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State police discovered the bodies of husband and wife Thomas and Michelle Masse in the town of Temple this afternoon.

Police responded to the home after Thomas Masse, 60, called 911 and threatened to shoot himself. State police spokesman Steve McCausland says crisis negotiators attempted to communicate for 2-3 hours, but were unsuccessful.

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The deadline to enter Maine's lottery for new elver fishing licenses is coming next Monday, Jan. 15.

Maine Department of Marine Resources spokesman Jeff Nichols says this year, there are 13 new licenses available for Maine residents who haven't had their eligibility suspended, and who are at least 15 years old.

"This is a nice opportunity for people to get into this - what is, by far, the most lucrative fishery we have on a per-pound basis," Nichols says.

In the last season, elvers were worth more than $1,300 per pound. Overall, the fishery brought in $13 million.

A federal appeals court is now deciding if a Maine student with autism has the right to record his entire school day. 

Ben Pollock's parents say their son's inability to tell them what goes on during his day at school made them want to record it for themselves.  SAD 60 argues that would violate other students' privacy and is unnecessary.

The case has gone on for years and many of the arguments before the appeals court were about earlier judgments.  Those judgments, based on a federal law known as IDEA, found Ben didn't need to record his day to progress at school.

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This story was originally published Jan. 8, 2017 at 5:22 p.m. ET.

New England electricity customers could get a direct benefit from a cut in federal corporate taxes — lower utility bills.

Consumer advocates in New England are calling on regulators and utilities to turn over to ratepayers any savings from a reduction in the corporate income tax rate, which the recent tax law knocked down by 40 percent.

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The Department of Justice is refusing to release documents compiled during President Donald Trump’s now-dissolved voter fraud commission to Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap.

Front Street Shipyard

When JB Turner opened the Front Street Shipyard in Belfast six years ago, he had a handful of workers and a vision.

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CVS has purchased Portland-based specialty pharmacy Apothecary by Design. The sale price has not been disclosed, but a spokeswoman for CVS says the company expects to retain both Apothecary by Design’s name and its 38 employees.

CVS made the purchase on Sunday from private equity firm BelHealth, which bought a majority stake in Apothecary by Design about two years ago. BelHealth will continue to own Apothecary by Design's compounding pharmacy and fertility business.

Portland city councilors will be asked Monday to get the ball rolling on a city-wide property revaluation.  

State law requires communities to make sure assessments stay close to actual market prices for property.  City Assessor Christopher Huff says Portland's assessments are drifting off target.

"We're pretty certain that we'll be under - at or under - that 70 percent ratio by about fiscal year '21, possibly even fiscal year '20 and that's why we're just trying to be proactive," Huff says. "This is something we're going to have to do."

Officials have confirmed that the body of a clammer who disappeared during last week’s blizzard has been found.

The body of 35-year-old Paul Benner was found around noon Monday in Long Cove, where he went missing.

Benner went missing after heading out to dig clams in last week’s blizzard. When he failed to return, a search was launched by air and sea.

Officials say the search was made difficult by subzero weather, ice and slush.

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Shivering Mainers will get a reprieve this week from the extreme cold that's gripped the region for days.

And Michael Cempa of the National Weather Service in Gray says the thaw coming Tuesday won't produce the kind of flooding that hit coastal areas during last week's storm.

"The flooding that came the day we had the blizzard last Thursday - that was coastal flooding due to the tides and the ocean, and not so much anything to do with snow or rainfall or melt," Cempa says.

The sale of the struggling harness racetrack Scarborough Downs, and its 500 acres of land, is now complete. 

That's according to Crossroads Holdings - managed by two sets of local brothers, William, Marc and Rocco Risbara III, of Risbara Bros., and Peter and Richard Michaud, formerly of Michaud Distributors - which closed on the land and existing buildings last week for $6,700,000.

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Maine’s two U.S. senators say they are opposed to President Donald Trump’s proposal that would open federal waters on the East Coast to oil and gas drilling.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced the proposal this week that would allow new offshore oil and gas drilling in nearly all U.S. coastal waters, granting energy companies access to leases off California for the first time in decades and opening more than a billion acres in the Arctic and along the Eastern Seaboard.

The proposal would lift a ban put in place by President Barack Obama a few years ago.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Republican Gov. Paul LePage has yet to thoroughly review a Trump administration plan to vastly expand offshore areas of the outer continental shelf to potential oil and gas exploration.  The new five-year National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program would open most offshore areas of Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic to drilling from 2019 to 2024, including the Gulf of Maine.

This week, the Trump administration released proposed rules that would make it easier for small businesses and the self-employed to band together to buy association health plans.

Supporters say the plans will provide more affordable coverage. But critics say any savings these plans might offer would come at a cost: namely, skimpy coverage and a weaker individual market.

The proposed new rules are aimed at association health plans — plans in which small businesses in the same industry group together to buy insurance coverage and get cheaper rates.

As Mainers continue to deal with cold temperatures, a scam has resurfaced in which Central Maine Power customers are threatened with immediate disconnection unless they make a substantial payment immediately.

CMP spokeswoman Gail Rice says the company has seen an uptick in inquiries from residential and business customers who say they have gotten calls from individuals purporting to be from CMP.

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