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LePage Asks Maine Delegation to Intervene in Tribal Waters Dispute with Feds

AUGUSTA, Maine - As the impasse between Maine and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over water quality standards deepens, the LePage administration is threatening to relinquish some or all of the state's delegated authority to ensure compliance with the Clean Water Act.
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Gulf of Maine's Cashes Ledge: Efforts to Extend Federal Protections Rankles Fishing Industry

Several conservation groups are calling on the White House to designate an area of the Gulf of Maine as a National Monument. The Cashes Ledge Closed Area is considered important habitat for cod, and The Conservation Law Foundation, the National Geographic Society, and others say it must be protected.
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PORTLAND, Maine - The world's largest cold-storage company will build a modern refrigerated warehouse on Portland's waterfront.

The state will lease a 6.3-acre site to Americold, which will design the warehouse as well as fund its construction and operate it. The Portland Press Herald reports the project is part of a state effort to make the port more competitive with its rivals and improve Maine's seafood, agriculture and food and beverage industries.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The state has started its new budget year with July revenues coming in $13.2 million above projections.

Both the income tax and the sales tax are showing strength, says Finance Commissioner Richard Rosen. He says 5 percent growth in sales tax revenue over a year ago is good news.

"Five percent is significant," Rosen says. "When you look back over pre-Great Recession, we are back to indicating real strength from the consumer when we are seeing growth in the 5 percent range."

ROCKLAND, Maine - Police in Maine say an intruder has been shot by a home owner during a break-in and is facing burglary charges.

Rockland officers followed a trail of blood to find 45-year-old Christopher Wildhaber early Tuesday. Police say Wildhaber was treated at Maine Medical Center before being taken to the Cumberland County Jail. He is being held for violating probation in Portland.

Sgt. Don Finnegan says Wildhaber will be returned to Rockland to face burglary charges.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Charter schools in Maine are in high demand as the school year gets underway.

The Portland Press Herald reports that fall enrollment figures show that most schools are operating at or near capacity.

The state's second virtual charter, Maine Virtual Academy, launches Tuesday with 296 students logging in, one shy of its 297-student cap. The year-old Maine Connections Academy, the state's first virtual charter school, is at capacity with 396 students and a waiting list of 140.

Conservation groups will this week officially call for the Cashes Ledge Closed Area in the Gulf of Maine to be designated a national monument.

At an event in Boston Wednesday, the Conservation Law Foundation, and others, will urge the White House to extend protections to the undersea mountain range - about 80 miles east of the Maine and Massachusetts coastlines.

Among those supporting the measure is Paul Dobbins, president of Ocean Approved, a Portland-based kelp-farming operation.

This has been the Summer of Trump on the campaign trail. Donald Trump has flown high in the polls, with seemingly nothing emerging to slow his rise.

But as heading into September, here are three hurdles the reigning Republican front-runner might have to contend with that run counter to his success so far:

MILLINOCKET, Maine - A 78-year-old hiker from Virginia who went missing in Maine's Baxter State Park says he survived on granola bars, water and his backwoods skills for three days until he was rescued.

John Lyon told the Portland Press Herald from his hospital room Monday that he was scratched and bruised, but still confident during the first two days he was lost in the park.

But on the third day, the veteran outdoorsman says it started to get cold and he began to pray.

BIDDEFORD, Maine — A police chief in Maine says he is sorry the state's attorney general declined to charge a former police officer with sexually abusing a teenager.

The Portland Press Herald reports Biddeford Police Chief Roger Beaupre issued a statement through his attorney Monday in which he also criticized the alleged victim for what he says are baseless charges of misconduct against him and others.

Saying that he wants to emphasize mercy, Pope Francis announced that during the church's upcoming holy year, he will allow all priests to forgive women who have had abortions.

In a letter published Tuesday, Francis said he understands that some people approach abortions with "superficial awareness." But for others, it's a struggle that deserves deep reflection. The pontiff concludes:

FREEPORT, Maine — Republican presidential hopeful Rand Paul is returning to the Maine location where his father drew a big crowd in 2012, the year Ron Paul's supporters took over the state convention.

Rand Paul is holding a campaign rally and fundraiser at a restaurant owned by Linda Bean across the street from the family-owned retailer, L.L.Bean, in Freeport, Maine.

In January 2012, his father drew a crowd more than 1,000 people in the dead of winter, underscoring his support before a strong showing in Maine's presidential caucuses.