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Trump Administration Could Allow Commercial Fishing In Marine National Monument

A leaked memo from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke shows he wants to go roll back some protections for national monuments designated by former President Barack Obama. That includes the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts National Monument — the first marine monument established in the Atlantic.

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Report: New England Losing 65 Acres Of Forestland Per Day

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BOSTON - New England has been losing forestland to development at a rate of 65 acres per day - a loss that comes at a time when public funding for preservation of open land has also been on the decline.
 
That's the conclusion of a report released Tuesday by the Harvard Forest, a research institute of Harvard University.
 
The study found public funding for land conservation in New England dropped by half between 2008 and 2014 to $62 million per year, slightly lower than 2004 levels.
 

Hurricane Maria is barreling towards the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico as a "potentially catastrophic" Category 5 hurricane, and is forecast to approach the islands tonight and tomorrow. It has already caused reports of "widespread devastation" on the island of Dominica.

Elected officials in Brunswick and Portland voted Monday night to call the federal Columbus Day holiday "Indigenous People's Day."

At Portland’s City Council, residents and others spoke on both sides of the issue. And many - on both sides - condemned the nation's history of genocide against Native Americans, which has its roots in the European conquest of this continent.

ORONO, Maine - The National Science Foundation is giving $100,000 to help with a University of Maine citizen science project geared at protecting the water quality of lakes.
 
The project began in 2015. The university says the grant will help extend it into next year and beyond.
 
UMaine says Maine lakes contribute about $4 billion to the state's economy through recreational and other uses. They are also experiencing a decline in water quality.
 

Sen. Collins Cites ‘Concerns’ With Latest Republican Bid To Kill Obamacare

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AUGUSTA, Maine — Republicans’ latest plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act looked to be in danger Monday, when U.S. Sen. Susan Collins said she has “concerns” about the proposal.

The moderate Republican hasn’t taken a formal position on the bill sponsored by Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, but the road to passage may go through Collins because another Republican has already defected.

ETNA, Maine - A Maine man is dead after his vehicle rear-ended a flatbed truck carrying pieces of granite on an interstate in Etna.
 
Maine State Police say 56-year-old Joseph Lawler, of Jay, crashed into the flatbed around 2 p.m. Monday. WABI-TV reports that several motorists, including three nurses, stopped at the scene of the crash and attempted to perform first aid on Lawler.
 
Lawler later died in an ambulance at the scene.
 
The driver of the flatbed wasn't hurt.
 

PORTLAND, Maine - The display of wild and exotic animals will soon no longer be allowed in Portland after a unanimous city council vote.
 
On Monday, the Portland City Council voted to ban the use of big cats, elephants and other circus animals because of handling practices. The Portland Press Herald reports that a Friday rodeo will go ahead as planned, as the ban exempts the display of cattle, horses, swine, sheep and goats.
 

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The number of people dying from drug overdoses in Maine this year is on pace with last year, when 370 lives were lost. Now, some advocates are calling for stronger local action to address the opioid epidemic.

On Monday morning, advocates, family members and friends of people affected by substance use disorder sang as they placed 38 roses on the step of Lewiston City Hall — one for each city resident who has died from a drug overdose in the past two years.

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Supporters of Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument say a leaked memo from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to the White House is confusing and only creates more economic uncertainty in the region.

The state Department of Education is proposing to shift the responsibility for providing services for 3- to 5-year-old children with disabilities back to local school districts.

The state says the current system isn’t working, but critics of the proposed change say it could place a larger financial burden on local schools.

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