LEWISTON, Maine — A Republican Maine House candidate has used Twitter to attack two students who survived a shooting at a Florida high school, calling one of them a "skinhead lesbian" and the other a "bald-faced liar."

Leslie Gibson is the only declared candidate for the 57th District and told the Sun Journal it was "not appropriate to single out the Parkland students." But he says he stands firm in his defense of "our constitutional rights." He says he served in the military and took an oath "to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States."

AUBURN, Maine — An IHOP manager in Auburn is issuing a public apology after a server asked a group of black teenagers to pay upfront for their meal.

Manager Melvin Escobar told the Sun Journal newspaper that "this is the first time it happened, and that will be the last time."

The incident on Sunday came to the attention of Escobar after a young man from Monmouth posted about it on Facebook.

PATTEN, Maine — A Canadian company could develop Maine’s first large-scale mining operation in decades if a $1 million exploration project finds high-grade metal deposits.

Wolfden Resources Corp. is currently testing core samples from a deposit under Pickett Mountain in Penobscot County. The CEO of the Ontario-based company says it could be one of the highest-grade undeveloped volcanic deposits in North America.

MONTPLIER, Vt. - The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is recommending the lowest number of moose hunting permits this year in the modern era as the herd continues to decline from infestations of ticks and brain worms believed to be caused by the warming climate.
Vermont Director of Wildlife Mark Scott says that if the decline in the moose herd continues, it's possible the department will recommend issuing no permits in 2019.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Department of Labor says the state's unemployment rate fell slightly in January to 3 percent.
The Labor Department says the unemployment rate was down from 3.1 percent for December and 3.4 percent a year ago. The department says the state's rate of unemployment has been below 4 percent for 26 consecutive months, which is the longest stretch since the current methodology was put in place in 1976.

WINDHAM, Maine - Researchers in Maine say a lake's recent algal blooms are prompting concerns over the health of the body of water.
Beginning in May, water quality tests will begin at Highland Lake in Windham and Falmouth, after a mysterious algal bloom has reappeared every July for the last four summers. The Portland Press Herald reports the nonprofit Highland Lake Association and other parties will host a public forum March 21 about the health of the lake.

HINCKLEY, Maine - Maine farmers are holding a meeting dedicated to all things involving munching on grass.
The Maine Grass Farmers Network is holding its annual grazing conference on Friday. The event is taking place at the Kennebec Valley Community College in Hinckley.
The farmers network says the keynote address will be provided by Jeremy Engh, owner of Lakota Ranch in Remington, Virginia. Cornell Cooperative Extension agricultural marketing specialist Matt LeRoux will also discuss the profitable marketing of meat.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Mainers would be banned from sending sexually explicit digital images to some minors under a Democrat's bill.
The Legislature's Criminal Justice and Public Safety committee unanimously recommended Sen. Michael Carpenter's bill last week. Maine's high court last year reversed some convictions against a Presque Isle man because they said sexually explicit photos he sent to minors online didn't constitute indecent exposure.

SOUTH BRISTOL, Maine - Police in Maine say a woman shot and wounded her husband over the weekend.
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office says the 39-year-old South Bristol woman faces domestic violence and aggravated assault charges. The woman's husband has been released from the hospital following the shooting Friday night.
Authorities say the husband suffered injuries that were not life-threatening. The sheriff's office said Sunday that the woman shot her husband with a handgun during a domestic dispute at their home.

Officials with a Maine school district that had warned students not to participate in a national gun violence protest are changing their position.

The Northeast is bracing for its third nor'easter in fewer than two weeks. The National Weather Service reports Sunday that a southern storm is expected to make its way up the coast causing more snowfall.

The Boston area is predicted to get 6-8 inches while Maine could see more than a foot of snow by Wednesday. New York could see 4-6 inches of snow. Philadelphia could see a few inches by Tuesday's morning commute. Eight inches could fall in West Virginia.

Members of Maine's baby-eel fishing industry are expecting high prices for the fish this year because of a lack of the eels on the international market.

Maine's the only state in the United States with a significant fishery for baby eels, which are called elvers. The tiny, translucent eels are sold to Asian aquaculture companies to be raised to maturity for use as food. The eels sold for about $1,300 per pound last year and are already one of the most lucrative fisheries in the country on a per-pound basis.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ The state of Maine's community forest program is awarding grants to local governments, non-profit groups and others to develop and maintain strategies that protect the woods.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A Maine activist who's being sued over his claims that a Haiti orphanage founder is a serial pedophile says he's more determined than ever to make sure victims' voices are heard.

Three Maine bridges will be replaced thanks to a $10.8 million federal grant.