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Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler talks with businesspeople at a Katahdin Area Chamber of Commerce meeting in Millinocket on Thursday.

Cutler tells Katahdin-region business group not to rule out a national park, criticizes Cate Street

By Nick Sambides Jr. on April 24, 2014, at 5:26 p.m.
MILLINOCKET, Maine — Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler promised Thursday to personally lead an effort to revitalize the northern Maine economy as governor that could include a Katahdin-region national park. He also expressed doubts about the New Hampshire backer of a plan to build a specialized pellet mill in town. …
Maine Attorney General Janet Mills

Report: Roughly half of murders in Maine involve domestic violence, continuing years-old trend

By Mario Moretto on April 24, 2014, at 4:12 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Last year, about half of Maine’s 25 homicide cases involved domestic violence. The victims were intimately familiar with their attackers: They were spouses or siblings, parents or even children. In 2012, the figures were roughly the same, with about 44 percent of homicides in Maine involving family …

Protest from Mississippi shipyards forces Bath Iron Works to tread water on $21 million Coast Guard cutter design contract

By Beth Brogan on April 24, 2014, at 3:52 p.m.
BATH, Maine — Bath Iron Works has halted preliminary design work on a new fleet of Coast Guard cutters after two Mississippi shipyards eliminated from a competition to build the vessels filed a protest with the federal government. In February, BIW secured a $21 million contract to perform preliminary design …

More than 30 Maine doctors victimized in tax fraud case with national reach

By Darren Fishell on April 24, 2014, at 3:20 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — More than 30 Maine doctors have reported to the Maine Medical Association that fraudulent tax returns using their names and Social Security numbers were filed this year. The cases could be linked to a broader breach of doctors’ personal information that the U.S. Secret Service is investigating. …
The site of the train wreck is pictured in Lac-Megantic, July 12, 2013.

Maine fire departments signing up for more rail safety training in wake of Lac-Megantic disaster

By Marina Villeneuve, Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting on April 24, 2014, at 2:19 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Since a crude oil train disaster decimated a Quebec village’s downtown last July, more and more Maine fire departments have been requesting training on rail safety. “I’m booking right now straight into November,” said Richard Towle, who coordinates such training as a law enforcement liaison for the …
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, on Thursday thanked members of the four unions at Bath Iron Works for their endorsement of her 2014 senate campaign.

Four Bath Iron Works unions endorse Republican Sen. Susan Collins’ re-election bid

By Beth Brogan on April 24, 2014, at 1:48 p.m.
BATH, Maine — Republican Sen. Susan Collins on Thursday received the endorsements of all four unions at Bath Iron Works in her bid for a fourth term representing Maine in the U.S. Senate. According to Collins’ staff, this is the first time all four unions have made a joint campaign …
Mary Mayhew, commissioner of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.

Maine awards new contracts to 3 Medicaid rides brokers; firm at center of controversy loses out

By Scott Thistle on April 24, 2014, at 12:42 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — One of the companies at the center of a problematic transition for the state’s nonemergency Medicaid ride program will not have its contract renewed, according to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. Coordinated Transportation Solutions, an Ansonia, Conn.-based company that also employs about 45 call …
From the community

Attorney General Mills seeks volunteer mediators

Bangor Daily News on April 24, 2014, at 11:34 a.m.
 AUGUSTA, Maine — Are you interested in helping Maine consumers recoup lost money? The Attorney General’s Office is recruiting volunteer consumer complaint mediators for the Consumer Mediation Service. Training will begin on May 27.  The Consumer Protection Division of the Attorney General’s Office offers, free of charge, this complaint resolution program …
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage vetoes bill to give lawmakers more say on $67 million tax increase for FairPoint

By Mario Moretto on April 23, 2014, at 8:47 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A bill framed by supporters as an effort to protect cable, cellphone and land-line ratepayers from a proposed $67 million fee hike was vetoed Wednesday by Gov. Paul LePage, who said the bill does nothing to address the underlying problem. FairPoint Communications has a pending case before …
A pile of lobsters is weighed for pricing.

Drop in number of baby lobsters in Gulf of Maine puzzles scientists

By Reuters on April 23, 2014, at 6:40 p.m.
BOWDOINHAM — The number of baby lobsters in the Gulf of Maine has dropped by half since 2007, a phenomenon that has puzzled scientists as the population of adult lobsters remains near a record high, contributing to robust catches. Scientists note that baby lobsters take eight years to reach harvestable …
Fred Moore III

Tribal official facing charges in NY vows to take elver debate beyond Maine

By Bill Trotter on April 23, 2014, at 6:12 p.m.
For the past several years, there has been a simmering dispute — sometimes boiling — between Maine state officials and the Passamaquoddy Tribe over the elver fishery. The state, citing concerns about the number of American eels, has sought to limit the tribe’s ability to issue licenses to its members …
State GOP Chairman Rick Bennett rallies the troops last yearat the Buker Community Center in Augusta, where Gov. Paul LePage announced his re-election campaign.

