Michael Shepherd on April 23, 2017, at 7:20 a.m.
A husky’s life is on the line in what may be Maine’s most unusual court case, and one of the only things that can save it is Gov. Paul LePage and a creative interpretation of executive power.
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A school bus

Maine schools restrain, seclude students 13,000 times per year

By Robbie Feinberg, Maine Public on April 22, 2017, at 12:21 p.m.
A new report finds that students in Maine are restrained and secluded within their schools approximately 13,000 times per year. Educational advocates want to see reforms at the state level to bring those numbers down.
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Alton resident Darlene Young was one employee who took advantage of federal retraining funds, which recently have been allocated to millworkers in Lincoln. Her training to become a certified medical assistant has paid off, she says she loves helping people at her new job at the Helen Hunt Health Center in Old Town.

Maine’s unemployment rate hits a new low

By Nick McCrea on April 21, 2017, at 3:44 p.m.
Maine posted a 3 percent unemployment rate for March, the lowest since the current method of measuring unemployment was adopted in 1976.
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Crash Barry, a pot activist from western Maine, hands out free marijuana and copies of his books in Portland's Monument Square on Thursday, 4/20.

Free marijuana draws hundreds to downtown Portland

By Troy R. Bennett on April 20, 2017, at 2:58 p.m.
To get the free sample, all you had to do was prove you were over 21 and say the magic, not-so-secret password “cannabis liberation.”
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South Portland High School sophomore Max Saffer-Meng works on homework at his home in South Portland.

Maine families worry that new grading system will harm college chances

By Robbie Feinberg on April 18, 2017, at 4:19 p.m.
Some schools have swapped out the traditional grades of A’s, B’s and C’s with 1’s, 2’s and 3’s, and some parents are concerned that could affect their kid’s chances of getting into college.
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Pedestrians move quickly to avoid traffic on Hammond Street. The Hammond-Main street intersection will be torn up for most of the summer, causing traffic jams, as city-paid crews replace utilities.

Traffic already stacking up at construction sites on busy Bangor roads

By Nick Sambides Jr. on April 17, 2017, at 6:12 p.m.
“This could be a very long summer.”