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Maine Tribes Seek Court Opinion In Effort To Open Casinos Without State Approval

The Maine House of Representatives is scheduled Tuesday to consider asking the Maine Supreme Judicial Court whether Maine’s Native American tribes can operate casinos without state approval.

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FALMOUTH, Mass. - Scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution are urging New England lobstermen to begin using new technology to help prevent the deaths of rare right whales.
The Boston Globe reports scientists from the institution recently met with fishermen to push for the use of traps that can be brought to the surface using radio signals that can inflate bags or send lines to the surface, rather than relying on ropes connected to buoys.   

KITTERY, Maine - The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is warning Maine residents not to be alarmed by "security activities.''
Officials say a routine training exercise is being held on Tuesday near the shipyard's Gate 2. Some of the activities may be seen by area residents.
Officials say the training is not in response to any specific threat. Gate 1 will remain open to allow shipyard access during the training.

ORONO, Maine - Four finalists for the position of the president of the University of Maine will visit the campus over the next two weeks.
The university says the finalists were selected from a pool of 67 applicants in a national search. They will visit UMaine between Tuesday and March 2.
One of the finalists is Amit Chakma, who is president and vice chancellor of the University of Western Ontario. Another is Joan Ferrini-Mundy, chief operating officer of the National Science Foundation.

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Workers at Hannaford’s South Portland distribution center could soon go on strike after more than 200 members of the United Food and Commercial Workers union overwhelmingly authorized a strike last weekend.

PORTLAND, Maine - Officials with Maine's largest city are reaching out to residents to discuss possible redevelopment plans for an ocean terminal building on the city's waterfront.
The building in question is the Portland Ocean Terminal facility on the Maine State Pier. It's located in the city's working waterfront in an area of high commercial traffic.
Portland staff presented the idea of a public market within the building last year. The city held its first outreach meeting about the building's future on Feb. 15.

HANCOCK, Maine - A Maine railroad company is undertaking heavy restoration for an iconic locomotive.
Maine Central Locomotive was retired in 1954, and had languished in a Waterville park for more than 60 years before it was purchased by the New England Steam Corporation. WABI-TV reports the locomotive was moved to a park in Hancock, and Downeast Scenic Railroad is now attempting to raise $100,000 for major repairs.
The repairs seek to rebuild the frame and trucks, as well as replace the damaged body of the train.

The strained – and often strange — relationship between President Trump and Mitt Romney just added another layer of complexity: In a tweet on Monday, the president endorsed Romney to fill the U.S. Senate seat left open by the retirement of Utah's Orrin Hatch.

Trump said Romney "will make a great Senator and worthy successor to [Orrin Hatch], and has my full support and endorsement!"

Romney's response (also on Twitter): "Thank you Mr. President for the support. I hope that over the course of the campaign I also earn the support and endorsement of the people of Utah."

Maia and Alex Shibutani rose to win a bronze medal in ice dance at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics on Tuesday, turning in an artful routine named "Paradise."

Canadian legends Tess Virtue and Scott Moir won gold, followed by France's Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron with silver, in a competition marked by both high scores and high drama.

As of today, Virtue, 28, and Moir, 30, are the most successful figure skaters in Olympic history, with five medals (including three gold). That's more than any other competitor, in singles or pairs.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has enacted a new congressional district map that may be much more favorable to Democrats, replacing the one it overturned and deemed an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander last month.

Since the previous map was adopted, Republicans have held a 13-5 advantage in Pennsylvania's congressional delegation. The new, court-drawn map is expected to upend that tilt.

Franklin County in western Maine is one of four rural sites across the country chosen by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to take part in a 100-day effort to end and prevent youth homelessness.


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