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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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Jennifer Mitchell / MPBN

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 2009, I was among the scrum of reporters covering the controversial advice from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force that women in their 40s think twice about regular mammograms. The task force pointed out that the net benefits in younger women were small and said women should weigh the pros and cons of screening before making a decision.

EDGECOMB, Maine - The search for a 74-year-old Edgecomb woman has come to a tragic end. Authorities say Lynn Crink's body was found in the Sheepscot River about five miles from her home, at about 2 this afternoon.

Mrs. Crink was last seen Friday afternoon, when she told her husband she was going for a walk.

Her body is being taken to the state Medical Examiner's Office in Augusta for an autopsy, and to determine the cause of death.

Investigators don't suspect foul play.

ORONO, Maine - A search and rescue organization based in Orono has received permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to use unmanned aircraft systems -- often called drones.

"This is just a vast improvement: lower level, better resolution, and all weather," says Downeast Emergency Medicine Institute Director Richard Bowie .

Bowie says the FAA's permission will make DEEMI's searches for missing people safer, easier and more effective. He says the not-for-profit organization conducts about 25 search and rescue operations per year, all over New England.

HARTFORD, Conn. - Five of New England's governors are scheduled to meet in Hartford to advance their efforts looking for regional solutions to costly energy and natural gas pipeline bottlenecks.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will host the meeting Thursday with Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, Maine Gov. Paul LePage, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo and Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin.

New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan, who plans to attend a memorial service for a former state lawmaker, will not be in Hartford.

by Mario Moretto, Bangor Daily News

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage is promoting a bill to thwart municipal officials in two of Maine’s largest communities from raising the minimum wage for employers within their city limits.

If you're being treated for cancer, an iguana might not be the pet for you.

Ditto if you're pregnant, elderly or have small children at home.

Pets can transmit dozens of diseases to humans, but doctors aren't always as good as they should be in asking about pets in the home and humans' health issues, a study finds.

Updated at 3:30 p.m. ET: Twitter responds to harassment questions

"Communicating with people you may or may not know in real life just got easier," says Twitter Senior Software Engineer Nhu Vuong in a blog post announcing a change to Twitter's direct messaging system. The new feature gives users the ability to receive messages whether the user follows them or not. Vuong used an example of an ice cream shop and a fan to show what's changed:

The water is exceptionally clear in Lake Michigan right now, and a Coast Guard helicopter crew used a recent routine patrol to capture striking images of some of the area's many notable sunken ships. Some of them date from the 1800s.

Photos from the flight out of the Coast Guard's Traverse City, Mich., air station show a variety of ships resting on the lake bottom, including the James McBride, a 121-foot brig that sank in 1857.

Iran is charging a Washington Post reporter with four crimes, including espionage, the newspaper said today. This is the first time the precise charges against Jason Rezaian, the Post's bureau chief in Tehran, have been made public since he was detained by the Iranian authorities nine months ago.

Last week, FBI Director James Comey made a speech in Washington in which he called the Holocaust "the most significant event in world history." Parts of the speech, made at the Holocaust Memorial Museum, were published in The Washington Post over the weekend.

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