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EMMC President and CEO Deborah Carey Johnson is seen in this Sept. 30, 2010, file photo.

Eastern Maine Medical Center preparing for nurses strike

By Ryan McLaughlin on July 02, 2015, at 11:06 a.m.
BANGOR | Eastern Maine Medical Center is preparing for its nurses to go on strike July 13 and 14, the hospital’s management announced in a statement Thursday. At the start of bargaining on Thursday, the hospital received a notice from the Maine State Nurses Association, National Nurses Organizing Committee …
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Maine’s best 10 lobster shacks, according to Travel + Leisure

on July 02, 2015, at 7:21 a.m.
The publication Travel + Leisure, which is no stranger to Maine, returned this month with a list of what it considers the best 10 lobster shacks in the state known around the world for its lobster. In no particular order, the travel magazine considers these 10 to be the creme …

Maine lawmakers tighten foreclosure rules in win for consumers

By David Sherwood, Reuters on July 01, 2015, at 5:52 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Homeowners in Maine gained stronger protection against bank foreclosures under legislation approved late on Tuesday over the objections of some of the United States’ largest lenders in what consumer advocates called a win for homeowners. The new law makes Maine one of few U.S. states to legislate …

Emera Maine, union reach tentative deal on contract extension

By Darren Fishell on July 01, 2015, at 5:41 p.m.
Emera Maine and a union representing about 175 of the utility’s employees reached a tentative agreement about two hours after the midnight expiration of the union’s current five-year deal. Dick Rogers, business manager for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 1837, said he hopes to schedule meetings for members to …

Ridesharing rules for companies like Uber enacted after veto

By Darren Fishell on July 01, 2015, at 4:46 p.m.
PORTLAND | Lawmakers have enacted new statewide insurance requirements sought by the ridesharing company Uber, which has upended the taxi industry and raised employment law questions in areas where it operates. The new rules in Maine set standards for ridesharing services and prevent municipal or county regulation of their …
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Governor Paul LePage speaks at the Maine Heritage Policy Center luncheon at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor in this March 4, 2015, file photo.

Lawmakers vote unanimously to support investigation of LePage

By Christopher Cousins on July 01, 2015, at 4:09 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Members of the Legislature’s Government Oversight Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to start a formal investigation into Gov. Paul LePage’s use of taxpayer money to force Good Will-Hinckley to fire House Speaker Mark Eves. Sen. Roger Katz, R-Augusta, co-chairman of the committee, said lawmakers of both parties were …
Sen. Susan Collins speaks on March 31 at the University of Maine in Orono.

Collins endorses Jeb Bush for president

By Mal Leary on July 01, 2015, at 3:15 p.m.
BANGOR | Sen. Susan Collins has joined those making an early endorsement in the GOP race for president. Collins told MPBN News she is supporting former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. “I have recently made a decision after talking extensively with Jeb Bush that I am going to endorse him …

UIL, Iberdrola plan to address US regulator concerns over deal

By Reuters on July 01, 2015, at 2:33 p.m.
MADRID — Power group UIL Holdings said Wednesday it would quickly address regulators’ concerns after its $3 billion takeover by Spain’s Iberdrola was rejected by a U.S. antitrust watchdog in a preliminary decision. Iberdrola agreed in February to buy UIL to gain presence in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine and New York …
Gov. Paul LePage talks about his budget during a Town Hall meeting at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast in this April 28, 2015, file photo.

LePage’s attorney resists efforts to launch investigation

By Scott Thistle on July 01, 2015, at 1:47 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A top attorney for Republican Gov. Paul LePage is resisting efforts by several state lawmakers to have the Legislature’s Government Oversight Committee launch an investigation into LePage’s actions regarding House Speaker Mark Eves and a position he had been hired then fired from at the Good Will-Hinckley …

Montana lawyer’s reinstatement request to Maine bar denied

By Judy Harrison on July 01, 2015, at 1:39 p.m.
PORTLAND | The Maine Supreme Judicial Court has rejected a reinstatement request by a Montana attorney, according to the Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar. Edwin R. Jonas III of Lakeside, Montana, was admitted to the Maine bar in 1987 but appears to have never lived or practiced …
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie shakes hands at Becky's Diner in Portland on Wednesday morning with Maine Gov. Paul LePage in tow. Later, LePage endorsed Christie for the Republican presidential nomination.

