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School teacher in Strong put on 21-day leave over Ebola fears

By Jackie Farwell on Oct. 17, 2014, at 9:32 a.m.
PHILLIPS | A teacher at Strong Elementary School has been required to take a 21-day leave of absence because parents were concerned the teacher could have been exposed to the Ebola virus during a recent trip to Dallas, according to a report in the Sun Journal. A notice on …
About 2,000 FairPoint Communications workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont went on strike Friday. Union officials say negotiations for a new contract have not progressed since the company declared an impasse in talks Aug. 28.

FairPoint unions declare strike; 2,000 northern New England workers to picket job sites

By Darren Fishell on Oct. 16, 2014, at 8:23 p.m.
PORTLAND | Two unions representing workers at FairPoint Communications have called a strike starting early Friday morning. Leaders of the Northern New England chapters of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and Communications Workers of America announced Thursday that 2,000 employees will begin picketing at job sites in Maine, …
Jim Rier is commissioner of the Maine Department of Education.

Education commissioner tours Bangor schools to see how ‘model’ district is tackling proficiency requirements

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 16, 2014, at 6:30 p.m.
Schools have been figuring out how to implement a sweeping change in the way students are expected to learn and prove their readiness for the world after high school, and the state is looking to highlight examples of who’s “doing it right” as a guide. Department of …
Leslie Dubois' residence at 588 Main St. in Lewiston located in House District 60, which Dubois is running to represent as a Republican in the Maine Legislature. Lewiston Democrats' contend that Dubois' actual residence is at 686 College St., 1.5 miles away and outside the House district she aims to represent

Lewiston Democrats say GOP candidate does not live in House district she aims to represent

By Scott Thistle on Oct. 16, 2014, at 5:23 p.m.
A Lewiston city councilor who is also running for the Legislature says she’s always lived at 588 Main St. and concerns that she really lives at 686 College St. — which is outside her ward — are unfounded. The Main Street address is in Ward 1, the …
Sen. Angus King

After Middle East trip, King assesses ISIS threat as ‘14th century ethics and 21st century weapons’

By Christopher Cousins on Oct. 16, 2014, at 4:20 p.m.
PORTLAND | It’s hard to understand the difficulties of living in a country such as Afghanistan or Pakistan, but as U.S. Sen. Angus King has just learned, it’s even harder to understand the triumphs. King, Maine’s independent U.S. senator, returned from a nine-day trip to South Asia and the …
Gov. Paul LePage shares a laugh with independent Eliot Cutler (left) and Democrat Mike Michaud (right) as Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kimberly Lindlof speaks at a gubernatorial candidate forum at Thomas College in Waterville on Oct. 9.

Health care, property tax reform, education top gubernatorial contenders’ lists of No. 1 priorities

By Mario Moretto on Oct. 16, 2014, at 4:10 p.m.
A newly elected governor will get at least one chance to make a bold statement of intent with his first legislative proposal in office, his “LD 1.” That first initiative may not be the most remembered initiative or even the most impactful of a governor’s four-year term, given unforeseen incidents …
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage says Maine is prepared to respond to Ebola, infectious disease outbreak

By Jackie Farwell on Oct. 16, 2014, at 4:03 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine – Gov. Paul LePage said in a statement Thursday that Maine is prepared to respond to an outbreak of infectious diseases, including Ebola. The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the state’s public health agency, has stepped up monitoring in light of three cases of Ebola in …
Lindsay Gifford-Skilling (from left), J.C. Gifford and Samantha Gifford are the dream team at Gifford's Famous Ice Cream, named 2014 Maine Retailer of the Year.

Gifford’s Famous Ice Cream named Maine Retailer of the Year

By Kathleen Pierce on Oct. 16, 2014, at 3:17 p.m.
Things keep getting sweeter for Gifford’s Famous Ice Cream. Skowhegan-based Gifford’s was named Maine Retailer of the Year for 2014, just weeks after the fifth-generation family creamery took top honors at the World Dairy Expo Championship. The Retailer of the Year award, granted by the Retail Association of Maine, was …

Flash flood watches issued by weather service

By Ryan McLaughlin on Oct. 16, 2014, at 1:38 p.m.
GRAY | With heavy rain expected throughout the state Thursday night, the National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for much of Maine. The watches take effect at 6 p.m. Thursday and were expected to last late into Thursday night and possibly into Friday morning. Oxford, Franklin, …

TD Bank settles backup tape data breach case with 9 states

By Darren Fishell on Oct. 16, 2014, at 1:09 p.m.
PORTLAND | TD Bank has agreed to pay Maine $130,015 as part of a settlement with nine states over a data breach in 2012 that stemmed from an employee losing a set of unencrypted backup tapes with customer data. Attorney General Janet Mills on Thursday announced Maine’s portion of …
Ryan Low, vice president for administration and finance at the University of Maine.

