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Mary Mayhew

Maine lawmakers fault DHHS on answers to Riverview questions

By Scott Thistle on Sept. 30, 2014, at 9:10 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Lawmakers on the Legislature’s budget-writing Appropriations Committee reviewed Tuesday a list of written answers from the state’s Department of Health and Human Services regarding a host of issues at the state-owned Riverview Psychiatric Center. The 92-bed center treats and houses the state’s most violent mentally ill patients. …

Maine elementary school receives national award for increasing student achievement

By Nell Gluckman on Sept. 30, 2014, at 8:41 p.m.
BANGOR | Turner Elementary School in Androscoggin County was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for academic excellence and “progress closing achievement gaps,” a statement released by the federal agency on Tuesday said. Turner Elementary, with about 200 students in grades four through six, was one of 337 …
Visitors tour the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor last year.

Official: Jackson Laboratory hopes to expand to China

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 30, 2014, at 8:25 p.m.
BANGOR | A top official for Jackson Laboratory was in Bangor on Tuesday to talk about the organization’s economic impact and some of its hopes for the future — including a possible expansion into China. As Charles Hewitt, the lab’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, sees it, …
Teachers escort children through the halls of Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School. It is much more difficult to be a teacher in Maine than in most other states, according to an analysis by WalletHub.

Financial website ranks Maine among worst states to be a teacher

By Nell Gluckman on Sept. 30, 2014, at 7:19 p.m.
BANGOR | It is much more difficult to be a teacher in Maine than in most other states, according to an analysis by WalletHub, a website that calls itself a “personal finance social network.” Wallethub ranks Maine the ninth-worst state for teachers out of the 50 states and the …
Gov. Paul LePage, joined by his wife, Ann, discusses the need to combat domestic violence at a news conference Tuesday at the Blaine House in Augusta.

LePage praises donation to combat domestic violence, pushes mandatory minimum sentencing

By Mario Moretto on Sept. 30, 2014, at 5:55 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Gov. Paul LePage on Tuesday praised a large donation to a leading anti-domestic violence group in Maine, and said the state must do more to eradicate abuse. LePage said that while there has been some movement to curb domestic violence, the state needs to do more. “We …
A black bear walks through brush in Hancock in this June 2014 file photo.

Bear referendum proponents sue Maine wildlife department for campaign activities

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Sept. 30, 2014, at 4:13 p.m.
The group fighting to ban bear baiting, trapping and hounding in Maine has filed a lawsuit alleging that the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife acted illegally in its campaign opposing the bear referendum. Question 1, the referendum to ban the use of bait, traps and dogs to hunt …
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Joanne Crepeau

Joanne Crepeau named Girl Scouts of Maine’s CEO

on Sept. 30, 2014, at 3:32 p.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine – Girl Scouts of Maine is proud to announce that Joanne Crepeau has been named Chief Executive Officer. Crepeau operated as Interim CEO since November 2013 after the retirement of Joan McDonald, the council’s previous CEO of more than 20 years. “We are happy to welcome Joanne as the …
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Frances Perkins Homestead named a national historic landmark

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 30, 2014, at 3 p.m.
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell on Sept. 30,announced that the Perkins Homestead in Newcastle has been named a National Historic Landmark. Nominated by the Frances Perkins Center, the 57-acre farm was the ancestral home of Frances Perkins (1880-1965), U.S. Secretary of Labor from 1933-45, the first woman to serve in …
Eliot Cutler

Cutler decries Cate Street tax credits, opponents object to ‘politicizing’ mill’s plight

By Darren Fishell on Sept. 30, 2014, at 2:27 p.m.
PORTLAND | The rise and fall of Great Northern Paper Co. will cost Maine taxpayers about $15.9 million in tax credits allocated to investors in the project’s restart, a figure for which independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler chided political leaders. For the mill, which employed 256 people and now …
Susan Dench

Senate rejects LePage’s nomination of Susan Dench to UMaine System board of trustees

By Christopher Cousins on Sept. 30, 2014, at 12:31 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Senate Democrats on Tuesday rejected Gov. Paul LePage’s nomination of Susan Dench to the University of Maine System board of trustees while unanimously supporting 50 other nominations to a range of boards and committees. LePage called the vote a display of “vitriolic partisanship” in a statement issued …
Bangor Gas employee Greg Chambers attaches an electrofusion punch tee to the main natural gas line on Washington Street in Brewer in 2008.

