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Independent candidates for governor, Congress and the Legislature were at the State House in Augusta Monday to compare notes on running as independents.

Several candidates pointed out that while they are all unenrolled, they don’t all agree on issues. But state Rep. Kent Ackley of Monmouth, who is seeking re-election, says they do share an overarching belief.

“One of the things the independents all agree on is that we should keep talking. And that is what is missing from Augusta,” he says.

Investors in 32 areas of Maine will get new federal tax benefits intended to bring jobs and investment to some of the state’s poorest parts.

The federal Opportunity Zones program allows investors in some census tracts to avoid paying federal capital gains tax on earnings from those areas.

The superintendent of schools in Lewiston says a lockdown that began at about 9:30 a.m. Monday at Lewiston High School is over.

On Twitter, Bill Webster says the school has been given the “all clear” and returned to normal operations after about an hour of being locked down. He says the district put the school in lockdown on police advice, and that it was just a precaution.

“We’re in times when we’ve got to take every conceivable situation seriously, even though in the past this might not even have raised a red flag,” Webster says.

In this file photo made Dec 20, 2006, stars trails streak across the sky in a 75-minute time-exposure at Acadia National Park, Maine.
Robert F. Bukaty / AP Photo

Advocates in Maine are looking to make it known that the state contains the largest area free of light pollution in the eastern half of the United States in order to draw more tourism.

Former President George H.W. Bush waves to the crowd in Kennebunkport as he returns to Maine for the summer.
Evan Sisley / Office of George H.W. Bush

Former President George H.W. Bush is in Maine for the summer, and for the first time in 73 years, he’s without his wife by his side. The 93-year-old Bush arrived at his summer home in Kennebunkport on Sunday, a month after the funeral for his wife, former first lady Barbara Bush. A Bush spokesman says the nation’s 41st president was eager to get to Maine after enduring his wife’s death and then falling ill with a blood infection that landed him in the hospital.

The Maine State Police bomb squad is working to clear a Skowhegan home after a man called for help while trying to disable a black-powder cannon by drilling holes in it.

Police were called Saturday night to the Summer Street home after the occupant told police he didn't feel safe and he was concerned about terrorists.

A Maine state project aims to bring salmon and river herring back to a tributary of one of the state's major rivers.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is using its Species Recovery Grants to States Program to award more than $310,000 to the Maine Department of Marine Resources for the project. The state wants to restore salmon and herring back to Togus Stream.

The only significant state fishery for baby eels in the United States has blown past records for value as high demand from overseas aquaculture companies is driving prices to new heights.

Fishermen in Maine search for the eels, called elvers, in rivers and streams every spring so they can be sold to Asian aquaculture companies as seed stock. Fishermen have sold more than $20 million worth of the eels so far this season.

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Health care providers in Maine that receive Title X funding are condemning the Trump Administration's proposed gag rule that would block them from referring patients to abortion services. 

Robert F. Bukaty / Maine Public

The seven Democratic candidates vying to replace Gov. Paul LePage next year made their case Saturday to the party faithful during a heavily attended Democratic state convention.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

Food delivery app companies GrubHub and Uber Eats are entering a turf war in Maine. As they both try to win customers in the southern part of the state, they have an entrenched competitor to contend with too – the local guy.

If you're feeling peckish, the food delivery apps make it pretty easy to tap into Portland's dynamic foodie scene – a few taps on your smartphone, choose a restaurant, choose from the menu that pops up, authorize a payment – including a delivery fee – and, maybe a half hour later you can expect your order.

New Charity Receiving Poland Spring Aid Lacks Federal Nonprofit Status

May 19, 2018
Ashley L. Conti / Bangor Daily News

Despite not having yet acquired nonprofit status, a still-forming charity has a $150,000 commitment from Poland Spring as the retail water seller extends its influence in northern Penobscot County. 

Steve Mistler / Maine Public

Maine Democrats are in Lewiston this weekend for a state convention that the party hopes will energize activists for the upcoming elections. 

EMHS Is Ending Partnerships With Portland And Bangor Over Opioid Lawsuits

May 18, 2018
Courtesy EMHS / Bangor Daily News

Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems says it is ending partnerships with Bangor and Portland after the two cities moved to file lawsuits accusing it and national pharmaceutical manufacturers of playing a key role in the opioid crisis.

EMHS said in a Thursday news release it decided to take the action because of concern that some physicians, formerly employed by EMHS member organizations, “could be named in the suit as a legal tactic to keep the cases in Maine state courts.”

On technical grounds, a federal judge in Connecticut has dismissed a class action lawsuit against Nestle Waters North America, the parent company of Poland Spring.

The suit alleges that the company has been perpetuating a colossal fraud against American consumers by claiming on its label that bottles contain 100 percent natural spring water. In their suit plaintiffs say Poland Spring products contain ordinary ground water collected from wells.

Rather than deal with these allegations, the judge agrees with Nestle that plaintiffs' claims are all preempted by federal law.

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