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CMP Says It Will Tunnel Under Kennebec River Gorge For Proposed Transmission Project

Central Maine Power (CMP) is backing off its proposal to string high-voltage transmission lines over the scenic Kennebec River Gorge . CMP now says that it wants to build a tunnel under the gorge , as part of its $950 million project to bring hydro-electricity from Canada to Massachusetts.

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The official overseeing the New England electric grid says the region is threatened with winter power shortages, due to potential shortages of fuel to run generating facilities.

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Cold air and even some snow blanketed areas of Maine Thursday, but the National Weather Service predictions indicate that Maine might experience a milder-than-average winter.

Updated at 6 p.m. ET

President Trump intervened in a big federal building project to help protect business for his hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue, a group of House Democrats alleged on Thursday.

Trump wants to demolish and rebuild the FBI's headquarters, the Democrats say, to preserve the site's government ownership and deny any potential competitors to the Trump International Hotel at the Old Post Office Pavilion up the street.

Newly released crime numbers from the Maine Department of Public Safety show that although crime decreased overall, reports of rape were up 17 percent between 2016 and 2017.

White House counsel Don McGahn has left the job effective Wednesday. But his influence will live on for years, thanks to the dozens of conservative judges that McGahn helped President Trump put on the federal bench.

The grueling confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh marked an explosive end to McGahn's White House tenure. But he's also worked more quietly in the last two years to put his stamp on the lower courts.

Updated at 12:40 p.m. ET

Gen. Abdul Raziq, a police leader and key U.S. ally, was killed in an attack on senior officials meeting at the governor's palace in Kandahar on Thursday to discuss how to maintain security during Afghanistan's parliamentary elections this weekend. The commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, Gen. Austin "Scott" Miller, escaped unharmed.

Crime in Maine decreased in 2017, the sixth year in a row that the state has seen reductions in crime overall.  That includes incidents of domestic violence, which fell by 10.6 percent. But incidents of rape and other violent crimes increased significantly.

BAR HARBOR, Maine - Town councilors on Bar Harbor have approved an agreement to lease a former ferry terminal to the company that left the property nearly a decade ago.

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Democrat Jared Golden is one of three challengers seeking to unseat incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin of Maine’s 2nd District in November. Maine Calling Host Jennifer Rooks asked Golden what, if anything, needs to be done to reduce partisanship in the nation.

Terry Hayes, an independent, is one of four hopefuls trying to succeed Republican Gov. Paul LePage, who’s term limited after eight years. Maine Calling Host Jennifer Rooks asked Hayes about what, if anything, should be done about the partisan divide in our state.

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Friday—Dyslexia, a learning disorder that usually causes difficulty reading, is not easy to diagnose. We'll learn how to recognize signs and help overcome challenges of this disorder.

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