LePage endorses Chris Christie for president, says he’s ‘the real deal’

By Mario Moretto on July 01, 2015, at 12:09 p.m.
PORTLAND | On a rain-slickened patio above a bustling diner, Maine Gov. Paul LePage on Wednesday morning became the first Republican governor in the nation to endorse a presidential candidate for 2016: Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey. LePage described Christie as a mentor and a friend and thanked …
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Stephen King clarifies LePage should ‘go to work or go back home’

on July 01, 2015, at 11:30 a.m.
Update: On Wednesday, Stephen King clarified on Twitter that he was not asking Gov. Paul LePage to resign in an earlier tweet, just asking him to “go to work or go back home.” I did NOT call on Paul LePage to resign. I called on him to either go to …

Plum Creek sells 6,500 acres to conservation group

By Susan Sharon, MPBN News on June 30, 2015, at 7:48 p.m.
BRUNSWICK | The Nature Conservancy in Maine has purchased more than 6,500 acres of diverse forestland, including old growth and sub-Alpine fir forest, southwest of Jackman. The purchase from Plum Creek Timber Co. will allow the Nature Conservancy to expand its Leuthold Forest Preserve to more than 16,000 acres. …

State to study new way to reimburse small-scale solar power generators

By Darren Fishell on June 30, 2015, at 5:55 p.m.
PORTLAND | Lawmakers on Tuesday directed state utilities regulators to study and create a new way to reimburse homeowners or businesses that generate a portion of their own electricity. LD 1263 picked up the two-thirds majorities in the House and Senate Tuesday afternoon to override a veto from Gov. …
Sen. Eric Brakey, R-Auburn

Bill to allow concealed guns without permit awaits LePage

By Scott Thistle on June 30, 2015, at 5:48 p.m.
AUGUSTA | A bill that removes Maine’s requirement that those carrying a concealed handgun first obtain a permit from law enforcement passed the state Senate on a 23-12 vote Tuesday. The measure, sponsored by state Sen. Eric Brakey, R-Auburn, now moves to Gov. Paul LePage, who will have 10 …
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A sign bobs in the air during a rally where protesters called for an investigation into potential wrongdoing by Gov. Paul LePage on Tuesday outside the State House in Augusta.

Behind dueling rallies at State House, divided views on LePage

By Mario Moretto on June 30, 2015, at 5:06 p.m.
AUGUSTA | While lawmakers spent their morning on Tuesday arguing whether to override Gov. Paul LePage’s budget veto, two groups of Maine voters were having their own conversation at the State House — about their views of the governor. Several dozen self-described conservative activists were first, turning up inside …
Patty Scully, a speech language pathologist at Winslow Elementary School, has been awarded the 2016 California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence and will be honored along with 42 other educators across the nation in Washington DC later this week.

Winslow teacher receives national recognition

By Nick McCrea on June 30, 2015, at 1:50 p.m.
A Winslow Elementary School second grade teacher has received national recognition for her work with students. Patty Scully will be among 42 public school educators to receive the 2016 California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence. “I’ve known and worked with Patty for years,” Mike Thurston, a social …

State police stepping up patrols over July Fourth weekend

By Ryan McLaughlin on June 30, 2015, at 1:48 p.m.
AUGUSTA | With traffic expected to be very busy on Maine’s highways over the Independence Day weekend, state troopers will be stepping up traffic enforcement efforts. Unmarked cruisers, airplanes and additional troopers are expected to be utilized in enforcing the laws along the state’s highways, according to Department of …
House Speaker Mark Eves, D-North Berwick.

Watchdog committee to meet Wednesday to decide on LePage investigation

By Christopher Cousins on June 30, 2015, at 1:03 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Members of the Legislature’s watchdog Government Oversight Committee will convene Wednesday to discuss allegations that Gov. Paul LePage improperly or illegally interfered with Good Will-Hinckley’s hiring of Democratic House Speaker M a rk Eves as the organization’s president. As first reported by the BDN last week, LePage …
Democratic Speaker of the House Mark Eves oversees the 109-37 vote to override Gov. Paul LePage's veto of the state budget on Tuesday in Augusta.

House, Senate override LePage’s veto and enact $6.7 billion state budget

By Christopher Cousins on June 30, 2015, at 11:23 a.m.
AUGUSTA | With fewer than 13 hours to go before the end of the state’s fiscal year, the Legislature on Tuesday morning stepped away from the precipice of a government shutdown by overriding Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of the $6.7 billion state budget. The House voted 109-37 vote to …
 
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