After tea party uprisings in 2010 and 2012, Maine Republicans expect unity at Bangor convention

By Mario Moretto on April 23, 2014, at 5:38 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Top party officials are promising unity at the Maine Republican State Convention this Friday and Saturday in Bangor. If the predictions are right, the event will be a much smoother gathering than the two prior conventions, which saw factionalism split the party along ideological lines. The push …
Paul LePage

Activists decry LePage veto of bill that would have stripped ‘trade secrets’ protection from industrial waste control plans

By Scott Thistle on April 23, 2014, at 4:55 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A bill that would have opened records on industrial hazardous waste and mercury emission control plans was vetoed by Republican Gov. Paul LePage on Earth Day. Under current law the plans are protected as “trade secrets.” The bill, LD 1821, also would have upheld the current requirement …
U.S. Attorney Thomas Delahanty II (right) gave awards of recognition to (from left) Marjorie Withers, director of Community Caring Collaborative; Skip Gates; Sally Tardiff, executive director of the Shaw House; and former Bangor Police Chief Don Winslow. The ceremony was held at the Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building in Bangor to commemorate Crime Victims Rights Week and Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Maine’s U.S. attorney honors 5 citizens for their work helping victims, children

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 23, 2014, at 3:53 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The five people honored Wednesday by Maine U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II have changed lives by their actions to better the world around them, he said. Former Bangor Police Chief Don Winslow and Sue Bradford of Spruce Run were recognized for their work on behalf of …

The flu is back for a second round in New England

By Lena Sun, The Washington Post on April 23, 2014, at 3:09 p.m.
Here’s a tip for those who managed to duck the flu’s first punch: Watch out for the next one. Many communities are experiencing an increase in flu, part of a second wave that is hitting some regions of the country particularly hard, health officials say. Most of the effects are …
Lauren Jacobs, a community development coach in the central Maine area for the Maine Winter Sports Center, picks up cross-country skis at the Bangor Parks and Recreation building earlier this month. Jacobs picked up about 100 sets of skis, poles and boots in the Bangor region. The skis were on long-term lease to families in the area, but the organization provides about 1,000 sets statewide each year through its Healthy Hometowns program.

‘Failure is not an option’ — Maine Winter Sports Center fighting for financial stability

By Julia Bayly on April 23, 2014, at 2:53 p.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — Eight weeks after learning that its major source of funding had dried up, the Maine Winter Sports Center has raised more than two-thirds of its $1.1 million operating budget for the 2014-2015 season. But beyond this initial fundraising campaign, MWSC administrators and supporters are looking to …
Bob Powell squares off with a moose in Jackman, Maine, in this screen grab from a video shot and posted by Janis Powell.

Couple who video-recorded moose encounter in Jackman may face charges

By Julia Bayly on April 23, 2014, at 12:59 p.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — An incident involving a New Hampshire couple’s moose encounter while snowmobiling in Jackman last week is under investigation by the Maine Warden Service and charges could be pending. “We have a game warden investigating,” Cpl. John MacDonald said Wednesday morning. “Once we determine the facts and …
From the community

CMP Community Mitten Drive exceeds goal

Bangor Daily News on April 23, 2014, at 12:06 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Central Maine Power Company, a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, distributed more than 9,500 winter clothing items to 180 schools during its 10th annual Community Mitten Drive, completed last month. The utility partnered with WMTW Channel 8, Tim Hortons restaurants, and Marden’s and Reny’s retail stores in the effort to …
From the community

2014 Workers Memorial Day and May Day dinner

Bangor Daily News on April 23, 2014, at 10:19 a.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — The Western Maine Labor Council will be host to the  2014 Workers’ Memorial Day and May Day Dinner remembering the 22 Maine workers who died on the job in 2013. It will be held Friday, April 25, at the Franco-American Heritage Center, 46 Cedar St. Socializing starts …
Olympia Snowe

Olympia Snowe’s PAC gives money to Collins and Raye, likely to donate to congressional candidates from outside Maine

By Scott Thistle on April 22, 2014, at 7:26 p.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — When she retired in 2012, U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, a Republican, rolled about $500,000 of her last campaign war chest into Olympia’s List, a multi-candidate political action committee that’s meant to help moderates and those who seek common ground in politics. But so far the PAC has …
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