University of Maine to cut $7 million from budget

By Nell Gluckman on Oct. 16, 2014, at 10:21 a.m.
ORONO | University of Maine departments must identify $7 million in budget cuts, although top campus administrators are pledging to tighten belts without eliminating academic programs. The announcement of the cuts to the Orono campus’s $242.2 million budget was made at a faculty and staff assembly Thursday morning and …

Maine gubernatorial candidates square off for the third time

By Troy R. Bennett on Oct. 15, 2014, at 10:05 p.m.
Independent Eliot Cutler, incumbent Republican Gov. Paul LePage and Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud negotiate the “lightning round” at a televised gubernatorial debate in Augusta on Wednesday night.
 Incumbent Republican Gov. Paul LePage (left) speaks with Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud before the start of a televised debate in Augusta on Wednesday night.

Maine gubernatorial candidates on the offensive in first televised debate

By Mario Moretto on Oct. 15, 2014, at 9:29 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The three candidates for governor got their chance to go on the offensive Wednesday evening during a freewheeling debate in Augusta. Wednesday’s debate, televised by WCSH-TV, was the first of the five gubernatorial debates to allow the candidates to directly interact with each other. Given the opportunity, …
Travis Mills kisses his 7-month-old daughter, Chloe, at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on May 22, 2012 in Bethesda, Maryland.

‘Your pal, Gary Sinise’: Veteran, quadruple amputee gets smart home

By CBS 13 on Oct. 15, 2014, at 8:10 p.m.
If you’ve ever met retired Army Sgt. Travis Mills, you know just what an inspiration he is to so many people and so many wounded veterans. Mills lost his arms and legs when an improvised explosive device detonated in Afghanistan. Because of it, the retired sergeant has faced challenge every …
Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King

Collins, King announce more than $35 million in funding for heating low-income Mainers’ homes

By Dawn Gagnon on Oct. 15, 2014, at 7:19 p.m.
BANGOR | U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King announced Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released an initial $3.05 billion in Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, funds for the first quarter of fiscal year 2015 — $35,328,047 of which will …
The Rev. Joel Cyr

Priest for Millinocket area parish to retire Dec. 1 after more than 40 years in ministry

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 15, 2014, at 5:41 p.m.
EAST MILLINOCKET | The Rev. Joel Cyr, 69, pastor of Christ the Divine Mercy Parish and St. Benedicta Parish, will retire from active ministry on Dec. 1, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland announced Wednesday. The Rev. Bruce M. Siket, 60, a parochial vicar at the parishes in Hancock …
Gov. Paul LePage shares a laugh with independent Eliot Cutler (left) and Democrat Mike Michaud (right) as Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kimberly Lindlof speaks at a gubernatorial candidate forum at Thomas College in Waterville in this October 2014 file photo. The three candidates for Maine governor will meet for their first live televised debate on Wednesday in Augusta.

Maine’s candidates for governor to meet for first televised debate Wednesday in Augusta

By Mario Moretto on Oct. 15, 2014, at 4:56 p.m.
The three contenders for governor will meet Wednesday evening at the Augusta Civic Center for the first of three televised debates. The debate takes place at 7 p.m., during the Maine State Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards dinner. It will be broadcast live, statewide on WCSH Channel …
Prominent Waldoboro defense attorney Philip S. Cohen in Superior Court in Augusta on Aug. 26.

Maine attorney to serve 28 days in jail for violating plea agreement in domestic assault case

By Beth Brogan on Oct. 15, 2014, at 4:53 p.m.
PORTLAND | A prominent Waldoboro defense attorney will serve 28 days in the Lincoln County Jail after violating terms of a deferred disposition granted for a 2013 domestic violence charge. Philip Cohen, 45, of Waldoboro was sentenced Wednesday to two concurrent 30-day terms on misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct …
Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Commissioner Chandler E. Woodcock speaks during a press conference in September 2013.

DIF&W commissioner defends bear baiting, opposes ban during seminar

By Stuart Hedstrom, Piscataquis Observer on Oct. 15, 2014, at 3:46 p.m.
DOVER-FOXCROFT | Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Commissioner Chandler Woodcock told listeners at a recent seminar that bear baiting is necessary for effective bear population management. The informational seminar on Oct. 4 was sponsored by the Piscataquis County Republican Committee and was held at the Morton Avenue …
The Nova Star returns to Portland in this September 2014 file photo.

Nova Scotia commits another $5 million to Nova Star ferry service as LePage promises aid bill

By Darren Fishell on Oct. 15, 2014, at 2:45 p.m.
PORTLAND | The province of Nova Scotia has agreed to give operators of the Nova Star ferry service another $5 million (Canadian dollars). Meanwhile, Gov. Paul LePage will introduce legislation to provide the company a $5 million line of credit. Adrienne Bennett, spokeswoman for LePage, confirmed those plans in …
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