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Gov. Paul LePage

LePage bets GOP will take Maine House in 2014

By Susan Morse, York Weekly on Sept. 20, 2014, at 10:27 a.m.
YORK, Maine — A forceful Gov. Paul LePage faced the Portsmouth Herald’s editorial board Thursday, saying flatly he does not want the newspaper’s endorsement for governor. “I have no interest in being endorsed,” he said. “None, zero.” He went on, “I’m not about politics. I’m about issues. I do not …
Randy Cross, a wildlife biologist with the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, looks over a black bear's teeth during a study of wild bears near Ashland in this February 2013 file photo.

As tagging stations report solid bait season, biologists say bears will head to dens soon

By John Holyoke on Sept. 20, 2014, at 5:53 a.m.
As what could be the final bear hunting with bait season comes to a close Saturday, representatives at tagging stations across the state say that it’s been a solid four-week hunt and they’ve seen some large bears. The general bear hunting season began on Aug. 25 and continues until Nov. …
Dr. Michael "Micky" Collins

Red Sox’s Brock Holt receives good news after treatment for concussion by Maine native

By The Sports Xchange on Sept. 19, 2014, at 8:46 p.m.
PITTSBURGH — Brock Holt got encouraging news Thursday. The Boston Red Sox infielder/outfielder was cleared to resume baseball activities after being examined by head trauma specialist Dr. Micky Collins at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Holt has not played since Sept. 5 because of a concussion. Collins is Hermon, …
Democratic gubernatorial candidate and U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud speaks with reporters Friday at the Portland International Jetport.

Mike Michaud, Maine Republicans clash in crude lyric controversy

By Mario Moretto on Sept. 19, 2014, at 8:30 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Democratic gubernatorial candidate and U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud on Friday criticized the Maine Republican Party for what he called “dirty, gutter politics,” after the GOP attempted to blame him for a video containing a crude comment about U.S. Sen. Susan Collins. The video was created by Knack …

ICE arrests 81 during operation targeting criminal aliens, immigration fugitives in New England

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 19, 2014, at 6:54 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — As part of its ongoing efforts to remove criminal aliens, immigration fugitives and egregious immigration law violators, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted a four-day operation in New England that resulted in 81 arrests, the agency said Friday in a news release. The operation, which wrapped up …
Penobscot Nation Chief Kirk Francis reflects on a proposal for a private street name in Wiscasset to be called "Redskin's Drive."

Maine tribal leaders oppose use of demeaning moniker by Wiscasset, NFL

By Nell Gluckman on Sept. 19, 2014, at 6:28 p.m.
INDIAN ISLAND, Maine — Kirk Francis, chief of the Penobscot Indian Nation, thought Maine’s effort to get rid of monikers such as “redskins,” “Indians” and “warriors” ended six months ago, after years of what he called “productive effort” by all involved. During an interview in March, Francis singled out the …
Leaders of the Penobscot Nation have written to the Wiscasset Board of Selectmen urging them to reflect on and overturn an August decision to allow homeowners to name their private road "Redskin's Drive."

Maine tribe weighs legal action against Wiscasset for approving ‘Redskin’s Drive’

By Beth Brogan on Sept. 19, 2014, at 4:28 p.m.
WISCASSET, Maine — Leaders of the Penobscot Nation are considering legal action against the town of Wiscasset after the Board of Selectmen agreed to allow the term “redskin” to be used in the name of a private road. Wiscasset selectmen voted 3-1 on Aug. 19 to approve a property owner’s …
A man looks over the Affordable Care Act signup page on the website in New York in this Oct. 2, 2013 photo illustration.

Health advocates eye new neighborhood-level ACA enrollment data

By Jackie Farwell on Sept. 19, 2014, at 4:04 p.m.
Maine health advocates gearing up for a second round of health insurance signups under the Affordable Care Act are analyzing new federal figures that shed light on their initial success. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released new data this week detailing health insurance enrollment under the law …
Sharon Leahy-Lind, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control's Division of Local Public Health, sent a complaint of discrimination to the Maine Human Rights Commission alleging, among other things, that her bosses ordered her to destroy documents.

