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PORTLAND, Maine - The Maine Brewers' Guild says they will be sending a shipping container filled with Maine's craft brews to England for a beer festival.
 
The Maine Beer Box will have 78 beers on tap for the Leeds-based beer festival in September. The Portland Press Herald reports the box was previously shipped to Iceland last year for a June festival - the box's first outing.
 
Maine beer fans will be rewarded, as the beer box will return to Maine filled with beers from the United Kingdom, in time for Portland's Winter Session beer festival in November.
 

CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine - A lobster industry group says it removed the biggest example of derelict fishing gear from the Gulf of Maine in at least ten years.
 
The Portland Press Herald reports the old gear was essentially a two-ton ball of underwater marine debris. It measured 15 feet in diameter and was pulled from Dyer Cove off Cape Elizabeth on Tuesday.
 

ROCKPORT, Maine - Changes could be coming to the harvest of a small fish that supports one of the largest fisheries on the East Coast.
 
Federal fishing managers have debated changes to the harvest of Atlantic herring in recent years, and the potential new rules are headed for public comment this month and next. Herring are small schooling fish that are harvested in the hundreds of millions of pounds annually to supply food, bait and fish oil.
 

WATERVILLE, Maine - The downtown area of a Maine city will soon have free wireless internet for all.
 
Due to a partnership between Colby College and the Central Maine Growth Council, the Waterville service is expected to go live at the end of this month. Six hotspots have been dispersed throughout the outdoors downtown district, ensuring high-speed internet at public spaces.
 
The wireless signals will be strongest outdoors and are intended for use in primarily public spaces.
 

Another town in Massachusetts has banned the sale of small, single-use bottles of water.

Town meeting voters in Great Barrington approved the ban of bottles 1-liter or smaller this week. The Berkshire County community joins Concord and Sudbury.

Michigan-based Boyne Resorts has completed its purchase of six ski resorts it was operating under long-term lease agreements from Maine to British Columbia.
 
CEO Stephen Kircher called the closing with Oz Real Estate this week "exceptionally gratifying'' because he'd long wanted to own the properties outright.
 

ASHLAND, Maine - Maine officials are working on a new plan for the management of public lands in the far northern part of the state.
 
The state is looking at potential changes to the Northern Aroostook Region Public Reserved Lands Management Plan, which was adopted more than 10 years ago. The Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands is holding a meeting on the subject in Ashland on Wednesday.
 

ORONO, Maine - The University of Maine has deployed a herd of goats to help students get through a stressful finals season at the end of the semester.
 
There was a line of students waiting this week to get close to the goats. WABI-TV reports the goal of the goats is to cheer students up who may be dealing with stress.
 
Assistant Director of Student Activities Brittney Smith says goats are popular and all over the internet. Smith adds that the animals are important in helping students find an outlet for mental health exercises.
 

PORTLAND, Maine — The Maine Public Utilities Commission says it won’t elevate the investigation into Central Maine Power’s problems with its billing system.

The Portland Press Herald reports the PUC disagreed with Public Advocate Barry Hobbins’ call to pursue a "full investigation."

PUC spokesman Harry Lanphear says the commission’s summary investigation will be "thorough and comprehensive." Lanphear says the commission will decide whether further action is needed.

PORTLAND, Maine - Civil liberties groups in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont are suing the federal government for records of immigration enforcement actions.
 
The lawsuit filed Tuesday by ACLU affiliates targets the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The agencies are accused of failing to provide records of raids and arrests under the Freedom of Information Act.
 

AUGUSTA, Maine - Lawyers for the state and for the Maine Republican Party will argue later this month on whether the GOP will have to use ranked choice voting in the June primary.
 
The state Supreme Court already allowed the system to move forward but the new lawsuit is in federal court. Arguments are scheduled for May 23.
 
The lawsuit against Democratic Secretary of State Matt Dunlap seeks an injunction to prevent the use of ranked choice voting to decide Republican winners on June 12.
 

WESTBROOK, Maine - A Maine bookstore says it is pulling books written by Junot Diaz, who is facing allegations of sexual misconduct.
 
Quill Books & Beverage in Westbrook announced Friday it would be removing any books written by Diaz from its shelves. Co-owner Allison Krzanowski tells the Portland Press Herald that the bookstore has previously removed books by other men who have faced similar accusations.
 

LEWISTON, Maine - A Maine university has removed artwork from a campus gallery upon learning the artist of the three works is a convicted sex offender.
 
The University of Southern Maine removed the works by Bruce Habowski when a relative of one of his victim's called to complain. The Portland Press Herald reports a criminal background check shows Habowski was convicted of unlawful sexual contact in 1999 and served six months in jail.
 
USM says the paintings were removed after receiving a complaint about the artist, not the content of the art.
 

OAKFIELD, Maine - A Smyrna man who was shot by a trooper during an arrest in the town of Oakfield last week has died.
 
Officials say 54-year-old John Corneil was shot during an armed confrontation late Friday morning after a team of three troopers went to a store to arrest him.
 
Maine Public Safety Department spokesman Steve McCausland said he died Saturday at Eastern Maine Medical Center. An autopsy was being done Sunday.
 
The Maine attorney general's office investigating the incident.

Utility crews are back on the job two days after high winds knocked out power to homes and businesses across northern New England.

Martin Murray of Eversource told WMUR-TV that the damage from Friday night's storms was significant and often involved entire trees coming down on power lines. The company reported 861 New Hampshire customers without power Sunday morning, and had extra crews from Connecticut and Massachusetts helping with the recovery efforts.

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