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Maine to receive $1.8M in health insurance rebates

By Reuters on July 24, 2014, at 4:41 p.m.
Health insurers will send out about $330 million in rebates to employers and individuals this summer under President Barack Obama’s health care law, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday. The law, often called Obamacare, requires insurance companies to refund customers when they spend less than 80 …
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A contractor blows insulation into a Maine attic.

Hundreds of Mainers weatherizing, upgrading heating systems

Bangor Daily News on July 24, 2014, at 4:04 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine – During a period that is typically quiet for weatherization and insulation contractors, this summer, business is booming. Regardless of how cold next winter is — with or without a polar vortex — thousands of Maine homes will be warmer and more comfortable, in part due to incentives that …
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CMP President and CEO Sara Burns and Bob D'Orval of Nissan North America, Inc. shake hands before cutting the ribbon for one of two new DC Quick Chargers now available to plug-in electric vehicle drivers in Greater Portland. The chargers, located at the South Portland Community Center on Nelson Street and in the Fore Street parking garage, can bring an EV from 0 to 80 percent charge in 30 minutes.

Portland gets 2 ‘quick charge’ stations for plug-in electric vehicles

Bangor Daily News on July 24, 2014, at 3:39 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — People who drive plug-in electric vehicles now have two places to go in the Greater Portland area for a quick charge, courtesy of Central Maine Power Co., a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, and Nissan. The charging stations from Nissan were provided as part of CMP’s Plug-In Electric Vehicle …
Maine Deputy Attorney General William Stokes smiles, and his wife Diane Doyen applauds, as the Judiciary Committee unanimously votes to recommend him for a judgeship on the Superior Court in Augusta on Thursday.

Judiciary committee endorses nominees to state Supreme Court, Superior Court

By Judy Harrison on July 24, 2014, at 2:56 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The Legislature’s Judiciary Committee on Thursday unanimously endorsed the nominations of a seasoned jurist to Maine’s highest court and the state’s top prosecutor to replace him. In May, Gov. Paul LePage nominated Superior Court Justice Jeffrey L. Hjelm, 58, of Camden to replace Jon Levy, who is …

Judge lifts 56-year-old consent decree on lobster fishing group

By Bill Trotter on July 24, 2014, at 1:50 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — In a ruling that was expected, a federal judge has rescinded a consent decree that had been imposed on the Maine Lobstermen’s Association since 1958. The federal Department of Justice, which had implemented the decree against the Maine Lobstermen’s Association after it lost an antitrust lawsuit, had …
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Stephen Colbert takes LePage’s side (for laughs): ‘Maine is just one Octomom away from bankruptcy’

on July 24, 2014, at 11:39 a.m.
The Colbert Report Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Indecision Political Humor,The Colbert Report on Facebook   As you can see above, political humorist and faux conservative talk show host Stephen Colbert rushed to the defense of Republican Maine Gov. Paul LePage — in his typical tongue-in-cheek, deadpan sarcastic way — during last …
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LePage avoids partisan politics when it comes to judicial appointments

By Judy Harrison on July 24, 2014, at 8:54 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Bangor lawyer Aaron Frey and other Democrats in the legal community were worried when Gov. Paul LePage took office 3½ years ago about whether he would place politics above putting a deliberate, thoughtful person on the bench when nominating lawyers to be judges. “Those concerns were never …
Craig Stuart-Paul, chief executive of Maryland-based Fiberight, speaks at the Municipal Review Committee board meeting at the Orono town office Wednesday.

Trashanol: Vendor pitches garbage-to-energy technology to board representing 187 Maine towns

By Nok-Noi Ricker on July 23, 2014, at 7:56 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — While the Department of Environmental Protection considers an application from the Municipal Review Committee to open an integrated solid waste and recycling facility with a landfill in Penobscot County, the MRC board heard a presentation Wednesday from technology vendor Fiberight. Craig Stuart-Paul, chief executive of Maryland-based Fiberight, …
Head coach Jack Cosgrove looks on as sophomore quarterback Daniel Collins scrambles for yardage during the 10th annual Jeff Cole scrimmage at Morse Field at the University of Maine.

Members of UMaine football team accused of illegal drinking at Sand Beach

By Bill Trotter on July 23, 2014, at 5:50 p.m.
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine — A gathering Saturday at Sand Beach that included members of the University of Maine football team resulted in four players being charged with alcohol violations, according to national park rangers. Ranger Richard Rechholtz said three people were charged with underage drinking after being seen drinking …

Downeast LNG proposes expanded project, submits request to energy regulators

By Tim Cox on July 23, 2014, at 5:24 p.m.
ROBBINSTON, Maine — Downeast LNG has submitted a pre-filing request to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to develop its proposed liquefied natural gas import-export facility, the company announced Wednesday. The request is for a facility with significantly more capacity than the company proposed in June, an expansion that also increases …
Deb Walters is kayaking from Maine to Guatemala, raising awareness and donations for Safe Passage, a charity that helps children in Guatemala.

