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Dakota was pardoned in March by Gov. Paul LePage. A District Court judge had ordered the Husky euthanized after it attacked other dogs.

Dog pardon again proves LePage is the alpha in Maine’s power structure

By Michael Shepherd on April 23, 2017, at 7:20 a.m.
A husky’s life is on the line in what may be Maine’s most unusual court case, and one of the only things that can save it is Gov. Paul LePage and a creative interpretation of executive power.
A school bus

Maine schools restrain, seclude students 13,000 times per year

By Robbie Feinberg, Maine Public on April 22, 2017, at 12:21 p.m.
A new report finds that students in Maine are restrained and secluded within their schools approximately 13,000 times per year. Educational advocates want to see reforms at the state level to bring those numbers down.
Alton resident Darlene Young was one employee who took advantage of federal retraining funds, which recently have been allocated to millworkers in Lincoln. Her training to become a certified medical assistant has paid off, she says she loves helping people at her new job at the Helen Hunt Health Center in Old Town.

Maine’s unemployment rate hits a new low

By Nick McCrea on April 21, 2017, at 3:44 p.m.
Maine posted a 3 percent unemployment rate for March, the lowest since the current method of measuring unemployment was adopted in 1976.
Crash Barry, a pot activist from western Maine, hands out free marijuana and copies of his books in Portland's Monument Square on Thursday, 4/20.

Free marijuana draws hundreds to downtown Portland

By Troy R. Bennett on April 20, 2017, at 2:58 p.m.
To get the free sample, all you had to do was prove you were over 21 and say the magic, not-so-secret password “cannabis liberation.”
South Portland High School sophomore Max Saffer-Meng works on homework at his home in South Portland.

Maine families worry that new grading system will harm college chances

By Robbie Feinberg on April 18, 2017, at 4:19 p.m.
Some schools have swapped out the traditional grades of A’s, B’s and C’s with 1’s, 2’s and 3’s, and some parents are concerned that could affect their kid’s chances of getting into college.
Pedestrians move quickly to avoid traffic on Hammond Street. The Hammond-Main street intersection will be torn up for most of the summer, causing traffic jams, as city-paid crews replace utilities.

Traffic already stacking up at construction sites on busy Bangor roads

By Nick Sambides Jr. on April 17, 2017, at 6:12 p.m.
“This could be a very long summer.”
Kayakers make their way toward Bangor during the 51st annual Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race on Saturday. The 16-mile race starts in Kenduskeag and ends in downtown Bangor.

Nova Scotian breaks record with 13th Kenduskeag Stream race victory

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 15, 2017, at 3:09 p.m.
Trevor MacLean paddled to his 13th Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race victory, the most wins in the 51-history of the paddle from Kenduskeag Village to downtown Bangor, on a perfect sun-splashed day that featured challenging but fast water conditions.
Terry Hayes

In a surprise, Maine’s independent treasurer files for 2018 gubernatorial race

By Michael Shepherd on April 14, 2017, at 12:11 p.m.
Maine State Treasurer Terry Hayes filed to run for governor on Friday, becoming the first serious candidate to declare for the 2018 race.
Dottie England, who leads monthly book discussions at the Eastern Area Agency on Aging, said in a recent meeting that she comes from family of wealthy southern cotton growers and read aloud from the will of a long-ago relative who bequeathed his slaves and their descendants to his children and their descendants

This senior book group grapples with race relations, the horror of war

By Meg Haskell on April 13, 2017, at 8:54 a.m.
Birds sang sweetly and warm spring sunshine filtered through the trees outside the Eastern Area Agency on Aging one recent afternoon when a dozen women in their 60s and older gathered in a conference room to discuss race relations, the American transcendentalist movement and the horrors of war.

Dog pardoned by LePage gets 11th hour reprieve from kill order

By Judy Harrison on April 12, 2017, at 2:13 p.m.
Dakota, the husky pardoned by Gov. Paul LePage, got an 11th hour reprieve late Tuesday.
A still from "The Last Days of Solitary," a documentary filmed between 2014 and 2017 in the Maine State Prison in Warren.

PBS documentary to explore Maine State Prison’s recent efforts at reform

By Emily Burnham on April 12, 2017, at 12:01 p.m.
“Prison is often a traumatic and terrifying place, and it’ll never be an easy place to be, but there are people at the Maine State Prison that are actively trying to make it less so.”
Dakota was pardoned in March by Gov. Paul LePage. A District Court judge had ordered the Husky euthanized after it attacked other dogs.

Judge refuses to spare life of Dakota, dog pardoned by LePage

By Judy Harrison on April 11, 2017, at 2:03 p.m.
Judge Valerie Stanfill found that Maine law requires that a dog be euthanized after it is declared a dangerous dog and it attacks again.
Community gardens in Portland are growing. This year locals deemed low income are getting preference on the waiting list.

Portland has a new strategy for feeding low-income residents

By Kathleen Pierce on April 10, 2017, at 6:18 a.m.
In an effort to put a dent in the region’s burgeoning food insecurity problem, the organization that manages Portland’s community gardens started giving preference to low-income Portlanders.
Sonja Twombly pour her goat's milk soap mixture into moulds at Lally Broch Farm in Frankfort.

Making soap from scratch a wholesome alternative to storebought

By Lauren Abbate on April 09, 2017, at 7:22 a.m.
A boon to using goat’s milk for the base of the soap, as opposed to water, is that the milk is more easily absorbed into the skin.
The Portland Jetport terminal in October 2015.

Maine airports want to unclog terminals by regulating Uber, Lyft

By Steve Mistler on April 08, 2017, at 12:40 p.m.
“We have to have rules to keep from having chaos in that we have a lot of people on a very small piece of property.”
Men ride a motorbike past a hazard sign at a site hit by an airstrike on Tuesday in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in rebel-held Idlib, Syria April 5, 2017. The hazard sign reads, "Danger, unexploded ammunition."

Maine delegation: Trump’s Syria strikes fair response to gas attack

By Michael Shepherd on April 07, 2017, at 1:45 p.m.
Maine’s congressional delegation called President Donald Trump’s Wednesday airstrikes a fair response to the Syrian regime’s alleged use of chemical weapons in a civil war there, but three said Congress should be consulted before future military action.
Abdi Ali, 28, was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in a Portland courthouse following his arraignment for a drunken driving charge.

Immigration agents seize Somali man in Portland courthouse

By Jake Bleiberg on April 06, 2017, at 2:01 p.m.
ICE agents grabbed him, pushed him against the wall and handcuffed him before walking him out of the court, said lawyer Tina Heather Nadeau.
Senator Susan Collins

Sen. Susan Collins votes for ‘nuclear’ option to change Senate rules for Gorsuch

By Christopher Burns on April 06, 2017, at 12:58 p.m.
U.S. Sen. Susan Collins joined her Republican colleagues in the Senate to trigger the so-called “nuclear option.”
A glass of water is seen during the taste testing at the Maine Rural Water Association's 34th Annual Water and Wastewater Technical Conference at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Dec. 11, 2014.

Maine’s wells could be polluted with arsenic, lead

By Abigail Curtis on April 05, 2017, at 6:01 a.m.
“The major problem is that Maine has a high reliance on wells, but very few people test their wells.”
Independent U.S. Senator Angus King of Maine (above) will oppose the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

Angus King comes out against Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch

By Michael Shepherd on April 04, 2017, at 4:44 p.m.
In his statement, King says he’ll also support Democrats’ planned filibuster, which he hinted at on a Sunday appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”