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Joe Baldacci Drops Out of Congressional Race

Democrat Joe Baldacci has ended his campaign for Maine’s 2nd Congressional district.
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Portland Museum of Art Changes Include Access to Works Not on Display

The Portland Museum of Art reopened late last month after closing for three weeks.
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Winter Hunt Winding Down

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Maine's hunters who target bobcats, foxes and a handful of other species are heading into the final weeks of the annual winter hunt.

Maine Strengthened Gun Laws Despite Partisan Divisions

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ Lawmakers of different political stripes put aside their differences in Maine to strengthen restrictions on gun ownership for people convicted of domestic violence crimes.

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) _ Colby College's planned construction of a downtown dormitory for students, faculty and staff is poised for final approval by the City Council.

Which beer goes with guacamole? And which brew adds a nice clean, crisp finish to spicy wings?

Those are burning questions for anyone who wants to take his snack game to the next level this Super Bowl weekend. And two craft beer experts who wrote the book on pairing have the answers.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Property owners in Maine could end up footing the bill for an estimated $20 million gap in school funding next year.

The Portland Press Herald reports the state Department of Education released its 2016-2017 projections for funding under the essential programs and services model this week. More than 130 districts of the 248 in the state would lose money under the projections.

Officials say the gap is being driven by increased costs, nearly level state funding and a drop in tax valuation.

As they did a year ago, members of the Maine Legislature’s Veterans and Legal Services Committee have gone in different directions on the question of approving additional casinos in Maine.

A year ago the panel had a five-way split, and this year it is a three-way split.

The majority would authorize a new casino in southern Maine. Some would allow that but also authorize the state’s Indian tribes to have casinos.

Ellsworth Rep. Louis Luchini, a Democrat who co-chairs the committee, was among those voting against the bill in either form.

U.S. health experts cautioned Friday that the apparent discovery of the Zika virus in saliva and urine from people in Brazil does not necessarily mean the virus can be spread by more casual contact with infected people, such as through kissing.

"I think we need to be careful that don't we jump to any conclusions about transmissibility," Anthony Fauci, who leads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said during an interview on NPR's Morning Edition.

PORTLAND, Maine - More than 84,000 Mainers signed up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act's online marketplace this year.

Emily Brostek of Consumers for Affordable Health Care says the number has steadily climbed from the initial 44,000 people who enrolled when the marketplace first opened in 2014. "These numbers tell me that Mainers are really looking for - and have been needing - a way to get quality, affordable coverage."

CAMDEN, Maine - The 26th annual National Toboggan Championships will go ahead at the Camden Snowbowl - almost as scheduled, but with a few changes.

The U.S. economy added just 151,000 jobs in January while unemployment dropped slightly, to 4.9 percent, according to the latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Economists had expected to see about 190,000 new jobs.

The unemployment rate, which has held steady at 5 percent the past few months, dropped slightly to 4.9 percent. It's the first time unemployment has fallen below 5 percent since the recession.



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