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Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine questioned Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Tuesday on a proposal to open most of the coastal areas of the United States to exploratory drilling for gas and oil.

Amy Bass has written about Lewiston's experience absorbing thousands of Somali immigrants. Her lens is soccer. Her book is entitled “One Goal.” Bass talks with Maine Public Radio’s Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz about what inspired her to write the book about the Lewiston High School soccer team.

LEWISTON, Maine - A climate scientist who filed a whistleblower complaint against President Donald Trump's interior secretary and later resigned is speaking at a Maine college.
Joel Clement was a leading official in climate change policy in the U.S. Department of the Interior before he was demoted. He is scheduled to speak at Bates College's Olin Arts Center Concert Hall on Wednesday night.

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Maine ski operators, particularly smaller ones, are enthusiastically embracing the back-to-back blizzards this month.

Even a short drought can leave some mountains struggling for the rest of the season to recoup their losses.

Only two weeks ago, parts of Maine were reporting temperatures in the upper 50s. That wasn’t making ski area operators like Bill Whitcomb at all happy. But this week’s snowstorm has put a smile on his face.

“Right now, snow in the month of March is frosting on the cake anyway, so anything you get is great,” he says.

Central Maine Power wants ratepayers to invest $200 million or more in Portland-area electricity infrastructure. But some lawmakers and the state’s utility watchdog say the company is underestimating the potential for alternatives that could be much cheaper and much better for the environment.

Michigan-based ski resort operator Boyne Resorts has reached an agreement to assume outright ownership of six ski resorts it’s operating under long-term lease agreements from Maine to Washington State.

The agreement covers Brighton Resort near Salt Lake City; Cypress Mountain in Vancouver, British Columbia; Loon Mountain in New Hampshire; Sugarloaf and Sunday River in Maine; and The Summit at Snoqualmie near Seattle. Also included is the Gatlinburg Sky Lift in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

The deal with a subsidiary of Oz Real Estate is expected to close later this year.

The U.S. House of Representatives is abandoning their investigation into whether President Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with the Russian government to alter the 2016 election.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree says the decision to halt the House Intelligence Committee’s inquiry “was absolutely premature” and could impact how people perceive elections going forward.

Pingree says the committee usually functions along nonpartisan lines but said Republicans seemed intent on protecting the president during this investigation.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A homeless shelter in Augusta, Maine is planning to expand to accommodate more people in need.
The Kennebec Journal reports the nonprofit Bread of Life Ministries hopes to expand both its emergency overnight shelter and its veterans shelter. Shelter officials say the $420,000 project will include space for more bedrooms, an office and storage space.

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As we reported Monday, students in the Bangor area are planning school walkouts Wednesday to urge lawmakers to make schools safe from gun violence.  Students at other Maine schools are also planning to join in the national walkout to demand tighter gun control laws. They are seen as a way of preventing future school shootings, like the one in Parkland, Florida last month.

Tasha Hipple is a student at Casco Bay High School in Portland and is one of the organizers of student walkouts in the Portland area. She spoke with Maine Public Radio's Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz.

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Days before planned walkouts at thousands of schools across the country, students in the Bangor area say they want lawmakers to take action to prevent school shootings.

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We all know firsthand that music can improve your mood, but it can also have real, measurable effects on brain chemistry. A Portland-based startup tech company is developing a new device that’s designed to improve mobility in people who’ve had strokes by retraining the brain to walk again, using the music of their choice.

At a coworking space in Portland, neurologic music therapist Brian Harris works with two stroke survivors. He and his team at MedRhythms are testing a device dubbed The Stride that they hope will soon revolutionize the world of music therapy.

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The manager of an Auburn IHOP wants customers to know that everyone can expect to be treated with respect in his restaurant and no one will ever have to pay upfront for a meal. 

"And we're trying to let everybody know that we're not racist," says Melvin Escobar. "We treat everybody the same and basically we're here to serve you and give you the best experience ever."

Melvin Escobar, a native of Guatemala, says he has suspended a server for one week without pay after he learned that she had asked a group of black teenagers to pay for their meals upfront.

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FALMOUTH, Maine - Maine Audubon says the results of its annual loon count last year showed a population that appears to be holding steady.
Maine has the largest common loon population in the eastern U.S. The bird's range has shrunk in the United States, and it faces threats such as environmental pollution.
Audubon says the number of adult loons estimated for 2017 is "virtually unchanged'' from the previous two years at about 2,800. The group says there are also about 450 loon chicks, and the estimated number of chicks has climbed in three consecutive years.

MOOSE RIVER, Maine - A foundation is donating a historic hunting lodge near the Canadian border to a college in Maine.
Unity College says the 7,500-square-foot Sky Lodge and more than 150 acres of land are donations from the Couri Foundation. The college says the facility includes 16 buildings and is located in tiny Moose River, north of Jackman.

Maine’s public advocate has sent a letter to the Public Utilities Commission urging it to order Central Maine Power not to disconnect consumers who have filed complaints over high electricity bills.

PUC spokesman Harry Lanphear says the commission will formally deliberate the request, but in the meantime, customers are protected.

“Our rules prohibit disconnection of any customer that has a pending complaint,” he says. "Therefore, none of the customers that have unresoved complaints will be disconnected."