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Montana Firm Eyes $22 Million Maine Expansion For High-tech Timber

The nation’s first manufacturer of cross-laminated timber plans to set up shop in Maine, with a goal of creating 100 jobs at a $22 million mill, officials said Friday.

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Governor LePage used a portion of his 90-minute State of the State address Tuesday to attack one of his favorite targets: land trusts.

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Maine lawmakers are considering a bill to ban “conversion therapy” for minors.

Supporters of the legislation want to ban treatments intended to change an individual's sexual orientation, commonly known as “conversion therapy” or “reparative therapy,” while they are under 18 years of age. The measure was the subject of a public hearing held Wednesday morning.

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The LePage administration has agreed – for now – to stop removing equipment from the Downeast Correctional Facility in Machiasport.

Bangor Mall Seeks Big Tax Break As Temporary Owners Take Over

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The Bangor Mall is asking the city for a steep property tax break, citing sales declines, mall vacancies and increased occupancy costs.

At the same time, Simon Property Group of Indianapolis has turned over ownership of the mall property, buildings and leases to the trustees of a loan that Simon took against the mall and defaulted on last Oct. 1. Representatives for the trustees are now expected to prepare the mall for sale, according to one expert.

Bath Iron Works has notified nearly 60 electricians that they'll be laid off this month because of a shortage of work in that area.

The shipyard notice indicates that the layoffs are effective Feb. 23, but a union official tells the Bangor Daily News that some of the workers could take jobs elsewhere. It's part of the ebb and flow at the Navy shipbuilder. Currently the shipyard has about 5,700 workers.

Mike Keenan, president of Local S6 of the Machinists union, said he understands the company will hire "several hundred" workers by the end of 2018.

Maine Senator Susan Collins says the common-sense coalition of senators that she organized has made progress drafting a measure that will be a compromise on immigration reform.

Senator Collins says a bipartisan group of 25 senators has gone through five drafts of legislation that will provide a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients.

“The most important provisions of that bill are the path to citizenship for the dreamers, who are brought to this country through no decision of their own by their parents,” says Collins.

Democrats say the results of a special election in Florida Tuesday show signs of a building national momentum heading into the midterm elections this fall. Margaret Good won in Florida's 72nd House District, defeating Republican James Buchanan — the son of another Florida congressman, Vern Buchanan. The district, in Sarasota County on Florida's Gulf Coast, has been consistently Republican.

In 2015, the top toxicologist for the state of Texas, Michael Honeycutt, was interviewed on Houston Public Radio. At the time, the Environmental Protection Agency was pushing for tighter limits on ozone, a type of air pollution that is hazardous for people with asthma and other respiratory diseases.

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Bangor resident David Thibodeau is helping reframe one of the most captivating domestic conflicts in U.S. history.

Thibodeau survived the 51-day standoff between the Branch Davidians and FBI agents outside Waco, Texas, in 1993. He later recounted his story in “A Place Called Waco: A Survivor’s Story,” a book that is one of the texts used by producers of TV miniseries currently airing on the Paramount Network.

Morning Edition Host Irwin Gratz spoke with Thibodeau about surviving Waco.

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The White House's story about who knew what when about accusations of domestic violence against former White House staff secretary Rob Porter has been anything but clear.

Now, House Republicans have decided to open an investigation to get some clarity.

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