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Student Activism Is On The Rise In Maine

Four months ago, hundreds of students across Maine walked out of their schools , joining others across the country in memorializing the victims of the fatal school shooting in Parkland, Fla. and to advocate for gun control.

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CONCORD, N.H. - A drought-tracking service says that dry conditions are expanding across the Northeast due to warmer than average temperatures.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) / via Associated Press

ORONO, Maine - Researchers at the University of Maine have been awarded more than $1 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to try to help protect forest workers from tick-borne diseases.
 
Working in forests is a way of life in rural Maine, where pulp and paper remain important industries. Workers in forest industries also face exposure to tick-borne diseases such as Lyme disease.
 

YARMOUTH, Maine - Maine's clam harvest might be down, but the state is still ready to celebrate in honor of the shellfish.
 
The Yarmouth Clam Festival, a venerable celebration of Maine clams, is getting started on Friday. The festival has been around for more than 50 years and is free to the public. It includes a carnival that began on Wednesday and runs until Sunday.
 
The rest of the festival goes until Sunday, too. It includes food booths that are managed by local nonprofit groups. The festival expects to serve more than 6,000 pounds of clams.
 

A new report out Thursday by the federal government's auditing arm raises big concerns about how the Department of Veterans Affairs handles employees who report wrongdoing and managers found to have committed misconduct.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office's report says VA whistleblowers are far more likely than their colleagues to face discipline or removal after reporting misconduct.

Updated at 12:30 a.m. ET on Friday

The National Football League and the NFL Players Association have agreed to suspend enforcement of new rules requiring players to stand during the pregame rendition of the national anthem, after a report that the Miami Dolphins would fine and/or suspend players for up to four games for violating the policy.

Each spring, barnacle geese migrate more than 1,800 miles from the Netherlands and northern Germany to their breeding grounds in parts of Russia above the Arctic Circle.

The journey north usually takes about a month, and the geese make multiple stops along the way to eat and fatten up before they lay their eggs, says Bart Nolet of the Netherlands Institute of Ecology and the University of Amsterdam.

Updated at 4:50 a.m. ET

At least 11 people are dead after an amphibious tourist boat carrying 31 passengers capsized and sank during a severe squall in a lake in southern Missouri, the local sheriff said.

Andrew Harnik / AP Photo

Citing what they say is clear evidence that the Russians have tried to interfere with U.S. elections, Maine’s members of Congress say the House and Senate should consider providing additional money to help the states bolster the security of their voting systems.

A new study says rural residents in New Hampshire and the Northeast spend more of their income on energy than almost anywhere else in the country.

The study from the advocacy group American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy found that people living outside metropolitan areas in the Northeast and central Southeast had the nation's highest energy burdens.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

Verso Paper says it plans to make technology upgrades to its No. 4 Paper Machine in Jay. The company says this will increase the machine's capacity to produce “release-liner paper.”

“Release-liner is the paper that's used as the backing for a wide variety of industrial and consumer labels, and my favorite example of that is the familiar ‘Hello My Name’ is label,” says Verso spokesperson Kathi Rowzie.

Rowzie says the investments will advance the company's plan to produce only specialty papers and packaging products in Jay.

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