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2:30 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Maine Sen. King Urges Turkish Participation in ISIS Conflict

WASHINGTON - Maine Sen. Angus King is urging Turkey to participate in the military actions against ISIS forces in Syria, Iraq and along the Turkish border. In an interview with MPBN news, King says Turkey can no longer equivocate on its involvement.

"Some of these countries, like Turkey, are on our side Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and on the other side Tuesday and Thursday,” he said. “They have got to decide whether they are going to facilitate, for example, people traveling through into Syria."

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Nation
10:33 am
Thu September 11, 2014

NH Runner Collapses, Dies on Appalachian Trail

BENTON, N.H. — A 39-year-old New Hampshire man who had been running and hiking with friends along the Appalachian Trail when he collapsed and died has been identified.

Chad Denning from New London had stopped breathing along the Beaver Brook Trail on Mt. Moosilauke in Benton after noon on Sunday. He had stopped to take in some views of the area after running and hiking for about four hours.

An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday.

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Nation
11:48 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Maine Politician Organizes Pro-Darren Wilson Event

WATERVILLE, Maine - A city council candidate in a Maine city says he organized downtown rallies in support of the white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, in August.

The Morning Sentinel reports that Waterville candidate Jibryne Karter III says the rallies are "about the right to be innocent until proven guilty.'' He also says the event is unconnected to his campaign.

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Gay marriage
6:13 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

32 States Ask High Court to Settle Gay Marriage

BOSTON — More than 30 states have filed briefs asking the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on same-sex marriage.

Massachusetts and 14 other states where same-sex marriage is legal filed a brief Thursday asking the justices to overturn other states' bans on gay marriage.

Colorado and 16 other states that have banned same-sex marriage filed a separate brief asking the court to rule one way or the other to clear up a "morass" of lawsuits. Their brief doesn't specifically ask the court to uphold their bans.

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VARIETY Act
5:25 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Mass. Healthy Food Pilot Program Catches Maine Delegation's Attention

WASHINGTON - Sometimes you have to wonder about the bill titles they think up in Washington:  How about the VARIETY Act?  That’s the "Vegetables Are Really Important Eating Tools For You Act."  But there is an interesting policy proposal behind the awkward title.

What’s behind the bill is the attempt to convince those on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - known as SNAP for short, and otherwise known as food stamps - to eat more healthy foods.  It offers an incentive to do that by giving recipients more benefits each month.

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Nation
1:45 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

"Undecided" - What to do after High School Graduation

"Undecided" by Genevieve Morgan

'Go to college'… 'get a job'… 'enlist'… 'learn a trade…' These are some of the likely things graduating high school seniors have heard over the past few months. Today we learn what options are available to graduating seniors - from heading straight to college - to taking a gap year - or finding an apprenticeship.

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Supermarket fued
6:03 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Temp Driver Arrested After Exchange With Pickets

TEWKSBURY, Mass. (AP) _ Police have arrested a temporary Market Basket driver who allegedly jumped from his tractor-trailer and waved a hammer at workers picketing the supermarket chain's warehouse.

No one was injured in the Friday afternoon incident.

A Market Basket spokesman said the company "condemns the driver's actions'' and said the driver and his company have been fired.

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Nation
12:13 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Girl at Market Basket Protest Struck by Car

SEABROOK, N.H. — Police say 12-year-old girl was struck by a car while attending a Market Basket protest in Seabrook, New Hampshire.

Police said the accident happened at about 6 p.m. Thursday. Police said the girl was seriously injured. A hospital spokeswoman said the child was admitted in stable condition. The girl's name was not released.

Investigators said the incident did not appear to be intentional and that the driver is cooperating with authorities as the accident is investigated.

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Nation
2:05 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Tribes Support Changing Feds' Recognition Process

By Philip Marcelo, The Associated Press

MASHPEE, Mass. — American Indians attending a Tuesday hearing at the Mashpee Wampanoag community center on Cape Cod said they support the federal government's plan to make it easier for tribes to gain federal recognition.

But the tribal representatives, from New Jersey, Virginia, Missouri, New England and elsewhere, urged the U.S. Department of the Interior to go further.

They called for setting a time limit on the review process, which can sometimes take decades.

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Undocumented minors
5:37 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Maine Still Seeking Information About Undocumented Minors

One day after Gov. Paul LePage says he learned that eight undocumented, unaccompanied minors have been placed in Maine, state officials say they're still trying to get more information about the children.  Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew says the state received no advance notice about the children, what their health status is, how long they'll be here or where they are in Maine.

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