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LePage Administration Moves to Reverse 15 Years of Electricity Deregulation Policy

AUGUSTA, Maine - Fifteen years ago, Maine restructured its electricity business. The state required power companies to sell off their generating facilities and become only transmission and distribution companies.
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Maine's Newest Potato - the Caribou Russet - Makes its Debut

ORONO, Maine - As you go about your shopping this spring, keep your eyes peeled for a new potato hitting the market. The Caribou Russet is the latest variety to emerge from the University of Maine experimental potato lab.
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Legislative Update

What's happening - and not happening - in Augusta so far this legislative session.

In Hawaii, a battle is going on over the future of a mountaintop. Native Hawaiians say it's sacred ground, while astronomers say it's the best place in the world to build a massive, 18-story telescope.

This is not simply a story of religion versus science. Activists consider the construction of a giant telescope on the island of Hawaii to be a desecration of their sacred land.

DAYTON, Maine — State police are investigating after workers at a Dayton child care center say it took more than two hours for a trooper to respond to a 911 call about an intruder in the building.

Lt. Louis Nyitray says police are taking the case seriously and as part of the investigation are looking at dispatch logs.

Jessica Antoine, a teacher at Little Hands, Big Hearts, tells The Journal Tribune she heard noises Friday coming from the second floor, which was supposed to be empty. She went upstairs to find open cupboards and saw a person run out the door.

SIDNEY, Maine — An investigation into a Kennebec County farmer who allegedly left dead livestock sitting on his property has been handed over to the attorney general's office for enforcement.

Matthew Randall, an inspection supervisor for the state's agricultural compliance program, says state rules require farmers to remove or bury dead livestock, but animals found on Mark Gould's property in Sidney were left where they died.

Violators can be fined up to $500 a day and up to a total of $50,000.

Texas ice cream maker Blue Bell Creameries has widely expanded a voluntary recall over Listeria concerns, seeking the return of all of its products currently on the market. Blue Bell products are sold in 23 states.

BANGOR, Maine — A beaver is being blamed for knocking out power to thousands of electric customers in eastern Maine.

Utility Emera Maine says about 3,000 homes and businesses in Aroostook County were without electricity on Monday night when a beaver felled a tree that took down a transmission line. Spokesman Bob Potts says to make matters worse, the tree came down in a remote wooded area that was hard to reach.

The towns of Ludlow, Oakfield, Sherman, Island Falls and Patten were the hardest hit.

BANGOR, Maine — Democratic lawmakers are hitting the road this week to sell their budget plan to the Maine public.

House Speaker Mark Eves and Senate Minority Leader Justin Alfond will hold a town hall meeting Wednesday at the Hammond Street Congregational Church in Bangor. They'll be joined by lawmakers who represent local residents.

Democrats are promoting the tax overhaul plan that they presented earlier this month as an alternative to Republican Gov. Paul LePage's budget proposal.

Fifty years ago this week, a chemist in what is now Silicon Valley published a paper that set the groundwork for the digital revolution.

You may never have heard of Moore's law, but it has a lot do with why you will pay about the same price for your next computer, smartphone or tablet, even though it will be faster and have better screen resolution than the last one.

BAR HARBOR, Maine — The cold weather may still be holding on, but there are signs that summer in Maine is right around the corner.

The National Park Service says that all vehicles are now welcome back on Park Loop Road in Acadia National Park.

The road usually opens April 15, but it was delayed because of the heavy snowfall this winter and cold weather this spring. The park says it hasn't decided when its unpaved roads will be open. They usually do on May 15.

HALLOWELL, Maine — A rare copy of the Declaration of Independence will be on display at an Augusta suburb's Fourth of July celebration this year.

The Portland Press Herald reports Hallowell City Council approved the exhibition of the document for the first time in more than two decades.

Palm oil is in everything, from pizza dough and chocolate to laundry detergent and lipstick. Nongovernmental organizations blame it for contributing to assorted evils, from global warming to human rights abuses.

But in the past year, this complex global industry has changed, as consumers put pressure on producers to show that they're not destroying forests, killing rare animals, grabbing land or exploiting workers.