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CMP's New CEO: If They Want, 'Everyone Should Put Solar Panels On Their Roof'

Maine's largest electric utility has a new CEO. Doug Herling took over operations of Central Maine Power Company Jan. 1, a day after the utility's long-time leader Sara Burns stepped down.

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More than two-dozen candidates vying to replace Gov. Paul LePage provided a glimpse at their financial support Tuesday as they hit a key deadline to file a six-month review of their campaign donations and expenses with the Maine Ethics Commission.

The 13 Democratic contenders were led by Sanford attorney and veteran Adam Cote, Attorney General Janet Mills and former House Speaker Mark Eves. Republicans were led by businessman Shawn Moody, former Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew and Senate President Mike Thibodeau.

SANFORD, Maine - A Maine substitute teacher has been fired after telling a student he would get kicked out of the country if the proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall is built.
Sanford School Department officials tell the Portland Press Herald the exchange happened in an 11th grade classroom at Sanford Regional Technical Center last week. The district fired the teacher following an investigation into the exchange.

The State Department is withholding $65 million it planned to send to the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees, calling for reforms and for other nations to step up their support — especially those that criticize the Trump administration's positions regarding Palestinians and Israel.

The Oxford County Sheriff's Department tells Maine Public Radio that an 18-year-old male died in a sledding accident at Sunday River Ski resort early this morning.


Chief Deputy Hart Daley says at least one other person was injured, but he is not releasing more information pending family notification.


The Associated Press reports three teenagers suffered injuries during the 2 a.m. sledding excursion. Sledding is not allowed on the ski trails, and the mountain was closed at the time.


Fifty of Maine's most vulnerable residents who are addicted to opioids would get access to treatment under a bill that the Maine Legislature's Health and Human Services Committee is considering Wednesday.

Dr. Renee Fay-Leblanc, chief medical officer of Greater Portland Health, says the bill establishes a pilot project that would also provide stable housing.

"This bill will allow patients to get to a place where they can be successful in traditional substance use programs, and it will save lives," Fay-Leblanc says.

Maine Joins Lawsuit To Revive Net Neutrality Rules

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Maine will join a lawsuit filed Tuesday by 21 states and the District of Columbia against the Federal Communications Commission for its decision last month to repeal Obama-era net neutrality rules, Attorney General Janet Mills announced Tuesday.

PORTLAND, Maine - New England residents are dealing with a messy commute.
The National Weather Service says a storm that arrived Tuesday night could bring 6 to 8 inches of snow to parts of the region before it ends Wednesday evening. Steady snow was falling in parts of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine during the morning commute. Some accidents have been reported, but no injuries
School has been canceled in numerous communities.

The details of how North Korea will participate in the upcoming Winter Olympics in South Korea are still being worked out, but the two countries say their athletes will march together at the opening ceremony, under a unification flag.

The two countries will also form a unified women's hockey team to compete at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in February, NPR's Elise Hu reports from Seoul. In addition, North Korea will send a cheering squad of 230 people to support athletes who make the trip.

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Michigan residents got a surprise Tuesday night when a meteor punched through the clouds with an explosive flash. It was powerful enough to register on seismic instruments.

Three-quarters of the seats on the U.S. National Park Service advisory board are vacant following a mass resignation Monday night, citing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's unwillingness to meet with them.

Nine of the panel's 12 members, led by former Alaska Gov. Tony Knowles, handed in their resignations. The bipartisan panel was appointed by President Barack Obama and the terms of all members who quit were set to expire in May.


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