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Every year Francophonie Week in Maine recognizes French heritage and culture with a series of films, discussions and musical performances around the state.

Irwin Gratz / Maine Public

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine entrepreneur David Stone is hoping new computer software will help the movement toward an old value:  locally-produced food.     

"I believe that we're seeing a resurgence, a rebirth of the small, independent grocer, butcher and farmer,” Stone says.  “And I, also - looking at the trend data - see that millennials, like several of the people that work with me, this is what they want:  to buy closer to the source."

PORTLAND, Maine - The public will have a chance to comment on a plan to change the way New England's shuttered shrimp fishery is managed with an eye toward saving it.
 
 The regulatory Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has been working on a plan to try to make the fishery more sustainable in the long term. It includes options such as changing the way the quota system is managed.
 
 An arm of the commission has voted to send the plan out for public comment.
 

AUGUSTA, Maine - Legislators are set to consider once again whether to approve rules to jumpstart mining of Maine's deposits of copper, zinc, gold and silver.
 
Officials approved a law in 2012 calling for an overhaul of mining rules. But companies like J.D. Irving say they can't mine in Maine because lawmakers have twice failed to approve rules proposed by the Department of Environmental Protection.
 
Public hearings on several bills are scheduled for Monday.
 

Patty Wight / Maine Public

PORTLAND, Maine - Nearly 400 people packed a health care town hall Sunday in Portland, convened by Maine 1st District U.S. House Rep. Chellie Pingree, to weigh in on the GOP plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act. 

Courtesy, Bangor Police Department

BANGOR, Maine - Authorities in Bangor say a 13 year old child with autism has been found safely, after disappearing overnight. Joshua Hogan went missing from his home on Griffin Road, some time around 12:30 AM Sunday. He was spotted by several people in Brewer late Sunday morning, walking with a suitcase, after police launched a search.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins reiterated her concerns with a House Republican bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act during an appearance on NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday.

 

Collins also said President Donald Trump owes Americans an explanation for his still unverified claim that President Obama ordered a wiretap of his phones at Trump Tower.

 

CHARLESTON, Maine (AP) - A man blamed for the deaths of six people and serving a life prison sentence wants Maine Gov. Paul LePage to give him another chance.

ROME, Maine (AP) - The Maine Warden Service believes a medical event could've preceded the death of a man found alongside a hiking trail in the town of Rome.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A 32-year-old gang leader has admitted he took part in four murders as the head of what federal prosecutors say was a ruthless drug trafficking ring in New Haven.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ Former U.S. Attorney Thomas Delahanty II knew he was going to give up his job to an appointee of President Donald Trump. He just didn't expect the end to come so abruptly.

PORTLAND, Maine - The Maine State Archives and Library would like to make its trove of documents available for internet searching. But there's a problem:  Much of the oldest material in its collection is hand-written - letters, diaries, even flyers. In order to make that searchable, someone has to transcribe that content word by word. And, as Irwin Gratz reports, that someone could be you.

For the first time in Maine, some patients will be able to pay for their marijuana prescriptions without visiting the ATM.

A new mobile app called CanPay is available at the state’s largest dispensary, Wellness Connection of Maine. CEO Patricia Rosi says it’s a milestone for the industry, which has struggled for legitimacy due to ongoing federal restrictions.

Maine already allows people 21 and older to carry a concealed firearm without a permit, and now lawmakers are considering a measure that would lower that age to 18.

Supporters, like Rep. Rich Cebra, a Republican from Naples, say 18-year-old Maine citizens should have the same rights as those over 21.

“Law-abiding, responsible young people who fit in that category should be allowed to exercise their rights as any other adult in Maine,” he says.

The president of the world’s largest seaweed processing company said Friday that his firm will appeal Thursday’s Washington County Superior Court order that bars the harvest of rockweed, a form of seaweed, without the consent of shorefront property owners.

J.P. Deveau, president of the Nova Scotia-based Acadian Seaplants Ltd., says his company will continue harvesting operations in Maine pending the outcome of the appeal.

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