BAR HARBOR, Maine — The Maine Legislature is sustaining a veto of a bill to create a port authority in a popular coastal tourism community.

Opponents of the bill, which would’ve created the authority in Bar Harbor, feared the possibility of large cruise ship pier coming to the area. Republican Gov. Paul LePage vetoed the bill earlier this month, and lawmakers sustained that veto on Tuesday.

LePage has called the proposal a needless creation of bureaucracy. Officials with Bar Harbor have argued that creating a port authority could help prevent congestion and debt.

OAKLAND, Maine — Maine’s Republican congressman has sold his house in the district, but is continuing to live on the property through a rental agreement.

Rep. Bruce Poliquin moved into the home before running for his first term in the U.S. House in 2014. The town assessor says his Oakland home sold for $450,000 on Jan. 3 to Gary and Elizabeth Ouellette of Winslow.

An adviser says Poliquin’s leasing back an apartment on the property. He brokered that deal during the sale of the home.

The Maine House has rejected two proposals that would call for a constitutional convention to propose changes to the U.S. constitution.

Rep. Danny Martin, a Democrat from Sinclair, argued against a constitutional convention for any purpose.

“Former Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger said, and I quote, ‘There is no way to effectively limit or muzzle action of a constitutional convention,’” he said.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Spring flowers might not be blooming in Maine, but the spring sap is flowing.
Republican Gov. Paul LePage tapped a tree outside the governor's mansion on Tuesday to mark the coming of Maple Syrup Sunday. Mainers celebrate maple syrup every fourth Sunday of March by visiting sugarhouses all over the state.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Senate is supporting another year of funding for a minimum-security prison that Republican Gov. Paul LePage shuttered without legislative approval.
The Senate endorsed a bill Tuesday to provide $5.5 million in funding to Downeast Correctional Facility. The bill faces further votes.
A bill to provide such funding immediately lacked sufficient support in the House last week.
LePage said Monday he'll comply with a court order by adding a "minimal'' number of staffers and inmates to the facility.

A powerful nor'easter approaching the East Coast will deliver a glancing blow to Maine and New Hampshire, bringing the potential of up to 6 inches of snow.
The National Weather Service says snow will begin falling Wednesday afternoon in southern New Hampshire and Wednesday evening on the southern Maine coast. Forecasters say accumulations could reach a half-foot along the entire coast of Maine and New Hampshire.
Heavier snow accumulations are expected to the south from the fourth nor'easter to hit the eastern seaboard in three weeks.

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President Trump, speaking in New Hampshire yesterday, detailed plans for confronting the country's opioid epidemic. In broad strokes, it calls for prevention and education advertising, improved funding for treatment and the death penalty for drug trafficking in certain instances. Dr. Mary Dowd is medical director at Milestone Recovery and has treated people suffering from opioid addiction for years. Dr. Dowd spoke with Maine Public Radio’s Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz.

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Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins says it’s essential that the special counsel investigating Russian election interference and possible connections to the Trump campaign be allowed to complete his work.

NEW YORK - Ben True said his strategy was to hold back until the near end of a half-marathon, then use his speed in the final stretch, and "hang on for dear life.''
It worked.
The North Yarmouth, Maine, native was first American to win the 13.1-mile course in the 12-year history of the United Airlines NYC Half on Sunday.
True says he didn't feel confident about his ability to win until the last mile.

PORTLAND, Maine - Two Maine bus services are working together to bring electric buses to the state.
The Portland Press Herald reports Greater Portland Metro and ShuttleBus-Zoom are in talks to jointly apply for state and federal grants to replace diesel buses with electric vehicles. Metro general manager Greg Jordan and SH-Zoom director Al Schutz say electric buses run cheaper and are cleaner than diesel buses.

TISBURY, Mass. - Officials say a faulty fuel pump is to blame for a ferry losing power off the coast of Martha's Vineyard, stranding 72 passengers for five hours.
The Cape Cod Times reports the ferry's fuel oil transfer pump was not generating enough pressure to transfer oil properly. The issue caused the ferry to lose power about 15 minutes into a trip from Vineyard Haven to Woods Hole on Saturday evening.
Steamship Authority General Manager Robert Davis says the ferry was cleared to return to service Monday morning.

The largest capital gift ever given to the University of Maine, $10 million from an anonymous donor, will go toward construction of a new, 100-thousand-square-foot Engineering Education and Design Center.

UMaine Dean of Engineering Dana Humphrey says the facility will be the center for the college’s undergraduate engineering education programs. He says the new building will allow students to be educated for the modern world and allow collaborative learning.

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Wind, ice and nor’easter after nor’easter have walloped Maine this winter. The brutal weather is also forcing schools to deal with unprecedented cancellations. Some have seen 10 or more snow days already, with more snow in sight. Now, school officials are trying to figure out how to make up all those days without extending too far into the summer.

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Maine utility regulators are recommending that an embattled biomass company forfeit 20 percent of its $1 million state subsidy for falling well short on purchases of waste wood from Maine loggers — a reduction that some loggers say is not nearly enough.

President Donald Trump unveiled his initiative to tackle the opioid crisis in New Hampshire Monday afternoon.

His multipronged plan would increase prevention efforts, enact stiffer penalties on drug traffickers — including the death penalty — and expand access to treatment.

The director of Grace Street Recovery Services in Lewiston, Marty O’Brien, says one of the biggest barriers to getting more people into treatment is a lack of insurance.

“If expansion to treatment includes federal funding for the poor to have access to treatment, that works,” he says.