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Police in Maine's largest city say no one will be charged in the stabbing death of a 31-year-old man because the stabbing occurred in self-defense.

Anthony Best died as a result of the April 2016 stabbing, which took place during an altercation in a Portland parking lot. Police say a fight ensued in which Best was stabbed several times in the torso, and an investigation reveals that he was the aggressor in the incident.

The director of the LePage administration's Office of Policy and Management has resigned, and all but one member of the office has been reassigned to other state agencies.

The Portland Press Herald reports that the LePage administration did not announce Jonathan LaBonte's April 10 departure. A spokesperson said the administration does not publicize every resignation.

Maine Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin is backing President Donald Trump's plan to cut $15 billion in federal spending on children's health insurance and other programs, saying the money would be "wasted" otherwise.

Close to half of the proposed cuts target the Children's Health Insurance Program, canceling $5.1 billion in funding that wasn't used and $1.9 billion in what operates as a 'rainy-day' fund for states.

Poliquin tells the Lewiston Sun Journal the cuts will not affect federal spending or enrollment in the program.

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PORTLAND, Maine - A popular science center that has attracted traveling exhibits to Maine's largest city is closing its doors.
 
The Portland Press Herald reports the Portland Science Center is shutting down after nearly three years on the city's waterfront. The center has featured exhibits about subjects such as sharks, pirates and the Titanic.
 

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine State Police have arrested a group of people who were protesting outside the governor's mansion in Augusta.
 
Maine Poor People's Campaign spokeswoman Marie Follayttar Smith says the Monday protest was part of a nationwide campaign against systemic poverty and racism.
 
State police tell the Bangor Daily News that 18 people were arrested and charged with trespassing and failure to disperse.
 

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DURHAM, N.H. - University of New Hampshire scientists have developed a method to estimate New England cottontail populations, whose numbers have been declining over the past 50 years.
 
The scientists say the region's only native rabbit is difficult to monitor due to its rare and secretive nature. With the recently developed method, they will be able to detect trends over time to conserve the rabbits by using DNA collected from fecal pellets. They said they are implementing the tool over 30 managed sites across the species range.
 

CONCORD, N.H. - Gas prices are still climbing in northern New England.
 
GasBuddy's daily survey of gas outlets in Maine found that average retail gasoline prices in the state have risen 4.2 cents per gallon in the past week, to an average of $2.86 per gallon.

POLAND, Maine - A Maine couple is installing a "ghost bike'' memorial at the site where their son was killed by a drunken driver 20 years ago.
 
Bob Barton says he learned about ghost bike memorials online, and says he thinks this will be the first monument of its kind in the state of Maine. The Sun-Journal reports Bob and Suzanne Barton will place the memorial and a plaque next week to commemorate the 20th anniversary of 16-year-old Ethan Barton's death.
 
The Barton couple will place the white-painted bike at the site where Ethan was killed in Poland.
 

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AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine is about to close the door on application submissions to this year's moose lottery.
 
Actually, the state is closing the web browser, as it's only taking online applications this year. The deadline to apply for the hunt is 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday night.
 
The moose lottery attracts thousands of applicants, and odds of getting a permit are small. But the state is considering increasing the number of permits by more than 20 percent to 2,500.
 

Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap is going to host a series of informational meetings on the new voting system that will be used for the first time in June primaries.

Dunlap will hold four sessions starting on Monday in Biddeford. Then meetings will follow on May 15 in Bangor, May 21 in Presque Isle and May 29 in Lewiston.

He will also offer a question-and-answer session via Facebook Live on May 24.

Lobster Industry Fears Weaker Shells, But Evidence Is Mixed

May 13, 2018
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More people outside the U.S. are enjoying the New England tradition of cracking open a freshly cooked American lobster, and that experience hinges on one thing — the lobster getting there alive.

The Libertarian Party of Maine is holding its biennial state convention in Bangor.

The party on Saturday is set to hear from Maine House candidates Cody Blackburn and Bonnie Young and New Hampshire U.S. House candidate Justin O'Donnell.

The Libertarian Party of Maine in 2016 submitted enough signatures to become an official political party and have its presidential and vice presidential candidates appear on the November ballot.

The Maine party has had cycles of activity and lulls since its founding in 1975.

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins is praising the first woman to serve as president of the University of Maine.

Collins said President Susan Hunter oversaw the largest incoming class, largest number of out-of-state students and biggest increase in donations to the Annual Fund. She quipped, "Why did we wait so long to put a woman in charge?"

Collins spoke Saturday as the University of Maine System held commencements from Portland to Fort Kent. The University of Maine at Machias is holding its commencement on Sunday.

The University of Maine and the Penobscot Nation have signed an agreement to help preserve the tribe's cultural heritage.

WABI-TV reports officials from the university and the tribe met Thursday afternoon at the Hudson Museum to sign a Memorandum of Understanding. Under the pact, tribal perspectives will be included in research projects. Officials will also add Penobscot signs on campus.

UMaine President Susan Hunter says the memorandum will evolve to include more people. Hunter is confident the agreement will benefit the entire state.

Chefs, fishermen, scientists and others are coming together in Maine to try to find a tasty way to solve New England's invasive crab problem.

The green crabs are a growing problem for New England's environment and economy, in part because they feast on marketable coastal shellfish. The crabs themselves are not worth much because there isn't a consumer market for them.

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