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Bill to fight vaccine misinformation clears legislative health panel

By Mario Moretto on May 22, 2015, at 12:42 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A bill designed to ensure parents have reliable, accurate information before deciding not to have their children vaccinated won a green light from lawmakers on the health committee. The bill, LD 471, would require parents to consult with a doctor before claiming an exemption from state vaccine …
Atlantic cod caught as part of a research survey in this Nov. 13, 2014, file photo.

Northeast fishermen call for outside review of fish stock assessments

By Sean Horgan, Gloucester Daily Times on May 22, 2015, at 12:13 p.m.
The battle over the validity of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration fish stock assessments that continually have led to slashed groundfish quotas has reached a higher pitch, with mounting calls for a third-party assessment of the manner NOAA assesses fish stocks. Under questioning by Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-New Hampshire, …
Rep. Ryan Tipping-Spitz

Maine House backs bill targeting offshore tax havens

By Staff Report, Sun Journal on May 22, 2015, at 11:45 a.m.
AUGUSTA | A measure to prevent multinational corporations from evading Maine taxes by hiding profits in offshore tax havens won initial approval in the state’s Democratic-controlled House of Representatives on Thursday on an 81-67, party-line vote. The bill, LD 341, sponsored by Rep. Ryan Tipping-Spitz, D-Orono, requires Maine companies …
Russell Strand

Strand speaks with Guardsmen on combatting sexual violence

on May 22, 2015, at 10:06 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Russell Strand, the Chief of the Behavioral Sciences Education and Training Division at the Military Police School at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, spoke Thursday, May 21, with Maine Guardsmen on strategies to combat sexual violence in the military. Strand presented service members in Augusta and Bangor with …

Unseasonably chilly weather ushers in freeze watches

By Ryan McLaughlin on May 22, 2015, at 7:40 a.m.
GRAY | While Memorial Day weekend unofficially ushers in summer, unseasonably cold temperatures will hover over much of the state to kick off the holiday weekend, according to the National Weather Service. The weather service has posted freeze watches for Oxford, Franklin and Somerset counties effective Friday evening into …

What’s the most distinctive cause of death in Maine?

By Erin Rhoda on May 22, 2015, at 6:53 a.m.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released a map showing the most distinctive causes of death for each state. In Louisiana, the sexually transmitted infection syphilis kills people at rates that make it unique. In Texas, it’s the infectious disease tuberculosis. And Maine? It’s the flu. That’s …
Corey Arsenault enjoys a cigarette during his smoke break Thursday in Bangor.

Health groups fear lawmakers may shift Maine’s anti-smoking stance

By Mario Moretto on May 21, 2015, at 7:19 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Health advocates say that if lawmakers aren’t careful, they could undo decades of successful anti-tobacco policy. Elements of Gov. Paul LePage’s budget and several bills in the Legislature could each push Maine toward a backslide, they said during a news conference Thursday. “For over 25 years, we …
A home for sale sits on the corner of Graham Avenue and Boutelle Road in Bangor in this file photo.

Maine home prices continue to climb as sales volume growth slows

By Darren Fishell on May 21, 2015, at 2:25 p.m.
PORTLAND | The median price of single-family homes in Maine continued to climb in April, up 5.3 percent from one year ago, to $178,000, according to monthly statistics from the Maine Association of Realtors. The rise came as the total volume of home sales continued to increase in April …
Oxford Street Shelter awaits the night's occupants as Portland Democrats and social services leaders said that a recent state audit claiming the city mismanagement of its General Assistance program is part of a “coordinated attack” by Gov. Paul LePage's administration at a press conference on Friday, Feb. 27, outside the Portland shelter.

Maine Senate approves 9-month limit for General Assistance

By Mario Moretto on May 21, 2015, at 1:18 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The Maine Senate on Thursday approved a bill to impose for the first time a cap on the number of months a person can receive aid through the General Assistance program. LD 1035, by Sen. Eric Brakey, R-Auburn, would limit recipients to nine months of assistance in …
David Rockefeller

David Rockefeller Sr. gives 1,000 acres to MDI garden preserve

By Bill Trotter on May 21, 2015, at 12:02 p.m.
MOUNT DESERT | A century after his father donated land on Mount Desert Island to preserve it for public use, David Rockefeller Sr. is following in his footsteps. On Thursday, the international banker and philanthropist announced he is giving away approximately 1,000 acres of land on MDI to the …

