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Summertime is camp time, and it’s not just for kids anymore. Adults are signing up for camps that focus on everything from wine tasting to bird watching and playing the horn — what’s often called the French horn.

LePage Signs Bill Into Law to Restore Maine Tip Credit

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Kate Collins / Bangor Daily News

The Legislature and Gov. Paul LePage have repealed part of the minimum wage law enacted by voters in November 2016 by restoring the tip credit for Maine businesses that employ tipped workers.

KITTERY, Maine - A Maine-based construction firm has been awarded a $23 million contract from the U.S. Navy to improve a dry dock at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.
The Portland Press Herald reports that Maine's two U.S. senators, Republican Sen. Susan Collins and Independent Sen. Angus King, announced Tuesday that Pittsfield-based Cianbro Corp. will make the improvements to the Kittery shipyard.

FRYEBURG, Maine - Maine police say a woman driving under the influence crashed into a century-old stone monument.

Fryeburg Police Chief Joshua Potvin says the 68-year-old driver was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries early Saturday. Potvin says witnesses reported to officials that the woman accelerated before swerving into the John Stevens Monument.

Officials say they have probable cause to believe the driver was drunk.

The state says it wants to replace, rather than rehabilitate, the Frank Wood Bridge, the steel truss span that connects Brunswick and Topsham and carries Route 201 over the Androscoggin River.

It’s 85 years old, but some local residents and some Brunswick town councilors wanted it rehabilitated. State and federal transportation officials have concluded construction of a new bridge, upstream and next to the existing one, is the best option.

A new report focusing on rural roadways finds almost one 1 of 5 in Maine in poor condition and around 1 in 6 rural bridges to be structurally deficient. The report was prepared by the Washington-based group TRIP, which represents insurers, road builders, transport companies and workers.

“Worn out pavements, oftentimes cracking or rutting of those pavements, there can be potholes, but as a motorist, what you’re feeling is a rough ride and certainly that’s beating up your vehicle,” says TRIP’s Rocky Moretti, asked what they categorize as a road in “poor” condition.

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Officials say customers of the telephone and broadband services provider FairPoint Communications won’t notice much difference at first after it merges with an Illinois-based telecommunications provider.

On Monday, Vermont utility regulators gave final approval that will allow FairPoint to merge with Consolidated Communications of Mattoon, Illinois. The Vermont action follows similar approvals from utility regulators in New Hampshire and Maine.

Consolidated officials say the deal is expected to be approved by Illinois regulators on Wednesday.

Progressive health care activists are expressing concern about Mainers they say will lose health insurance if the Senate health care bill is passed.

“This bill would cause 22 million Americans to lose their coverage, including 117,900 right here in Maine,” says family medicine Dr. Cathleen London of Milbridge, who spoke during a teleconference organized by the Center for American Progress.

J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press

Senate Republicans on Thursday unveiled their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act — also known as Obamacare. The long-awaited plan marks a big step toward achieving one of the Republican Party's major goals.


SABATTUS, Maine - State police in Maine say a state trooper was slightly injured when his cruiser collided with a car headed in the wrong direction on the Maine Turnpike.
Police sat Trooper Lee Vanadestine encountered the wrong-way car at about 10 p.m. on Tuesday night as it was driving along a construction area in Sabbatus. Vanadestine pulled his cruiser alongside the car and forced it into the median guardrail.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating a confirmed travel-related case of measles in Franklin County in western Maine, the first case reported in Maine in two decades.

State epidemiologist Siiri Bennett said the person acquired the infection while overseas.

Mainers' incomes rose 1.1 percent in the first quarter of this year, according to new figures from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.  The increase marked a reversal from the fourth quarter of last year, when personal incomes in Maine fell overall. 

This time, the state registered the 20th best performance in the country, growing slightly faster than the nation as a whole, which saw an increase of 1 percent. 

BANGOR, Maine - A Maine man has been fined and sentenced to three days in jail for shooting a federally protected seal.
Joseph Martin of Warren pleaded guilty Monday to a misdemeanor charge in federal court. In addition to jail time, he was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.
A prosecutor says Martin fired at a group of seals as they approached his fishing boat off the coast of Acadia National Park last year.
The prosecutor says the shooting was captured by a camera on Martin's boat.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press/file

Legislative leaders continue to negotiate in private in hopes of reaching an agreement on the state's two-year budget and avoiding a government shutdown.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Police are trying to determine how a rusty bolt-action rifle ended up in the Kennebec River in Maine's capital city.
The rifle was given to Augusta police by a father and his son who reeled up the Remington Model 700 rifle while they were fishing Sunday. Lt. Chris Read tells the Kennebec Journal he's not sure why it would be there, as it is illegal to duck hunt on the river in with that type of rifle.