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Gov. Paul LePage made the case for his proposed budget and other policy goals of his second term to an audience of about 750 at the Maine Real Estate and Developers Association annual forecasting conference at the Holiday Inn By the Bay Thursday morning.

LePage urges Maine real estate group to support his tax, welfare and government reforms

By Darren Fishell on Jan. 23, 2015, at 12:12 p.m.
PORTLAND | Gov. Paul LePage took twice his allotted 15 minutes Thursday to make a case for his proposed budget and for shrinking and consolidating local government in a speech to about 750 real estate and local planning officials. In what could have been a preview for LePage’s Feb. …
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Gov. Paul LePage

LePage sheds light on plan to strip Legislature of power to elect attorney general, treasurer

By Mario Moretto on Jan. 23, 2015, at 11:29 a.m.
AUGUSTA | Gov. Paul LePage will propose a constitutional amendment to take the power to appoint the attorney general and state treasurer away from the Legislature and give that authority to either the governor or voters. LePage said Friday he would submit his proposal to the Legislature sometime after …

Live chat: Should Maine tax its nonprofits?

By Scott Thistle on Jan. 23, 2015, at 11:25 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine – A tax reform plan by Gov. Paul LePage as part of his 2016-2017 two-year budget proposal is drawing plenty of attention. Among other things the plan would allow cities and towns to apply a property tax to nonprofit organizations that hold more than $500,000 in property.  The …
People cross West Market Square on a snowy December evening in Bangor.

Coastal storm could produce up to 10 inches of snow

By Ryan McLaughlin on Jan. 23, 2015, at 8:51 a.m.
GRAY | With a winter storm trucking its way up the East Coast, the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for much of the state. The storm is expected to bring heavy snow to southeastern New Hampshire and coastal Maine Saturday afternoon into Saturday night, according …

Census: Deaths outpaced births in Maine in 2014, but people moving to state upped population

By Darren Fishell on Jan. 23, 2015, at 8:27 a.m.
PORTLAND | Early U.S. Census Bureau estimates show that 2014 was another year in which more people died than were born in Maine, but migration from other states was positive for the first year since 2011, resulting in a net population increase. Maine’s population bucked recent declines in 2014, …
Eric Brakey

Get out of jail free? Auburn senator says low-profile suspects should pay no bail

By Scott Thistle on Jan. 23, 2015, at 6:15 a.m.
AUGUSTA | Eliminating cash bail would dramatically reduce the number of inmates in Maine jails and dramatically lower taxpayer costs, according to state Sen. Eric Brakey, R-Auburn. Brakey said Thursday he intends to introduce legislation that would do away with bail in Maine and replace it with a system …
Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap

LePage to propose adding lieutenant governor, dropping secretary of state

By Blake Davis, Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting on Jan. 22, 2015, at 7:02 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Gov. Paul LePage wants to get rid of the secretary of state position and replace it with a lieutenant governor. The duties of the secretary of state, from running elections to licensing drivers, would come under the lieutenant governor, who also would be first in the line …
Bruce Poliquin

Poliquin’s vote for anti-abortion measure prompts disagreement over Maine values

By Christopher Cousins on Jan. 22, 2015, at 5:51 p.m.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin solidified his position as the only anti-abortion member of Maine’s congressional delegation Thursday when he cast his first vote against abortion on the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. Thursday’s vote on the No …
Police are searching for this vehicle and Harold "Butch" Knight in connection with a Michigan homicide. Knight has ties to Turner and could be headed toward Maine.

