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Hannaford Distribution Center Workers Launch 24-Hour Strike

Hundreds of workers at Hannaford’s South Portland distribution center have launched a 24-hour strike. More than 200 members of the United Food and Commercial Workers union authorized the action last weekend, after the union’s three-year contract expired at midnight on Saturday.

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AUGUSTA, Maine - Gov. Paul LePage's administration is opposing legislation to remove veterinarians from Maine's prescription monitoring program.
Republican Sen. Jim Hamper's bill could receive a committee vote Tuesday.
The bill would no longer require veterinarians to look up the prescription history of the person who brings in a pet before prescribing an opioid or a benzodiazepine for the animal.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport has confirmed that it has begun proceedings against Russian curler Aleksandr Krushelnitckii, who won a bronze medal in curling as part of the Olympic Athletes from Russia team at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

Krushelnitckii finished third in the mixed-doubles curling tournament, competing with his wife and teammate, Anastasia Bryzgalova.

Sunday afternoon, Cameron Kasky is doing push-ups in a park near Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Kasky, a junior, says kids like himself are doing something new, demanding a fresh look at America's gun laws.

"The crescendo has hit its point. It's enough and it's over," he says. "I haven't got a shred of doubt that this is going to be our change."

Food scientists at the University of Massachussetts Amherst have come up with a technique they say could make it a lot easier to avoid food poisoning.

The main piece of equipment? Your smartphone.

Currently, to identify the bacteria that can get you sick, like E. coli or salmonella, food scientists often use DNA testing.

They obtain samples from, say, raw spinach or chicken skin, by rinsing the food and collecting a tiny bit of bacteria from the water. Then they let that bacteria multiply over 24 hours to get a big enough sample.

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PORTLAND, Maine - A plan to create a fishing license lottery to get new people into the scallop fishery has passed a key hurdle in the Maine Legislature.
The Joint Standing Committee on Marine Resources unanimously approved the proposal on Feb. 14. It now moves to the full Legislature, which is likely to vote on it in the next couple of weeks.

Trump Once Again Proposes To Eliminate Energy Assistance Program

Feb 19, 2018

PORTLAND, Maine - The Trump administration is once again calling for the complete elimination of low-income heating assistance. And once again, program supporters are vowing to fight it.
The administration is using the same arguments from a year ago when it tried to abolish the program, saying it's rife with fraud and that no one would be left freezing if the program goes away.
Those claims were widely discredited a year ago.
The National Energy Assistance Directors' Association called President Donald Trump's arguments "very misleading and wrong.''

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine lawmakers are expected to consider a bill aimed at the high cost of prescription drugs.

Democratic Sen. Eloise Vitelli's bill is set for a Tuesday work session, where a legislative panel could vote to support or kill the legislation.

The bill as originally proposed would require more disclosure of the costs of drug production, research, development, marketing and advertising. The Attorney General's office would also be allowed to investigate violations of such provisions.

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President Trump is facing calls to act in the wake of the latest mass shooting, which killed 17 people Wednesday at a high school in Florida, and the White House is not ignoring them. The president will participate in a pair of listening sessions on school safety this week, and on Monday morning the White House said he supports efforts to improve the federal background check system, something Congress has expressed broad support for without acting on after past shootings.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine - The Maine town of Old Orchard Beach is considering adding additional public restrooms after getting complaints about people relieving themselves near the town beach and on private property.
The Biddeford Journal reports that the town has public restrooms downtown but not at other access points to the beach. Some residents have even complained about visitors defecating in public places.  

Top election officials from across the country grappled with a delicate question this weekend: How do you tackle the threat of election interference, and be transparent in doing so, without further eroding the public's trust in the voting process?

"I'm always trying to straddle the line between sounding the alarm on this issue and being alarmist," said Steve Simon, Minnesota's secretary of state.


Intertidal Zones

Wednesday—We address the continuing controversy over who owns the intertidal zones in Maine.