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There are new developments Friday in the legal battle over whether rope used by Maine lobstermen poses a deadly threat of entanglement to endangered North Atlantic right whales. An activist who has won past decisions to protect the whales filed a motion in Bangor federal court, seeking a preliminary injunction to halt lobster fishing in Maine.

BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. - A harbor seal pup found sick on a Maine beach last week has made a speedy recovery.

JAY, Maine - A black bear has attacked ten goats, eight of whom died, and destroyed three beehives in homes across southern Maine.

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The state Department of Environmental Protection and the Land Use Planning Commission signed off today on vital land use permits Central Maine Power needs for its proposed 151-mile power line through western Maine.

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If you want to see the night sky in all its pristine dark glory, you could go to Antarctica. But if you can't, the International Dark-Sky Association says the next best place is Maine's Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's annual moose hunt lottery is typically part of a big celebration of the giant animals, but this year scientists and game wardens will take the stage.

YORK, Maine - Maine's flagship public university is looking for forest landowners to work with on a tick surveillance project.

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BOSTON - Federal ocean managers are asking mariners to continue slowing down east of Boston because of sightings of rare right whales in the area.

RANGELEY, Maine - A spring snowfall brought up to half a foot of snow in some areas of Maine and New Hampshire.

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Many Maine communities have pared back or dropped recycling programs in an effort to guard workers from potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus. Some big supermarkets have also curtailed in-store redemption efforts. To accommodate these moves, Gov. Janet Mills has ordered that the state ease enforcement of some recycling rules.

Environmental and other groups in Maine are marking the 50th anniversary of Earth Day this week, but mostly online.

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The partial shutdown of the U.S. economy has had one healthful effect:  It has lowered air pollution by a significant amount. The American Lung Association is out with its latest State Of The Air report that looks at the longer-term trends. Joining Maine Public's morning host Irwin Gratz to talk about the report's findings is Lance Boucher of the American Lung Association of Maine.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's state government is looking to fund projects around the state that develop and maintain recreational trails.

PORTLAND, Maine - A storm with powerful wind gusts swept across New England and knocked out power to thousands across the region.

While small streams and low lying areas across the northern third of the state may see minor to moderate flooding overnight into Tuesday, forecasters expect northern Maine’s large rivers to stay within their banks.