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Maine pols don’t want to disclose campaign contributors until after elections

By Steve Mistler, Maine Public on March 27, 2017, at 5:36 p.m.
Last year, candidates, PACs and ballot question campaigns disclosed more than $2.6 million of spending under what’s known as 24-hour reporting.
A mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain will make for a messy morning commute across Maine Monday.

Snow, freezing rain to make for slick commute across Maine

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 27, 2017, at 6:55 a.m.
The wet snow falling Monday morning will be followed by a light coating of sleet or ice, according to the National Weather Service.
A GameStop store is pictured in Pasadena, California.

GameStop closing at least 150 ‘nonproductive’ stores in 2017

By Dawn Gagnon on March 24, 2017, at 6:22 p.m.
It was not known Friday if any of the company’s 10 stores in Maine will be affected.
Sen. Collins (right) with Joanna Russell, member of BARN Board of Directors and Executive Director of the Northeastern Workforce Development Board

Senator Collins Visits Brewer Organization that Assists Individuals Recovering from Addiction and Their Families

on March 24, 2017, at 3:54 p.m.
In January, Sanford Police and the York County Sheriff’s Office assisted state and federal drug agents in the arrest of two people in the largest heroin drug bust in Maine. The combined street value of the fentanyl laced heroin seized in both Maine and Massachusetts was over $1.8 million.

Maine needs more money to investigate fentanyl deaths

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 24, 2017, at 2:51 p.m.
Of the 378 overdose deaths in 2016, 195 were attributed to fentanyl, up from only nine in 2013.
from left, Sean Geagan, Josh Geagan, Sen. Kimberley Rosen and Richard Rotella.

Bucksport Residents Visit State House

on March 24, 2017, at 1:55 p.m.
POLL QUESTION
Governor Paul LePage attends a maple tree tapping ceremony on a cold day in mid-March. LePage now backs the American Health Care Act and is urging Maine's senators to support it.

LePage now backs GOP health plan, urges support from King, Collins

By Christopher Cousins and Michael Shepherd on March 23, 2017, at 2:22 p.m.
Earlier this month, LePage sent a letter to U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan which said of the bill, “early signs do not look encouraging.”
Snow is predicted to fall in Bangor on Wednesday.

Cold front brings cooler air, up to 2 inches of snow

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 22, 2017, at 7:38 a.m.
Don’t forget your coat Wednesday. “[The air] will feel like mid-winter, not spring.”
The Maine Warden Service seized five small alligators from an Augusta man Tuesday afternoon.

Five small alligators seized in Augusta

By Danielle McLean on March 21, 2017, at 7:08 p.m.
Yifan Sun, 20, was issued a summons by the Maine game wardens for possessing the alligators, a restricted species in Maine, without a permit.
An aerial view of Portage Lake, one of the gateways to the North Maine Woods and the home of a waterbody some feel could be threatened by open pit mining at Bald Mountain.

Dozens fight back over Maine’s proposed mining rules

By Anthony Brino on March 20, 2017, at 7:52 p.m.
More than 40 citizens, plus additional representatives from environmental groups, voiced their opposition to large scale metal mining.
The buds on marijuana plants begin to mature in a legal, commercial growing greenhouse in Monterey County, California, Oct. 6, 2016. Proposition 64, which allows California adults to possess, transport and buy up to an ounce of marijuana, won passage with 56 percent of the vote. (Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Maine considers putting alcohol agency in charge of pot sales

By Steve Mistler, Maine Public on March 17, 2017, at 8:32 p.m.
The bill is supported by legalization advocates, including Alysia Melnick, who helped lead last year’s ballot campaign.
Cumberland County Sheriff Kevin Joyce has proposed a "hail Mary" in which non-violent offenders be issued summonses instead of being arrested in an effort to reduce jail overcrowding.

County sheriff throws ‘hail Mary pass’ to reduce jail overcrowding

By Judy Harrison on March 16, 2017, at 7:32 p.m.
Cumberland County Sheriff Kevin Joyce proposed charging law enforcement agencies $50 a day to house people accused of non-violent misdemeanors.
Sen. Bill Diamond, D-Windham, at the statehouse in Augusta in mid-March.

Maine nears deal on REAL ID rules

By Michael Shepherd on March 16, 2017, at 6:15 p.m.
Some on the Legislature’s Transportation Committee indicated support for a bill that would implement the REAL ID program but allow residents to opt out.

New facility proposed for Maine Veterans’ Homes in Augusta

By Ed Morin & Nora Flaherty, Maine Public on March 14, 2017, at 7:58 p.m.
Maine Veterans Homes wants to build a new, 138 bed nursing facility in Augusta.
Kennebec County deputies responded to a report of a possible home invasion in progress on Lyons Road around 7:11 p.m. Sunday.

Suspect shot during violent home invasion in Sidney

By CBS 13 on March 13, 2017, at 3:15 p.m.
Police say a man was shot in the chest during a violent home invasion Sunday night.
POLL QUESTION
Blaze maintenance man Robert McClure tries to keep on top of the falling snow so there's a clear path to the business in Bangor, Feb. 13, 2017.

Winter storm on track to dump a foot of snow across Maine this week

By Dawn Gagnon on March 12, 2017, at 3:18 p.m.
A snowstorm could drop nearly a foot of snow as it passes over Maine Tuesday and into Wednesday.
A driver displays Uber and Lyft ride sharing signs in his car windscreen in Santa Monica, California, U.S., May 23, 2016.

The battle between two ride-sharing giants comes to Bangor

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 09, 2017, at 11:49 a.m.
A second on-demand transportation company has arrived in town to offer rides to locals who use their cellphones to order and pay.
A thriving marijuana plant is seen at a grow operation in Denver, Colorado.

Marijuana legalization another recruitment barrier for Maine Guard

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 08, 2017, at 5:17 p.m.
Recruiters for the Maine National Guard worry that the legalization of marijuana in Maine will hurt enlistment efforts.
Gov. Paul LePage addresses the chamber during the 2017 State of the State address at the State House in Augusta in early February.

LePage glosses over facts with claims about Medicaid expansion

By Christopher Cousins on March 07, 2017, at 1:07 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage did not mention that only about 15,000 Mainers would not be covered under the enhanced rates, compared to what proponents say would be more than 77,000 who would receive health care coverage under Medicaid expansion.
Donald Trump appears at a campaign event in Lisbon, Maine, Oct. 28, 2016.

More than 100 turn out to support Trump at rally outside the State House

By CBS 13 on March 05, 2017, at 9:03 a.m.
Supporters of President Donald Trump gathered outside the State House on Saturday to show their support for the commander in chief.