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The site of the new tween and teen section is seen during construction of the third floor of the Bangor Public Library Thursday. Lisa Frazell, director of marketing and development, explained that area will have new multimedia rooms, and will be much larger.

Bangor library renovations continue after long winter

By Evan Belanger on May 23, 2015, at 6:38 p.m.
The Bangor Public Library has resumed work on a multimillion dollar construction project to restore the facility and create more room for modern uses. Director Barbara McDade said Friday that the excavation work at the library is for the two-story atrium, which will be built onto the …
A motorcyclist was injured Saturday morning during a ride with the Patriot Riders, who were en route to Baxter State Park.

Patriot Riders members injured in motorcycle crash

By CBS 13 on May 23, 2015, at 2:24 p.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND | A Patriot Riders member was injured after he crashed his motorcycle in South Portland on Saturday. He was on his way to Baxter State Park to take part in the Summit Project. Maine State Police say several motorcycles and a car were too close to each …

State police add patrols over holiday weekend

By Jim Sullivan, The Daily News of Newburyport on May 23, 2015, at 10:48 a.m.
SEABROOK, New Hampshire — New Hampshire and Maine State Police want motorists to know they will be out in full force over the Memorial Day weekend as drivers travel north to mark the unofficial start to summer. “Please buckle up,” New Hampshire State Police Capt. Gary Wood said. “Don’t mix …
U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, on Capitol Hill Jan. 21.

The yeas and nays: How Maine’s congressional representatives voted this week

By Targeted News Service on May 22, 2015, at 4:29 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Here’s a look at how Maine’s members of Congress voted over the previous week. Besides roll call votes, the Senate and House also took action on legislation by voice vote. The House passed the American Super Computing Leadership Act, to improve the Energy Department’s high-end computing research and …
Rep. Peggy Rotundo

Tax reform unlikely this year, says Democrats’ top budget negotiator

By Mario Moretto on May 22, 2015, at 3:45 p.m.
AUGUSTA | With precious little time left before a two-year state spending plan must be passed, the top Democratic budget negotiator said Friday there’s little chance for a comprehensive tax reform package identified by Gov. Paul LePage as his top fiscal priority. “It’s difficult, at this point, to do …
Caroline Tkach, a native Portlander, doesn't know anybody affected by the General Assistance program, but attended the rally in Monument Square to show support for her neighbors.

‘We are Maine’: Hundreds protest LePage welfare cuts at Portland rally

By Francis Flisiuk on May 22, 2015, at 2:02 p.m.
Hundreds of protesters reflecting a range of races and backgrounds took to Congress Street Thursday evening, waving signs that read “We are Maine” and shouting “immigrants are people too,” and “it’s not OK to cut GA.” The rally aimed to show solidarity with Maine’s latest wave of …
Students at the Miles Lane School participate in the Smarter Balanced field test in this April 2014 file photo.

Department of Education warns students who opt out of testing may not graduate

By Nick McCrea on May 22, 2015, at 1:08 p.m.
BANGOR | As debate over standardized testing ramped up in the Legislature, the Maine Department of Education again cautioned parents and school administrators this week about the possible fallout from opting out of statewide assessments. Among the potential repercussions — a school could withhold a student’s diploma. “No one …
Drew Gattine, D-Westbrook

Bill to fight vaccine misinformation clears legislative health panel

By Mario Moretto on May 22, 2015, at 12:42 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A bill designed to ensure parents have reliable, accurate information before deciding not to have their children vaccinated won a green light from lawmakers on the health committee. The bill, LD 471, would require parents to consult with a doctor before claiming an exemption from state vaccine …
Atlantic cod caught as part of a research survey in this Nov. 13, 2014, file photo.

Northeast fishermen call for outside review of fish stock assessments

By Sean Horgan, Gloucester Daily Times on May 22, 2015, at 12:13 p.m.
The battle over the validity of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration fish stock assessments that continually have led to slashed groundfish quotas has reached a higher pitch, with mounting calls for a third-party assessment of the manner NOAA assesses fish stocks. Under questioning by Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-New Hampshire, …
Rep. Ryan Tipping-Spitz

Maine House backs bill targeting offshore tax havens

By Staff Report, Sun Journal on May 22, 2015, at 11:45 a.m.
AUGUSTA | A measure to prevent multinational corporations from evading Maine taxes by hiding profits in offshore tax havens won initial approval in the state’s Democratic-controlled House of Representatives on Thursday on an 81-67, party-line vote. The bill, LD 341, sponsored by Rep. Ryan Tipping-Spitz, D-Orono, requires Maine companies …
Russell Strand

