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Christopher Saenz

Trial of Ellsworth man in wife’s Christmas Day beating death

on May 18, 2015, at 10:14 a.m.
The USS Zumwalt at Bath Iron Works.

Steering a shipyard: Bath Iron Works president, union at odds

By Beth Brogan on May 18, 2015, at 5:34 a.m.
Bath shipbuilders will take to the streets Thursday for a “solidarity” rally as Bath Iron Works navigates its way through the company’s largest labor unrest in decades. The action follows a March 24 event where nearly 1,000 members of the International Association of Machinists Union Local marched …
Eliot Cutler (left) and University of Maine System Chancellor James Page meet in April.

Eliot Cutler touts graduate center progress, UMA eyes name change

By Nick McCrea on May 17, 2015, at 7:52 p.m.
BANGOR | The former gubernatorial candidate leading the University of Maine System’s push to start a joint graduate business and law center told the system’s board on Sunday that he’s already sitting down with deans and faculty to figure out what programs the center might offer. “This is an …
Lucas St. Clair

East Millinocket delays national park vote; Medway’s vote proceeding

By Nick Sambides Jr. on May 17, 2015, at 1:23 p.m.
Votes on the proposed north woods national park and the annual town meeting at which the selectmen and school board hope to pass budgets have been delayed by uncertainty about state funding. The school board requested the change recently because state education funds are critical to …

Does Maine or Massachusetts make a better lobster roll?

on May 17, 2015, at 11:53 a.m.
I know, how dare we even ask. USA Today threw down the gauntlet recently when it questioned which state does the lobster roll best. “The overwhelming majority of American lobsters are caught in the cold waters off the coasts of Maine and Massachusetts. The two states are the undisputed homes …
On Saturday morning, the New Hampshire Marine Mammal Rescue team removed a female gray seal from Hampton Beach.

Sick seal rescued from Hampton Beach

By CBS 13 on May 17, 2015, at 11:15 a.m.
HAMPTON, New Hampshire — On Saturday morning, the New Hampshire Marine Mammal Rescue team removed a female gray seal from Hampton Beach. The team says after getting several phone calls about her they learned that she has been on the beach since Friday morning. New Hampshire Marine Mammal Rescue says …

How will Maine women succeed as business owners?

By Sarah Guerette on May 17, 2015, at 7:50 a.m.
But despite the growth, energy and community being created in recent years, women-owned businesses employ only 6 percent of the country’s workforce.
Lawmakers applaud during the 2015 State of the State address in the House of Representatives chamber at the State House in Augusta in this Feb. 3, 2015, file photo.

Numbers show Maine Legislature has a lot of work to do, not much time

By Christopher Cousins on May 17, 2015, at 5:42 a.m.
AUGUSTA | Sunday marks one month until the Legislature’s theoretical adjournment date. This is the time of year when the Legislature begins its scramble to finish its work for the 2015 session. Here are some numbers from the Legislature’s Office of Policy and Legal Analysis, accurate as of Friday …

NH man gets nearly 20 years in prison for drug trafficking

By Beth Brogan on May 16, 2015, at 3:15 p.m.
PORTLAND | A New Hampshire man was sentenced Friday to serve nearly 20 years in prison for trafficking heroin and cocaine in Maine and New Hampshire. Andre Hunter, 48, of Rochester, New Hampshire, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Portland to 235 months in prison, followed by three …

In this 1950s video promoting Maine tourism, we enjoy “sports and outdoor cookery”

on May 16, 2015, at 11:48 a.m.
Promotional videos have come quite a way since the 1950s. This one presented by the Maine Department of Agriculture shows just how much fun you can have barbecuing Maine broiler chickens.
Rachel White (left) shares a moment with her son, Connor, 12, on May 6 at their home in Bangor. Connor, who has autism, will travel to Panama to take part in an experimental stem cell therapy to treat his autism. Ashley L. Conti | BDN

Bangor boy to take part in experimental stem cell therapy to treat his autism

By Julia Bayly on May 16, 2015, at 6:10 a.m.
Among all places a mom and 12-year-old son might hang out, Bangor International Airport is perhaps the least likely. For Connor and Rachel White, though, the airport has become a regular stop as they prepare for a trip of a lifetime. On June 7, the Whites will …
Canna Care Docs of Bangor, which opened its doors in April at 96   Harlow St., can be seen on Friday.

