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LePage Says He Plans to Become Maine's Education Commissioner

PORTLAND, Maine - Gov. Paul LePage says he's appointing himself state education commissioner. LePage made the announcement this morning at a Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce breakfast, the Sun Journal reports.
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Susan Collins: Well-Intentioned Surveys Could Be Worsening Opioid Epidemic

Hospitals get reimbursed from the federal government based, in part, on the quality of care they deliver. But U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine says one measure of quality — pain — should be reconsidered.
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(Note: Tonight's debate, moderated by PBS NewsHour anchors Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff, will be simulcast on CNN and NPR, and stream live on NPR.org. NPR's Tamara Keith will be part of the debate broadcast, providing analysis during and after the event.)

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton meet Thursday night on a debate stage in Milwaukee. It will be their first face-to-face matchup since Tuesday's New Hampshire primary where Sanders beat Clinton by more than 20 points.

DeLorme, known best by Maine outdoors enthusiasts for its iconic Atlas & Gazetteer, is being bought by GPS giant Garmin, based in Switzerland.

According to a press release, Garmin is most interested in DeLorme’s InReach line of GPS communications devices.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — The World Cup Biathlon is returning to northern Maine.

Four days of events kick off at Nordic Heritage Sport Club in Presque Isle on Thursday, starting with the men’s 10-kilometer sprint.

Biathlon combines cross-country skiing and rifle marksmanship.

While it’s a little-known sport in parts of America, biathlon is wildly popular in Europe, where millions watch World Cup events live on television.

The Presque Isle event continues through Sunday.

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, chair of the Senate Aging Committee, says federal investigators have uncovered a scam operation by drug smugglers to enlist unknowing seniors to help them smuggle drugs across international borders.

“International criminal cartels have begun to use unsuspecting American seniors as mules to smuggle narcotics across international borders,” she says.

Collins says many seniors have been arrested for drug smuggling in foreign countries and some have been jailed.

Aedes aegypti is the dog of the mosquito world. It acts as if it's man's best friend.

"It's been with us for a long time, probably for at least 5,000 years when we started keeping water next to our homes [ideal for laying eggs] and it's adapted to people," says Marten Edwards, an entomologist at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa. "It loves us. It loves our cities. It loves our blood. It functions very well with us."

There's just one problem. This mosquito makes us sick.

PORTLAND, Maine - Producers of Maine farmed Atlantic salmon have received a "Good Alternative" rating from a California-based organization that evaluates the ecological sustainability of wild caught and farmed seafood commonly found in the U.S. marketplace.  

This is first time the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program has awarded that rating to salmon raised in offshore pens in North America.

Hundreds of anglers are expected to head to the Maine outdoors for a weekend of free fishing around the state, but officials with the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife are urging caution when accessing frozen ponds and lakes.

“We have a transition period where we go from open water to having ice,” says Sgt. Alan Gillis of the Maine Warden Service.

Gillis says that transition process is happening much later than usual, which means many bodies of water may not be properly frozen. This year, he says it’s essential that people test the ice.

It was a rumor that had many Twitter old-timers up in arms: Twitter is changing its signature structure of real-time posts in reverse chronological order.

It's true. The company now says it's got a new algorithm to predict which tweets you might not want to miss. Those selected tweets, minutes or hours old, will display at the top when you log in after an absence. The rest of the tweets below will remain in real-time and reverse chronology.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine lobstermen packed a hearing in Augusta today for testimony on proposed changes to the state's lobster licensing laws.  The changes are aimed at shortening waiting lists for license applicants.

During the public hearing before the Legislature's Marine Resources Committee, lawmakers heard the pros and cons of a bill designed to streamline the process of obtaining a license, which often takes years.

Patrice McCarron, executive director of the Maine Lobsterman's Association, said her organization felt it had to oppose the bill.

HARTFORD, Conn. - Connecticut State Police say a veteran trooper has been shot to death by a Maine man during a hunting trip in Texas.
 
Trooper 1st Class Stephen Davis died Saturday on the Cinco Ranch in Maverick County. He was a 27-year veteran of the state police.
 
The Maverick County sheriff's department says the 50-year-old Davis was hit by a shot fired by a hunter from Maine, who told authorities he was trying to shoot a wild hog.
 
The sheriff's office said Tuesday that no charges had been filed, but the shooting remains under investigation.

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