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It was a big night for supporters of ranked-choice voting. 

On Tuesday, Maine primary voters will participate in a ranked-choice voting experiment so unprecedented that the state’s top election official sometimes compares what’s about to happen to a perilous space mission.

Maine Will Issue 'Nonbinary' Gender Driver's Licenses

Jun 11, 2018

As national pride month picks up steam, members of Maine’s LGBTQ community are celebrating a fresh victory. The Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles will no longer require people getting IDs and driver’s licenses to select only male or female to indicate their gender.

A dash cam photo released by Maine State Police shows John Williams robbing a convenience store Wednesday morning in Norridgewock, Maine. Maine authorities say Williams fatally shot a sheriff's deputy, stole his cruiser and robbed the Cumberland Farms.
Maine State Police / via Associated Press

The man wanted for the murder of a sheriff's deputy in Maine early Wednesday morning had been expected to appear at a court hearing in Massachusetts that same day on unrelated gun charges.

Barbara Bush made an indelible mark on the state of Maine, through her generous philanthropy – and the force of her personality. Her death yesterday at 92 is a deeply-felt loss for Kennebunkport, the family's summer home.

“When I was in Lewiston, it felt like its better days were in the rear-view mirror,” Amy Bass says.

Bass was in Lewiston, Maine, to attend Bates College. There wasn’t much reason to stay after she graduated in 1992.

“A lot of unemployment. A lot of vacancy,” she says. “Things that Maine deals with in terms of younger population moving away.”

But Bass became intrigued with Lewiston a little under 20 years ago, when she learned about an influx of families from Somalia.

Massachusetts energy officials have announced they're going with Plan B to bring Canadian hydroelectric power to the Bay State.

They've selected a back-up project that runs transmission lines through Maine, after New Hampshire state regulators refused to allow Plan A – the controversial Northern Pass project.

But the Maine project, known as New England Clean Energy Connect, also faces an uncertain future.

In Massachusetts, the announcement got kudos and criticism from those closely watching the state's selection of a massive clean energy project:

Northern Pass Loses Mass. Energy Contract

Mar 28, 2018
Electricity lines.
pxhere / Creative Commons

The future of Massachusetts hydropower will not come through the White Mountains of New Hampshire via the Northern Pass project, Massachusetts and utilities officials agreed and announced Wednesday.

Massachusetts has picked another big transmission line for a potential energy contract, with the Northern Pass project in doubt.

That new project is New England Clean Energy Connect, which would bring Canadian hydropower through Maine.

Massachusetts regulators announced late Friday they would start negotiating a contract with the project's developer, Central Maine Power Company.

L.L. Bean's outdoor gear — including its signature Bean Boots prized by campers and hipsters alike — is no longer guaranteed for life.

In a letter to customers Friday morning, the company said it has updated its return policy to give customers one year to return purchases, with a receipt. The previous lifetime guarantee, which enabled customers to return products years — or even decades — after purchase, has long been a selling point for the company.

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