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A farmer from Pennsylvania picks up a load of Atlantic seed potatoes on April 23 from Hemphill Farms in Presque Isle. Tests of Hemphill's seed potatoes have not found signs of Dickeya, a new bacteria that has caused problems for some seed potato growers and their customers.

Maine seed potatoes growers looking to protect brand against disease

By Anthony Brino on May 02, 2016, at 10 p.m.
The greater American potato industry is closely watching Maine, as seed potato farmers prepare to control a new outbreak of an old disease.
Bill Rae, executive director of Manna Ministries, Inc., talks about the ministry last week.

Manna Ministries violates law, operates despite loss of charter

By Nick Sambides Jr. on May 02, 2016, at 7:33 p.m.
The dissolution of its charter in February was the fifth time Manna had lost its corporate charter since 2011, usually due to its nonpayment of filing fees, according to state records.
Sen. Susan Collins

Susan Collins doubts Donald Trump will pick her as running mate

By Mal Leary on May 02, 2016, at 5:25 p.m.
The New York Times and other newspapers have picked up on speculation that U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine might be considered as a running mate for GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.
FairPoint Communications' Bangor office entrance is seen in this photo taken Monday, Oct. 26, 2009.

Patent defense firm alleges infringement by FairPoint

By Darren Fishell on May 02, 2016, at 5:09 p.m.
PORTLAND | A firm that buys and defends intellectual property rights has sued FairPoint Communications and two other companies, alleging violations of certain network communications technologies developed by the bankrupt multinational telecom firm Nortel. The lawsuit is part of the fallout from a $4.5 billion purchase of Nortel intellectual …
Chris Dispenzieri (left) of Bangor and Greg Hudak of Brewer play the slot machines at the Oxford Casino on Thanksgiving Day in 2013.

With new hotel, Oxford Casino heightens competition with Hollywood Casino

By Darren Fishell on May 02, 2016, at 3:50 p.m.
Oxford Casino owner Churchill Downs announced it plans to build a $25 million, 100-room hotel attached to the casino that opened in 2012.
The rest area on the northbound side of Interstate 95 just before the Hampden exit has been named the Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain Rest Area in honor of the Brewer native, who became a general in the Union Army during the Civil War.

I-95 rest area in Hampden dedicated to Joshua Chamberlain

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 02, 2016, at 3:48 p.m.
The Interstate-95 northbound rest area was dedicated Monday in honor of Civil War hero and Brewer native Joshua Chamberlain.
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Staff Sgt. Robert Billings (left) of the U.S. Army National Guard shakes hands with World War II veteran Harold Beal (right), Paul Wilbur and Norman Rossignol (background) after a news conference at Husson University's New England School of Communications on Monday. Nine students in a public affairs class divided into teams to research and gather information about World War II and then interview three World War II veterans. Their project was accepted to The Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress American Folklife Center, which preserves the stories of American war veterans.

Stories of Maine WWII veterans recorded by Husson students for Library of Congress

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 02, 2016, at 2:20 p.m.
Students in the New England School of Communications journalism program at Husson University learned there is more to history than what is written in books, several said Monday after they interviewed three Maine World War II veterans as part of the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project.
A flower blooms in one of the five gardens at the Lafayette Family Cancer Center in Bangor.

Psychotherapy video chats may help with ‘chemo brain’

By Kathryn Doyle, Reuters on May 02, 2016, at 1:29 p.m.
Although the program conducted in Bangor and Brewer, Maine, was beneficial, it is unclear whether memory returns to pre-cancer levels.
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Hollywood stars descend on southern Maine to film new witch movie

on May 02, 2016, at 1 p.m.
If you recognize somebody from “Criminal Minds” or “The Americans” in your local diner, this is why.
Iwanagra Apple Blossom Golden Beauty offers grace and elegance.

Advice for celebrating World Naked Gardening Day this Saturday

By Kathleen Pierce on May 02, 2016, at 12:08 p.m.
Good news, gardeners: World Naked Gardening Day is happening on Saturday, May 7, this year. That means that all you horticultural exhibitionists have a few days to get in shape for the big day of planting and pruning.
Traffic travels on Route 1A in Dedham near Lily Road on Aug. 6, 2014.

Maine gas prices forecast to rise ahead of summer travel season

By Darren Fishell on May 02, 2016, at 11:55 a.m.
Maine’s average price for a gallon of gasoline, $2.28, is the highest its been so far this year, but it is still 31 cents lower than one year ago.

Inmate dies at Maine Correctional Center

By Ryan McLaughlin on May 02, 2016, at 10:53 a.m.
A man serving time for eluding a police officer has died at the Maine Correctional Center.
A Sports Authority store is shown in Encinitas, California on March 2, 2016.

Sports Authority to close all of its 450 stores

By CBS 13 on May 02, 2016, at 10:43 a.m.
Sports Authority is closing all of its stores across the country. The company filed for bankruptcy in March.
A sea gull stands Friday on a large rock on the sand bar in Bar Harbor while the Holland America ship Veendam is anchored in Frenchman Bay. The Veendam was the first cruise ship to visit Bar Harbor this summer and plans to visit Bar Harbor 19 more times by the end of October. Overall, more than 370 cruise ship visits are scheduled for nine Maine ports in 2016.

Maine’s 2016 cruise passenger count expected to rise

By Bill Trotter on May 02, 2016, at 6:13 a.m.
Overall, 376 cruise ship visits carrying a projected statewide total of more than 283,000 passengers are expected to be spread out among nine Maine ports this year.
The makeshift campsite of Christopher Knight in Rome, Maine, in 2013.

Restitution appeal of North Pond Hermit to be heard in East Machias

By Judy Harrison on May 01, 2016, at 5:34 p.m.
Christopher Knight, 50, has refused to pay $1,125 to the Maine State Police for costs related to the removal of a road that had to be built so investigators could reach Knight’s campsite in the woods.

Maine man dies in tree-cutting accident

By CBS 13 on May 01, 2016, at 4:49 p.m.
Stephen Fuller, 63, was cutting a tree on his property in Peru.
Maine Sen. Tom Saviello, R-Wilton.

With session’s end come gains and losses for Maine lawmakers

By Scott Thistle on May 01, 2016, at 3:06 p.m.
Maine lawmakers were licking their wounds and notching their belts, taking stock of what they did and didn’t get done for their constituents while finishing up the second half of the 127th legislative session Friday.
Jay Gus Conrad, 67, of Lakeland, Tennessee, (left) leaves the Federal Building with his attorney Federal Public Defender Virginia Villa in Bangor Jan. 7, 2014.

Tenn. man awaiting sentencing in narwhal tusk smuggling case dies

By Judy Harrison on May 01, 2016, at 11:18 a.m.
A self-employed specialty roofer in the Memphis area, Jay Gus Conrad died April 22, according to his obituary. A cause of death was not listed.
People stream on and off The Pier in Old Orchard Beach in this 2014 file photo.

Maine business, tourism officials say signs point to busy summer, despite weak Canadian dollar

By Deborah McDermott, The York Weekly on May 01, 2016, at 9:44 a.m.
“I see no reason why we shouldn’t have a great year this year. All the trend numbers are pointing in that direction.”
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Peter Vigue, CEO Cianbro

Maine competes on energy costs, so why ‘misrepresent the real facts?’

By Darren Fishell on May 01, 2016, at 9:36 a.m.
Cianbro chairman Peter Vigue gets a little bit frustrated with talk of Maine’s high energy prices, because the state can claim New England’s lowest average electricity costs since about 2008.