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There is no dispute that contaminants like lead and arsenic, often found in private water supplies, can cause serious health problems. But Maine lawmakers are struggling with how best to address the problem of unsafe drinking water in private wells, which are not tested as frequently or as comprehensively as public water supplies.

Many Mainers get their water from their own wells, and studies have shown many of those private wells have unsafe levels of lead and arsenic and other contaminants. In some parts of the state as many as half of them are well above recommended levels.

Tom Porter / Maine Public file

Maine’s two major airports want to regulate and charge ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft that pick up passengers at the terminals. Airport officials are backing legislation that would allow those changes, which they say are needed to prevent chaos outside the baggage claim area.

Proposed Closure of Coral Grounds in Gulf of Maine Has Lobster Industry on Edge

Apr 10, 2017
Gulf of Maine Deep Coral Science Team 2014/NURTEC-UCONN. / NOAA Fisheries

Over the past 10 years, the issue of how to protect endangered whales from getting tangled in fishing gear has been a driving factor in how lobstermen configure their gear and how much money they have to spend to comply with regulations.

Now federal officials have cited the need to protect deep-sea corals in a proposal to close some areas to fishing — a proposal that, according to lobstermen, could pose a serious threat to how they ply their trade.

A Biddeford business owner hoping to start selling pot next year is giving his products away for free for now.

The Portland Press Herald reports that Jack Sargent of the Biddeford-based Cannabis Shack is accepting donations for shipping and handling while waiting for the state to issue retail licenses.

It's legal to accept free gifts of pot and some say the limbo before the opening of retail stores is pushing otherwise law-abiding citizens into an underground market.

Troy R. Bennett / Bangor Daily News

On a recent gray day in Portland, a small group of people gathers at a garage to open a box they’ve waited years to see.

It’s a late chapter in a saga that began more than two centuries ago, a story of justice twice denied — or at least delayed — for an African-American Mainer.

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's 58 credit unions are enjoying growth in membership, loans and deposits.

The Maine Credit Union League said the state's credit unions added more than 18,000 new members last year and that combined assets grew by nearly $450 million. The report also said outstanding loans topped $5 billion for the first time ever.

All told, the report said savings grew 6.8 percent, and lending increased 9.6 percent.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -  Maine Sen. Susan Collins has received a GRAMMYs on the Hill Award. The Recording Academy, which hands out the coveted GRAMMY awards to music performers, also recognizes educators and lawmakers at a yearly event on Capitol Hill.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The new owners of Maine's oldest craft brewery aren't wasting time in making investments.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine's governor and fellow Republicans in two other states hope President Donald Trump will be more amenable to banning food stamps to buy soda and junk food than his predecessor.

Saco Bans Plastic Bags

Apr 9, 2017

SACO, Maine (AP) _ Saco is the fourth community in Maine to ban single-use plastic shopping bags.

One Man Dead Following Standoff

Apr 9, 2017

BERWICK, Maine (AP) _ Police say a 25-year-old man shot and killed himself during a standoff with officers in Berwick.

Maine State Police detectives have arrested a former Brunswick man in connection with the death of his 4-month-old son nearly 38 years ago, a death that was originally investigated as sudden infant death syndrome.

Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland says 62-year-old Burton “Ben” Hagar was arrested Friday without incident at his home in Farmington, where he now lives. McCausland says Hagar is the first person to be charged following an investigation by the new state police Unsolved Homicide Unit.

According to a June 2014 report, just 10 percent of Maine lawyers in private practice outside of Cumberland County are under the age of 35 and almost two-thirds are 50 or older. Concerned that rural counties will face a shortage of lawyers in coming years as aging attorneys retire, the University of Maine School of Law is partnering with several other organizations to launch a Rural Lawyer Pilot Project.

All four members of Maine’s Congressional Delegation say President Donald Trump’s air strikes against Syria were a proportional response to a chemical weapons attack that killed dozens of civilians. But they say before Trump takes any further action, he must consult with Congress.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine’s 1st District says technically, President Trump should have asked Congress for authorization to carry out Thursday’s air strikes.

People in the Maine's Kennebec Valley are being targeted by yet another phone scam.

MaineGeneral spokeswoman Joy McKenna says this time scammers appear to be calling from MaineGeneral Health.

"These calls were trying to get credit card numbers, saying they wanted to make sure MaineGeneral bills are being paid, or to help with debt service," McKenna says.

Some of the calls are automated. McKenna says MaineGeneral does call people for payment on unpaid medical bills, but doesn't use an automated system.  

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