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LePage Withdraws Nominee for Education Commissioner

Gov. Paul LePage temporarily removed his nominee to head the state Department of Education Tuesday, alleging that Democrats were playing games to advance an activist agenda.
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What New Hampshire’s Primary Could Mean for Maine Caucuses

It’s a big day in Maine’s neighbor state of New Hampshire as voters make their choices in the Republican and Democratic presidential races. Fred Bever is there in Manchester, and he and Nora Flaherty discussed the New Hampshire race, and what it could lead to for Maine’s nominating caucuses next month.
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Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders won clear, early and decisive victories in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday night.

Trump beat the GOP field by double digits. He got 35 percent of the vote, well ahead of surprise second-place finisher John Kasich, who pulled in 16 percent with 87 percent of precincts reporting. Kasich was followed by Ted Cruz at 12 percent, Jeb Bush at 11 percent and Marco Rubio, who, after a poor debate performance Saturday, faded to fifth just shy of 11 percent.

New Hampshire prides itself on surprising people with the outcome of its first-in-the-nation presidential primary. This year, though, the top winner in each party was the candidate the polls had long predicted would win.

So if there was any surprise, it was that the candidates those polls had been smiling on were Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. Less than a year ago, neither would have been thought a likely candidate, let alone a plausible winner.

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine’s highest court is scheduled to hear arguments in a lawsuit between a hunting reform group and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife about a defeated proposal to change to the state’s bear hunt.

Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting wanted to ban the use of bait, dogs and traps to hunt bears. Voters rejected the idea at the polls in November 2014 after the wildlife department campaigned against it.

In a further sign that Cuban baseball is in shambles, Cuban state media reports that two of the island's brightest stars left their team in Santo Domingo after competing in the Caribbean Series.

Lourdes Gourriel Jr., 22, and his older brother Yulieski, 31, left the team hotel in the early morning on Monday.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine lobstermen are set to debate the possibility of potentially controversial changes to the state’s lobster licensing laws.

The proposal will go before the Legislature’s Marine Resources Committee on Wednesday for a hearing. The changes are designed to streamline the process of obtaining a license, which often takes years.

Deer Isle Democrat Rep. Walter Kumiega has proposed the changes, which include the creation of a new class of license that would be limited to 300 traps instead of the usual 800.

KENNEBUNK, Maine — Longtime Kennebunk philanthropist Geraldine Waterhouse has died at age 95.

Bibber Memorial Chapel funeral home said she died Saturday.

Waterhouse’s $1.5 million endowment stoked a fundraising campaign to build the Waterhouse Center, an open-air pavilion with an ice rink.

When the video dropped on Saturday, we galvanized. Cleared our schedules, watched on repeat till our eyes turned red. Got into screaming matches with loved ones about what kind of hot sauce belongs in a #swagbag. Even made preemptive Valentine's Day reservations at Red Lobster, because you never know.

PORTLAND, Maine - Federal fisheries regulators are reminding people to stay away from gray seal pups they might see this time of year on islands and shorelines in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.  

December through February is birthing time for the region's gray seals.  NOAA Fisheries spokesperson Jennifer Goebel says the pups are born with a white, fluffy coat and nurse for 16 to 17 days. She says it's not unusual to see a mother and pup - or a lone pup - on a beach.  

Law enforcement officials would love to have a clear way to tell when a driver is too drugged to drive. But the decades of experience the country has in setting limits for alcohol have turned out to be rather useless so far because the mind-altering compound in cannabis, THC, dissolves in fat, whereas alcohol dissolves in water.

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine Gov. Paul LePage says fellow Republican Donald Trump owes him for paving the way when it comes to being outspoken.

LePage, a Chris Christie supporter, joked Tuesday on WVOM-FM that Trump should give him a stipend or a bonus "for starting this whole thing about being outspoken."

Then the governor went on to do what he does best. He referred to a couple of recent remarks saying he had to "scream at the top of my lungs about black dealers" and talk about using the guillotine on drug dealers to get the attention of lawmakers.

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