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Gov. Paul LePage

Nine new LePage vetoes include lawmakers’ changes to his mining and educator evaluation rules

By Christopher Cousins on April 18, 2014, at 8:02 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage vetoed teacher evaluation rules that have been under development for more than two years as well as a bill that calls for a redo of controversial large-scale metallic mineral mining rules amid a crop of nine new vetoes issued Friday afternoon. Education proponents said …
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage outraged that Legislature didn’t fund drug enforcement expansion

By Christopher Cousins on April 18, 2014, at 6:14 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage’s bill to bolster the state’s efforts to fight drug crimes died early Friday morning because of a lack of funding. Rep. Peggy Rotundo, D-Lewiston, co-chair of the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee, said she and just about every other lawmaker supported the bill but that its …
Mary Mayhew, commissioner of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.

Maine to begin adding photos to public assistance cards in Bangor

By Jackie Farwell on April 18, 2014, at 5:35 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Despite federal administrators’ reservations, Maine will begin adding recipients’ photographs to Electronic Benefits Transaction cards later this month, the state Department of Health and Human Services announced Friday. EBT cards dispense several forms of public assistance, including food stamps, known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and …
Boston Marathon runner Dacie Manion (center) smiles in a Christmas photograph with, from left to right, Shelley Gilman, Chris Gilman, Ryan Gilman and Matt Gilman. Manion is running with a team from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to honor the life of Matt Gilman, who died last fall after a long fight with the disease.

Mainer running Boston Marathon to honor cancer victim from Old Town

By Abigail Curtis on April 18, 2014, at 4:44 p.m.
OLD TOWN, Maine — Last fall, Dacie Manion felt helpless as she watched her boyfriend’s father succumb to his long battle with a rare form of cancer. The 2011 Old Town High School graduate and high school and college cross-country track standout wanted to do something to honor Matt Gilman’s …

‘We’ve got more cash than expenditures’ — Maine GOP says ethics panel’s website falsely creates impression of debt

By Christopher Cousins on April 18, 2014, at 3:46 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine Republican Party officials are fending off allegations that the party is deep in debt, saying that an inaccurate state campaign finance website has created a false impression that the party spent more money than it had during the most recent reporting period. “We are solvent,” said …
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Eric Wilkinson (from left), external affairs representative for ISO-New England; Steve Hinchman, general counsel and senior vice president with GridSolar; Dan Kelley, vice president of Woodard and Curran'’s energy and power engineering group; and John Carroll, spokesman for CMP parent company Iberdrola USA discuss the future of electricity delivery in Maine during an E2Tech program Thursday at the Wishcamper Center at the University of Southern Maine.

CMP and solar energy advocates clash over what’s the smartest grid for Maine

By Darren Fishell on April 18, 2014, at 3:28 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Central Maine Power Co. says it needs to change a rate structure that no longer reflects its costs for delivering electricity. But some of the utility’s largest customers have countered that the proposed rate structure change would penalize them for generating their own power, using solar panels …
Frederick J. Moore

Former Passamaquoddy representative charged with poaching elvers in New York

By Bill Trotter on April 18, 2014, at 1:33 p.m.
A high-profile member of the Passamaquoddy Tribe is one of eight people who have been charged with felony elver poaching in New York, according to an official with that state’s Department of Environmental Conservation. Frederick J. Moore III, a former Passamaquoddy tribal representative to the Maine Legislature, is facing three …
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Maine soldiers to run Afghanistan’s Boston Shadow Marathon

Bangor Daily News on April 18, 2014, at 12:36 p.m.
 AUGUSTA, Maine, and BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan — Maine Soldiers, both active duty and National Guard, are among the 600 service members deployed to Afghanistan who are running the Boston Shadow Marathon on April 18, at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan. The 10th Mountain Division, Light Infantry, who are currently in charge of …

Biding time: Can Maine shorten its waitlists for disabled residents seeking support services?

By Matthew Stone on April 18, 2014, at 12:22 p.m.
While acrimonious debate about Medicaid expansion, tax policy and labor laws marked the winter’s legislative session, lawmakers this week united around a $30 million bill to bring the state budget into balance. Legislators celebrated one provision specifically that promises $5 million to serve hundreds of adults with intellectual disabilities and …

Maine adds 8,000 payroll jobs since March 2013, unemployment rate dips below 6 percent

By Darren Fishell on April 18, 2014, at 11:33 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine’s employment picture improved in March, with the state adding more payroll jobs in the past year than any one-year period since the early 2000s. The unemployment rate dipped below 6 percent in March, to 5.9 percent, for the first time since September 2008, according to preliminary …
Timothy Gilboe, a Jackman native who in 2011 saved the lives of his fellow soldiers during an enemy attack in Afghanistan, on Friday will receive the body armor that saved his life.