Police ‘confident’ that suspect in Michigan homicide has been spotted in Maine

By Dawn Gagnon on Jan. 22, 2015, at 5:47 p.m.
BANGOR | A man suspected in the suspicious death of a Michigan woman may have been spotted in Maine, according to police. Harold “Butch” Knight, 66, is the husband of the victim, Sara Lee Knight, 48, according to Capt. Frank Baker of the Allegan County Sheriff’s Office in Michigan. …
Juan Rivera

New York man sentenced to 9 years for selling heroin, crack from Bangor motel

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 22, 2015, at 5:28 p.m.
A New York City man was sentenced Thursday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to nine years in prison for drug trafficking. Juan Rivera, 40, was sentenced after pleading guilty to aggravated trafficking in schedule W drugs, a Class A crime, according to Assistant Attorney General Patrick Larson, …
Harold Knight

Police: Michigan murder suspect spotted in Maine

By CBS 13 on Jan. 22, 2015, at 4:25 p.m.
Police are searching for a man with ties to Maine who is accused of murdering his wife in Michigan. According to the Allegan County Sheriff’s Office in Michigan, law enforcement officials in Maine say they have received several reported sightings of Harold Knight being in the state. Knight is accused …
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Online modeling predicts how — or if — Maine’s population will grow by 2030

on Jan. 22, 2015, at 3:45 p.m.
In case you missed it, the Urban Institute has an interesting interactive map of the United States tracking where the nearly 50 million more Americans will make their homes by 2030. For context, using available birth rate, death rate and average migration data, Urban Institute projects the country’s population to …
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Find out what you love most about your Maine culture

on Jan. 22, 2015, at 1:46 p.m.
We asked you to share what Maine means to you, and you did. Here are 50 digital postcards that capture your sense of place and Maine pride.

Internet company to make Camden new headquarters, partner with UMaine to provide high-speed wireless throughout state

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 22, 2015, at 1:22 p.m.
Redzone Wireless LLC will make a former mill as its new headquarters, bringing nearly 24 jobs to Camden. The Internet company also has entered into an exclusive 30-year contract with the University of Maine System to use the Educational Broadband Service spectrum granted to Maine’s universities by …
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Speaking to reporters after his speech at the Maine Real Estate and Development Association on Thursday, Gov. Paul LePage stated his low opinion of the New England Patriots football team.

LePage on ‘Deflategate’: Patriots have history of being ‘less than ethical’

By Seth Koenig and Troy R. Bennett on Jan. 22, 2015, at 12:21 p.m.
PORTLAND | Speaking to reporters after his speech at the Maine Real Estate and Development Association on Thursday, Gov. Paul LePage stated his low opinion of the Super Bowl-bound New England Patriots football team. The National Football League determined this week that 11 out of the Patriots’ 12 game …

Gov. LePage says New England Patriots ‘unethical’

By Troy R. Bennett on Jan. 22, 2015, at 12:20 p.m.
Speaking to reporters after his speech at the Maine Real Estate and Development Association on Wednesday, Gov. Paul LePage stated his low opinion of the Super Bowl-bound New England Patriots football team.
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Maine Central Institute is seen Tuesday in Pittsfield.

There’s no answer sheet for questions about how LePage’s tax reform plan would affect Maine schools

By Christopher Cousins on Jan. 22, 2015, at 10:55 a.m.
AUGUSTA | Will Maine’s nine town academies, private schools where at least 60 percent of students are local and publicly funded, be subject to Gov. Paul LePage’s proposal to allow towns and cities to tax large nonprofit organizations? And if they are, does it make sense for a town …
Light snow falls in Bangor on Jan. 9.

National Weather Service: Saturday winter storm possible

By Ryan McLaughlin on Jan. 22, 2015, at 10:38 a.m.
CARIBOU | A winter storm tracking up the eastern seaboard could bring significant snowfall to Maine this weekend. According to the National Weather Service’s Caribou forecast center, Washington and Hancock counties are expected to get the bulk of the snowfall, with the storm’s track expected to be just to …
The National World War II Memorial in Washington D.C.

Find out what you love most about your Maine culture

on Jan. 22, 2015, at 10:08 a.m.
We asked you to share what Maine means to you, and you did. Here are 50 digital postcards that capture your sense of place and Maine pride.
#MAINE (blog)

We are Bangor, we are not Bang-er: video tunefully corrects mispronunciation

on Jan. 22, 2015, at 9:33 a.m.
At last night’s annual Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce awards, held at 7 p.m. at the Cross Insurance Center on Wednesday night, Bangor marketing firm Sutherland & Weston put together a series of funny videos about awardees — and one hilarious opening video to kick off the ceremony, as they …
 
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