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This story was originally published at 11 a.m. Friday, June 9.

We walk on it, we drive on it.  We even sleep on it.  But when it's time to dispose of our old carpeting, tires and mattresses, it all becomes "oversized bulky waste" - or OBW.  OBW is literally the fuel that fires trash-to-energy incinerators, including the Penobscot Energy Recovery Company in Orrington. 

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Representatives from city and town governments that are part of the 115-member Municipal Review Committee got a chance Monday afternoon to tour the new $70 million Fiberight biofuel recycling center in Hampden.

Although the facility is still under construction and is expected to begin receiving solid waste shipments early next year, Fiberight CEO Craig Stuart-Paul says nearly all of the plant’s key components should be in place within the next 90 days.

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As national pride month picks up steam, members of Maine’s LGBTQ community are celebrating a fresh victory. The Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles will no longer require people getting IDs and driver’s licenses to select only male or female to indicate their gender.

The nonprofit healthcare organization MaineHealth has earned and maintained a strong credit rating as it prepares to borrow $300 million in bonds for an expansion project at Maine Medical Center.

The credit agency Moody’s assigned an A1 rating, and the agency Standard and Poor's assigned an A+ rating.

A new analysis finds that Maine could add more than 2,000 jobs through aggressive participation in the region's emerging offshore wind industry.

The study from the nonprofit American Jobs Project was co-authored by Ryan Wallace, director of the University of Southern Maine's Center for Business and Economic Research.

“Maine has some competitive advantages in innovation, industry development, as well as industry clusters that could support a supply chain,” Wallace says.

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SKOWHEGAN, Maine - On Saturday, 2,500 permits to hunt moose will be awarded. The number of permits has been increased from last year's 2,080 permits. 90 percent of the 2500 permits up for grabs are reserved for Maine residents, with the remainder awarded to out of state applicants. In all, 54,000 people applied. 

In recent years, moose health has been affected by parasites such as winter ticks, which can keep calves from thriving, and ultimately increase mortality across the population.


To explain how citizens will experience Ranked Choice Voting next Tuesday Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap visited Maine Calling.

To clarify, as Dunlap noted, you can enroll with one of the two parties on election day if you are currently unenrolled, or have not registered to vote. But to change parties, you must do so 15 days before election day.

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Maine Attorney General Janet Mills is recusing herself from any pending legal actions involving Medicaid expansion, citing her candidacy for governor and stated support for Medicaid expansion

“If there is a role for this office to play, I will defer to their judgement in that regard," Mills says. "It’s important to recognize that I am a candidate for Governor in Tuesday’s primary election and I have taken a strong position on Medicaid expansion.”

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Polling in primary elections has always been difficult, due to typically-low voter turnout. But experts say it is even more arduous when voters are surveyed about their preferences under the new ranked-choice voting law.

Suicide rates are increasing in nearly every state, and the rate in Maine has increased by nearly 30 percent since 1999, according to a U.S. Centers for Disease Control report released this week.

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It wasn't your typical job fair.

More than 60 people came to the event in Biddeford Thursday in the hopes of finding an employer willing to give them a chance. These job seekers are all in recovery for substance use disorders.

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The ranked-choice voting system is forcing candidates to think about how they are campaigning, and it will also make voters think twice about their choice. But perhaps no group has more to think about than municipal clerks, the people who will conduct next week's vote.

Whether you touch a screen, fill in an oval or put an X in a box, the way you vote changes next week. And that means changes for people like Sandra Fournier. "It's very stressful,” she says.

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The LePage administration is appealing a judge's order issued Monday that requires the state to begin implementing the expansion of Medicaid approved by Maine voters in 2017.

In an email sent to Maine Public Thursday night, Julie Rabinowitz, a spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services, says Commissioner Ricker Hamilton appealed Monday's decision.

"The Commissioner has appealed and asked the Law Court to expedite briefing on this important constitutional question," Rabinowitz says, in a brief statement.  "An appropriation is essential to implementing any major public program, and Medicaid expansion is no different."

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More than 75 fishermen turned out in Brewer Wednesday for the first of two Maine hearings on proposed changes to the American eel fishery management plan.

Suicide rates in Maine increased by more than 27 percent over the period from 1999 to 2016. That's according to a report realeased by the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Across New England, the steepest increases in suicides were seen in New Hampshire and Vermont, with an increase of 48 percent. Massachusetts saw a 35 percent increase, Rhode Island 34 percent and Connecticut 19 percent.

Across the nation, all states saw an increase in suicides, with the exception of Nevada which showed a slight decline.