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LINCOLNVILLE, Maine — The drummer for the jam band Phish is running for office in his hometown in Maine.

Jon Fishman obtained the necessary paperwork and returned his nominating petitions this week in hopes of getting on the June ballot to run for the Board of Selectmen in Lincolnville. He’s one of several candidates vying for a pair of open seats on the board.

Fishman and his wife have five children and have lived in the seaside town for the past decade. The family lives on a farm.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A bill limiting gifts from drug companies to doctors is receiving bipartisan support in Maine.
 
Rep. Scott Hamann, D-South Portland, says he wrote the bill after reading how some doctors who prescribed opioids received thousands of dollars from drug manufacturers. He says the bill received widespread support because many see the link between opioid prescribing and the heroin epidemic.
 

The National Weather Service says the rapid snowmelt is going to cause minor flooding on the Kennebec River in Maine and on the Connecticut River that separates New Hampshire and Vermont.

The temperature has climbed high enough to set a couple of records in New England - and to cause melting snow that's contributing to minor flooding.

The National Weather Service says the temperature climbed Tuesday to 87 degrees in Concord, New Hampshire, and 78 degrees in Augusta, Maine, both records for the date. The temperature hit 75 in Portland, Maine, coming within 2 degrees of the record.

On Monday, Montpelier, Vermont, had a record high of 77 degrees.

BRUNSWICK, Maine - A Bowdoin College professor's book about her abusive father who had sex reassignment surgery at 76 nearly won her a second Pulitzer Prize.
 
Susan Faludi's "In the Darkroom'' was one of three nominees in the autobiography category that was won by Hisham Matar, author of "The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between.'' The prize was announced Monday.
 
Faludi teaches in the Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies program at Bowdoin College.
 

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PORTLAND, Maine - A father charged with murder nearly 38 years after the death of his 4-month-old son is due in court.

Burton "Ben'' Hagar was charged with murder after being indicted last week. The death of his son, Nathan, was originally classified as sudden infant death syndrome but the investigation was reopened in 1991.

Hagar was due for his first court appearance Wednesday in Portland.

PORTLAND, Maine - U.S. Sen. Susan Collins says she's weighing a run for governor and that it's a "hard decision.''
 
The Maine Republican told WGAN-AM on Tuesday that she's looking at where she "can do the most good for the people of Maine.''
 
There has been speculation about the four-term senator's political future, and she was asked on WGAN about her future plans.
 

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WATERVILLE, Maine - A dog that was pardoned from a death sentence by Maine Gov. Paul LePage is getting its day in court.
 
A hearing on the case involving Dakota the Alaskan husky is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon at Waterville District Court.
 
The dog was ordered to be put down after getting loose and killing a neighbor's pug last year. But a new family adopted Dakota not knowing it had been sentenced to death.
 

AUGUSTA, Maine - A former communications adviser to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is now working for Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage.
 
Garrett Murch worked for Sessions while he represented Alabama in the U.S. Senate. The Maine native most recently worked as a senior editor for a website operated by conservative talk radio host Laura Ingraham. He's previously worked for former Sen. Olympia Snowe and the conservative Heritage Foundation in Washington.
 

AUGUSTA, Maine - A bill that would establish a procedure for recalling elected officials from public office is progressing through the Maine Legislature.
 
Sen. Justin Chenette, a Saco Democrat, proposed the bill. It would create a procedure for elected officials at all levels of government, ranging from local town boards to the governor's office. It received a public hearing on Monday.
 

PORTLAND, Maine - Health officials say Maine has experienced a late-season flu surge with half of the state's influenza cases happening in the month of March.
 
Dr. Siiri Bennett, the state epidemiologist, tells the Portland Press Herald that "there's still a lot of flu out there.''
 
It has been a busy flu season. Through April 1, Maine has had 4,188 positive tests for influenza viruses. That compares to 2,360 for all of the last flu season.
 

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PROVINCETOWN, Mass. - Coastal researchers in Massachusetts say they found more endangered right whales in Cape Cod Bay recently than on any one day in recent history.
 
A spokeswoman for the Center for Coastal Studies says researchers found 112 of the rare whales in the bay Sunday. The spokeswoman says the next highest number for one day was 96 in 2014.
 

SURRY, Maine - A Maine land trust says it has purchased more than 2,000 acres of forested land in Surry for preservation.
 
The Blue Hill Heritage Trust says it will manage the property as a community forest for recreation, wildlife habitat protection and restoration and forest education. It will be known as Surry Forest.
 
The land was purchased for $650,000.
 

AUBURN, Maine = Now that would make a really big omelet.

Maine's egg farmers are donating more than 100,000 eggs to people in need of food assistance just in time for Easter. Hillandale Farms says it's giving 9,000 dozen eggs to Good Shepherd Food Bank in Auburn.
 
Federal statistics say that more than 200,000 Maine residents deal with food insecurity, which means they have poor access to adequate nutritious foods. That's about 15 percent of households. Hillandale says the donation will help with access to protein foods such as eggs.

PORTLAND, Maine — The lawmaker who introduced a bill designed to restrict wild foraging for food in Maine says he will call for the bill to not pass.

Republican Sen. Thomas Saviello made a proposal to prohibit foraging food without getting permission from a property owner. The proposal’s up for a potential committee vote on Tuesday.

Saviello says he’ll call for the Committee On Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to vote against passage of the bill. He says Maine state law already covers the subject of getting permission before using someone else’s land.

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