Sen. Eric Brakey, R-Auburn, intends to run against Sen. Angus King in the 2018 senate race.

GOP state senator Eric Brakey kicks off underdog 2018 bid to unseat Angus King

By Michael Shepherd on April 03, 2017, at 8 p.m.
Brakey called King a champion of “big government and big corporations” and hit Republicans for challenging him weakly.

Climate change skeptic group’s mailing campaign targets Maine teachers

By Nick McCrea on April 03, 2017, at 5:47 p.m.
A letter from the Heartland Institute said that the “science isn’t settled” and that there was an ongoing, “vibrant debate” among scientists.
A snow pile covers half the kiosk at the trailhead for Big Moose Mountain on Feb. 12, near Greenville.

Another spring storm to dump up to 8 inches of snow

By Nick McCrea on April 03, 2017, at 9:22 a.m.
Western and southern Maine could see between 5 and 8 inches of snow, with possible higher totals in the and around mountains.
Ben Dionne stacks seeds on the shelves at Paris Farmers Union in Lewiston, where he works part-time. He was hired due to the help of vocational rehabilitation.

Workers with disabilities could be the secret to saving Maine’s future

on April 03, 2017, at 6:26 a.m.
When comparing the rates of employment among people with and without disabilities, Maine sees the greatest disparity in employment in the nation.

41 years of stars: BDN All-Maine Schoolgirl Basketball teams, 1977 to 2017

on April 01, 2017, at 1 a.m.
41 years of stars: BDN All-Maine Schoolgirl Basketball teams, 1977 to 2017

BDN All-Maine Schoolgirl Basketball Team stats; honorable mention list

on April 01, 2017, at 1 a.m.
BDN All-Maine Schoolgirl Basketball Team stats; honorable mention list
Emily Wheaton (right) of Presque Isle, pictured during a game in 2017, is among 15 honorees on the BDN All-Maine Schoolgirl Basketball Team.

Esposito, Bouchard headline 41st BDN All-Maine Schoolgirl Basketball Team

By Larry Mahoney on April 01, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Emily Esposito has been chosen to the first team of the Bangor Daily News All-Maine Schoolgirl Basketball Team for the third consecutive season.
Dakota was pardoned by Gov. Paul LePage, but her fate remains unclear.

Fate of pardoned dog in limbo after court hearing delayed

By Judy Harrison on March 31, 2017, at 4:56 p.m.
The fate of a husky named Dakota, who killed a smaller dog in Winslow last year, remained undecided Friday after a status conference was delayed.
Bangor's Katie Butler (right) drives up for two past Cheverus' Brooke McElman during their Class AA girls basketball quarterfinal game at Augusta Civic Center in Augusta. Due to low attendance in Augusta, all semifinals and regional championship games will now be played at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland.

MPA adopts new ‘AA’ basketball format, eyes better tourney experience

By Ernie Clark on March 31, 2017, at 4:02 p.m.
The MPA approved a two-year plan that will retain two Class AA regions but stage all semifinals and regional championship games in Portland.
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

By Dawn Gagnon on March 30, 2017, at 7:47 p.m.
Volkswagen has agreed to pay more than $157 million to 10 states to settle environmental lawsuits filed last year.
Verizon's Bangor call center closed last week.

Verizon eliminates jobs in Waterville one week after closure of Bangor call center

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 30, 2017, at 6:02 p.m.
“We are working with employees to find new positions within the organization or they can choose to receive a compensation package.”

Governor extends ice fishing season in northern Maine to April 16

on March 30, 2017, at 4:43 p.m.
“Extending the ice fishing season in northern Maine will provide anglers throughout the state similar ice fishing opportunities to those in southern Maine.”
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

By Christopher Cousins on March 30, 2017, at 3:54 p.m.
The governor urged legislators to quickly pass LD 306, which would force Maine to become fully compliant with Real ID.
Dakota was pardoned Thursday by Gov. Paul LePage. A District Court judge had ordered the husky be euthanized after it attacked another dog.

LePage pardons dog that was sentenced to die

By Michael Shepherd on March 30, 2017, at 2:54 p.m.
The dog, Dakota, was sentenced to be euthanized after allegedly killing a smaller dog in 2016.
Matthew Mason

Man accused in Ohio homicide found during Augusta bail check

By McCrea and Ricker on March 30, 2017, at 8:56 a.m.
Cheryl Lee Rust, left, receives a lifetime achievement award from Maine Restaurant Association board chair Michelle Corry, and president Steve Hewins Tuesday night at a gala celebration.

Restaurant awards tout chefs and owners from Ogunquit to Wiscasset

By Kathleen Pierce on March 29, 2017, at 6:37 p.m.
Maine eateries Le Garage, Jonathan’s Ogunquit, Union Restaurant and The Red Barn were among the restaurants honored.
The Curiosity Mars rover took this 'selfie'on the surface of Mars on May 11, 2016, before it began traversing part of the Red Planet that research scientists have named "Bar Harbor" and which has several features named after places in the Pine Tree State.

Scientists are naming locations on Mars after iconic Maine towns, landmarks

By Alex Acquisto on March 29, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Ogunquit Beach, Cape Elizabeth, Rockport, Isleboro, Isle au Haut and Mt. Katahdin are all locations in Maine — and now on Mars.
OxyContin, in 80 mg pills, in a 2013 file image.

Maine’s new opiate limits could be targeted in lawsuit

By Michael Shepherd on March 28, 2017, at 6:45 p.m.
Two midcoast men who suffer from chronic pain informed state officials on Tuesday that they intend to sue over a new law that limits opiate prescriptions.
Rear Adm. Steve Poulin, 1st Coast Guard District commander (at podium) honors Sgt. Matt Talbot and Specialist Corrie Roberts (immediate left of Poulin) during a ceremony at the State House. Talbot and Roberts were honored for their role in stopping a runaway lobster boat in October 2015 off the coast of North Haven.

Maine Marine Patrol officers honored for stopping runaway lobster boat

By Christopher Cousins on March 28, 2017, at 5:38 p.m.
Two Maine Marine Patrol officers were honored Tuesday for their attempt to rescue a distressed fisherman off North Haven in 2015.

Maine pols push to keep late campaign contributions hidden until after elections

By Steve Mistler, Maine Public on March 27, 2017, at 5:36 p.m.
Last year, candidates, PACs and ballot question campaigns disclosed more than $2.6 million of spending under what’s known as 24-hour reporting.