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John Bragg, president of N.H. Bragg and Sons, reads a book to students at the Head Start Center at Eastern Maine Community College in a 2011 file photo.

Study urges Maine, other states to get more kids into early education

By Nick McCrea on May 23, 2017, at 4:05 p.m.
Maine could be doing more to support early childhood education programs aimed at children from birth to age 2 from impoverished families.
Sen. Nate Libby, D-Lewiston

‘Leading edge’ restrictions on electricity sellers become Maine law

By Darren Fishell on May 23, 2017, at 3:22 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage has signed into law new rules for companies that sell electricity directly to Maine homeowners.
Anthony Sanborn Jr. listens in a Portland courtroom as the key witness in his 1992 murder trial recants the testimony that helped send him to prison.

Judge to review media recordings related to 1989 murder case

By Jake Bleiberg on May 23, 2017, at 2:05 p.m.
Sanborn himself also is expected to testify “to the unequivocal fact of his actual innocence,” according to the court document.
Sen. Roger Katz, R-Augusta.

Maine House votes against physician-assisted suicide

By Christopher Cousins on May 23, 2017, at 1:45 p.m.
Another attempt to allow physician-assisted suicide in Maine ended Tuesday with an 85-61 vote against it in the House of Representatives.
Eugene Martineau

Standish man sentenced to 15 years for death of infant son

By CBS 13 on May 23, 2017, at 11:24 a.m.
In exchange for pleading guilty to manslaughter, the state said it would drop the murder charge he also was facing.
Fuquan Wilson

NYC man sentenced to 10 years for Biddeford manslaughter

By CBS 13 on May 23, 2017, at 8:20 a.m.
He pleaded guilty to manslaughter in March.
William "Bro" Adams

NEH chairman, former Colby College president, resigns

By Nora Flaherty, Maine Public on May 23, 2017, at 8:08 a.m.
A former Colby College president has announced he’s resigning as chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities effective tomorrow.
A nursing student listens to a patient's lungs with a nurse practitioner at the Greater Portland Health clinic.

Maine health insurance co-op emerges from $90 million deficit

By Patty Wight, Maine Public on May 23, 2017, at 6:51 a.m.
Maine’s insurance co-op, Community Health Options, is back in the black after sustaining operating losses of nearly $90 million in the past two years.
The invasive European green crab population has exploded in Maquoit Bay during the last few years due to warming water temperatures.

A top chef has an answer to Maine’s green crab scourge: Fry them in oil, then dig in

By Beth Brogan on May 23, 2017, at 6:22 a.m.
One night, after “foraging the intertidal zone,” Mallett debuted the crabs, deep fried and “a little bit like croutons.”
Graduates celebrate after switching their tassels over during the University of Maine’s 215th Commencement at Alfond Arena in Orono on May 13. The University of Maine System board of trustees Monday voted Monday to approve the first system-wide tuition hike in in six years.

UMS board approves first system-wide tuition hike in six years

By Nick McCrea on May 23, 2017, at 1:10 a.m.
Board also approves new organization, leader at UMPI.
Michael Liberty

Feds: Sentence for Maine mogul should be example for political donors

By Darren Fishell on May 22, 2017, at 6:06 p.m.
Liberty, 56, earlier this year pleaded guilty to making $22,500 in illegal campaign contributions.
A worker walks toward the main office at Downeast Correctional Facility in Machiasport in February. The state prison will be closed in June, the state announced last week.

Lawmakers want hearings on the closure of Down East prison

By Christopher Cousins on May 22, 2017, at 3:21 p.m.
“It would just give us some additional facts so we don’t just have to read about it in the newspaper,” Gattine said.
LINCOLN, Maine -- 05/16/2017 - Chris Palmer Clayton Glidden (right) brings a PVC pipe for a test well in position for Chris Palmer, both of East Coast Exploration and Drilling, in Lincoln Tuesday. The pair are contracted by Poland Springs to dig test wells for the bottling plant Poland Springs might build here. Ashley L. Conti | BDN

How Poland Spring picks where to set up bottling plants

By Nick Sambides Jr. on May 22, 2017, at 2:31 p.m.
A Lincoln bottling plant would likely require 175 million gallons annually.
Emera Maine is starting a repair and maintenance project along a 100-mile stretch of an important transmission line using helicopters.
CREDIT: Contributed.

Emera Maine using helicopters as part of line repairs

on May 22, 2017, at 11:29 a.m.
Sam Blackstone of Circle B Farms prepares to go pick up the bean pot for a group lunch at an open house and apple class at his Caribou farm in May 2016.

Caribou farm named northern Maine food aggregator for UMaine system

By Anthony Brino on May 22, 2017, at 11:13 a.m.
A major University of Maine system food service provider is partnering with Circle B Farms of Caribou to bring more locally grown food to four UMaine campuses.
Members of the Maine House of Representatives await the final votes on the last day of session, April 17, 2014.

History tells us that Maine voters will pass a $50 million bond in June

By Michael Shepherd on May 22, 2017, at 11:10 a.m.
Maine election officials are readying for election in just over three weeks that you already may have forgotten about — if you knew about it at all.
Maine State Police closed off Route 11 in Belgrade late Friday night after what officials say was an officer-involved shooting.

Officials identify man who died in Belgrade shooting

By CBS 13 on May 22, 2017, at 10:53 a.m.
One man was killed and his son was injured after exchanging gunfire with police, according to the Maine attorney general’s office.

Woman dies, two injured in Brownfield crash

By Nick McCrea on May 22, 2017, at 8:49 a.m.
A woman died Friday when the vehicle she was a passenger in collided with a second vehicle that crossed the centerline.
Antoinne J. Bethea

Man wanted in Bangor shooting on Easter arrested in Ohio

By Judy Harrison on May 22, 2017, at 8:13 a.m.
A suspect sought in connection with a shooting in Bangor last month that left one man dead was arrested Sunday in Ohio during a traffic stop, according to Bangor police.
Michael Bryant and his wife Sarah Bryant exit the Portland federal courthouse, after he was sentenced to 3 years of probation for poaching more than $330,000 worth of baby eels, May 17, 2017.

How Maine came to play a central role in an international eel smuggling scheme

By Bill Trotter on May 22, 2017, at 7:42 a.m.
Before 2014, when there were no statewide or individual catch limits in Maine, licensed elver fishermen could sell as many elvers as they could get their hands on, which encouraged many to pass off elvers caught by someone else as their own.