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School walkouts in support of stricter gun laws continued Thursday morning after schools were closed due to weather on Wednesday.


The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Maine has filed suit against the Long Creek Youth Development Center, the Department of Corrections, and medical and dental providers on behalf of an 11-year-old boy who was allegedly beaten by corrections officers. The ACLU’s complaint also says the boy was denied adequate medical treatment. The case is prompting a call for possible legislative or judicial oversight of Long Creek.

Joel Clement, a scientist from  Maine and the former whistleblower from the Department of Interior, spoke at Bates College Wednesday evening and at Maine Audubon Thursday. He joined Nora Flaherty on Maine Things Considered to discuss his whistleblower complaint and his turn to climate change-centered activism.

Nova Scotia, Ferry Company To Fund ‘The Cat’ Maine Terminal Upgrades

Mar 15, 2018
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PORTLAND, Maine — As much as $2 million appears to have been found to upgrade the city’s international ferry terminal, clearing a major obstacle to the 2018 return of the Portland-Nova Scotia ferry.

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An array of progressive groups and two of Maine's Native American tribes are criticizing Democratic Attorney General Janet Mills for joining a Washington State lawsuit over tribal water rights.

The lawsuit is scheduled to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court next month, and its outcome could affect a long standing legal battle in maine over water quality standards in the Penobscot River.

This new criticism coming from progressive activists comes just as Mills is attempting to convince Democrats to support her run for governor.

Nor’easter Wallops Maine With Up To 30 Inches Of Snow

Mar 15, 2018
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After a two-day nor’easter dumped more than a foot of snow in Maine — with two feet in many areas — residents across the state started digging themselves out Wednesday afternoon to get ready to go back to school or to work on Thursday.

LUBEC, Maine - Maine's scallop fishing season is nearing its final weeks with many scallop fishing grounds still open for harvesting.

The Maine scallop season begins in December and runs until April 10 this year. The state's regulators use targeted closures to protect scallops from succumbing to overharvesting.

The Maine Department of Marine Resources says no emergency actions or closures are currently pending. The department says it's continuing to monitor the health of scallops through surveys and industry updates.

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Less than three months after telling reporters his company hoped to “revive this magnificent property,” the Australian executive hoping to buy the Saddleback Mountain reportedly told his staff reopening the ski resort is “not a primary concern” and that he mostly wanted the mountain for its immigrant visa program.

Portland NBC television affiliate WCSH released audio recordings of the alleged Sept. 11, 2017, staff meeting that it claims were leaked by former employees of the Majella Group of Brisbane, Australia.

WATERVILLE, Maine - Residents from three Maine communities have voted to dissolve their combined school district.
Waterville, Vassalboro and Winslow residents passed the referendum to terminate the district 386-133 Tuesday. Turnout for the vote in each community suffered due to a snowstorm that caused poor road conditions.

Property owners along Clary Lake in Lincoln County are applauding a Superior Court decision upholding a Maine Department of Environmental Protection order setting water levels on the lake.

It’s not just schools that are worried about falling behind due to snow days, t’s the Maine legislature as well.

Over this week and last, lawmakers have lost three work days to snowstorms. Senate President Mike Thibodeau, a republican from Winterport, says the complexity of some issues, such as tax conformity, also are slowing down the legislative process. He says leaders are trying to find ways to get caught up.

“My guess is that we are going to end up with some Fridays and Mondays…we are going to push these committee five, maybe six days a week,” he says.

The founding director of the Maine Legislature's government watchdog agency says she is leaving the position this summer.

The Bangor Daily News reports Beth Ashcroft is leaving the job in August. The agency, Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability (OPEGA), is in the midst of an investigation into Maine's child welfare system.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing on school safety following the mass shooting at Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The committee is hearing from a Stoneman Douglas teacher as well as from the father of one of the shooting victims, Florida lawmakers and Justice Department officials. Watch the hearing live.

A snowstorm that dumped up to 2 feet of snow on Maine has forced postponements of many, but not all, student demonstrations demanding school safety.

But more than 200 students gathered Wednesday outside Yarmouth High School to hold a moment of silence for the victims in Parkland, Fla., and to rally against gun violence.

Sage Watterson said every student in America "goes to school with a bundle of fear tucked into their backpack." She said people should not invoke the nation's founding fathers "to mop up the blood on library carpets and cafeteria floors."

The health of Maine's counties are ranked in a new national report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Cumberland County is the healthiest, while Washington County was found to be the least healthy.

Senior program officer Tara Oakman says the Cumberland County ranks well below the national average in one key health indicator: poverty. She says, though, that there's still room for improvement.