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The Maine Girls' Academy has announced that it will shut its doors later in July.

The Portland-based school, which is the only all-girls private school in the state, announced the decision Thursday on its website.

The academy's board chair, Heidi Osborn, says the decision ultimately came down to declining enrollment and revenue. She says only 91 girls were enrolled at the school last year.

"We just ran out of runway to turn it into a successful and sustainable school."

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Environmental groups in Maine are applauding the resignation of embattled Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt.

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EPA administrator Scott Pruitt has resigned while under investigation for serval ethics violations.

Maine Rep.Chellie Pingree is happy to see him go, tweeting “good riddance.”

Several environmental groups have written a letter demanding that the town of Yarmouth and a mill owner fix a broken fish ladder at a dam on the Royal River.

The Conservation Law Foundation had previously filed a notice of intent to sue the town and the mill owner over the issue.

Sean Mahoney of CLF told the Portland Press Herald that the old dams are keeping the Royal River from being fully restored for recreation and for the return of critical keystone fish.

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Maine tourists or natives on a quest for lobster can find it in countless restaurants, grilled or baked, boiled or sautéed, whipped up into fancy gourmet dishes, or served humbly in the shell, alone on a plate.  But we wondered:  How do the people who catch those lobsters prefer to prepare and eat them?  We headed to the Tenants Harbor Fisherman’s Co-op to find out.  

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The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol's Maine office says its agents have interviewed occupants of 21 Canadian-registered boats since last fall. The statement comes after a flurry of attention to border patrol activity in the area of Machias Seal Island, an area to which both the U.S. and Canada lay claim.

As President Trump prepares to name the second Supreme Court nominee of his presidency, a group of advocacy organizations in Maine - including Maine Women's Lobby, Maine Conservation Voters, AFL-CIO and others - are urging the state's two U.S. senators to reject generic assurances during the confirmation process.

"An assurance that someone will 'follow precedent' is of course standard - and close to meaningless. We really need answers," said Mary Bonauto, civil rights project director for the LGBTQ advocacy group GLAD, in a press call Thursday.

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After an eight-year hiatus, the Canadian-owned CAT ferry is weighing the resumption of daily transits between Yamouth, Nova Scotia and Bar Harbor. 

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Some students at Cheverus High School in Portland have gotten a lesson in current immigration issues: They made a trip to the southern border region with teacher Haley Malm. "It's definitely asking kids to come out of their comfort zone," Malm says. "And, it's not your typical fun summer camp."  One of the students Malm recruited was Danielle Whyte, who had just completed her freshman year at Cheverus.  Whyte spoke about the experience with Maine Public's Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz.

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Several members of the U.S. Congress have resigned over allegations of sexual harassment, prompting legislation aimed at creating a more transparent and accountable process. The House and Senate have each passed their own versions of the bill, and will have to come to an agreement on a final measure.

Maine State Parks Face Lifeguard Shortage

Jul 4, 2018
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State parks in Maine are again dealing with a shortage of lifeguards.

John Bott, a spokesperson for the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, says that although parks began recruiting last fall, there are still open lifeguard positions, especially in southern Maine.

Lifeguards employed by the state this summer will make $11.09 an hour. But Bott says state parks, which set wages according to state employment regulations, cannot compete with the private sector by increasing pay to attract lifeguards.

Fourth Of July Temperatures Pose Health Risk

Jul 4, 2018
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You're going to want to find a shady spot to watch this year's Fourth of July parade. This week's heat wave will continue with high temperatures and poor air quality through Thursday.

Spokesperson Emily Spencer of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services warns that the heat can cause serious health issues, including heat stroke, heat exhaustion, and sunburns.

The House has passed and the Senate is considering legislation that would allow the manufacturing and operation of self-driving cars.

Maine’s senators see potential safety advantages, but want thorough testing before the vehicles are allowed on the nation’s highways.

Recent polling indicates Americans are very concerned about driverless cars on the road in the wake of some highly publicized accidents in the few pilot projects currently allowed.

Brunswick Police say four wild animals have tested positive for rabies in the past three weeks.

Officials say, on Friday, a fox attacked a man who was gardening. He was able to fend off the animal with a shovel.

Brunswick Animal Control Officer Heidi Nelson says it's not known why these incidents have taken place in a relatively small area.

“If you were to pin all the four occurrences on the map, it's about a two mile area, but a fox can travel anywhere up to 25-square miles for its territory, so we are putting the whole town on alert.”

Three southern Maine lawmakers are asking the Kittery Trading Post, to "take meaningful action" to restrict or end sales of assault-style weapons.

In a letter to the company, Democratic state Reps. Deane Rykerson, Lydia Blume and Patty Hymanson say that after the February school shooting in Parkland, Fla. in which 17 people died, large retailers like Dick's Sporting Goods and Walmart either limited sales of those guns, or stopped them.

But Rykerson there's been no action from Kittery Trading Post.