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PORTLAND, Maine — Maine hunters are starting to drop bait in the woods for bears as one of the most popular hunting seasons in northern New England draws near.

Hunters are allowed to pursue bears with the use of bait, dogs or traps. Bait is by far the most popular method of hunting bears, and the bait is typically sugary food such as doughnuts or pastries. Hunters were allowed to start placing bait on Aug. 1. The hunt begins Aug. 31.

WASHINGTON - For the first time ever, power plants must limit carbon emissions under a Clean Power Plan released today by the Obama administration. The plan sets a target of reducing carbon emissions by 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.

Environment and health advocates across the state are calling the plan the single most important action the U.S. has taken to reduce carbon emissions. But there are concerns that Congress might may try to undermine the plan.

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration released its final Clean Power Plan this afternoon. The plan sets the first ever carbon emission limits from power plants.

The goal is to reduce carbon emissions 30 percent from 2005 levels by the year 2030. Former Maine Public Advocate Steve Ward, who oversaw the public's interest in utility issues, says it's a positive step for the country as a whole and for Maine.

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.

Lisa More, courtesy photo

CASCO, Maine — Global climate change, as manifest through extreme weather patterns, is forcing land trusts and conservation agencies to take stock of the special places around them.