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LePage Says NAACP Should ‘Apologize to the White People’ After Flap With Civil Rights Icon

Gov. Paul LePage has once again charged into the issue of race relations. On Tuesday morning he told a Bangor radio station Tuesday that civil rights icon U.S. Rep. John Lewis should thank Republican presidents for freeing the slaves and fighting Jim Crow laws.

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My whole life, I've dreamed of having a home theater. But those are expensive, so instead I did it on the cheap. I got a projector off Craigslist, went to the hardware store and bought some wood to build a frame, then stretched a white canvas over it and stapled it tight.

I'm really proud of the final product — it's not perfect, but it's pretty good for an English teacher. Now my family and I all sit and watch it, this screen. Between movies, TV shows and games, we spent the whole winter break looking at my creation.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine lawmakers continue to review a bill that would delay the retail sale of recreational marijuana while ensuring that minors cannot possess it.

Maine voters approved the citizen initiative in November, but some lawmakers want to delay several aspects of legal marijuana to give the state more time to develop the regulatory framework to oversee the licensing and sale.

President-elect Donald Trump's pick to run the Department of Health and Human Services is taking heat for his controversial stock holdings in companies affected by laws he has worked on and voted for. But federal records show several senators who will take part in confirmation hearings for Rep. Tom Price, a Georgia Republican, have substantial health-related holdings as well.

WATERVILLE, Maine - The City Council in a Maine city passed over the governor's daughter in favor of a Colby College professor to fill a vacant seat.
The Waterville City Council elected Associate Professor Winifred Tate by a count of 4-2 on Tuesday night. The council chose Tate over Lauren LePage and George Weber. Todd Martin also submitted a letter of interest in the seat but withdrew.

Last year, global warming reached record high temperatures — and if that news feels like déjà vu, you're not going crazy.

The planet has now had three consecutive years of record-breaking heat.

HARPSWELL, Maine - The Coast Guard says it's replacing obsolete foghorns by installing radio-activated sound signals at seven lighthouses along Maine's coastline.
Lt. David Bourbeau tells the Portland Press Herald the sound signals will be installed in May at Halfway Rock, Matinicus Rock and Mount Desert Rock. They'll also be installed on Great Duck Island, Petit Manan Island, Libby Island and at the Little River Lighthouse.

A long-running lawsuit accusing the Secret Service of discriminating against black agents appears to be coming to an end without a trial.

The Department of Homeland Security, the Secret Service and more than 100 agents have reached a settlement agreement, the department says. A court still needs to approve the settlement.

Many residents of Maine and New Hampshire are awakening to snowfall.
The National Weather Service says a coastal storm is expected to dump about 3 to 4 inches along the coastline, and a half-foot or more of snow farther inland
The storm started late Tuesday and was expected to wrap up by Wednesday morning.

CARIBOU, Maine - Maine's annual summit of the spud will bring potato producers, crop specialists and farmers to the northern edge of the state for a two-day conference.
The 32nd Annual Maine Potato Conference and Trade Show is scheduled to take place Wednesday and Thursday at the Caribou Inn & Convention Center in Caribou.
Maine was the ninth-largest potato producing state in 2015. U.S. potato production is dominated by Idaho and Washington, with other major producers including Wisconsin and North Dakota.

President-elect Donald Trump's pick to head the U.S. Department of Interior, Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., says he does not believe climate change is a hoax and promises to bring a Teddy Roosevelt-style approach to managing federal public lands.

Zinke made the comments at a confirmation hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Tuesday. The congressman and decorated former Navy SEAL commander faced about four hours of questioning.



E.J. Dionne

Thursday -Political commentator and author E.J. Dionne discusses the Presidential transition and the outlook for our nation