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PORTLAND, Maine — A company executive says an online home furnishings retailer is on track to hire 1,000 workers for its operations opening this summer in Maine.

Liz Graham, Wayfair’s vice president for sales and service, tells the Portland Press Herald that the company plans to open its sales and customer service operation in Brunswick next month and another operation in Bangor in July.

ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine is creating a team to collect and evaluate sick lobsters that are harvested in state waters.

The team will be assembled this spring as part of a study on the impacts of rising water temperatures and ocean acidification on the lobster population.

The Portland Press Herald reports that the work will focus on shell disease. The disease has hit southern New England’s lobster population hard. As many as one in every three lobsters trapped in the area has some degree of shell disease.

Gov. Paul LePage reiterated his opposition Wednesday evening to a fall ballot question that, if approved by the voters, would legalize the recreational use of marijuana.

LePage told an audience of about 50 at a town hall meeting in Bangor that he couldn’t understand how Maine could make any money off the drug and said Colorado’s legalization effort has failed to meet revenue expectations. But the conservative Tax Foundation says Colorado’s revenue from marijuana sales may exceed projections by 100 percent this year.

With some forecasters predicting an active Atlantic hurricane season, state officials are highlighting actions Mainers can take to protect their property and stay safe.

State insurance bureau spokesman Doug Dunbar says it’s important that people know what’s covered by their homeowners or renters policies and evaluate the benefits of purchasing flood insurance.

“And a lot of people don’t realize that flooding, whether it’s associated with hurricanes or otherwise, is typically not covered by a standard homeowners policy,” he says.

PORTLAND, Maine — Portland officials are investigating two city employees who were caught on camera throwing trash and recyclables into the same truck while making pickups downtown.

In the footage shot by a West End resident, two men are shown throwing large purple bags of trash into the back of a garbage truck along with recyclables residents placed in blue containers and paper bags.

PORTLAND, Maine — U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine has introduced an amendment he says would help veterans more easily get student loan forgiveness.

King’s amendment would require the federal Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Education to streamline the disability verification process.

He says that would ensure permanently disabled veterans are relieved of their federal student loan debt.

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More than 1,000 people packed an Orono meeting Monday evening to offer their opinions on the possible creation of a North Woods national monument.

U.S. Sen. Angus King, who served as moderator, said the event at the University of Maine and a smaller one earlier in the day in East Millinocket were set up as a chance for National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis to hear how Maine people feel about a 90,000-acre national park in the shadow of Mount Katahdin. He heard plenty from both sides.

Susan Sharon

MILLINOCKET, Maine - The director of the National Park Service is in Maine today to listen to concerns about the possible designation of 90,000 acres of private land in the Katahdin region as a National Monument.

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It’s a question that has divided residents of Millinocket, East Millinocket and surrounding towns for years: how to breathe new life into an economy dependent on papermaking after the paper mills are gone. One possible answer is the creation of a national park.

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By Nick Sambides Jr., Bangor Daily News

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage reiterated his opposition to a proposed North Woods national monument Thursday and seemed miffed that he wasn’t personally notified of meetings next week between the National Park Service’s leader and residents chaired by U.S. Sen. Angus King.

The governor’s office did not receive any information regarding the meetings set for Monday before they were made public by King on May 5, LePage said in a prepared statement.

The Maine Warden Service yesterday offered a detailed, written response to the story about game wardens in last Sunday’s Maine Sunday Telegram.

The story describes a poaching raid in Allagash that some experts found was over the top. And it describes an undercover warden who went so far as to illegally kill a deer in a bid to entice someone else into poaching.

U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin of Maine’s 2nd District has urged passage of bipartisan legislation that would provide additional resources to local hospitals to handle the growing number of babies born addicted to drugs.

“Our hospitals are overwhelmed. They are not equipped to provide the specialized care these babies desperately need to recover from the drugs in their tiny bodies,” he says.

ELIOT, Maine — Fire crews from roughly 15 communities were called to knock down a massive blaze at a commercial recycling plant in southern Maine.

The blaze at Aggregate Recycling Corp. in Eliot was reported around 12:44 p.m. Tuesday. Crews arrived to find a 40,000-square-foot transfer station fully engulfed in flames.

It took approximately 7,500 feet of hose, six pumper trucks and about 60 firefighters to control the fire. No injuries were reported.

U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine’s 1st District was among House members on the floor Tuesday night urging passage of legislation that would provide emergency funding to help the states fight the drug crisis on all fronts.

She told the House about Mainers that have died from overdoses and others who were saved by having access to treatment.

“Congress needs to come together and appropriate emergency funds to combat the epidemic of opioid abuse in our country,” she says. “Clearly, it is a matter of life and death.”

QUEBEC CITY — A Maine boy’s guitar skills earned him a spot onstage with Pearl Jam.

Ten-year-old Noah Keeley of Bar Harbor, Maine, was invited onstage to play last week in Quebec City. He sat on a stool and played along with the Pearl Jam song, "Sad." Afterward, the band played a cover of Cheap Trick’s "Surrender" and dedicated it to Noah’s parents.

Lead singer Eddie Vedder had received an email from the boy’s parents requesting the song and included clips of Noah playing Pearl Jam hits.

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