SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's U.S. senators say the federal government is giving Maine more than $300,000 to keep its pipelines safe.
Republican Sen. Susan Collins and independent Sen. Angus King say the federal Department of Transportation is giving the money to the Maine Public Utilities Commission. It was awarded by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Two recently enacted laws help the state's burgeoning aquaculture industry and those displaced by transportation projects in Maine.
One of the laws creates a framework for all individuals growing and selling marine organisms as part of the growing field of agriculture. Most commercial aquaculturists are growing shellfish, and a state marine resources representative said aquaculturists face a very confusing licensing process.
The new law shepherded by Democratic Rep. Mick Devin creates a separate new aquaculture license.

MILLINOCKET, Maine - Baxter State Park officials in Maine say the body of a man found in the park has been taken to a funeral home.
The man's body was discovered on Sunday. Park officials say he was a 60-year-old man from Connecticut who was hiking the Chimney Pond Trail and was found unresponsive by hikers.
Park Director Jensen Bissell says park officials are not releasing the name of the deceased, which is typical of search and rescue operations in Baxter State Park.

PORTLAND, Maine - A high-speed ferry in Maine known as the Cat is temporarily suspended after two of its four engines blew out in separate incidents.
The Canadian company Bay Ferries Limited canceled the ferry's next two scheduled trips after the Cat arrived in Portland Monday from Nova Scotia. The Portland Press Herald reports that it arrived with only two of its four engines in operation.

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's Republican governor is vowing to fight for bonds aimed at attracting young people and supporting research and development.
Gov. Paul LePage on a Tuesday radio appearance expressed frustration with fellow Republicans opposed to such efforts.
A $40 million bond would help pay off student loans for those who agree to live and work in Maine for five years. A $55 million bond would help companies commercialize products through research and development.

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You could say Ryan Lizza is the man who got Anthony Scaramucci fired.  Lizza was the reporter for the New Yorker who Scaramucci called, swearing about other members of the Trump hierarchy, a conversation that went public. 

While it may have forced Chief of Staff Reince Priebus out, it also led to the hiring of John Kelly, who yesterday demanded Scaramucci's resignation.

Lizza spoke at College of the Atlantic last night about - among other things - the aftermath of that call.

Mother of Woman Shot by Police Files Notice of Lawsuit

Aug 1, 2017
Gabor Degre / Bangor Daily News

The mother of an 18-year-old woman who was shot to death by police in February in Vassalboro plans to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the three officers who fired their weapons.

Jessica Fagre filed a notice of claim against the officers, as well as the Vassalboro Police Department, the town of Vassalboro, Kennebec County and Col. Robert A. Williams, the head of the Maine State Police.

AUGUSTA, Maine - More than 30 attorneys general and state consumer advocate agencies are urging Congress to reject plans by the administration of President Donald Trump to eliminate the federal heating assistance program.
The program distributes $3.4 billion to about 6 million households, and the officials say in the letter that the money is well spent with checks going directly to utilities on behalf of low-income individuals who need help.

Four members of a legislative panel are spending a few days in Colorado on a mission to learn the ins and outs of marijuana regulation.
Recreational marijuana is already legal in Maine thanks to a voter-approved referendum last fall. But a joint legislative committee is tasked with figuring out the nitty gritty of implementing sales of retail marijuana.
The committee is set to soon vote on specifics like a likely tax increase on recreational marijuana.

PORTLAND, Maine - Interstate fishing regulators are set to decide on new fishing restrictions to help rebuild the population of lobsters in southern New England.
The New England lobster fishery is based largely in Maine, where fishing managers say catch has soared to new heights in recent years. But the population has collapsed off of Connecticut, Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts as waters have warmed in those areas.

SKOWHEGAN, Maine - Police in Maine have arrested a woman who they say was found unconscious next to a baby in an apartment.
The Morning Sentinel reports that Skowhegan police responded to a noise complaint at an apartment around 12:30 a.m. Sunday. Police say two officers, "fearing for the welfare of the residents,'' entered the home through a window after they saw a woman in the fetal position and a naked infant lying on a debris-covered floor.

FRYEBURG, Maine - Emergency crews in Maine have closed a major roadway after a tractor-trailer crash caused a diesel fuel spill.

WCSH-TV reports that a tractor-trailer spilled 120 gallons of diesel fuel after hitting a downed tree along U.S. Route 302 in Fryeburg Tuesday morning. Police have closed Route 302 down between Hemlock Bridge and Battleground Road.
Police say no one was hurt in the crash.
Authorities say the scene is dangerous. A hazmat team is working to clean up the spill.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

Over the past 15 years, refugee and immigrant students have transformed the city of Portland and its public school system. However, teachers have remained overwhelmingly white, and there are efforts to increase the diversity of the staff — by encouraging Portland students to eventually become teachers.

Courtesy University of New England

The number of great white sharks may be increasing in the Gulf of Maine.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

More than 100 Auburn residents attended a public hearing last night at Central Maine Community College on whether their city should merge with neighboring Lewiston to become one city.