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PITTSFIELD, Maine — Maine State Police say they’ve charged an 18-year-old Manchester man with driving a Dodge Neon at 146 mph on Interstate 95. That’s more than twice the 70-mph speed limit.

Police say 18-year-old Tyler Barrows was stopped in Pittsfield, Maine, on Wednesday and was charged with criminal speeding, a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.

A panel created by an executive order fro Gov. Paul LePage has rejected his assertion that the Maine Human Rights Commission has been biased in the way it treats complaints, with a particular bias against businesses.

Amy Sneirson, executive director of the independent agency, says the report is helpful in recommending more staff and new equipment.

“I think it is very helpful to see what an objective group of folks found when they looked at us, and I think our commissioners will find it very interesting,” she says.

Maine Public

The Maine Association of Broadcasters has announced the recipients of the 2016 MAB News and Creative Awards, honoring the best of Maine broadcasting. Maine Public received five awards across a broad range of specialties in the competition’s Television category.

Each year the Maine Association of Broadcasters honors “the best of the best” work from member stations based on the judging results from state broadcast associations in other states. The 2016 awards reflect work completed between June 2015 and May 2016.

AUGUSTA, Maine - State revenues are above projections by nearly $16 million after the first two months of the budget year. State tax receipts reflect the summer tourist season.
 
State Finance Commissioner Richard Rosen says Maine’s economy continues slow but steady growth, with income tax revenues reflecting lower unemployment rates. “We can all feel it," he says. "You see the 'Help Wanted' signs nearly everywhere you go, and there is upward pressure on wages.”

STANDISH, Maine - Many Maine families who rely on shallow private wells have been forced to change the way they live due to the area's drought.

The Portland Press Herald reports well drillers are being inundated with calls from people who want dry wells drilled deeper or those who fear their water source is close to drying up. Homeowners have also turned to companies to deliver tanks full of drinking water to temporarily refill their wells.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Elections Practices is asking lawmakers next session to ban political action committees set up by candidates from paying those candidates or their family members.

PORTLAND, Maine - Personal income in Maine rose seven-tenths of a percent in this year's 2nd quarter, federal figures show, but Maine still ranks 45th among states.

Earnings generated more than half of the increase, reflecting a rise in paychecks being seen around the nation. 

Elise Amendola / The Associated Press

The editorial board of one of the nation's largest daily newspapers is calling on Gov. Paul LePage to resign.

PORTLAND, Maine - The Maine forest products industry is getting a boost from the federal government in the form of funding that will assist the state's two largest universities.

The University Center Economic Development Program at the University of Maine and University of Southern Maine will get more than $115,000 from the federal Economic Development Administration.

The money will support technical assistance for Maine's forest products sector. U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King requested the funding in June and announced it on Tuesday.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The University of Maine at Augusta is set to offer the state’s first university-level course in operating unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones.

The Kennebec Journal reports the seven-week program begins Oct. 27 and will provide students a path to earn a Federal Aviation Administration remote pilot’s license.

E.R. Gundlach / oil-spill-info.com

It was 20 years ago Tuesday that the tanker Julie N crashed int the bridge connecting Portland and South Portland, spilling 180,000 gallons of oil into the Fore River in the worst oil spill in Maine’s history.

Voters in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District are likely feeling a sense of deja vu this election season. In a redux of the same race two years ago, former Democratic state lawmaker Emily Cain is challenging former state treasurer Bruce Poliquin, who beat her in 2014 after winning 45 percent of the vote in a three-way race.

Campaign ads for both candidates seem to be trying to convince voters that neither is who they appear to be.

Courtesy Campobello Whale Rescue / Maine Public/file

The recent death of two right whales in the Gulf of Maine and the discovery of another entangled in fishing gear is bringing renewed attention to the plight of the endangered species.

Last Thursday, a right whale was spotted off Provincetown, Mass., swimming, but entangled in gear. Friday, a dead female whale was seen off Boothbay and towed to shore, where its death was determined to be from stress caused by entanglement. Saturday a dead whale was spotted off Mount Desert Rock, but could not be recovered.

A South Paris man has been found not guilty of reckless conduct in connection with a fatal hayride accident that killed an Oakland teenager in 2014.

Prosecutors tried to show that David Brown was criminally reckless in driving a jeep pulling the hay wagon at a farm in Mechanic Falls. Investigators found that mechanical failure caused the hayride to plunge down an embankment and crash into a tree.

AUGUSTA, Maine - At a rare open meeting of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee, Maine Sen. Susan Collins expressed concern over the impact of the potential federal government shutdown on the nation’s intelligence operations.
 ”We are desperately trying to insure that the government keep functioning, and that we do not have any kind of government shutdown," Collins said.

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