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PHOTO: A belief that birth control pill effectiveness can be reduced by antibiotics is largely a misunderstanding, according to Planned Parenthood. Photo credit: National Organization for Women.

PORTLAND, Maine - It's the season for allergies and sinus infections. However, some women are worried that fighting the sniffles with antibiotics can reduce the effectiveness of their birth control pills. Planned Parenthood physician Laura Dalton said that belief is largely a "misunderstanding." A...Read More

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PHOTO: A new report indicates Maineís children face more hurdles to their development and success than kids in many other states, and has much work to do for its children. Photo courtesy Kids Count.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine has a lot of work to do for its children, according to a new report that compares how children are progressing on key milestones across racial and ethnic groups by state. The report released today by The Annie E. Casey Kids Count data center shows African-American children i...Read More

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PHOTO: Today is the last chance for public comments regarding "Lolita's" release, after performing for more than 40 years at the Miami Seaquarium. Photo courtesy Animal Welfare Institute.

AUGUSTA, Maine – Lolita is a captive whale at the Miami Seaquarium who has been performing tricks for 43 years – and she could get a shot at retirement. Today is the last day the U.S. Government takes public comments on the matter. Lolita was captured off the Pacific coast of Washing...Read More

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AUGUSTA, Maine - People concerned about getting money out of politics in Maine have been keeping an eye on New Hampshire, where the issue has been a hot topic at dozens of town meetings in just the past week. New Hampshire is following Maine's lead in getting active on the issue, said Jonah Minkoff...Read More

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PHOTO: Art galleries are blossoming in Belfast, Maine, where the Belfast Creative Coalition has benefited from CCED, a state arts grant designed to stimulate local economies through art and culture. Courtesy: BCC.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Can art and artists re-invigorate Maine's economy? They can surely help, according to the overseers of a state grant that is being used to revitalize downtowns and help create jobs. It is called a "seed" grant because of its initials, CCED, which stand for Creative Communities Equ...Read More

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PHOTO: Electronic cigarettes, hookah pens, e-hookahs and vape pipes are growing in popularity in Maine, but experts say there isnít enough science about how safe they are. Credit: Michael Dorausch, Wikimedia Commons.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Electronic cigarettes - also known as e-hookahs, hookah pens and vape pipes - are growing in popularity in Maine. Celebrities in advertisements tout them as a safer alternative to smoking. But experts say there isn't enough science to back up those claims. It's estimated that more t...Read More

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PHOTO: A new analysis finds there are still a lot of folks across the state and nation on the edge financially, and part of the reason is the high cost of housing. Photo credit: Jo Naylor

AUGUSTA, Maine - Affordable housing can be key to helping working families gain and keep financial stability, but for many, the costs of rent and utilities are taking more than their share of the monthly budget. The Center for Enterprise Development finds nearly 52 percent of local renters are cost-...Read More

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PHOTO: Trucks on Maine roadways will face stricter fuel-efficiency standards under a new directive aimed at decreasing greenhouse gas emissions. Photo credit: morguefile.com.

PORTLAND, Maine - Big trucks making their way across Maine will be held to tighter fuel standards in the coming years. President Obama has directed federal agencies to develop higher fuel-efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles by March of 2016, and Peter Shattuck of Environment Nor...Read More

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