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    March 31, 2012

    ALLEN AFIELD: Fishing crowds should swell

    In April 2010, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (IFW) liberalized both ice and open-water fishing laws in lakes and ponds in the bottom third of the state by allowing year-round angling in most of them.

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    March 31, 2012

    SPORTSMAN’S SHOW: Carving out a hobby

    AUGUSTA — Richard Nickerson’s wood carving of a Cedar Waxwing perched on a berry branch appeared ready to take flight, one reason there was a first-place blue ribbon near its base.

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    March 31, 2012

    Governor signs new elver fishing law

    AUGUSTA -- Gov. Paul LePage has signed emergency legislation that increases fines for elver fishing violations.

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    March 31, 2012

    Portage Lake official makes case for mining

    AUGUSTA -- A town manager from northern Maine pleaded with a legislative committee Friday to support a bill that would make way for a new mine in Aroostook County.

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    March 31, 2012

    Obama could face election-year jam on gay marriage

    PORTLAND -- President Barack Obama could be caught in an election-year bind on gay marriage, wedged between the pressure of supporters who want him to back same-sex marriage and the political perils of igniting an explosive social issue in the midst of the campaign.

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    March 31, 2012

    ‘Big change is hard’

    PORTLAND -- As President Barack Obama moved from a fundraiser at Southern Maine Community College to a second fundraiser at the Portland Museum of Art, a small crowd gathered across the street from the museum, hoping to get a glimpse of the president.

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    March 31, 2012

    SPRING TRAINING: Bard allows 3 runs in Sox win

    FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Daniel Bard is happy with his conversion from a reliever to starter this spring. So is manager Bobby Valentine.

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    March 31, 2012

    Trees focus of Belgrade Lakes streetscape

    BELGRADE LAKES -- Jonathan Dyer admired the three sugar maples saplings the Tree Committee planted beneath the 80-year-old silver maples lining his front lawn.

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    March 31, 2012

    ON BASEBALL: Cut day is never any fun

    FORT MYERS, Fla. -- It was early morning and baseball players gathered outside the minor league clubhouse at the new Red Sox complex here on the east side of town. Some stretched. Others headed for the indoor batting cages.

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    March 31, 2012

    Ticket sales set record in Maine

    AUGUSTA -- Ticket sales for the $640 million Mega Millions jackpot set a record in Maine.

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