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Heavy winds have left more than 35,000 households without power across the state.

The oldest pending federal court case in Maine is one step closer to resolution.

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Twelve months into the global coronavirus pandemic and Mainers continue to navigate remote work, vaccinations, Zoom school and isolation.

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In her first meeting as chair of the environment subcommittee of Appropriations, Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine’s 1st District pledged that the panel will tackle the growing problem of plastics polluting the world’s oceans.

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Central Maine Power's controversial power line project took a hit in court on Wednesday, with a superior court judge ruling late in the afternoon that the state did not follow the law when it leased state lands for the project. That ruling could put the fate of that lease in the Legislature's hands.

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The endangered North Atlantic right whale population is experiencing its best calving season since 2013. As of last week, 18 newborn whales have been spotted, in a season that began in November and could continue through this month.

Philip Hamilton is a senior scientist at the New England Aquarium who administers a data base that tracks all observations of the whales surviving on the planet, currently estimated to be around 350 animals. He says that a cohort of females born about 10 years ago are coming to child-bearing age.

USGS via Oregon Public Broadcasting

State wildlife authorities are warning aquarium enthusiasts of invasive zebra mussels that have been found in pet stores in central and southern Maine.

JAY FIELD / Maine Public

A new lawsuit claims that a Skowhegan paper mill is responsible for the toxic chemicals that are now being found in dangerous levels in the well water of a neighboring community.

Nick Sambides Jr. / Bangor Daily News

ROCKLAND, Maine ― Some leaders in the midcoast are relieved that Summit Natural Gas has canceled its plans to expand service to the region and are hopeful that conversations around renewable energy opportunities continue.

Hilton Hafford / Courtesy Photo

A bill that would ban the aerial spraying of glyphosate and other toxic herbicides used by the forest products industry is getting strong support from environmental and health groups, organic farmers and guides familiar with the North Woods.

Michelle Liu / Associated Press

Summit Natural Gas has abruptly reversed its plans to expand along the Midcoast after the $90 million project was opposed by some residents, lawmakers and environmental activists. 

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

More than 30,000 electric customers are without power on Tuesday amid high winds and single-digit temperatures.

After nearly a decade of trying, Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine’s 1st District has succeeded in getting the U.S. House to agree to add the York River to the National Park Service’s Wild and Scenic Rivers System.


The U.S. formally rejoined the Paris Climate Accord last week, and the Biden administration is now preparing new carbon-dioxide reduction goals.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

The Maine secretary of state’s office says that a citizens’ initiative seeking to require legislative approval for large power line projects has more than enough signatures to move forward.