Maine schools hoping to boost security now get explicit priority for state loans.

The law says school security upgrades get high priority for consideration for loans through Maine's underfunded school renovation fund. Current law gives high priority for safety projects in general.

Democratic Sen. Rebecca Millett said the law's particularly important in light of the February shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida.

The law becomes effective three months from the day lawmakers return to Augusta to consider LePage's vetoes.

Maine courts setting sentences for those convicted of murder will start considering if the victim had also been subjected to domestic violence.

A new law directs courts to weigh whether the victim was a family or household member who had also experienced domestic violence at the convicted person's hands.

Republican Gov. Paul LePage, himself a survivor of domestic abuse a child, signed Democratic Sen. Troy Jackson's bill into law this month.

The law will become effective three months from the day lawmakers return to Augusta to consider LePage's vetoes.

Maine Public

As opioid addiction continues to be a widespread problem in Maine and throughout the country, it may be easy to forget that behind statistics and political debates there are real people coping with recovery, addiction and the pain these things can cause. Three guests who are at different stages of recovery spoke with Jennifer Rooks on Maine Calling about their experiences, and they shared advice to those struggling with addiction.

A judge has ordered Maine's secretary of state to reopen a probe into Republican U.S. Senate candidate Max Linn's petition to be on the ballot.

The judge told Secretary of State Matt Dunlap on Friday to accept new evidence from the campaign of Eric Brakey of Auburn, who is seeking the Republican nomination to run for U.S. Senate.

Both candidates are seeking to challenge incumbent independent U.S. Sen. Angus King. Democrat Zak Ringelstein has also entered the race.

The Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race Is The Boston Marathon Of Maine

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It’s the largest event of its kind in New England each year and one of the largest in the country.

It’s a bucket-list accomplishment for many of its participants.

It blends world-class competitors with weekend warriors, all sharing the same west-to-east route from its more rural start to the finish line in the city center.

Along the way, throngs of spectators share in the joy and occasional misery of the competitors.

For those in the running community, this might describe Monday’s 122nd Boston Marathon.

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The legislature may have adjourned Thursday morning, but some educators and parents still have hope that the House and Senate will eventually act on a bill removing a state mandate for schools to implement "proficiency-based diplomas." It is unclear what effects such a change would have on local schools.

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First it was April, then July, now the partners in the Fiberight biofuel solid waste processing plant in Hampden say the facility may not be ready to open until late September. The delay is forcing more than 100 communities in central and eastern Maine to temporarily send their waste to two landfills. Some critics are now questioning whether that approach is even legal.

Deering High School

A federal judge says that a Portland student seeking asylum from Zambia can participate in a national poetry competition after he was initially barred by organizers due to his immigration status.

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A dead humpback whale is floating in a Lubec cove. Scientists are eager to find the cause of its demise, as the discovery comes at a time of increasing mortality rates for the species.

Bowdoin College says the school has become entirely carbon neutral, meaning the school has a net zero carbon footprint.

The announcement comes two years ahead of the school's goal to reduce its net carbon dioxide emissions to zero.

The Lewiston Sun Journal reports College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor and Colby College have already achieved that goal. Bates is set to follow suit.

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services is warning the public about an individual entering a home in South Portland falsely claiming to be a Child Protective Caseworker.

South Portland Police Lieutenant Frank Clark says that early Monday evening, a city resident said he heard a knock on an interior door near his living room. He said he then discovered a man who was already inside of his home.

A Maine town that has tried to stop existing three times because of high property taxes is now close to official dissolution.

Atkinson would be the largest town in Maine to dissolve if residents vote for dissolving into unorganized territory this November. The Bangor Daily News reports Republican Gov. Paul LePage signed a bill to authorize the upcoming vote on April 12.

Residents of the Piscataquis County town have tried unsuccessfully three times to dissolve Atkinson in the past, with the most recent attempt coming in 2004.

A former mechanic for the City of Portland is suing his former employer for gender and race discrimination in federal court.

Wieslaw Sobieraj alleges that co-workers at a city garage verbally abused him with slurs against his Polish ancestry and anti-gay epithets. He also alleges physical abuse at co-workers' hands.

In court filings, Sobieraj calls for reinstatement to his old job, back pay and punitive damages.

The city, which instituted its anti-harassment policy some 30 years ago, has denied the allegations. A settlement conference is set for next week.

Men Sentenced In Portland For Roles In Elver Poaching Ring

Apr 20, 2018
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The interstate baby eel poaching sting known as Operation Broken Glass has notched three more criminal sentences.

On Thursday, a federal judge in Portland sentenced three men who were together accused of poaching and selling as much as $1 million worth of baby eels, known as elvers, to a mix of probation, restitution and fines.

Maine Arts Commission

A student from from Portland's Deering High School took his case against the National Endowment for the Arts to a federal judge in Portland Wednesday.