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Group Wants UMaine System to Buy More Maine-Grown Produce

BANGOR, Maine — Maine-grown potatoes, carrots, blueberries and other produce will have more frequent appearances on University of Maine cafeteria plates if advocates for sustainable food have their way.
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Maine Groups Working to Preserve Land Likely to be Climate-Change Resilient

CASCO, Maine — Global climate change, as manifest through extreme weather patterns, is forcing land trusts and conservation agencies to take stock of the special places around them.
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PORTLAND, Maine — The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, which announced its closure recently, is a step closer to partnering with the Maine College of Art.

That according to Salt's board of trustees, which released a written statement today indicating that talks are underway with MECA to negotiate some type of future relationship.

News of the 40-year-old school's closure six weeks ago prompted an outcry from many alumni who were critical of the move. They formed a group called "Save Salt" in hopes of keeping the school open.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Last November, when Gov. Paul LePage was re-elected by five percentage points in a three-way race, most political observers believed that he had earned political capital that he could use in the new Legislature to accomplish some of his goals.

Editor's note: A version of this story was first published Aug. 1, 2014.

When Leanne Brown moved to New York from Canada to earn a master's in food studies at New York University, she couldn't help noticing that Americans on a tight budget were eating a lot of processed foods heavy in carbs.

BANGOR, Maine — City councilors will vote tonight on a proposal to increase the city's minimum wage from $7.50 to $9.75 an hour by the year 2018.

Supporters argue the city must take action to create a livable wage, in part, because state and federal government have failed to do so.

City Councilor Joe Baldacci first proposed the Bangor ordinance back in February.

PORTLAND, Maine — Three employees at a Portland, Maine, company helped save the lives of two people in as many days.

The Portland Press Herald reports Claudia Stanley, a nurse at Granite Bay Care, heard a crash and saw a man lying on the road not breathing outside her office Friday. Stanley and her co-worker Erika Nielsen performed emergency CPR on the man and say the man was speaking as he was loaded into an ambulance.

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 Appleton, Maine (AP) _ More than 85 family farms are open Sunday for Maine's Open Farm Day, affording residents a chance to learn about local farms and the foods they produce.

 A Maine company wants to use about 180 tons of garbage to a fuel an ``anaerobic digester'' that it's building in Brunswick.     The Portland Press Herald reports that Village Green Ventures is building a $10 million digester in the Brunswick Landing business park.

  AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Maine wildlife officials are collecting the last of the applications to participate in the state's upcoming antlerless deer hunting permit lottery.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Several individuals and groups have joined the leadership of the Maine House and Senate in filing briefs with the state Supreme Court over what's become known as the governor's veto dispute.

At issue is whether the governor's assertion that he can veto 65 bills is correct or whether those bills have become law.

The written arguments are the first round of the legal battle that Gov. Paul LePage triggered when he asked the state Supreme Court for an opinion on whether he was prevented from vetoing 65 bills.

FREEPORT, Maine — The local man who has been ordered to pay more than $14 million in damages in a federal defamation case Thursday says he doesn't regret his actions.