Maine utilities watchdog appeals rates approved for Bangor Gas

By Darren Fishell on Sept. 30, 2014, at 11:19 a.m.
PORTLAND | The office of the state’s utilities watchdog has asked Maine’s top court to invalidate natural gas rates approved for Bangor Gas Co., seeking use of a different rate-setting method for residential customers and new ratemaking processes for industrial customers such as Verso Paper’s Bucksport mill. Regulators earlier …

Workers’ compensation insurer reports record return of $18 million for Maine employers

By Darren Fishell on Sept. 30, 2014, at 9:14 a.m.
PORTLAND | The Maine Employers’ Mutual Insurance Co. will issue an $18 million dividend to about 17,000 policyholders based in Maine. That dividend amount is the highest in the Portland-based company’s history, topping a $16 million dividend issued last year to Maine employers, which equaled about 13 percent of …

Nabbed and then cleared by feds, NH man still intends to sell rhino trophy

By Doug Alden, The New Hampshire Union Leader on Sept. 30, 2014, at 7:17 a.m.
CONCORD, N.H. — A mounted rhinoceros head is back in the possession of a New Hampshire man — almost 2½ years after federal agents confiscated it as evidence in an animal-trafficking case. After receiving word the case was dismissed, Ari Goldenberg retrieved the rhino head from the U.S. Fish and …
Portland Police Chief Michael Sauschuck in a 2012 file photo.

Blacks in Portland arrested at ‘disproportionate’ rate, police chief admits

By Seth Koenig on Sept. 29, 2014, at 9:17 p.m.
Portland’s black population is underrepresented on the city’s police force and overrepresented in the arrest logs, Police Chief Michael Sauschuck told an audience of more than 50 people Monday night. Of Portland’s approximately 66,000 residents, 7 percent are black, according to 2010 U.S. Census figures. Sauschuck said …

Camden-area charity investigates missing money

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 29, 2014, at 7:09 p.m.
An investigation is underway into the possible misappropriation of money from a prominent local charity. Stephen Crane, who was appointed president of the United Mid-Coast Charities Inc. board of directors in August, confirmed Monday that an investigation into the organization’s finances is underway. He said that the …

Third firm courts Maine regulators for cash to back natural gas pipeline expansion

By Darren Fishell on Sept. 29, 2014, at 7 p.m.
PORTLAND | Three companies have formally offered natural gas pipeline capacity to state regulators, who are considering whether they should charge a new fee to all of Maine’s electricity customers to help pay for projects designed to bring more natural gas into the Northeast. On Monday, Houston-based Spectra Energy …
One of three criminals dressed as law enforcement holds what police say is a semi-automatic handgun during an armed robbery in Winterport on Sept. 21. Maine State Police are asking for the public's help in identifying the three and released surveillance camera images.

Robbers impersonating police steal medicinal marijuana in Winterport

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Sept. 29, 2014, at 5:17 p.m.
Three men impersonating law enforcement officers — two dressed in black SWAT team gear and one wearing a sheriff’s office uniform and brandishing a gun — robbed a local homeowner of medical marijuana last week, according to police. “The trio entered the property wearing clothing impersonating law …
The Queen Mary 2, which at 1,132 feet long is the longest cruise ship to visit Maine this summer, leaves Frenchman Bay after making a daylong stop at Bar Harbor on Sept. 18, 2014.

Cruise ship traffic, spending on the rise in Maine

By Bill Trotter on Sept. 29, 2014, at 5:10 p.m.
BAR HARBOR | Cruise ship traffic and the economic impact it has in Maine continues to grow, according to an industry study released Monday. Tuesday, Sept. 30, is expected to be the busiest day for cruise ship traffic for Maine’s 2014 tourist season, which is on track to be …
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Senator Justin Alfond, (from left) president of the Maine Senate, Marcia Gendron, Principal of East End Community School in Portland, Kristen Miale, President of the Good Shepherd Food Bank, and John Murphy, President of the Maine Credit Union League, hold a $25,000 check from the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger to support the school backpack and school pantry program, coordinated by Good Shepherd Food Bank across Maine.  East End Community School is one of many schools that will benefit from this contribution.

Maine Credit Unions begin distributing hunger funds raised

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 29, 2014, at 4:48 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine – On Monday, Sept. 29, at the East End Community School in Portland, the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger distributed some of the record-breaking $513,000 raised in 2013 by making a $25,000 contribution for the second year in a row to continue its support of the Good …
Justice Joyce Wheeler hears arguments in Cumberland County Superior Court Wednesday morning concerning the sale of Congress Square Park.

Attorney asks court to sentence Portland woman to work with former congressman

By Seth Koenig on Sept. 29, 2014, at 4:02 p.m.
An attorney representing Jody Flynn, a Portland woman convicted of stealing nearly $333,000 from investors in a pulp mill purchase, urged a judge on Monday to sentence her to work for a former congressman. Defense attorney Thomas Hallett told Cumberland County Unified Criminal Court Justice Joyce Wheeler …
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