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PHOTO: The Holmes Family of Misty Brook Farm, a Buy/Protect/Sell Project in Albion, was helped by Maine Community Foundationís $1 million loan to Maine Farmland Trust. Photo credit: Greta Rybus/Maine Farmland Trust.

ELLSWORTH, Maine – The Maine Community Foundation is one of the nation's best at finding ways to build community wealth using new approaches, according to a report released today. The report by the Maryland-based Democracy Collaborative names the Ellsworth-based foundation one of the Innovati...Read More

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GRAPHIC: Public and private efforts to lift Maineís children out of poverty should take a two-generation approach, according to a new Annie E. Casey KIDS COUNT policy report. Graphic credit: Pixabay.

PORTLAND, Maine - Public and private efforts to lift Maine's children out of poverty should take a "two-generation" approach, according to a new Annie E. Casey KIDS COUNT policy report. The report says parents should be given the tools and skills to get on track to better economic opportunities if ...Read More

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PHOTO: Three groups are suing the FDA over their approval of new combinations of growth enhancing drugs to be administered to millions of animals raised for food, including pigs. Photo courtesy Humane Society of the United States.

PORTLAND, Maine - Pharmaceuticals....it's what's for dinner. And groups in the U.S. are suing the federal government over it. The Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS), the United Farm Workers of America and the Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a lawsuit in San Francisco over a new "cocktail" of growth ...Read More

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PHOTO: Maine ranks 16th in a recent national scorecard that ranks states for energy-efficiency. Credit: Wiki Media Commons.

AUGUSTA, Maine – In a holding pattern – that's the picture of Maine in a recent national scorecard that ranks the states for energy-efficiency. Maine ranks 16th in the state-by-state scorecard by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. "Last year, it was one of our most ...Read More

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PHOTO: Educate Maine, a group of business leaders, has issued its annual report of 10 indicators it believes best measure Maineís educational performance -- and 10 goals for 5 years from now. Photo courtesy of Educate Maine.

PORTLAND, Maine – Maine has a new report card evaluating its education system, issued by a group of the state's business leaders. The annual Education Indicators report, released by Educate Maine, shows 10 areas along the pipeline from preschool through post-secondary that the group says mak...Read More

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GRAPHIC: The FCC is holding an auction in which wireless companies will bid on parts of the nationís 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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