Walk-in medical marijuana certification clinics now operating in Maine

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 15, 2015, at 6:51 p.m.
BANGOR | A health care company that operates walk-in clinics in five states that specialize in qualifying people to use medical marijuana recently expanded into Maine, with locations in Bangor, Augusta, Biddeford, and a fourth planned for Auburn. “There is such a need in the state. There are very …
Republican legislative leaders discuss their reaction to a Democratic tax reform proposal during a press conference on April 9 at the State House in Augusta. From left are Assistant House Minority Leader Ellie Espling, R-New Gloucester; House Minority Ken Fredette, R-Newport; Senate President Mike Thibodeau, R-Winterport; Senate Majority Leader Garrett Mason, R-Lisbon; and Assistant Senate Majority Leader Andre Cushing, R-Hampden.

Maine Republican legislators share details of their tax reform plan

By Scott Thistle on May 15, 2015, at 5:29 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Republican leaders in the Maine Legislature on Friday made official their proposal for the state’s next two-year budget. It includes an income tax cut they say would save Mainers $380 million. Parts of the proposal, first leaked Thursday, show a plan that diverges significantly from what Gov. …
The former Brunswick Naval Air Station

Defense bill clears US House with benefit for Brunswick base redevelopment

By Darren Fishell on May 15, 2015, at 5:01 p.m.
PORTLAND | The U.S. House of Representatives passed a policy-setting defense bill with an amendment that would benefit employers at the redeveloped Navy air base in Brunswick called Brunswick Landing. Members of Maine’s congressional delegation hailed inclusion of the amendment, which would expand the reach of a federal program …
Powdered heroin is pictured in this undated handout photo courtesy of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration.

2014 deadliest on record for Mainers abusing drugs

By Jackie Farwell on May 15, 2015, at 4:38 p.m.
AUGUSTA | More Maine residents fatally overdosed on drugs in 2014 than in any previous year on record, driven by a “shocking increase” in heroin deaths, according to an analysis released Friday by the state attorney general’s office. Last year, 208 people in Maine died from drug overdoses, jumping …

Emera shakes up leadership to pursue ‘smart grid’ development

By Darren Fishell on May 15, 2015, at 4:20 p.m.
Emera Maine has shaken up its top leadership, giving former president and chief operating officer Gary Chasse a new role in charge of developing “smart grid” technology for the utility. Alan Richardson, the company’s former vice president of transmission, took over Chasse’s previous role as president and chief operating officer …
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 15, 2015, at 4:15 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Here’s a look at how area members of Congress voted over the previous week. Editor’s Note: Besides roll call votes, the Senate and House also took action on legislation by voice vote. The Senate passed the Don’t Tax Our Fallen Public Safety Heroes Act to exempt from federal …
About 2,000 FairPoint Communications workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont went on strike starting in September 2014.

Maine workers hit hardest in FairPoint layoffs

By Darren Fishell on May 15, 2015, at 4:06 p.m.
PORTLAND | FairPoint Communications plans to lay off 79 Maine line workers and technicians, the highest state total amid 260 layoffs across 17 states. About 85 percent of the layoffs are in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, but the exact totals could still be a subject for negotiation. FairPoint …
Maine State Police Trooper David Yankowsky (right) and a resident walk toward the home where David Grant, 61, was found dead Tuesday night on Packard Road in Parkman.

Investigators remain tight-lipped on Parkman man’s death

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 15, 2015, at 3:48 p.m.
Three days after the body of local resident David Grant was found at his Packard Road home, police investigators were releasing no details on what led to his death. “I’m not expecting any new [information] today,” Stephen McCausland, Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman, wrote in an …
Republican Sen. Roger Katz of Augusta listens to testimony in a committee in this Dec. 9, 2014, file photo.

‘We don’t have to die like that’: Bill would allow Mainers to take lethal drugs

By Christopher Cousins on May 15, 2015, at 3:44 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Five years ago, Sarah Witte of Yarmouth faced every parent’s worst nightmare: watching her son die. Andrew Marshall was 27 years old at the time of his death from a rare form of brain cancer. “He was terrified of the end,” Witte said. “I promised him I …
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