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GRAPHIC: The FCC is holding an auction in which wireless companies will bid on parts of the nation’s airwaves currently being used by television stations and use them for wireless broadband. Some say that threatens minority broadcasters. Credit: Federal Communications Commission.

PORTLAND, Maine – As the song goes, "Video Killed the Radio Star." Will wireless kill some free public TV? That's the latest media question. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is holding an auction in which wireless companies such as Verizon and AT&T will bid on parts of the natio...Read More

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PHOTO: Maine could follow in the footsteps of Colorado and Washington in legalizing recreational marijuana use by 2016, according to advocates who have gotten pro-pot initiatives on the ballot in Lewiston and South Portland next month. Photo credit: Mark Scheerer.

PORTLAND, Maine – Maine could follow in the footsteps of Colorado and Washington and legalize recreational marijuana use by 2016, according to advocates who have gotten pro-pot initiatives on the ballot in two Maine cities next month. Voters in Lewiston and South Portland will be able to cas...Read More

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PHOTO: Maine is a national leader in land conservation, and a new report is aimed at making sure it stays that way. Photo courtesy of Ryan Neale, Maine Development Foundation.

AUGUSTA, Maine - When it comes to land conservation, Maine is a national leader, coming in second in the U.S. in total acreage preserved for conservation. As a means to keep Maine in the forefront of land conservation, the latest edition of the quarterly Maine Development Foundation report is being...Read More

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PHOTO: Schools around the country are using wireless Internet connections – and receiving billions in federal aid to expand Wi-Fi use - despite growing concern that exposure to Radio Frequency (RF) transmissions may be harmful to students and teachers. Graphic credit: Woodleywonderworks/Flckr

PORTLAND, Maine – Warnings about the potential hazards of radiation from Wi-Fi in school classrooms are on the rise. But those who are concerned about the health effects of Radiofrequency Radiation – RFR, as it's known – are finding it can be hard to make headway. Sheri Calarco...Read More

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PHOTO: The proposed 28th Amendment fell short of the 60 U.S. Senate votes needed for passage last week. Voting rights advocates see it as a sign of the extent to which U.S. election fairness has been compromised. Photo courtesy of Library of Congress.

AUGUSTA, Maine – The U.S. Senate debated the so-called Democracy for All Amendment last week – and then voted along party lines to kill what would have been the 28th Amendment to the Constitution. Supporters of the amendment say the Senate missed an opportunity to level the playing fie...Read More

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PHOTO: Joan Macri is Associate Director of College for ME-Androscoggin, one of the institutions administering scholarships for adults seeking college degrees under a new program from the Maine Community Foundation. Photo courtesy College for ME-Androscoggin.

LEWISTON, Maine - Mainers outside traditional college age are getting scholarship assistance to enroll in college or pick up where they left off because of financial constraints, marriage, children or simply dropping out. It's a pilot program run by the Maine Community Foundation called the Adult Le...Read More

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PHOTO: A new report from the National Wildlife Federation finds winter ticks are becoming more abundant in Maine, in part because of less severe winters. The ticks pose a threat to the depleted New England moose population. Photo credit: Paul Anderson/Morguefile.

AUGUSTA, Maine. - With autumn around the corner, a new report from the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) finds Maine's winter tick population is growing because of climate change. More ticks spells bad news for the already-depleted New England moose population. Hunter and wildlife biologist Eric O...Read More

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PHOTO: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) became the first federal agency to acknowledge potential health risks from cell phone use earlier this year. Then, just last week, the agency backtracked from its earlier statements of caution. Photo credit: Hoclab/Wikimedia Commons

PORTLAND, Maine - The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention became the first federal agency to acknowledge health risks from cell-phone use - but then suddenly backtracked. Sometime before early June, unnoticed by many in the media, the CDC posted significant new wording in a "Frequent...Read More

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