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Gov. Paul LePage

LePage gives raises to executive staff, withholds raises for 100 state attorneys

By Mario Moretto on Aug. 19, 2014, at 7:29 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Roughly 100 attorneys working for the state have been waiting nearly two months to receive substantial raises approved by the Legislature but held up by Gov. Paul LePage. The Legislature approved 4 percent raises for every district attorney, assistant district attorney and assistant attorney general in the …

Five Maine agricultural companies to share $471,571 in federal grants

By Darren Fishell on Aug. 19, 2014, at 6:58 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Five Maine companies will share nearly half a million dollars in federal grants aimed at preserving rural jobs at companies that process or add to agricultural products. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday that five companies will share $471,571 in Value Added Producer Grants through the department’s …

Report: Climate change threatens outdoor recreation, Mainers’ health

By Jackie Farwell on Aug. 19, 2014, at 5:53 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Climate change has exacerbated populations of ticks, mosquitoes and other pests that threaten health and outdoor recreation, according to a national report released in Portland on Tuesday. Shorter winters and warmer summers have allowed problematic bugs — along with poison ivy and jellyfish — to grow in …
A section of Route 15 in Stonington, voted the worst road in Maine in a contest run by the Maine Better Transportation Association.

Camden man’s account of bumpy trip on Route 15 wins ‘Worst Road in Maine’ contest

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 19, 2014, at 3:05 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A Camden man who wrote a harrowing account of his trip along Route 15 from Blue Hill to Stonington this spring is the winner of the Worst Road in Maine contest, according to the Maine Better Transportation Association. Gabriel Zacchai’s entry was selected from among eight finalists, …
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Stephen King takes the #IceBucketChallenge, challenges John Grisham

on Aug. 19, 2014, at 1:22 p.m.
The Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS awareness has been sweeping the Internet in recent days, and Bangor’s own Stephen King is the latest participant. King took the ice bath like a champ and challenged author John Grisham to take the challenge next. My shoes are wet, and I'm freezing. While …
From the community

Larry Austin named director of security for Maine Department of Corrections

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 19, 2014, at 1:18 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — In a recent statement, Maine Department of Corrections Commissioner Joseph Fitzpatrick named Larry Austin as the department’s director of security. “Larry Austin’s extensive knowledge, vast experience and understanding in the areas of adult and juvenile field and facilities will serve him well in this new director of security role,” …
Trains carrying crude oil have passed through the middle of Jackman, just as they had through Lac-Megantic, Quebec.

Canadian audit: Railway’s weak safety culture led to Lac-Megantic disaster

By Ashley Halsey III, The Washington Post on Aug. 19, 2014, at 11:49 a.m.
The runaway train that exploded into a small Quebec village last year was operated by a small regional railroad that cut corners on safety to save money, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada said in its final report on the accident that killed 47 people. “This was a company with …

Maine marine resources chief names panel to determine rockweed no-harvest areas

By Tim Cox on Aug. 19, 2014, at 10:49 a.m.
Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher announced Monday the appointment of five people to a panel that will develop criteria for determining ecologically sensitive areas that should be off limits to rockweed harvesting. The working group is comprised of four scientists and conservationists and one representative of the industry that harvests …
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The top 10 movies with scenes filmed in Maine; did you know these actors had worked here?

on Aug. 18, 2014, at 7:41 p.m.
The following represents a list of the top 10 movies, in terms of their respective box office hauls, in which at least a portion of the filming was done in Maine. As you’ll see below, in some cases, it’s a very small portion. Nonetheless, the list shows that some of …
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Mugshot of Maine man wearing T-shirt with his mugshot goes viral

on Aug. 18, 2014, at 7:36 p.m.
File this under “Awkward Family Photos.” Robert Burt of Pittsfield showed up to serve a two-day sentence at the Somerset County Jail recently wearing a novelty T-shirt that featured his mugshot from a previous arrest. The theme for the shirt? “Burt Family Reunion,” sponsored cheekily by Bud Light beer and the Somerset …
Richard Olson

