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Free to Fidget — These Maine Classrooms Encourage Movement to Improve Learning

In classrooms, there has long been an assumption that students need to be still, calm and attentive to learn. But more and more, researchers are finding that attitude could actually be harming many students.

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A biomass company at the center of a dispute over payments to loggers is now asking to change the terms of its state subsidy. The company says it wants to dispel the notion that taxpayers are getting a bad deal.

Groups that help low-income families get food assistance are alarmed by a recent drop in the number of immigrants seeking help. Some families are even canceling their food stamps and other government benefits, for fear that receiving them will affect their immigration status or lead to deportation. Many of the concerns appear to be unfounded but have been fueled by the Trump administration's tough stance on immigration.

Dozens of Republican and Democratic state lawmakers may have violated a law requiring them to update their public income disclosure when they or their spouse change jobs.

PORTLAND, Maine — Consolidated Communications and FairPoint Communications say their shareholders have approved of a proposed merger of the two companies.

Consolidated announced in December it was buying FairPoint for $1.5 billion, assuming its debt and offering dividends to stockholders.

Shareholder voting took place Tuesday at Consolidated in Illinois and FairPoint in North Carolina.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A lawyer for two Maine women who are suing utilities over billing practices wants to seek a class-action certification.
 
The Portland Press Herald reports that tens of thousands of customers could be added to the action if the federal lawsuit is certified as a class-action lawsuit. Attorney Tom Hallett says they'd probably seek at least $35 million.
 

The Justice Department has joined a California whistleblower's lawsuit that accuses insurance giant UnitedHealth Group of fraud in its popular Medicare Advantage health plans.

Justice officials filed legal papers to intervene in the suit, first brought by whistleblower James Swoben in 2009, on Friday in federal court in Los Angeles. On Monday, they sought a court order to combine Swoben's case with that of another whistleblower.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage is backing a bill that would make some of his administration's tough welfare regulations into law.
 
Such restrictions include photographs on electronic benefits cards and denying food assistance to certain households with $5,000 in assets.
 
The bill would limit a household's eligibility for temporary benefits to three years instead of five years.
 

One day before the U.K. is widely expected to formally begin its departure from the European Union, Scottish lawmakers took another crucial step toward voting on a departure of their own.

Updated at 2:55 p.m. ET with additional reporting

The wonkiest soap opera in Washington served up yet more of its trademark plot twists on Tuesday as the House Intelligence Committee's investigation into Russia detoured even further into partisan bickering.

The upshot of the day's back-and-forth was this: Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, a holdover from the previous administration whom President Trump fired on Jan. 31, is not barred by the White House from testifying in open hearings in Congress.

The number of American breweries topped 5,000 for the first time last year, with craft beer makers accounting for 5,234 of 5,301 U.S. breweries, according to new figures from the Brewers Association.

Just five years ago, there were only about 2,000 U.S. craft brewers, which the Brewers Association defines as small or independent beer makers. Last year alone, more than 800 opened for business.

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