‘Maybe you shouldn’t have talked to the newspapers’: Second plaintiff added to federal whistleblower lawsuit against Maine CDC officials

By Lindsay Tice on Sept. 19, 2014, at 2:41 p.m.
A second employee is suing the Maine Center for Disease Control. A federal court judge ruled Friday that office manager Katie Woodbury can join the whistle-blower lawsuit filed by the former Maine CDC division director who first raised questions about document shredding within the department. The judge also allowed two …
Eliot Cutler

Cutler touts endorsements of Republican business owners, says momentum growing

By Mario Moretto on Sept. 19, 2014, at 11:44 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Independent candidate Eliot Cutler on Friday appeared with GOP business owners who bucked their party to support him in this year’s gubernatorial election. The business owners said Cutler’s experience in international commerce as well as government, his dedication to building and expanding “the Maine brand,” and his …
A closeup of an electronic payment station is shown at a Home Depot store in Daly City, California, in this February 21, 2012 file photo.

Home Depot: 56 million cards possibly at risk from data breach

By Andrea Peterson, Washington Post on Sept. 19, 2014, at 11:20 a.m.
Home Depot announced Thursday that a breach at its U.S. and Canadian stores over a six-month period this year may have put an estimated 56 million payment cards at risk. That would make it the largest compromise of debit and credit cards in the string of cyberattacks that have hit …
More than 200 workers at Lincoln Paper and Tissue LLC listen as state Department of Labor and union officials brief them on unemployment benefits during a meeting at Mattamawcook Academy of Lincoln on Dec. 19, 2013.

Maine’s preliminary jobless rate ticks up for first time in a year

By Darren Fishell on Sept. 19, 2014, at 11:01 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Maine’s unemployment rate rose slightly in August to 5.6 percent, up from 5.5 percent one month earlier. It’s the first rise in preliminary estimates since one year ago, though unemployment has fallen over the long term. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates put the percentage of …
From the community

Nine Rural Energy for America Program grants awarded in Maine

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 19, 2014, at 11:01 a.m.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that USDA is investing in 540 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects nationwide, of which Maine businesses will receive $190,000 through specific nine grants from the Rural Energy for America Program. “These loan guarantees and grants will have far-reaching impacts nationwide, particularly in the rural communities …
Two bull moose are profiled against the rising sun in Fort Kent in this October 2013 photo.

1,050 moose hunters begin their season on Monday

By John Holyoke on Sept. 19, 2014, at 8:17 a.m.
The first wave of moose hunters will head into the woods on Monday in what has become one of the state’s most popular hunts. In all, 1,050 permit holders — along with their designated “subpermittees,” or co-hunters — are permitted to hunt during the first six-day session of the season. …
Sen. Angus King

King, Collins vote to approve arming Syrian rebels, funding government

By Patricia Zengerle and David Lawder, Reuters on Sept. 18, 2014, at 8:36 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate approved President Barack Obama’s plan for training and arming moderate Syrian rebels to battle Islamic State militants on Thursday, a major part of his military campaign to “degrade and destroy” the radical group. The Senate voted 78-22, in a rare bipartisan show of support for …
Anne Lichtenwalner, the director of the University of Maine Animal Health Laboratory, looks at a tissue sample from moose muscle on Thursday at her office at the University of Maine in Orono.

UMaine’s Cooperative Extension asks voters for $8 million to research pests

By Nell Gluckman on Sept. 18, 2014, at 7:36 p.m.
Editor’s note: This is one of a series of articles examining the bond questions that will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot in Maine. Question 2 reads: Do you favor an $8,000,000 bond issue to support Maine agriculture, facilitate economic growth in natural resources-based industries and monitor human health threats …

UMaine students heading to New York City for People’s Climate March

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 18, 2014, at 5:56 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — More than 100 University of Maine students are heading to the Big Apple this weekend to take part in what is being hailed as the biggest demonstration in the history of the climate justice movement. Set for Sunday in New York and other major cities around the …
James Laurita

OSHA investigating death of Hope Elephants co-founder

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 18, 2014, at 5:52 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration office in Augusta on Thursday confirmed that the federal agency is investigating the Sept. 9 death of James Laurita, who was crushed by one of his elephants after he fell and hit his head on the concrete walkway around the animals’ …

Maine regulators asked to decide whether to charge electricity ratepayers for natural gas expansion

By Darren Fishell on Sept. 18, 2014, at 5:42 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. has asked Maine regulators to make up their minds by the end of November about charging electricity ratepayers a new fee to pay for new natural gas capacity. The company, owned by Houston-based energy company Kinder Morgan, on Thursday submitted to the …
Gov. Paul LePage

State employees union demands information on which LePage appointees, staff got bonus vacation time

By Mario Moretto on Sept. 18, 2014, at 12:13 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The president of the union representing state employees is demanding Gov. Paul LePage’s administration reveal which political appointees and staff received bonus vacation time under a new policy, and how much it will cost Maine taxpayers. Ginette Rivard, head of the Maine State Employees’ Association, filed a …
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