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AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine forestry officials say they have received several calls this fall about swarms of a potentially bothersome bug that congregates in large numbers.
 
The pest in question is the boxelder bug, which feeds on leaves, flowers and seed pods of boxelder trees and other maples. The state says the bugs are considered pests because of the large numbers they gather in when trying to access homes and buildings in the fall.
 

Maine Public

For months, the debate over Question 1, which would set up a system to fund a network of home health care workers through a new income tax surcharge, has focused on who would actually have to pay it. At issue is whether the new 3.8 percent tax would apply only to individuals who earn more than $128,400 a year or also to married couples who exceed that amount and file joint returns.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

Wednesday evening, the state's Public Utilities Commission will take testimony in its final general public hearing on Central Maine Power's plan to construct a major new transmission line through the state.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Updated October 17, 2018 5:36 p.m.

The four candidates for congress in the state’s second district held their second, and likely last, debate as a full group Tuesday night in Presque Isle. While most of the questions had been asked of them before, the forum did get a bit testy over the issue of outside groups attempting to influence the campaign.

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Later this month, a Caribou man who has been diagnosed with an opioid use disorder will report to the Maine State Prison to serve a nine-month sentence.

Mal Leary / Maine Public

Riverview Psychiatric Center has reached a major milestone toward being re-certified by the federal government.

The University of Southern Maine has barred from teaching a professor who organized a one credit course for students to protest Republican Sen. U.S. Susan Collins as she considered then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

A new task force has formed to discuss conservation strategies in Maine once Gov. Paul LePage leaves office.

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The husband of Republican Sen. Susan Collins says a threatening letter that claimed to contain deadly ricin specifically mentioned her vote to nominate Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Republican Candidate Mark Holbrook is one of two challengers seeking to unseat incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree in Maine’s 1st District. Maine Calling Host Jennifer Rooks asked Holbrook what issue he believes is most on the minds of Maine people in this election.

PORTLAND, Maine - The price of heating oil continues to climb steadily in Maine even as global crude oil prices have fallen.

BANGOR, Maine - A Maine man has admitted he threatened four U.S. Navy instructors with a pistol near a remote military base in northwestern Maine.

BANGOR, Maine - Republican gubernatorial candidate Shawn Moody says if elected, he intends to keep his stake in his companies and real estate.

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Maine's candidates for governor are voicing varying degrees of skepticism about Central Maine Power's plan to build a major transmission corridor from Canada through Maine — though that doesn't necessarily mean the candidates are against it.

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