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GOP Drive for Petition Signatures Appears to Be Behind Schedule

Maine voters could be asked to decide a half dozen or more questions on the statewide ballot next November if all the groups circulating petitions are successful.
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A protest in front of the Blaine House
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Protesters Descend on Blaine House in Support of Refugees

On this Thanksgiving eve, about a hundred people picketed the front lawn of the Blaine House to protest Governor LePage's opposition to allowing ten thousand Syrian refugees admittance to the United States.
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WATERVILLE, Maine_ Maine State Police are searching for someone who set numerous grass fires Friday morning along a stretch of I-95. Officials from the Maine State Fire Marshal's office, along with rangers from the Forest Service, determined that the six fires that occurred from mile 126 in Waterville to mile 116 in Sidney, southbound, were deliberately set.

BANGOR, Maine (AP) _ Police say one person was killed and another was seriously injured in a shooting at an apartment house in Bangor.

AUGUSTA, Maine_ Republican Rep. Mary Anne Kinney of Knox is proposing a for-work- purposes-only driver's license for those parents who have not paid their child support and as a result have lost their driver's licenses. "We have no public transportation per se," says Kinney, "there is an occasional taxi that comes through. But a lot of the jobs are almost an hour away from my constituents' homes."

Just before the holiday break, Congress passed a very short extension of legislation that allows federal transportation money to flow to the states for various road and bridge projects.  They were supposed to pass a long term bill before the holiday break.

Legislation allowing apartment dwellers to possess a gun despite lease or apartment complex rules will be considered by lawmakers in January. Sen. Andre Cushing, a Republican from Newport sponsored the bill after a Rockland man, Harvey Lembo, shot and wounded an intruder in his apartment.

 AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry is asking for the public's help in locating destructive winter moth populations around the state.

 AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ The Governor's Energy Office says the average statewide cash price for heating oil is down five cents from two weeks ago at $2 per gallon.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ The owner of the docked Nova Star ferry that ran between Portland, Maine, and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, is asking a federal court to release the vessel so it can be put to work elsewhere.

Thanksgiving feasts are always in need of something special.

Can a sprinkle of artisanal salt noticeably pump up the experience?

Let's meet a new Appalachian salt-maker in West Virginia and find out.

J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works is nestled in the Kanawha River Valley, just southeast of the capital city of Charleston in the small town of Malden (not to be confused with Maldon, a sea salt brand from the U.K.). It's mostly pasture land, with cows nearby.

The Pentagon has completed its investigation into the deadly U.S. airstrike that destroyed a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Afghanistan on Oct. 3, killing at least 30 patients and staff members.



Hidden Thanksgiving History

Wednesday on Maine Calling - the Hidden History of Thanksgiving.

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