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Salt Alumni Concerned about Maine College of Art Merger

PORTLAND, Maine — The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies is in talks with the Maine College of Art on a merger plan that could allow the Portland-based school to remain open.
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Free Summer Food Programs Looking to Increase Participation

PORTLAND, Maine — Summer is a time for kids to get a break from school and have some fun. But it's also a time when hunger can become a problem, as kids don't have access to school breakfast and lunch programs.
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A discussion about Maine expressions and accents that make up the true languge landscape of our state.

PITTSFIELD, Maine — The National Weather Service says it issued a rare tornado warning for part of Maine including Pittsfield as a series of thunderstorms moved across the state.

Meteorologist Andy Pohl says weather radar indicated conditions were ideal for a tornado in southeastern Somerset County early Tuesday evening.

A boy who went missing about 7 p.m. Monday found his way home this morning after spending the night in the Aroostook County woods.

Local volunteers and searchers from several state agencies were in northern Maine overnight looking the 7-year-old boy, who went out looking for the family dog.

Richard Bowie, director of the Down East Emergency Medical Institute, says the boy handled the situation very well.

If you looked at the children at the edge of Conrad Cooper's pool, you'd think you were watching an ad for something. Jell-O, maybe. Or a breakfast cereal kids like. They're that cute.

They're lined up on the steps in the shallow end, 10 little ones, ranging from age 2 to 5. The boys are in board trunks, many wearing rash-guard shirts like the weekend surfers they might become years from now. The girls wear bright one-piece suits and two-pieces that show their childish potbellies.

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine's highest court says it was proper for a lower court to convict a man of jury tampering after he held up a sign as jurors were being selected for his trial.

Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled Tuesday against Joseph Solomon II's appeal of a judgment against him. He was in court for jury selection in March 2013 when he wrote "Please don't let them railroad your Veterans" on a piece of paper and held it up in view of 25 to 30 potential jurors.

Solomon faced trial on a charge of violating a protective order.

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 — 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.

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.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A handwritten note that is purportedly from Gov. Paul LePage appears to chastise a woman from Cape Elizabeth who asked him to resign from office.

In a copy of the July 16 memo featuring the governor's letterhead, posted on The Beacon website, LePage responds to the woman, saying "You live in the south who exploit those who are not so fortunate, or understand the level of corruption that southern Mainers ignore and welcome!"