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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.
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 | 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 | 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 …
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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 | 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 | 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 …
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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 | 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 | 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 …
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Maine panel begins assessment of controversial Common Core education standards

By Christopher Cousins on Sept. 16, 2014, at 4:42 p.m.
AUGUSTA | 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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Maine State Museum part of Smithsonian’s Museum Day Live

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 16, 2014, at 3:31 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine – The Maine State Museum in Augusta will open its doors free of charge as part of  “Smithsonian” magazine’s tenth annual Museum Day Live!  on Saturday, Sept. 27. In order to be admitted for free, participants need only visit the website to download a free ticket for two people and present it …
From the community

Sen. King office announces outreach hours

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 16, 2014, at 3:20 p.m.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The office of U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) today announced the constituent outreach hours for the end of September. Constituent outreach hours are part of Senator King’s “Your Government, Your Neighborhood” initiative and offer an opportunity for area residents to meet directly with a staff representative to discuss specific …
A man looks over the Affordable Care Act (commonly known as Obamacare) signup page on the website in New York in this Oct. 2, 2013 photo illustration.

Census: More Maine residents without health insurance

By Jackie Farwell on Sept. 16, 2014, at 3:20 p.m.
The share of Mainers without health insurance rose from 2012 to 2013, making the state one of just two nationally to record an increase, according to new U.S. Census data. The data was included in one of three health insurance surveys the federal government released Tuesday. Maine’s uninsured population rose …
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Sarah Mildred Long Bridge replacement open house

Bangor Daily News on Sept. 16, 2014, at 2:44 p.m.
KITTERY, Maine — The Maine Department of Transportation and the New Hampshire Department of Transportation are sponsoring an open house 3-6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, to showcase the final design of the new Sarah Mildred Long Bridge. The open house will be held at Kittery Community Center at Frisbee Common, …

Spectra, Northeast Utilities partner on $3 billion project to bring more natural gas to New England

By Darren Fishell on Sept. 16, 2014, at 2:39 p.m.
PORTLAND | The Houston-based Spectra Energy announced Tuesday that Northeast Utilities, New England’s largest electric utility, plans to be a co-investor in a $3 billion effort to expand two major natural gas pipelines in the region, one of which runs through Maine. Spectra’s pipeline expansion proposal was made public …

Hostage released safely, suspect takes own life in Camden standoff

By Stephen Betts on Sept. 16, 2014, at 2:32 p.m.
Maine State Police tried repeatedly to have a suspect in an armed standoff at a Camden pharmacy surrender.
Hannaford Supermarkets has reached an agreement with Paradis Shop ’n Save to purchase supermarkets the company operates in Houlton, Caribou and Calais.

Hannaford to purchase Eastern Maine Paradis supermarkets

on Sept. 16, 2014, at 2:08 p.m.
SCARBOROUGH | Hannaford Supermarkets has reached an agreement with Paradis Shop ’n Save to purchase supermarkets the company operates in Houlton, Caribou and Calais. The purchase of the stores is expected to be completed later this fall. Paradis stores in Fort Kent, Madawaska and Brewer are not affected by …
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