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The aftermath of last month's windstorm, which cut power to half a million Mainers, continues as teams from the Maine Emergency Management Agency - or MEMA - begin to investigate the extent of damage to public areas.

Seven teams from MEMA, along with federal and county investigators, are assessing storm damage in 14 counties. MEMA spokesperson Susan Faloon was on the road with one of the teams Thursday. She says some residential areas now look like "lumber yards."

Congressman Bruce Poliquin's Office

A dispute between clammers, wormers and seaweed harvesters with Acadia National Park appears headed for a resolution in Congress.

A congressional subcommittee heard testimony Wednesday on a bill co-sponsored by U.S. Reps. Chellie Pingree and Bruce Poliquin that would allow clammers and wormers to continue to make a living in the intertidal zone near the park’s boundary. The bill also requires Acadia to follow specific guidelines when adding new acreage to the park.

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Electric vehicles, or EVs, make up a tiny fraction of the cars sold in New England. But new state policies — and a big cash infusion from the settlement of Volkswagen’s pollution scandal — could speed the building of electric vehicle charging stations and help push the regional market for EVs to new levels.

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U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine says the proposal to repeal a key component of the Affordable Care Act in the GOP tax overhaul could wipe out any tax break middle-income Americans might get under the plan.

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The Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine has obtained approval to leave its downtown Portland building for a new location.

The Portland Planning Board approved a permit Tuesday that will allow the museum to move to a yet-to-be-constructed building on Thompson’s Point.

Executive Director Suzanne Olson says they’ve outgrown their current space, one they’ve been in for 20 years. She says the new building will be three stories tall and occupy about 30,000 square feet.

Wednesday is the first day that Maine is accepting applications for a place in next year’s baby eel fishing lottery.

The baby eels, known as elvers, are typically worth well over $1,000 per pound.

This will be the first lottery since 2013. Maine Department of Marine Resources spokesman Jeff Nichols says that’s when regional fisheries regulators capped Maine’s elver harvest, and the Legislature decided to stop issuing new licenses for the fishery.

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Nearly 200 world leaders are in Bonn, Germany, for a United Nations conference this week to discuss ways to speed up goals of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.

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Nearly half of adults in Maine likely have high blood pressure under new guidelines announced Monday. A national physician task force has changed the definition of hypertension, and is recommending more patients receive treatment earlier.

Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King says he will vote against Brett Talley, who has been nominated by President Donald Trump to become a federal district judge in Alabama.

Talley is the third Trump nominee to be rated as “unqualified” by the American Bar Association. He has never tried a case in court, and failed to disclose that he is married to a lawyer working for Trump.

With the unqualified rating from the ABA, King says that’s three strikes against Talley, who King doubts can “faithfully and independently serve on the federal bench.”

Mainers who were deceived into sending payments to scammers using a Western Union wire transfer between Jan. 1, 2004, and Jan. 19, 2017, may now seek compensation.

Maine and 49 other states have settled with Western Union, which has come up with $586 million for a victims’ compensation fund that will be administered by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Maine’s congressional delegation says legislation is necessary to ensure clam and worm harvesters are allowed to keep plying their trade near Acadia National Park.

U.S. Sens. Angus King, an independent, and Susan Collins, a Republican, are introducing the bill in the U.S. Senate. King says officials with the National Park Service are largely supportive of the legislation, crafted to address shore access by diggers and resolve the process by which Acadia can expand beyond its current boundaries.

The parent company of Hannaford has received a failing grade from a report that evaluates retailers’ policies on toxic chemicals.

Patrick MacRoy of the the Maine-based Environmental Health Strategy Center says its "Who's Minding the Store" report evaluated retailers on 14 criteria, including whether they have a public written policy about the chemicals allowed in the products they sell, and how they monitor their supply chain.

Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention

When immigrants and refugees settle in Lewiston-Auburn they may not be thinking about lead, but often lead is waiting for them. The cities have the highest rate of lead poisoning in Maine — much of that in the cheap housing units that families rent when they first move to the area.

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U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine has joined the growing chorus of Republican senators calling on Roy Moore, the GOP nominee in Alabama, to drop out of his U.S. Senate race.

The list of prominent Senate Republicans includes Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah and Collins. The three stepped up the pressure on Moore on Monday by calling on Moore to quit.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control / via Associated Press

The tick-borne disease anaplasmosis on the rise in Maine.

According to the Maine Center for Disease Control, the number of cases of the disease has grown from a little more than a dozen about a decade ago to 500 so far this year. Public health officials say the increase mirrors the movement of Lyme disease into Maine years ago.

As state epidemiologist Dr. Siiri Bennett runs through the reported cases of anaplasmosis year by year, the numbers at first hold steady in the teens.

“In 2008 there were 17. 2009, 15,” she says.

But then, they start to grow.

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