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Maine May Have ‘Year Without a Summer’ to Thank for its Statehood

It has been a dry summer — parts of York County are in the grips of what weather experts are describing as a severe drought. But, so far, it all pales in comparison to what took place 200 years ago.
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Donald Trump urged Russian agents to "find" his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton's emails and release them, an unprecedented move by a candidate for president encouraging such a foreign breach.

"Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing," the GOP presidential nominee said at a news conference in Miami on Wednesday. "I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press."

BANGOR, Maine - Gov. Paul LePage is going after the state teachers' union for its support of two questions that will appear on the November ballot.

"The MEA wants legislators to support a 10 percent income tax on successful Mainers," LePage says in his weekly radio address.

PORTLAND, Maine - On Friday a new state law takes effect designating Nov. 1 as Veterans in the Arts and Humanities Appreciation Day in Maine. 

There is a national movement to recognize the holiday as an annual event; Maine is believed to be the first state to do so.  The measure was introduced on behalf of Jay Emerson, of the Penobscot County town of Hudson. 

Whatever South Korean women are eating, pass it around!

The country is having a massive growth spurt. And it doesn't look like it's slowing down anytime soon.

Women in South Korea have gained a whopping 8 inches in height, on average, in the past century — the biggest jump of any other population in the world, researchers report Tuesday.

For men, Iranians are the big winners, gaining 6.5 inches in the past hundred years.

Approximately 8,800 pounds of raw beef products are being recalled due to their suspected role in an E. coli outbreak that has sickened more than a dozen people in New England — most of those cases in New Hampshire.

The products, originating from PT Farm in North Haverill, New Hampshire, were shipped to Maine and elsewhere in New England under different labels.

State Epidemiologist Siiri Bennett says the state has been working with the New Hampshire Department of Health, and so far one illness in Maine has been linked to the outbreak.

John Hinckley Jr., 35-years after he tried to kill a president, has won his freedom.

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has granted a request for Hinckley to leave the mental hospital where he's resided for decades, to go live full-time with his elderly mother in Williamsburg, Va.

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine is in the top 10 states for economic output for the first quarter of the year.

The Portland Press Herald reports Maine's economy grew 2.3 percent during the first three months of 2016.

The federal Bureau of Economic Analysis says on Wednesday that construction, health care and the retail trade all expanded in the state during the first quarter. Durable goods manufacturing also grew.

By Patrick Whittle, The Associated Press
PORTLAND, Maine - In the face of industry pressure, the federal government is spending up to $4.4 million to complete a plan to help Maine's blueberry industry by buying surplus crop.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said in April it would buy up to $13 million in wild blueberries to help with falling prices and over-supply but the Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine says the USDA has spent only $8.6 million so far.

The Tuesday night session of the Democratic convention was really three events, each with its own atmosphere and impact, but all contributing to a single theme: The Clintons are back.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A new Maine law is about to take effect that requires the installation of locked boxes on state ferries to allow for transportation of medical samples.

The new law goes on the books on Friday. Supporters say it is designed to allow island residents to send samples to mainland hospitals and medical facilities without taking a time-consuming ferry ride.

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