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Maine’s “Chickadee Check-Off” Program is in Danger

There is a chance that Maine's "Chickadee Check-Off" program could vanish from Maine tax forms unless Mainers support it. The tax form check-off has been part of the Maine tax form for 30 years. The money supports the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife's Endangered and Nongame Wildlife Fund.

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Shrimp Season Starts January 22 but Catch Limits are Way Down

The Maine shrimp season will get underway January 22 for trawlers and February 5 for fisherman who use traps. This year the catch limit has been greatly reduced by 74%. After scientists discovered the shrimp population may be at risk, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission set a catch limit at 1.38 million pounds, 26% of last year’s limit.

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Peter Macdiarmid, Getty Images

Maine’s ‘Rapid Renewal’ Makes Vehicle Registration a Snap

I have loved this service from the start and was very happy my community of Augusta is part of Rapid Renewal! Rapid Renewal lets Mainers to register vehicles online. Maine is up to 167 communities that take part in the program.

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Chip Sododevilla/Getty Images

Odd Maine Laws

As I was getting ready to do the morning show today, I came across some odd laws around the country. There's a law in New Jersey where drivers can be fined if a dog's head is hanging out of a car window. Another one in San Jose, California, where it's illegal for grocery stores to provide plastic bags. In Concord, MA you can't sell or distribute bottled water. That got me thinking about odd laws in Maine, here's a few that I found.

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Tim Boyle, Getty Images

Home Sales Are Up in Maine + Nation

As a homeowner who bought her house a few weeks before the real estate market collapsed in 2008, this makes me very happy. Sales of existing single-family homes in Maine were up 23.6 % in November. Maine’s numbers were over the national! Home buyers were taking advantage of low interest rates and a large inventory of homes on the market.

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Adam Berry, Getty Images

Hospitals Pushing to Get Maine to Pay Medicaid Debts

Hospitals are lobbying state lawmakers to begin paying off Maine's Medicaid debt. The state owes hospitals $186 million dating back to 2009.  That needs to be paid. That debt is a road block to $298 million in federal matching funds that hospital officials say they need desperately.

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Miguel Villagran,Getty Images

Gas Prices are Still Going Down for the Holiday Season

If you have travel plans this is great news. Gas prices are still going down. By cents and not dollars, but they are still getting a little lower. However, Maine gas prices are still above the national average.

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Norway and Paris Has Lowest Gas Prices In Maine

The towns of Norway and Paris have the lowest gas prices in the state of Maine, according to the latest findings from mainegasprices.com. Several gas stations in Norway and Paris had a price of $3.31 per gallon.

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Maine Last on the Forbes List of ‘Best States for Business’

For the third in a row, Maine ranks No. 50 in 'Forbes' seventh annual 'Best States for Business' report.  Gov. Paul LePage says he's disappointed but not all that surprised by the ranking.

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Sierra Club Names Maine East-West Highway Idea As Among Worst In Nation

The Sierra Club released a report this week that examined fifty of the nation's best and worst transportation projects. The report noted that the proposed, privately run, four-lane toll highway cutting through the Maine woods would have negative impacts on air and water quality and wildlife habitat.

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