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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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PHOTO: The EPA holds hearings across the country beginning Tuesday on its proposed Clean Air Plan aimed at reducing carbon emissions from power plants. While Maine is not a hearing site, one member of Congress is making sure her voice is heard. Photo credit: Dori / Wikimedia Commons.

PORTLAND, Maine - The Environmental Protection agency (EPA) will begin holding a series of public hearings across the U.S. on Tuesday on the newly-announced Clean Air Plan, which aims to reduce carbon emissions from power plants by 30 percent from 2005 levels. The hearings are being held this week ...Read More

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PHOTO: The latest Kids Count Data Book ranks Maine third in the nation for children's health, but 29th in terms of their family economic stability. Photo credit: Randen Peterson / Flickr.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine ranks among the best places in the nation for children's health, according to a new report, but the research also indicates many challenges remain for families. The latest Kids Count Data Book ranked the state in the top five for kids' health, but Claire Berkowitz, research a...Read More

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PHOTO: Two Lights State Park in Cumberland County is among the beneficiaries of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Congress initially passed legislation creating the fund 50 years ago this week. Photo credit: Wikipedia.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Wednesday marked the 50th anniversary of the vote in Congress which created the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on September 3, 1964, the fund uses royalty money from offshore oil and gas drilling for conservation and recreatio...Read More

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PHOTO: The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee voted on Thursday to pass a proposed constitutional amendment to give states and Congress more control of political campaign spending. The 10-8 vote was along party lines. Photo courtesy U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.

AUGUSTA, Maine – A proposed constitutional amendment to give states and Congress control over political campaign spending is moving forward, and folks in Maine may want to pay particular attention. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 10 to eight, along party lines, to pass Senate Joint Reso...Read More

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