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A worker from the SEAT factory, under the Volkswagen group, works on an engine of a SEAT Leon car, in Martorell near Barcelona December 5, 2014.  About 700,000 of the 11 million diesel engines involved in the Volkswagen emissions scandal were manufactured by the company's brand Seat, a spokesman for the Spanish unit said on Tuesday, September 29, 2015.  Picture taken December 5, 2014.     REUTERS/Gustau Nacarino

Maine to get $5.1 million from Volkswagen emissions settlement

Volkswagen has agreed to pay more than $157 million to 10 states to settle environmental lawsuits filed last year.
Bees flying on a warm winter day
THE BEE WHISPERER

Yet another tough winter for honeybees

The parasitic varroa mite has been a real problem for beekeepers, and it seems to be getting worse.
The Maine Brewers' Guild plans to refurbish a refrigerated shipping container into the &quotMaine Beer Box." It will have 50 taps and will make its first trip as the &quotambassador for Maine beer" in June, heading to a beer festival in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Maine’s craft beer is headed to Iceland

A 50-tap keg will be carrying Maine’s craft beer to a festival in Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik, this June.
Gov. Paul LePage addresses the chamber during the 2017 State of the State address at the State House. LePage is urging legislators to pass a bill that would bring Maine in compliance with federal Real ID standards.

LePage rejects Real ID quick fix, backs bill to comply with federal standards

The governor urged legislators to quickly pass LD 306, which would force Maine to become fully compliant with Real ID.
This black-and-white warbler sits on a deck after crashing into a bedroom window.
GOOD BIRDING

Birds striking your windows? Move the feeder

Now, to repeat: The fastest, cheapest and best solution is to just move the feeder.
Long Creek Youth Development Center on Westbrook Street in South Portland.

Legislative committee opposes staff cuts at troubled youth prison

A legislative committee is opposing job cuts that might endanger the accreditation of a school at Maine’s youth prison.
Elvers sit in a net in Card Mill Stream in Franklin, May 29, 2015.

Maine’s elver king denies federal charges of trafficking in baby eels

A 71-year-old Woolwich man pleaded not guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to trafficking in poached elvers — juvenile American eels — between 2011 and 2014.
Snow started falling in Bangor in a March 14, 2017 file photo.
POLL QUESTION

Spring snowstorm could drop a foot in some parts of Maine

“We certainly have the possibility of six inches or more, possibly a foot of snow in interior Maine.”
For small business owner Summer Allen, 36, the decision to not have children is no big deal.
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Why some Mainers choose to be child-free

“I am very aware of this as my choice to make. We all deserve freedom of choice and respect for the decisions we make.”
Clearing up around and pruning old apple trees can help make them productive and fruit-bearing again, according to John O'Meara, who travels northern Maine helping landowners rehabilitate trees.
Homestead

‘Definitely worth saving’: Maine farmer helps give old apple trees new life

“If a tree has been around a long time, it has weathered a lot of fluctuations and deserves a chance.”

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