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Gov. Paul LePage

LePage proposes eliminating funding for Civil Rights Team Project

By Beth Brogan on May 27, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Maine Attorney General Janet T. Mills on Friday decried Gov. Paul LePage’s proposal to eliminate funding through the attorney general’s office for a project that supports civil rights teams in Maine schools.
Alec Bollinger (left) and Nicole Twohig, both with Quahog Bay Conservancy, clean American oysters after pulling them up from a limited purpose aquaculture (LPA) site off Snow Island last week.  A number of oyster farms have started up in Casco Bay in recent years. Adult oysters, which are beneficial to the ecosystem, filter about 50 gallons of water per day, removing nitrogen and excess nutrients that wash into the bay with pollutants. Since the establishment of the Quahog Bay Conservancy in 2014, about 70,000 Snow Island oysters have been sold across the country.

With clams under siege, Maine’s Casco Bay is seeing an oyster boom

By Beth Brogan on May 27, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Oysters offer a number of advantages — in particular their ability to replenish the ecosystem instead of depleting it.
Governor Paul LePage

LePage commutes 17 prisoner sentences

By Jake Bleiberg on May 26, 2017, at 5:11 p.m.
On Friday afternoon, LePage commuted the sentences of 17 prisoners who the Department of Corrections deemed to be “lower-risk offenders,” according to a statement from the governor’s office.
A Rockland man is the first Mainer to be charged with possessing and distributing a synthetic drug that acts like an opiate and contributed to the death of Prince, according to a court document.

First Mainer charged with possessing deadly synthetic opioid

By Judy Harrison on May 26, 2017, at 12:14 p.m.
A Rockland man is the first Mainer to be charged with possessing and distributing a synthetic drug that acts like an opiate and contributed to the death of Prince, according to a court document.
Rep. Ralph Chapman of Brookville

Two House Democrats unenroll, eliminating party’s outright majority

By Darren Fishell on May 26, 2017, at 12:04 p.m.
Two Democratic House representatives have unenrolled from the Democratic Party.

Plans moving along for $16.1 million National Guard center in Presque Isle

on May 26, 2017, at 10:02 a.m.
The readiness center will be home to the Maine Army National Guard’s 185th Engineer Support Company, and it will replace an older building with significant repair needs currently used in Caribou.
FRANCO-AMERICAN NEWS AND CULTURE

Franco-American veterans honored in Lewiston

on May 26, 2017, at 9:15 a.m.
Students at Thomas College's 2017 graduation ceremony.

These programs help Maine college students graduate faster, with less debt

By Robbie Feinberg, Maine Public on May 26, 2017, at 8:59 a.m.
At least 20 private colleges have launched accelerated programs within the past decade, partly as a way to make the price of private college more appealing.
Paul and Meredith Blakesley, their sons, William and Oliver, and Meredith’s father, Jim Grimes, stand in front of The Lakeside Barn, a new event venue at Duck Puddle Campground in Nobleboro. The Blakesleys and Jim and Mary Grimes own the campground.

100-year-old midcoast barn transforms into glamorous event venue

By Maia Zewert, Lincoln County News on May 26, 2017, at 8:36 a.m.
The owners of Duck Puddle Campground recently completed renovations to a 100-year-old red barn on the property to create The Lakeside Barn, a venue for weddings, anniversary parties, birthdays and other gatherings.

One person dead, two injured in South Thomaston crash

By Alex Acquisto on May 26, 2017, at 8:12 a.m.
Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash.
Melvin follows Norman Palmer after demonstrating some of the commands Palmer taught him as part of Two Bridges Regional Jail’s new dog obedience program.

First canines graduate from midcoast jail’s dog obedience program

By Anita Adams on May 26, 2017, at 6:10 a.m.
The socialization has been great not only for the dogs but also for inmates and staff, Bailey said. Inmates in the pod behave differently because of the program. The pod is calmer than others, and inmates follow the rules because they don’t want the program to go away.
Maine Attorney General Janet Mills.

Mills asks court to dismiss LePage’s lawsuit against her

By Christopher Cousins on May 25, 2017, at 4:33 p.m.
Mills’ motion to have the case dismissed represents a predictable step forward in virtually any civil lawsuit.
Jesse Marquis

State supreme court upholds St. Francis man’s murder conviction

By Jen Lynds on May 25, 2017, at 4:20 p.m.
The state’s highest court has upheld the murder conviction of a St. Francis man who killed his former girlfriend in her home three years ago.
Stacey Fitts manages the Bingham Wind Plantation and other assets held by Novatus, a J.P. Morgan affiliate.

Billions in investment needed to jumpstart Maine wind farm development

By Fred Bever, Maine Public on May 25, 2017, at 1:32 p.m.
Industry players in Maine plan to bid, and they are looking to cut costs by integrating clusters of wind and transmission projects and, they hope, become competitive again for southern New England’s renewable energy customers.
Downeast Correctional Facility in Machiasport

LePage expected to keep Down East prison open after recommending closure

By Michael Shepherd on May 25, 2017, at 12:57 p.m.
In a sharp reversal of a plan announced last week, Gov. Paul LePage reportedly plans to ask the Legislature to fund the Machiasport prison that his administration intended to close.

Wardens search for man who went missing while fishing in Porter

By CBS 13 on May 25, 2017, at 12:28 p.m.
Wardens said the man’s family reported him missing Thursday morning.

Why some Maine Democrats would shut down state government

By Christopher Cousins on May 25, 2017, at 10:20 a.m.
‘Tis the season for government shutdown threats.

Gorham man, 25, faces charge of attempt to commit murder

By CBS 13 on May 25, 2017, at 8:18 a.m.
A man accused of firing a gun at police and then fleeing into the woods is behind bars.
A pedestrian was hit by a tractor-trailer in Lewiston early Thursday morning.

Police: Tractor-trailer runs over sleeping man in Lewiston

By CBS 13 on May 25, 2017, at 6:55 a.m.
A pedestrian was hit by a tractor-trailer in Lewiston early Thursday morning.
Sen. Joyce Maker, R-Machias

Maine Senate votes to fund Machiasport prison, setting up showdown with LePage

By Michael Shepherd on May 24, 2017, at 3:35 p.m.
Sen. Joyce Maker, R-Calais, said the prison’s closure would “destroy our county” and spike unemployment in the Machias areas.