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BURNHAM, Maine — Authorities say an elderly Maine woman has died after an intruder entered her home.

State Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland says 72-year-old Joyce Wood dialed 911 after a woman got into her house early Sunday in Burnham.

McCausland says family members arrived at the scene before the authorities, found Wood and placed her in a vehicle in the driveway. Wood died in the car.

ELLSWORTH, Maine — A foundation has donated another 100 3-D printers to schools and nonprofits across Maine, bringing the total donated to 150.

David Perloff of The Perloff Family Foundation said most of the printers are going directly into classrooms where students can take advantage of them using their state-issued laptops.

BRUNSWICK, Maine — The surface appears to be sandy, but it’s nothing like Ogunquit Beach.

A scientist in Maine and her team have given familiar place names to some land features being visited by the red planet’s Curiosity rover.

The effort got attention on social media in March when Curiosity began scooping at the location, Ogunquit Beach. Images showed a fine, red sand.

Geologist R. Aileen Yingst is part of the team that assigned the Maine names.

PORTLAND, Maine — Wildlife biologists in Maine say it could take up to four years for the state’s wild brook trout population to fully recover from last year’s drought.

The Portland Press Herald reports the most affected areas were ponds and streams in central and southern Maine, the result of extreme drought conditions in nearly all of York and Cumberland counties.

The U.S. Drought Monitor says more than 7 feet of snow this winter has ended Maine’s drought conditions in all but the southern tip of York County.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A state legislator is proposing to give permanently disabled people free admission to Maine State Parks.

The proposal by Saco Democratic Rep. Donna Bailey would apply to people who have been determined to be permanently disabled by an official body such as the U.S. Social Security Administration or a workers’ compensation board.

The access pass would also grant free entry to an adult accompanying the pass holder.

The proposal is up for a public hearing before the Committee of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry on Thursday in Augusta.

BANGOR, Maine - New England Patriots fans in Maine will have the chance to celebrate the team's fifth Super Bowl championship this weekend.
 
The Vince Lombardi Trophy will be on display at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. It will be accompanied by a cheerleader and mascot Pat Patriot.
 
Officials in Bangor and Brewer announced the event on Wednesday.
 
A spokeswoman for the center says fans can have one photograph taken with the trophy and should arrive early due to time limits. Guests must bring their own camera.
 

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine Gov. Paul LePage has nominated a longtime prosecutor to serve on the Maine District Court bench.
 
The Republican governor on Wednesday announced he's nominating Geoffrey Rushlau.
 
The nomination must be vetted by the state Legislature's Judiciary Committee and confirmed by the full Senate.
 
Rushlau, of Dresden, is serving his sixth consecutive term as district attorney for the region, which includes Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Knox and Waldo counties. He was appointed in June 1993 and his current term expires at the end of next year.

AUBURN, Maine - City records show that a former Auburn, Maine, pulp mill sold for $7 million below its assessed value to a Texas company that is considering using the site for growing medical marijuana.
 
The Sun Journal reports that BlueWaterTX1031, a Texas company established by an Auburn businessman last month, purchased the former Cascades Auburn Fiber mill for just $2 million in February.
 

A major snowstorm is brewing just in time for April Fool's Day in parts of New England.
 
The National Weather Service says the coastal storm is going to bring heavy, wet snow to Maine and New Hampshire starting Friday and continuing through Saturday afternoon.
 
Meteorologist Tom Hawley says the "jackpot'' is going to be 12 to 18 inches of snow in higher terrain between Nashua and Keene in New Hampshire. He says interior sections of southernmost Maine can expect 6 to 10 inches while lesser amounts are forecast farther north.
 

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Republican leader of the Maine House has withdrawn a bill to require testing of private wells that provide drinking water.
 
Minority Leader Ken Fredette's bill would have required testing of private wells for pollutants at least once every five years.
 
Half of Maine's population gets it drinking water from private wells, and the state says it assumes very few of them are routinely tested.

PORTLAND, Maine - Environmental groups that want to save a marine monument created by former President Barack Obama in the ocean off of New England are asking to intervene in a lawsuit.
 
They say the nearly 5,000-square-mile monument area has "extraordinary scientific and ecological importance,'' including its rare deep-sea corals and endangered whales.
 

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's highest court has ruled that South Portland's liability insurer doesn't have to cover the city's rising legal fees in an ongoing federal lawsuit.
 
The Portland Press Herald reports the Maine Supreme Judicial Court decided Tuesday that the Maine Municipal Association Property & Casualty Pool has no duty to defend the city's Clear Skies ordinance.
 

ELLSWORTH, Maine - Interstate fishing regulators are sending a plan to try to fix New England's shuttered shrimp fishery to the public for a series of June hearings.

The northern shrimp fishery has been shut down for more than three years because of a collapse in population. The regulatory Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has been considering new ways to save the fishery for the shrimp, which were a popular winter seafood item in New England.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine Gov. Paul LePage says he slashes tips for restaurant servers and tells them to call their legislators in an effort to persuade lawmakers to restore the tip credit.
 
The Sun Journal reports that the Republican governor made the comments Tuesday to a radio host for Z105.5's Breakfast Club.
 
LePage says he cuts the tip in half and writes down the appropriate lawmaker's name. He says lawmakers must feel public pressure to take action.
 

AUGUSTA, Maine - A Republican senator is exploring a possible 2018 run against incumbent independent U.S. Sen. Angus King.

Sen. Eric Brakey admit he is an underdog against King, who has served since 2013 and intends to run for re-election. Republican Gov. Paul LePage said in May that he also would run against King, if he's not given a position in Republican President Donald Trump's administration.

Brakey announced Wednesday that he formed a federal exploratory committee, which will raise funds for traveling and assess what it will take to run a viable campaign.

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