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5 Coastal Maine Towns Defy Their Waste Contracts So Their Garbage Doesn’t End Up In Landfills

Rather than have their solid waste dumped in a landfill, five coastal towns have chosen to violate their contracts and instead send their waste to the Penobscot Energy Recovery Company.

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A leading Democrat hopes a new law will increase the number of highly skilled workers in Maine.

The law uses federal welfare funds to fund a new program to help low-income families pursue post-secondary degrees or credentials.

Individuals eligible for the program would have to have an income at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty level. The degree would also have to be in a field where the job outlook is at least average, as defined by the Department of Labor.

Democratic House Speaker Sara Gideon said the law will address Maine's pressing workforce shortage.

Amnesty International has given Colin Kaepernick its top human rights award for his public opposition to racial injustice. The former San Franciso 49ers quarterback is Amnesty's 2018 Ambassador of Conscience

Teri Schultz reports for our Newscast unit that the "take a knee" campaign that won Kaepernick honor likely cost him his job:

Maine schools hoping to boost security now get explicit priority for state loans.

The law says school security upgrades get high priority for consideration for loans through Maine's underfunded school renovation fund. Current law gives high priority for safety projects in general.

Democratic Sen. Rebecca Millett said the law's particularly important in light of the February shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida.

The law becomes effective three months from the day lawmakers return to Augusta to consider LePage's vetoes.

Maine courts setting sentences for those convicted of murder will start considering if the victim had also been subjected to domestic violence.

A new law directs courts to weigh whether the victim was a family or household member who had also experienced domestic violence at the convicted person's hands.

Republican Gov. Paul LePage, himself a survivor of domestic abuse a child, signed Democratic Sen. Troy Jackson's bill into law this month.

The law will become effective three months from the day lawmakers return to Augusta to consider LePage's vetoes.

A judge has ordered Maine's secretary of state to reopen a probe into Republican U.S. Senate candidate Max Linn's petition to be on the ballot.

The judge told Secretary of State Matt Dunlap on Friday to accept new evidence from the campaign of Eric Brakey of Auburn, who is seeking the Republican nomination to run for U.S. Senate.

Both candidates are seeking to challenge incumbent independent U.S. Sen. Angus King. Democrat Zak Ringelstein has also entered the race.

The Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race Is The Boston Marathon Of Maine

Apr 21, 2018
Ashley L. Conti / Bangor Daily News

It’s the largest event of its kind in New England each year and one of the largest in the country.

It’s a bucket-list accomplishment for many of its participants.

It blends world-class competitors with weekend warriors, all sharing the same west-to-east route from its more rural start to the finish line in the city center.

Along the way, throngs of spectators share in the joy and occasional misery of the competitors.

For those in the running community, this might describe Monday’s 122nd Boston Marathon.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expanded its warning to consumers Friday to stay away from all types of romaine lettuce grown in the Yuma, Ariz., region because of an E. coli outbreak that has infected at least 61 people in 16 states.

The agency had previously instructed people not to eat chopped and bagged romaine lettuce from the area. But the new warning includes whole heads of romaine in addition to all of the packaged products.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

The legislature may have adjourned Thursday morning, but some educators and parents still have hope that the House and Senate will eventually act on a bill removing a state mandate for schools to implement "proficiency-based diplomas." It is unclear what effects such a change would have on local schools.

A.J. Higgins / Maine Public

First it was April, then July, now the partners in the Fiberight biofuel solid waste processing plant in Hampden say the facility may not be ready to open until late September. The delay is forcing more than 100 communities in central and eastern Maine to temporarily send their waste to two landfills. Some critics are now questioning whether that approach is even legal.

Deering High School

A federal judge says that a Portland student seeking asylum from Zambia can participate in a national poetry competition after he was initially barred by organizers due to his immigration status.

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