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Steven Bell appears before Judge Gregory Campbell on Aug. 20, 2014 in Bangor District Court for a hearing on his restitution order.

‘We’re not getting anywhere’: A judge’s day enforcing victim restitution orders

By Marina Villeneuve, Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting on Sept. 18, 2014, at 5:33 a.m.
Editor’s Note: This is the latest installment in the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting’s series about Maine’s victim restitution program. BANGOR, Maine — Steven Bell stood before a judge at Penobscot Judicial Center, answering questions about the $1,083 he owes in restitution for a theft that happened nine years …

Burnham-based company to make iconic Lincoln Logs

By Christopher Burns, BDN Staff on Sept. 17, 2014, at 7:42 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage announced Wednesday that Burnham-based Pride Manufacturing Co. will produce the iconic American Lincoln Logs in Maine. LePage said the move to produce Lincoln Logs in Maine will create jobs for Mainers. “I commend Pride Manufacturing for representing the best of Maine,” LePage said in …
A mill in East Millinocket. Some of the lost jobs there have contributed to disability claims in the region. Between 2000 and 2012, the number of people in Penobscot County receiving Social Security disability benefits skyrocketed, rising from 4,475 to 7,955

GNP creditor schedules auction of East Millinocket mill to recover $242,000 debt

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Sept. 17, 2014, at 7:29 p.m.
EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine — A Glenburn construction company owed more than $242,000 by Great Northern Paper Co. has received a court judgment against the struggling mill owner and has scheduled an auction of the mill to recoup the debt. Acting on behalf of Northern Construction Services of Glenburn, attorney Curtis …
Rep. Brian Jones

Questions rasied about Waldo County lawmaker’s re-election bid after arrest, alleged sexual encounter

By Mario Moretto on Sept. 17, 2014, at 6:09 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Questions over the shape of a legislative race in Waldo County have arisen after the Democratic candidate, incumbent Rep. Brian Jones of Freedom, was arrested Monday on an indecent conduct charge. Jones is seeking treatment for alcoholism. Jones was arrested Monday night after a state trooper allegedly …
Opal, an Asian elephant that arrived at the Endangered Ark Foundation this week, greeted Margaret, a member of the herd already living there.

An elephant never forgets: Old friends trumpet arrival of Rosie, Opal in Oklahoma, says shelter director

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 17, 2014, at 5:51 p.m.
HOPE, Maine — A week after Hope Elephants co-founder Jim Laurita’s sudden, tragic death in his elephant pen, the two Asian elephants he always called “his girls” are settling in at the Endangered Ark Foundation in Hugo, Oklahoma. Rosie and Opal left Maine over the weekend and were transported by …
A man looks over the Affordable Care Act (commonly known as Obamacare) signup page on the website in New York in this October 2013 photo illustration.

Premiums for Obamacare plans in Maine dip or remain flat for 2015

By Jackie Farwell on Sept. 17, 2014, at 5:43 p.m.
Mainers who buy insurance through can expect to pay less or the same amount on average each month for benefits taking effect next year, according to filings with the Maine Bureau of Insurance. Health advocates applauded the news but urged consumers to reassess their options in the second year …
Maine State senator Emily Cain at the FUSION lunch on Wednesday in Bangor.

Emily Cain says she’s the negotiator who should be sent to Washington

By Nell Gluckman on Sept. 17, 2014, at 5:35 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Emily Cain, the Democratic candidate for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District seat, told a group of young professionals Wednesday that her ability to work across the aisle to get things done is one of the most important reasons voters should send her to Washington. “Most of my time …
Oxford Networks President Craig Gunderson (left) shows Gov. Paul LePage around the company's expanded facility on Wednesday in Brunswick.

Oxford Networks unveils $6 million data center expansion in Brunswick

By Darren Fishell on Sept. 17, 2014, at 4:56 p.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — There’s one nice thing about putting a data center in Maine: come winter, the harsh cold is an easy way to keep servers cool. That’s a key part of the $6 million expansion unveiled Wednesday in a 52,000-square-foot former Navy communications center at Brunswick Landing, the civilian …
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Study: How you smell could lead you to a politically like-minded mate

on Sept. 17, 2014, at 3:40 p.m.
What do liberals smell like? According to a new study published in the American Journal of Political Science, their odor is different from conservatives’ and could have as much to do with political ideology as it does grooming habits. Furthermore, the study found that your nose could lead you to a …
The nationwide Polaris Project released its 2014 ratings of state human trafficking laws Wednesday. This map shows Maine as being a Tier 2 state in the organization's rankings, a step below the highest ranking available, but the same tier as in last year's rankings.

