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Mike Michaud Reflects on Loss in Maine Governor's Race, and Looks Ahead

Democratic Congressman Mike Michaud leaves office next month after a dozen years in Washington - the consequence of his unsuccessful run for governor in Maine.
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Gardiner Parents Demand Answers in School Taser Incident

GARDINER, Maine - Some parents in Gardiner are demanding answers following an incident last January in which a high school resource officer used a Taser on a student.
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GARLAND, Maine_ 27 year old Keith Coleman, who was being sought for questioning in connection with the deaths of a woman and two children in Garland has been located by police.

 GARLAND, Maine_ UPDATED 15:06 - Maine State Police are investigating the suspicious deaths of a woman and two children in the Penobscot County town of Garland. 

PORTLAND, Maine_As the media compile their retrospectives of the notable events and people of 2014,  homeless advocates in Portland and Lewiston are remembering those died.

WILTON, Maine_A Wilton man has been charged with murder in the death of his grandmother.

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) _ Maine's state fire marshal and members of the American Red Cross are heading to Lewiston to teach residents about fire safety.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ U.S. Sen. Angus King and Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine are urging the federal government to buy 18 million pounds of frozen Maine blueberries for use in school lunch and food assistance programs.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ Public health officials in northern New England say 2014 was another big year for Lyme disease in the region.

MONMOUTH, Maine (AP) _ Police say a train locomotive caught fire in the Maine town of Monmouth.

The state of Maine has joined the other 49 states and the District of Columbia and settled the second in a round of lawsuits against mobile phone companies for the practice known as "cramming" - this time with T-Mobile.

"Companies are now coming to the table and agreeing that that practice has stopped, and they're also agreeing now to refund customers for past practices," says Maine Attorney General Janet Mills.

Mills says cramming is a "deceptive practice" in which the company bills for third-party services customers did not order or authorize.

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued new national standards designating coal ash – a nearly ubiquitous byproduct of coal-fired power plants that contains arsenic and lead – as non-hazardous waste.

NPR's Christopher Joyce reports that coal-fired power plants produce more than 130 million tons of the coal ash each year and they have long stored millions of tons of it in giant ponds.

But many of those ponds have failed in recent years, allowing contaminated water to get into rivers and streams, and ultimately into drinking water.

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