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PINE TREE WEATHER

A Quiet Tuesday For Maine; More Snow Showers For Wednesday

on Dec. 05, 2016, at 5:39 p.m.
#MAINE

Person who is allegedly writing a book about Maine, admittedly, knows nothing about Maine

on Dec. 05, 2016, at 12:34 p.m.
A FairPoint sign can be seen in Bangor in this August 2014 file photo.

Consolidated Communications to buy FairPoint in $1.5 billion deal

By Reuters on Dec. 05, 2016, at 12:08 p.m.
Consolidated Communications Holdings Inc. said on Monday it would buy broadband service provider FairPoint Communications Inc.
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Ranking of worst drivers by state says Maine worse than Mass.

on Dec. 05, 2016, at 10:20 a.m.
Yeah, right.
Rep. Justin Chenette, D-Saco.

Lawmaker calls for scrutiny of state police use of social media monitoring

By Jake Bleiberg on Dec. 05, 2016, at 6:58 a.m.
Omar, 4, Anas, 7, and Eyad Raslan, 6, resettled with their parents to Perth-Andover, New Brunswick, this summer. They came through a program of the Canadian government that allows private citizens to sponsor refugees.

Immigrants built rural Maine. Canada shows how they could do so again

on Dec. 05, 2016, at 6:10 a.m.
“It’s a lot harder to hate people once you meet them.”
U.S. Navy veteran and Pearl Harbor survivor Robert Coles (left) of Machias is returning to Pearl Habor to attend the 75th anniversary commemoration and honor his fallen brothers in arms.

Pearl Harbor survivor Robert Coles honors his fallen brothers in arms

By Kathleen McKiernan, Boston Herald on Dec. 04, 2016, at 9:39 a.m.
Coles was a radioman apprentice serving on the destroyer USS Bagley when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. And though it’s been a lifelong dream, Coles hasn’t been back to Oahu since World War II.
The new 25,000-square-foot center will allow the organization to expand education programming, host training classes and workshops and serve as a gathering space for the community.

Westbrook animal shelter debuts major expansion

By CBS 13 on Dec. 03, 2016, at 10:19 a.m.
A Maine animal shelter now has a lot more space and resources to care for animals that need a home.
A mother and her son are in serious condition after a police officer pulled them from their burning mobile home Friday night, according to state fire marshals.

Mother, son in serious condition after rescue from Skowhegan fire

Bangor Daily News on Dec. 03, 2016, at 9:46 a.m.
A mother and her son are in serious condition after fire swept through their mobile home in Skowhegan on Friday night.
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A farmhouse in Harmony.

My thoughts upon leaving rural Maine forever

By Dawn Potter on Dec. 03, 2016, at 8:18 a.m.
Some of us see hard and lonely as true life.
Clamming in Searsport near Searsport Island in Maine.

$32K grant to fund equipment for Maine’s marine biotoxin testing program

By Bill Trotter on Dec. 03, 2016, at 7:49 a.m.
A few months after domoic acid was detected at harmful levels along Maine’s coast, the state has received a $32,000 grant to improve its ability to test for the presence of the toxin.
A person signs a petition that is related to "An Act to Allow Slot Mchines or a Casino in York County" on Oct. 19 in Bangor.

After flurry of campaigns, Maine lawmakers will consider restricting citizen initiatives

By Michael Shepherd on Dec. 03, 2016, at 1 a.m.
Some lawmakers are looking to raise the bar to get questions on the ballot, which now requires signatures equaling the number of 10 percent of voters in the past gubernatorial election — or about 61,000 now. But it will face opposition from some Democrats and activists.
A Canada lynx sits in an enclosure in October 2013 at the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray.

More than $5,000 reward offered in Canada lynx killings in Maine

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Dec. 02, 2016, at 6:54 p.m.
It is illegal to shoot Canada lynx, which are listed as a threatened species under the Federal Endangered Species Act.
A man stands on a skateboard outside a Wal-Mart store in Williston, North Dakota, in 2013.

Wal-Mart to settle lawsuit over benefits for same-sex spouses

By Daniel Wiessner, Reuters on Dec. 02, 2016, at 6:14 p.m.
The plaintiff in the case has worked at Wal-Mart stores in Maine and Massachusetts since 1999.
President-elect Donald Trump walks off his plane upon his arrival in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Thursday.

Trump’s welfare policies could look a lot like Maine’s

By Steve Mistler, Maine Public on Dec. 02, 2016, at 5:11 p.m.
The president of the Foundation for Government Accountability is confident that policies enacted in Maine and other states can help convince the new guard in Washington to enact bold welfare changes at the federal level.
Sen. Susan Collins

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

By Targeted News Service on Dec. 02, 2016, at 3:16 p.m.
Here’s a look at how area members of Congress voted over the previous week.

Rights advocate living in Maine dies of heart attack on Rosa Parks anniversary

By Brad Harper, Montgomery Advertiser on Dec. 02, 2016, at 1:41 p.m.
Virginia “Tilla” Durr’s parents bailed Parks out of jail after she was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus on Dec. 1, 1955.
Michael Liberty

How illegal campaign donations deepened the downfall of a Maine-made mogul

By Darren Fishell on Dec. 02, 2016, at 1:39 p.m.
The possibility of jail comes at an already difficult time for Michael Liberty.
Hatchimals, made by Spinmaster, a US company, are the hottest children's toy on the market this Dec. 2016 holiday season. It is also the hardest to get.

Maine parents pained by Hatchimals hunt

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 02, 2016, at 12:30 p.m.
“I am very afraid that my daughter is going to be disappointed.”

Much of Maine still considered in severe drought despite rain

By Abigail Curtis on Dec. 02, 2016, at 11:26 a.m.
All this rainfall still doesn’t mean that the drought is over.