Driver in fatal Dedham crash crossed centerline, but it’s unclear why

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 18, 2014, at 6:55 p.m.
DEDHAM, Maine — The initial report about the Aug. 5 fatal collision on Route 1A indicates 85-year-old Richard Olson, who was driving to his summer home in Ellsworth, may have drifted in his lane and overcorrected, causing his vehicle to cross the centerline and hit an oncoming truck head-on. Olson, …

Riverview patient arrested after allegedly assaulting his nurse

By Nell Gluckman on Aug. 18, 2014, at 6:21 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A Riverview Psychiatric Center patient was charged with aggravated assault after he allegedly hit a nurse with a chair, according to Kennebec County District Attorney Meaghan Maloney. Maloney said the nurse was taken to the hospital after the incident involving Frank Stewart, 23, occurred on Saturday. She …
From the community

Department of State celebrates ‘National Passport Awareness Month’

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 18, 2014, at 3:53 p.m.
STATEWIDE – The Department of State is celebrating “National Passport Awareness Month” with extended hours available at the National Passport Center during the month of September. No appointment will be required during the extended hours for first-time passport applicants, passport renewals, data changes, or additional visa pages. Both routine and expedited service …
Robert Koch

Police ask for public’s help in finding Portland man

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 18, 2014, at 3:31 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Police are seeking the public’s help in finding a 52-year-old man. Robert Koch left his Riverside Street residence around 8:30 p.m. Friday and mentioned that he was going to Trolley Park at Forest Avenue and Riverside Street, according to Portland police Lt. James Sweatt. The Trolley Park …

Woman claims suffering 3rd-degree burns from heated seat

By Staff, CBS 13 on Aug. 18, 2014, at 2:12 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A former Maine woman who claims she got third-degree burns from a heated seat in her SUV is suing General Motors. In a lawsuit, Emma Verrill claims GM didn’t adequately test the rear seat heaters in her Chevrolet Suburban. She says the error put the seats at …
Lt. Chris Coleman, head of the Major Crimes Unit of the Maine State Police, has been selected as the new Ellsworth police chief.

Maine State Police veteran picked as new Ellsworth police chief

By Bill Trotter on Aug. 18, 2014, at 12:53 p.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — The city has picked a new chief of police who is well known in law enforcement circles in eastern Maine. Lt. Christopher Coleman, head of the Maine State Police major crimes’ northern division, has been selected to lead the Ellsworth Police Department. Coleman confirmed his new appointment …
Keyboard Cat, Grumpy Cat and Henri, le Chat Noir are just some of the cat celebrities that will be featured in the Internet Cat Video Film Festival, set for Aug. 23 at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland.

A ‘Caturday’ to remember: Internet Cat Video Film Festival to stop in Farnsworth

By Emily Burnham on Aug. 18, 2014, at 11:17 a.m.
It was an ordinary day in 2006, perhaps in 2005. The exact date is now lost, forever, in the annals of history. Nothing special, really, except that on that day a revolution was born. It was a day that one cat — a British Shorthair, to be exact — asked …
From the community

Ann LePage to host fourth annual Military Families Ice Cream Social

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 18, 2014, at 10:27 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine’s first lady Ann LePage will host the fourth annual Military Families Ice Cream Social 4-5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 18, on the Blaine House lawn, 192 State St. Last year, more than 100 people joined the first lady for the Military Families Ice Cream Social, and between 100 and …
Eliot Cutler (right), an independent running for governor, listens to Sen. Angus King endorse him at a press conference on Monday in Bangor.

King endorses fellow independent Cutler for Maine governor

By Mario Moretto on Aug. 18, 2014, at 10:13 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — U.S. Sen. Angus King endorsed fellow independent Eliot Cutler in this year’s gubernatorial race Monday morning at a news conference in Portland. The two independents emphasized Cutler’s business pedigree, and the advantages they said an independent can have as the top elected official in the state, such …
Eliot Cutler

Rumors swirl of Angus King endorsement for Eliot Cutler at Monday event

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 17, 2014, at 9:13 p.m.
The events are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. in Portland and 2:30 p.m. in Bangor, with the venues yet to be determined, according to the campaign.
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