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Maine Speaker of the House Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, speaks during the first session of the 128th Legislature on Wednesday at the State House in Augusta.

LePage, House speaker agree to cooperate on new mental health facility

Maine’s new House speaker emerged from a meeting with Gov. Paul LePage to say they agreed to a path for legislative leaders to approve a new, privately run mental health facility in Augusta by 2016’s end.

Despite higher prices, electricity resellers retain Maine customers

Companies selling electricity directly to consumers have retained more than one in six Maine households as customers this year, despite charging generally higher prices.
Sen. Susan Collins

The yeas and nays: How Maine’s congressional representatives voted this week

Here’s a look at how area members of Congress voted over the previous week.

Quarry Road Trails 2016-2017 Winter Season Kicks Off

Richard Nickerson

Windham high school choral director and Houlton high school grad is a finalist for Grammy educator award

Richard Nickerson is one of 10 finalists up for the award, created by the Recording Academy and Grammy Foundation.

American Red Cross blood donation opportunities

Clinton &quotBill" Townsend

Bill Townsend, noted Maine lawyer and environmental advocate, dies at 89

Clinton “Bill” Townsend was best known for his work with many of Maine’s most influential environmental advocacy organizations and regulatory authorities.

Stonewall Kitchen issues voluntary recall on salmonella concerns

York-based Stonewall Kitchen has announced a recall of three pancake and waffle mixes because of concerns of salmonella contamination in the powdered buttermilk used in those products.
Portland's Gulf of Maine Research Institute has designed a trawl net that aims to target species that can still be profitable while avoiding cod.

New net aims to help Maine fishermen land fewer cod

It’s the kind of innovation that has become prevalent over the last six years, as regulators have deployed a quota system that frequently changes its parameters as one species or another becomes more or less abundant.
Icicles hang from a swing in Hayford Park in Bangor, March 25, 2016.

The polar vortex is coming. Here’s how cold it could get.

Much of the northern half of the United States could see frigid weather next week similar to life-threatening cold the polar vortex brought to parts of the country in 2014.

Father killed daughter, then self in Hebron, police say

Police believe a 56-year-old man shot and killed his 27-year-old daughter at their home Thursday before turning the gun on himself.

Toddlers with ties to Houlton die in NYC when radiator bursts

New York City’s use of private apartment buildings to house multiple homeless families came under fire on Thursday, a day after two children living in one of the “cluster sites” were killed in a radiator accident.

Former Maine man charged in death of 2-year-old daughter

Roger Joseph Dana, 43, is charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death last month of his daughter.

Police: Bodies of man, woman found in Hebron house

The bodies were discovered by a neighbor.

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