Memorial Day weekend expected to bring heavy turnpike traffic

By Ryan McLaughlin on May 21, 2015, at 8:55 a.m.
PORTLAND | With the unofficial start of summer coming this weekend, traffic on the Maine Turnpike is expected to be very heavy. According to a statement from the Maine Turnpike Authority, more than 890,000 vehicles are expected to use the turnpike over the course of Memorial Day weekend, an …

Bangor, Lewiston have lost hundreds of residents since 2010

By Darren Fishell on May 21, 2015, at 6:27 a.m.
PORTLAND | The population of Maine’s second- and third-largest cities, Lewiston and Bangor, continued to decline last year as the populations of the largest cities and towns in more densely populated southern Maine grew. Among the state’s largest communities, those in central and northern Maine posted the steepest relative declines, …
Gov. Paul LePage speaks at the Maine Heritage Policy Center luncheon at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor in this March 4, 2015, file photo.

LePage makes bid to let governor pick attorney general, treasurer

By Mal Leary on May 20, 2015, at 6:23 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Gov. Paul LePage has made good on his pledge to propose fundamental changes in the way the state’s constitutional officers — the attorney general, treasurer and secretary of state — are selected. The governor would expand his own power to select the first two officers and abolish …
Gov. Paul LePage

Health committee Democrats reject LePage’s call to drug test all TANF recipients

By Christopher Cousins on May 20, 2015, at 6:20 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Democrats who hold a majority on the Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee voted on Wednesday to reject a bill from Gov. Paul LePage to drug test everyone who receives cash benefits in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. LePage spokeswoman Adrienne Bennett said the vote …
Green Party activist John Eder smokes a joint at the "Yes on 1" headquarters in Portland in this November 2013 file photo.

Portland lawmakers make pitch for legal pot

By Mario Moretto on May 20, 2015, at 5:58 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Two Democratic legislators from Portland on Wednesday introduced their bills to legalize adult recreational marijuana use, saying the state should accept their presumption that weed is here to stay. The question, they said, is how society should deal with that fact — continue to outlaw marijuana or …

White House opposes East Coast missile site funds

By Gordon Block, Watertown Daily Times on May 20, 2015, at 5:27 p.m.
The White House has voiced major opposition to the addition of $30 million to the defense budget for designing an East Coast missile defense site that potentially would be located at Fort Drum in New York or in northwestern Maine. A report from the Office of Management and Budget says …

Maine EMS awards given during National EMS Week

on May 20, 2015, at 4:23 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine EMS Awards were distributed during a ceremony held Monday, May 18, at the Hall of Flags in the Statehouse, at the beginning of National EMS Week. A wreath laying ceremony at the Maine EMS Memorial and Education Site, located beside the Law Enforcement Memorial on State Street. The …
In this October 2014 file photo, Bruce Poliquin knocks on doors in Bangor as he campaigns to represent Maine's 2nd Congressional District. He won with 45 percent of the vote.

Is Bruce Poliquin the Energizer Bunny?

By Erin Rhoda on May 20, 2015, at 3:17 p.m.
Today, Roll Call devoted more than 1,000 words to a profile of Bruce Poliquin, the Republican representing Maine’s 2nd District in Congress. In the piece headlined “Why this vulnerable freshman is surprising people,” writer Simone Pathé describes Poliquin as the Energizer Bunny: “He may be new to the halls of …

Maine regulators won’t reconsider Efficiency Maine ‘and’ case

By Darren Fishell on May 20, 2015, at 1:06 p.m.
PORTLAND | State regulators won’t revisit their reading of a sentence that cut possible funding for an energy efficiency program in half, leaving the issue to the Legislature to clarify. The Natural Resources Council of Maine, the Conservation Law Foundation and the Maine Association of Building Efficiency Professionals together …

Cape Elizabeth High School, Class of 1980, 35th Reunion

By Kathy Barber on May 20, 2015, at 12:54 p.m.
The Cape Elizabeth High School, Class of 1980 will hold their 35th reunion at a private home in Cape Elizabeth on Saturday, July 18th from 6pm – 10pm. Classmates should join and RSVP through the “Cape Elizabeth High School Class of 1980” Facebook page. For more information, please contact Kathy …
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