Strand speaks with Guardsmen on combatting sexual violence

on May 22, 2015, at 10:06 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Russell Strand, the Chief of the Behavioral Sciences Education and Training Division at the Military Police School at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, spoke Thursday, May 21, with Maine Guardsmen on strategies to combat sexual violence in the military. Strand presented service members in Augusta and Bangor with …

Unseasonably chilly weather ushers in freeze watches

By Ryan McLaughlin on May 22, 2015, at 7:40 a.m.
GRAY | While Memorial Day weekend unofficially ushers in summer, unseasonably cold temperatures will hover over much of the state to kick off the holiday weekend, according to the National Weather Service. The weather service has posted freeze watches for Oxford, Franklin and Somerset counties effective Friday evening into …

What’s the most distinctive cause of death in Maine?

By Erin Rhoda on May 22, 2015, at 6:53 a.m.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released a map showing the most distinctive causes of death for each state. In Louisiana, the sexually transmitted infection syphilis kills people at rates that make it unique. In Texas, it’s the infectious disease tuberculosis. And Maine? It’s the flu. That’s …
Corey Arsenault enjoys a cigarette during his smoke break Thursday in Bangor.

Health groups fear lawmakers may shift Maine’s anti-smoking stance

By Mario Moretto on May 21, 2015, at 7:19 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Health advocates say that if lawmakers aren’t careful, they could undo decades of successful anti-tobacco policy. Elements of Gov. Paul LePage’s budget and several bills in the Legislature could each push Maine toward a backslide, they said during a news conference Thursday. “For over 25 years, we …
A home for sale sits on the corner of Graham Avenue and Boutelle Road in Bangor in this file photo.

Maine home prices continue to climb as sales volume growth slows

By Darren Fishell on May 21, 2015, at 2:25 p.m.
PORTLAND | The median price of single-family homes in Maine continued to climb in April, up 5.3 percent from one year ago, to $178,000, according to monthly statistics from the Maine Association of Realtors. The rise came as the total volume of home sales continued to increase in April …
Oxford Street Shelter awaits the night's occupants as Portland Democrats and social services leaders said that a recent state audit claiming the city mismanagement of its General Assistance program is part of a “coordinated attack” by Gov. Paul LePage's administration at a press conference on Friday, Feb. 27, outside the Portland shelter.

Maine Senate approves 9-month limit for General Assistance

By Mario Moretto on May 21, 2015, at 1:18 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The Maine Senate on Thursday approved a bill to impose for the first time a cap on the number of months a person can receive aid through the General Assistance program. LD 1035, by Sen. Eric Brakey, R-Auburn, would limit recipients to nine months of assistance in …
David Rockefeller

David Rockefeller Sr. gives 1,000 acres to MDI garden preserve

By Bill Trotter on May 21, 2015, at 12:02 p.m.
MOUNT DESERT | A century after his father donated land on Mount Desert Island to preserve it for public use, David Rockefeller Sr. is following in his footsteps. On Thursday, the international banker and philanthropist announced he is giving away approximately 1,000 acres of land on MDI to the …

Memorial Day weekend expected to bring heavy turnpike traffic

By Ryan McLaughlin on May 21, 2015, at 8:55 a.m.
PORTLAND | With the unofficial start of summer coming this weekend, traffic on the Maine Turnpike is expected to be very heavy. According to a statement from the Maine Turnpike Authority, more than 890,000 vehicles are expected to use the turnpike over the course of Memorial Day weekend, an …

Bangor, Lewiston have lost hundreds of residents since 2010

By Darren Fishell on May 21, 2015, at 6:27 a.m.
PORTLAND | The population of Maine’s second- and third-largest cities, Lewiston and Bangor, continued to decline last year as the populations of the largest cities and towns in more densely populated southern Maine grew. Among the state’s largest communities, those in central and northern Maine posted the steepest relative declines, …
Gov. Paul LePage speaks at the Maine Heritage Policy Center luncheon at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor in this March 4, 2015, file photo.

LePage makes bid to let governor pick attorney general, treasurer

By Mal Leary on May 20, 2015, at 6:23 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Gov. Paul LePage has made good on his pledge to propose fundamental changes in the way the state’s constitutional officers — the attorney general, treasurer and secretary of state — are selected. The governor would expand his own power to select the first two officers and abolish …
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