Annual report draws attention to trafficking of children, others in Maine

By Seth Koenig on Sept. 17, 2014, at 2:42 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — An annual report by the national Polaris Project ranks Maine near its top level in terms of efforts to combat human trafficking. But that same study finds that Maine has stalled at its Tier 2 ranking while several other states have increased protections for victims and taken …
Maine gubernatorial candidates Mike Michaud (left) and Eliot Cutler shake hands at an Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine forum at Hannaford Hall in Portland on Friday, Sept. 12.

Maine municipal group releases video interviews with Cutler, Michaud; LePage opts out

By Scott Thistle on Sept. 17, 2014, at 1:50 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — In video interviews released Wednesday, two of the three candidates for governor in Maine answered questions about the state’s relationship with its cities and towns. Both Democrat Mike Michaud and independent Eliot Cutler sat for the interviews with members of the Maine Municipal Association, a nonprofit, nonpartisan …
From the community

Rumble strips to be installed on section of Route 202 in Winthrop

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 17, 2014, at 12:52 p.m.
WINTHROP, Maine — Maine Department of Transportation crews will be grinding rumble strips into the pavement along the roadway centerline on Route 202 in Winthrop beginning Thursday, Sept. 18.The location is  a 4.60-mile stretch of Route 202 beginning 0.08 of a mile east of the intersection of Route 202 and Annabessacook Road extending east …

Chilly temperatures equal frost, freeze potential

By Ryan McLaughlin on Sept. 17, 2014, at 12:19 p.m.
CARIBOU, Maine — While the National Weather Service has yet to issue any weather alerts, there is potential Thursday night for some chilling temperatures. According to the weather service, temperatures in the northern part of the state are expected to dip into the 20’s on Thursday night, with Bangor-area lows …
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According to new song, country star Tim McGraw doesn’t know where Portland is

on Sept. 17, 2014, at 11:46 a.m.
Country star Tim McGraw released his new album, “Sundown Heaven Town,” yesterday, Sept. 16, his thirteenth album in a career than spans more than 20 years. The singer — who performed at the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in May of this year — is clearly no stranger to Maine. His show …
Gov. Paul LePage

Political appointees, LePage staff earned extra vacation time under new state policy

By Mario Moretto on Sept. 17, 2014, at 8:41 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A new policy instituted by Gov. Paul LePage in February substantially increased paid vacation time for 54 political appointees and governor’s office staff, by crediting prior, relevant work experience into how their time is accrued. For example, a political appointee employed by the state government for three …
From the community

GLAD’s Mary Bonauto receives MacArthur Foundation Fellowship

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 17, 2014, at 8:32 a.m.
The MacArthur Foundation of Chicago has announced that Mary L. Bonauto, Civil Rights project director for Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, has been awarded a 2014 MacArthur Fellowship in the amount of $625,000. The fellowships are awarded annually to “talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in …

U.S. general says he cannot rule out larger ground role in Iraq

By Phil Stewart, Reuters on Sept. 16, 2014, at 8:57 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The most senior U.S. military officer raised the possibility Tuesday that American troops might need to take on a larger role in Iraq’s ground war against Islamic State militants, but the White House stressed they would not deploy on a combat mission. Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the …
Rep. Brian L. Jones, D-Freedom

Waldo County lawmaker charged with indecent conduct

By Abigail Curtis on Sept. 16, 2014, at 7:27 p.m.
FREEDOM, Maine — A Democratic lawmaker from Waldo County was arrested Monday night after a Maine state trooper allegedly caught him engaged in a sexual act in a van at the West Gardiner Park & Ride. Brian Jones, 56, of Freedom was charged with indecent conduct and failure to give …
David and Julie Barker manage to smile despite the fire that reduced their landmark Machias business, Helen's Restaurant, to smoldering rubble in the background. They plan to rebuild.

Helen’s owners expect to submit plans for new restaurant soon to state officials

By Tim Cox on Sept. 16, 2014, at 5:24 p.m.
MACHIAS, Maine — The owners of Helen’s Restaurant hope to submit plans to state officials soon for a new building and begin construction within weeks. David and Julie Barker also hope to open the new restaurant by the end of February, the husband said Tuesday. “That’s our goal,” said David …
Jim Rier

Maine panel begins assessment of controversial Common Core education standards

By Christopher Cousins on Sept. 16, 2014, at 4:42 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A discussion about whether Maine will become the latest state to dump national Common Core public school standards began in earnest Tuesday at the hands of a fast-tracked new panel whose recommendations will go to the Legislature next year. Education Commissioner Jim Rier told the group Tuesday …
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