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Irene MacDougall (left) hands a ballot to a voter as Laurie Gifford sits next to her on Thursday at Lewiston City Hall. MacDougall said accusations that the election is rigged are "ridiculous."

Maine ballot keepers: Election not rigged

By Bonnie Washuk on Oct. 21, 2016, at 6:22 a.m.
All ballots will be counted, accurately and properly, election worker Irene MacDougall said.
Jonathan Fulford

Ethics panel nixes investigation sought by Maine GOP

By Christopher Cousins on Oct. 20, 2016, at 3:33 p.m.
The Maine Ethics Commission voted Thursday not to pursue an investigation into a California-based organization that has pledged $50,000 in support of a Democratic candidate for the Maine Senate.
Matt Lauzon

House District 12 candidate’s eligibility questioned

By Alan Bennett, Journal Tribune on Oct. 20, 2016, at 3:05 p.m.
Mary Bonauto, the Portland attorney who successfully argued for marriage equality before the United States Supreme Court, receives the Maine History Maker Award from the Maine History Maker Award.

Maine lawyer honored as history maker for role in marriage equality fight

By Jake Bleiberg on Oct. 20, 2016, at 1:52 p.m.
“We’re still not done,” the Portland attorney told the roughly 100 people there to honor her.

State’s last charter school slot to remain vacant as applicant withdraws

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 20, 2016, at 12:53 p.m.
“We have decided to stay focused on the work we know and the work we do well as a private school,” Wayfinder’s CEO said.
Dead fish below the Brunswick dam from Oct. 15 and 16, 2016.

Dam operator accused of killing thousands of fish in Maine

By Susan Sharon, Maine Public on Oct. 20, 2016, at 8:26 a.m.
Conservation groups are raising red flags about what they say are two significant fish kills in Ellsworth and Brunswick over the past week.
Matthew Silva (center) and Josh Silva (right) watch the last presidential debate at Kosta's Restaurant & Bar in Brewer on Wednesday.

With final presidential debate over, Mainers still not happy about their options

Bangor Daily News on Oct. 19, 2016, at 11:17 p.m.
“We’re a great country. We have great people who could run,” Ken Capron of Portland said. “Where are they?”
Incumbent Bruce Poliquin makes a point while answering a question from a local resident in the 2016 Congressional debate between himself and Challenger Emily Cain held at WAGM Television Station in Presque Isle.

In second debate, Poliquin-Cain turn critical in The County

By Anthony Brino on Oct. 19, 2016, at 9:43 p.m.
Concerns about a stagnant job market and rising taxes in Aroostook County took center stage in the second debate between incumbent 2nd District U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin and challenger Emily Cain.

DHHS proposed rule changes met with outcry by affected families

By Patty Wight, Maine Public on Oct. 19, 2016, at 7:59 p.m.
Families of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are urging Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services to abandon a proposed rule change that they say would impinge on services for their loved ones.
Health Access Network, which employs about 120 people and serves the greater Lincoln Lakes region, can be seen Wednesday in Lincoln.

Lincoln health center warning patients of data breach, fired worker

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Oct. 19, 2016, at 3:12 p.m.
Health Access Network is warning “a very small number” of its 17,000 patients to beware of identity theft after firing a new employee for improperly accessing patient clinical info.
Loring Development Authority President Carl Flora President Carl Flora (right) said during a Wednesday board meeting in Limestone that reports from a meeting between Gov. Paul LePage’s delegation and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority had a positive outcome.

Loring president optimistic about Maine Military Authority contract

By Christopher Bouchard, Aroostook Republican & News on Oct. 19, 2016, at 2:47 p.m.
Maine Military Authority employees may be able to continue their transit bus repair work with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, according to Carl Flora.

Intern Investigates: Owl Attacks in Bangor City Forest

on Oct. 19, 2016, at 1:27 p.m.

A year after suspension, Freeport physician again sanctioned by state

By Beth Brogan on Oct. 19, 2016, at 12:20 p.m.
A Freeport cardiologist disciplined in 2015 for having a sexual relationship with a patient has again been sanctioned by the Maine Board of Licensure of Medicine and Office of the Attorney General for filing inaccurate and incomplete applications to renew his medical license and for reappointment to the staff at Mercy Hospital in Portland.
Democratic state Sen. Emily Cain (left) listens as Republican former State Treasurer Bruce Poliquin makes a comment about her during the 2nd Congressional District debate in 2014.

Answers are hard to come by at first Poliquin-Cain debate

By Michael Shepherd on Oct. 18, 2016, at 10 p.m.
Monday’s debate between U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin, a Republican, and Democrat Emily Cain had plenty of unanswered questions and deflections.

Democrats off to fast start with absentee voting

By Mal Leary on Oct. 18, 2016, at 7:56 p.m.
Requests for absentee ballots are on pace to top the number in the presidential contest of four years ago and according to reports, more Democrats are requesting them than Republicans.
Jeff Walls of Stockton Springs and Tammy Harrison of Hudson hold up signs urging Maine voters to vote no of Question 1 on the Nov. 8 election ballot. While not opposed to legalizing marijuana for recreational use, they said that the proposed legislation would lead to onerous compliance requirements that could force small farmers out of business and adversely affect access to medicine for medical marijuana patients.

Grassroots group raising questions about recreational marijuana ballot question

By Dawn Gagnon on Oct. 18, 2016, at 7:01 p.m.
“This particular bill that was written specifically for some investors to get government contracts.”
Ed Pert of Georgetown died Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, at age 83.

‘People in politics today could learn a lot from Ed Pert’

By Christopher Cousins on Oct. 18, 2016, at 6:22 p.m.
“He was able to bring a balance to it, maintaining the integrity and decorum of the chamber.”
Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew is pictured in a 2015 file photo.

Auditor finds DHHS misspent $13M in welfare funds

By Matthew Stone on Oct. 18, 2016, at 5:40 p.m.
The department “took an overly aggressive approach” that signals “troublesome” practices when it comes to managing federal grant awards.

Police in Maine fear ‘elephant tranquilizer’ overdose will be first of many

By Alan Bennett, Journal Tribune on Oct. 18, 2016, at 1:29 p.m.
A street drug 10,000 times stronger than morphine has found its way to York County.
Sections of smashed glass and graffiti hint at the damage done inside the former Crow's Nest restaurant during a spate of vandalism this past summer. Five juveniles face class C felony charges in connection with the vandalism.

5 teens face felony charges for $200,000 in vandalism at vacant restaurant

By Anthony Brino on Oct. 18, 2016, at 12:56 p.m.
Five teenagers are facing felony charges for allegedly vandalizing the long-vacant Crow’s Nest restaurant building on Maysville Road during the summer.