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Waterville Mayor Nick Isgro, under fire for tweeting an insult to a survivor of the Parkland School shooting, says outside special interest groups, spending thousands of dollars and colluding with "political elites and the local press" are the reason he's facing a recall election.

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After a period of uncertainty over who would provide roundtrip air service for Bar Harbor's busy summer season, the Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport in Trenton says the contract has gone to Silver Airways.

The Florida based carrier was one of two airlines to bid on the contract to replace PenAir.

"I think it's going to be great for the community,” says airport manager Brad Madeira. “I think the fares are going to be good, I think the connecting options in Boston are going to be good. So yeah we're real excited about it.”

Maine Wardens say they are continuing to search for a bobcat that attacked a 17-year-old boy and his father in the Oxford County town of Stow, which sits on the New Hampshire.

The Sun Journal is reporting that they are receiving rabies shots.

Maine Warden Service Corporal John MacDonald says the next day, a woman with a couple of dogs in nearby Lovell encountered an aggressive bobcat, possibly with quills in its face, which injured one of the dogs.

Flooding persists in Northern Maine, where a cold, snowy spring followed by a rapid melt and rain means higher-than-normal water levels.

In Fort Kent, the Fish River in Aroostook County was at active flood stage-12 feet Thursday and Friday, with waters expected to recede a little by Friday evening.

However, Rich Norton with the National Weather Service in Caribou says the river is expected to rise again by Saturday evening.

"We're having another round of precipitation, we're looking for around an inch. And expecting flood stage to go back up,” Norton says.

Maine's economic output grew at a 2.6 percent annual rate in the fourth quarter of 2017, which spans from October to December. Economic growth actually cooled from a blistering third quarter, when output surged 6.8 percent, according to figures from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Affairs.

Still, Maine ranked 21 among the states (and the District of Columbia) in its fourth quarter Gross Domestic Product growth rate.

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Update: Senior political correspondent Mal Leary spoke with Jennifer Mitchell on Maine Things Considered to discuss the unfinished business in the legislature and what it means going forward.

The second regular session of this Legislature is over.  Maine Lawmakers adjourned after failing to extend the session, with a lot of finger pointing.

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The effort to recall Waterville Mayor Nick Isgro is moving forward.

Deputy City Clerk Sarah Cross says petition circulators met Wednesday's deadline and gathered enough valid signatures to force a recall election.

"They needed 857 signatures,” she says. “They had a total of 887 certified signatures with a total of 1033 signatures turned in as of yesterday."

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State Forest Fire Rangers say a fast moving outdoor fire that burned more than 300 acres of scrub oak and pitch pine in the Kennebunk area near Sanford and Wells has been contained.

District Ranger George Harris says the fire started just after 5 p.m. yesterday. He says yesterday's warm temperatures and strong winds, along with the fact that things haven't yet greened up, contributed to the fire.

“So we're looking at dead leaves, dead grass, all conducive to contributing to spring fires.”

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As parts of Maine woke up to a second day of air quality warnings Thursday, the Natural Resources Council of Maine plan to send a letter to President Trump asking that he remove Environmental Protection Agency administrator, Scott Pruitt.

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Construction has begun for Maine Medical Center's $500 million expansion.

The hospital's Chief Operating Officer Jeff Sanders says the entire project will take about five years.

"What we're starting today is construction that will eventually add 128 private rooms, 19 procedure rooms for surgery and cardiac care at Maine Medical Center, and additional parking for our visitors and employees, which is much needed," Sanders says.

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The Maine Department of Public Safety is warning about misinformation spread on a Facebook page called Maine Police & Fire Alerts.

Officials say the site spread false information during the search for the man accused of killing a deputy sheriff last week and falsely reported a state lawmaker in Lebanon had died this week. Lebanon state Representative Karen Gerrish says she had to scramble to let everyone know she was okay.

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Most of the time, environmental advocates and the owners of fossil-fuel power plants battle over how much pollution is acceptable, given the need to keep the lights on. But in Maine, they are now aligning against a common enemy – Central Maine Power (CMP).

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A collapse in the global recycling market is having reverberations in Maine.

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The sinking of the containership El Faro two-and-a-half years ago is the subject of a new book by Rachel Slade called "Into The Raging Sea." Slade, who appeared Thursday on Maine Public’s Maine Calling, talks with Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz about why she wrote a book on the catastrophe, which claimed the lives of several Maine residents, including the ship’s captain.

GRATZ: Good morning to you.

SLADE: Good morning, thank you for having me.

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The Legislature has finally agreed on a bill that will allow for the retail sale and cultivation of recreational marijuana. The House and Senate both voted Wednesday to override a veto of the bill by Gov. Paul LePage, which means the bill is now law.

Sale of commercial marijuana was approved by voters back in 2016, but implementation has been slow.

The bill eliminates marijuana social clubs, reduces the number of plants that people can have and prohibits sale near schools.

Under the bill, Maine could allow retail pot sales to adults as early as next year.

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