Maine grandmother kayaking Guatemala to raise money for charity

By Ann Charlton, York County Coast Star on July 23, 2014, at 3:58 p.m.
WELLS, Maine — The Wells Rotary Club had the opportunity to listen to the story of one woman’s inspiring journey as she kayaks 2,500 miles from Maine to Guatemala in an effort to raise awareness and donation for a Maine-based nonprofit called Safe Passage. Deb Walters, a 63-year-old retired scientist …

FairPoint customers lose Internet service

By Nell Gluckman on July 23, 2014, at 3:51 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Some FairPoint Communications customers may have lost their Internet service because of a problem that occurred on Sunday afternoon, according to a FairPoint spokesman. The problem affected customers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont and some may still be experiencing problems as a result, the spokesman said …
A police officer looks on near the site of the train wreckage in Lac Megantic, July 9, 2013. The crude oil freight train that derailed and blew up in the small town of Lac-Megantic early on Saturday morning, July 6, 2013, was traveling far too fast when it went off the rails, investigators told reporters.

Maine delegates laud proposed steps to prevent Lac-Megantic-level railway disaster in US

By Nick McCrea on July 23, 2014, at 3:01 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The U.S. Department of Transportation rolled out a series of proposed new rail safety rules on Wednesday, including phasing out tens of thousands of older railway tanker cars used to transport flammable liquids, including crude oil, over the next two years. Maine’s congressional delegation celebrated the proposals …
Lightning strikes during a thunderstorm in Bangor in July 2013.

Entire state under severe thunderstorm watch

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 23, 2014, at 2:42 p.m.
GRAY, Maine — Stormy weather was bearing down on Maine on Wednesday afternoon, and the National Weather Service has all of Maine on alert. A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for the entire state through 10 p.m. Wednesday, according to the weather service. Rain and heavy thunderstorms were moving …
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LePage administration wants adults without children to work to get food stamps

By Lindsay Tice on July 23, 2014, at 1:30 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — After a five-year break, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services plans once again to require childless adults to work in order to receive help through the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps. The department announced Wednesday that it will require work, …
Rose Rapp, the owner of Farmetta Farm in Morrill, takes Cornish cross chicks from the brooder to an outside chicken tractor Tuesday.

Percentage of women running farms in Maine more than double national average

By Abigail Curtis on July 23, 2014, at 1:06 p.m.
MORRILL, Maine — Farmer Rose Rapp lunged left and sheep shearer Edie Kershner dove to the right Tuesday afternoon, as the two worked together to pull a single animal out of the panicked, woolly stampede of sheep penned up in a rickety Waldo County barn. The women managed to grab …
U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud

Michaud, LePage stockpile cash as governor’s race ramps up

By Mario Moretto on July 23, 2014, at 10:54 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Mike Michaud continues to outpace his two gubernatorial opponents in the money race as the campaigns heat up leading into August. According to the most recent campaign finance reports filed with the state Tuesday night, the Democrat’s total fundraising has netted more than $1.9 million for the …
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British author to discuss expulsion of Acadians from Nova Scotia

Bangor Daily News on July 23, 2014, at 8:02 a.m.
GRAND FALLS, New Brunswick – In 1755, thousands of French-speaking settlers were expelled by the British from their homeland of Nova Scotia. They were called Acadians and they were fishermen and farmers. More than 250 years later, a British novelist has brought this harrowing episode in North American history to life in his …
Lightning strikes in Bangor in July 2013.

Potentially dangerous storms heading to Maine; Emera preparing for possible outages

By Dawn Gagnon on July 22, 2014, at 6:51 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The entire state is under a hazardous weather outlook, effective Wednesday afternoon into early evening, according to the National Weather Service’s offices in Caribou and Gray. The weather service is predicting thunderstorms that potentially could become severe, with damaging winds and heavy downpours. Some large hail also …
Gov. Paul LePage at a Republican rally at Husson University in June

LePage says 8 ‘unaccompanied alien children’ put in Maine without his knowledge

By Mario Moretto on July 22, 2014, at 5:54 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Republican Gov. Paul LePage learned Monday that eight unaccompanied children who entered the country illegally have been placed in Maine without his knowledge. In a statement from the governor’s office, LePage said he learned about the children’s placement during a conference call with White House staff and …
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