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Presque Isle Musters Community Spirit to Host World Cup Biathlon

More than 300 athletes from 28 countries have descended on Presque Isle for the World Cup biathlon.
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Future of Solar Power in Maine Hinges on Negotiations

Advocates of solar power in Maine, and around the country, are taking steps to preserve a financial incentive they say is critical to the continued growth of the industry.
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A dozen more acute care adult psychiatric beds are being opened in southern Maine with funding support from the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.

Spring Harbor in Westbrook says it requested the funding so that it could reopen what had been a children’s unit that closed in 2009.

“Any adult beds at Spring Harbor are available for treating those experiencing mental illness or co-occurring disorders, which is mental illness and substance abuse,” says Amy Safford, spokesperson for Spring Harbor’s parent organization, Maine Behavioral Healtcare.

Proposed rules that could cause adults with disabilities to lose critical support services will be subject to legislative review and approval as the result of action taken by several lawmakers.

In a 9-4 vote, the Health and Human Services Committee decided to review the Department of Health and Human Services’ Supporting Individual Success initiative.

Democrats were critical of the administration’s plan to change how it assesses the level of support services for adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities and autism.

Find your binoculars and fill up the bird feeders, because the Great Backyard Bird Count starts today.

The annual event invites bird-watchers of all levels to count the birds in their backyards, wherever that may be, and submit the data to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society, which launched the project in 1998.

BATH, Maine - Emergency medical personnel successfully delivered a baby girl in the parking lot of a supermarket in southern Maine.

WGME-TV reports that Sophia Swain-Stark delivered her daughter Chloe in the parking lot of Shaw's Supermarket in Bath on Thursday morning.

Chloe, who weighed 5 pounds and 12 ounces at birth, was born two weeks early inside her father's parked truck. Swain-Stark and Chloe's father were on the road to the hospital for about five minutes before Swain-Stark's water broke.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A bill that would make it harder to use video cameras to intimidate voters is winning bipartisan support from Maine lawmakers.

The Legislature's Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee on Friday voted 11-0 to endorse the bill, which would establish a 15-foot minimum distance between video recorders and voters at the polls. It would also require video recorders to be at least 15 feet away from people collecting signatures.

What The Heck Is Natural Wine? Here's A Taste

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If you follow the vast world of fermented grapes, you may have noticed an influx of so-called natural wines. I fell under their spell a few years ago. Apparently, I'm not alone. There's something of a natural wine cult blooming in shops, bars and restaurants around the U.S.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine Sen. Angus King says he's concerned about an independent commission's proposal that active duty and National Guard strength be reduced.

King says if the number of combat brigades are reduced, it would take a long time to replace them if they are needed in the future.

"We're not going to have the ability to respond to a threat if we are talking a minimum of 18 months to two years," he told fellow members of the Senate Armed Services Committee. "That's the risk we are taking."

A natural gas leak that has poured methane gas into the air since October has been "temporarily controlled," according to a utility company in Southern California. Thousands of people have been forced to leave their homes in an upscale section of the San Fernando Valley.

"Many residents of the Porter Ranch community complained of headaches, nosebleeds and other symptoms," Danielle Karson tells our Newscast unit from Los Angeles. "State regulators need to inspect the broken pipe before cement is poured into the well to permanently seal it."

PORTLAND, Maine — A letter from the National Park Service director has done little to allay concerns that President Barack Obama could create a national monument on land east of Baxter State Park.

Director Jonathan Jarvis didn’t address the president’s intentions in a letter to Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King and Rep. Bruce Poliquin, who urged the president in November to reconsider designating the land as a monument.

The land is owned by a foundation created by Burt’s Bees founder Roxanne Quimby.

EAST BOOTHBAY, Maine — Bigelow Laboratory in East Boothbay is opening two new centers that will focus on seafood security and the opening of the Arctic Ocean.

The new centers are part of the laboratory’s Centers for Venture Research initiative. The centers are designed to use business techniques used by investors. Lab executive director Graham Shimmield says the centers will translate scientific research so it can be used to develop products and inform policy decisions.

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