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Maine’s Fund To Help Schools With Maintenance Is Nearly Depleted — And Never Met Its Financial Goals

Maine’s School Revolving Renovation Fund was established some 20 years ago to help districts face the challenges of fixing aging schools , which have made tough choices due to years of underfunding. But that fund has yet to reach its financial goals, and now has little money left.

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Aggressive Canadian Green Crabs Threaten Maine's Coastal Ecosystem

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Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

BIDDEFORD, Maine  — Canadians are known as friendly folks, but these crabby brutes migrating from Canadian waters are better suited for the hockey rink.

PORTLAND, Maine - Other regions have heroes, Dagwoods, cheesesteaks, grinders and po' boys. But the Italian sandwich is king in Maine.

Updated at 4:45 a.m. ET on Wednesday

As former hurricane Florence marches on to New England, the Carolinas remain inundated with waters that just keep rising.

"I know for many people this feels like a nightmare that just won't end. I know many people are tired of the present and are scared of the future," North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said Tuesday, The Associated Press reports. "But please know we will not give up on you."

Lawyers filed a class action lawsuit on Tuesday against the company that operates the gas pipelines linked to a rash of explosions and fires that rocked the Massachusetts towns of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover last week.

The complaint, which names Columbia Gas and its parent company, NiSource, as defendants, alleges "antiquated" gas lines in unsafe conditions caused the over-pressurization of the system, leading to "catastrophic consequences."

BANGOR, Maine - A Maine community health care center plans to convert an old Verizon Wireless call center into a pediatric center.

Maria Butina, the Russian woman accused of working as an unregistered foreign agent, encouraged pro-gun demonstrations in the U.S. as early as 2014, according to messages provided to NPR.

Butina's work has been linked to Russia's attack on the 2016 election, but people who know her say she began trying to make her mark inside America years before.

NPR examined thousands of people who make up Butina's Facebook network, and reached out to a sample of more than two hundred individuals.

President Trump wrote on Tuesday that he ordered the release of classified materials about the ongoing probe into Russian election interference because "really bad things were happening."

The White House said Trump is taking this action out of a desire for "transparency," but former law enforcement and intelligence officials warned the directive threatens to expose sensitive sources and methods.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine wildlife managers are making it easier for hunters to register their big game animals with a new web-based system.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday insisted that many donations to predominantly conservative political nonprofit groups — what's often called dark money — be disclosed, seven weeks ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

The ruling closes, at least for now, a loophole that has allowed wealthy donors to finance aggressive ads while staying anonymous. Crafted by the Federal Election Commission nearly 40 years ago, the loophole flourished after the 2010 Citizens United ruling.

Updated at 11 p.m. ET

The Senate Judiciary Committee will move forward with a hearing scheduled for Monday on sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, despite a request for further investigation from his accuser.

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