Jackman veteran receives body armor that saved his life in Afghanistan

By Beth Brogan on April 18, 2014, at 10:32 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Three years ago this month, Jackman native Timothy Gilboe stared into the eyes of a Taliban soldier in Afghanistan, grabbed the barrel of the enemy’s AK-47 assault rifle to his chest, and thought, “This is really going to hurt.” Gilboe’s squad had been attacked by two Taliban …
Former New Hampshire House Speaker William O'Brien (right) and Maine Heritage Policy Center CEO J. Scott Moody in October.

J. Scott Moody to depart as Maine Heritage Policy Center CEO

By Darren Fishell on April 18, 2014, at 9:33 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The Maine Heritage Policy Center’s J. Scott Moody is departing his position as the conservative think tank’s CEO in April to lead the Virginia-based State Budget Solutions, a national organization focused on state and local government, according to a post on the Maine Heritage Policy Center’s news …
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A lonely bench on Hathaway Road in Mattawamkeag sits along the rising Mattawamkeag River on Friday.

Warning issued after Mattawamkeag River rises above flood level

By Ryan McLaughlin on April 18, 2014, at 8:59 a.m.
CARIBOU, Maine — Less than 24 hours after Orono residents experienced flooding because of the cresting Stillwater River, parts of the Mattawamkeag River in northern Penobscot County was cresting. The National Weather Service’s Caribou office issued a flood warning for the river. At noon Friday, the river’s stage was 16.1 …
Gov. Paul LePage

$50 million bond proposal package headed to LePage with strong bipartisan support

By Christopher Cousins on April 18, 2014, at 8:58 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A package of six bond bills totaling $50 million sailed through the Legislature on Thursday night en route to consideration by Gov. Paul LePage and voters on the November statewide ballot. The build-up to the end of the legislative session in recent days has focused on Republicans …
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Football, violent crime, and our hero worship

on April 18, 2014, at 8:27 a.m.
Over the last few days, I’ve been sent the New York Times’ latest interactive article on campus sexual assault several times. The article details the error-filled investigation of a rape reportedly perpetrated by star freshman quarterback – and Heisman trophy winner – Jameis Winston. People are (rightfully) outraged and disgusted …
Maine House Speaker Mark Eves, D-North Berwick

Maine Legislature approves late, last-ditch push for Medicaid expansion

By Mario Moretto on April 17, 2014, at 9:21 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Legislature on Thursday night approved a Medicaid expansion plan for the third time since March, though the bill is likely doomed to the same fate as its predecessors — death by gubernatorial veto. The House of Representatives gave the bill final approval with a vote …
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The speed limit sign along Riverside Avenue in Fort Fairfield lies on its side as curious motorists drive the street on Thursday looking at giant ice floes that have been cleared from the road after they overflowed the banks of the Aroostook River.

Flood watch remains in effect through Friday

By Dawn Gagnon and Julia Bayly on April 17, 2014, at 7:41 p.m.
ALLAGASH, Maine — Residents of Allagash and St. Francis were stranded by floodwaters Thursday, and the National Weather Service in Caribou extended its flood warning for northern Maine through late Friday morning. Meanwhile, Main Street businesses in Dexter that were shut down Wednesday due to safety concerns reopened Thursday and …
Gov. Paul LePage discusses his welfare reform proposals in this March 2014 file photo.

LePage blasts Democrats for welfare-to-work fines

By Christopher Cousins on April 17, 2014, at 6:27 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The federal Administration for Children & Families has notified the state that it could be liable for more than $7.1 million in fines for failure to meet work participation rates in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program in 2011. Gov. Paul LePage framed the situation as …

Live free or die: New Hampshire moves to decriminalize adultery

By Reuters on April 17, 2014, at 4:49 p.m.
BOSTON — New Hampshire lawmakers on Thursday voted to scrap an ancient law that makes cheating on your spouse a criminal offense in the New England state whose motto is “Live Free or Die.” Governor Maggie Hassan is expected to sign the bill into law, making adultery legal in the …
A sign along the Maine Turnpike states that the Lewiston Sports Complex is accessible from Exit 80.  The sign is one of about 90 that will be coming down under a new law passed by the Legislature this month.

LePage signs bill to reduce number of signs on Maine highways

By Scott Thistle on April 17, 2014, at 3:43 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage has signed into law a bill that relocates or removes dozens of signs advertising schools, beaches, ski slopes and other attractions from Maine’s two interstate highways. LePage signed LD 1831 on Wednesday. The measure aims to protect an estimated $170 million in federal highway …
 
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