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The Coastal Packet

The longtime national journal, Progressive Review, has moved its headquarters from Washington DC to Freeport, Maine, where its editor, Sam Smith, has long ties. This is a local edition dealing with Maine news and progressive politics.

1/31/10

DOWN EAST NOTES

According to the Guttmacher Institute, the lowest teenage pregnancy rates are in New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Minnesota and North Dakota, while the highest are in such proudly Christian states like Texas and Mississipi, along with New Mexico, Nevada, and Arizona

WGME - Investigators say they may never know what caused a fire that killed 72,000 chickens in a barn in Belfast. The fire early Thursday morning destroyed a three-story, 500-foot poultry barn in the mid-coast town. The owner of the farm says he probably won't rebuild because the cost would be much higher than his insurance coverage. He said he has two other chicken barns with a total of 142,000 birds.

Morning Sentinel - If Maine is vacationland, then Somerset and Kennebec counties are pit stops.. . . Of the eight regions of Maine, the Kennebec and Moose River Valleys region -- which includes the hubs of Augusta, Waterville, The Forks and Jackman -- ranks second-to-last in visitation numbers, behind only Aroostook County. . . Tourism supported the equivalent of about one in six Maine jobs in 2006 and one of every $5 in sales. . . The number of tourists visiting the state has been down by 2.4 percent to 5 percent over the past couple years, said Pat Eltman, director of the Maine Office of Tourism.

NO MORE PLANES AT THE BRUNSWICK NAVAL AIR STATION

FOLLOW THE MONEY: A STUDY OF WHO GETS WHAT IN MAINE POLITICS

FLOOD WATERS RECEDE

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