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Eric Brakey

Get out of jail free? Auburn senator says low-profile suspects should pay no bail

By Scott Thistle on Jan. 23, 2015, at 6:15 a.m.
AUGUSTA | Eliminating cash bail would dramatically reduce the number of inmates in Maine jails and dramatically lower taxpayer costs, according to state Sen. Eric Brakey, R-Auburn. Brakey said Thursday he intends to introduce legislation that would do away with bail in Maine and replace it with a system …
Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap

LePage to propose adding lieutenant governor, dropping secretary of state

By Blake Davis, Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting on Jan. 22, 2015, at 7:02 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Gov. Paul LePage wants to get rid of the secretary of state position and replace it with a lieutenant governor. The duties of the secretary of state, from running elections to licensing drivers, would come under the lieutenant governor, who also would be first in the line …
Bruce Poliquin

Poliquin’s vote for anti-abortion measure prompts disagreement over Maine values

By Christopher Cousins on Jan. 22, 2015, at 5:51 p.m.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin solidified his position as the only anti-abortion member of Maine’s congressional delegation Thursday when he cast his first vote against abortion on the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. Thursday’s vote on the No …
Police are searching for this vehicle and Harold "Butch" Knight in connection with a Michigan homicide. Knight has ties to Turner and could be headed toward Maine.

Police ‘confident’ that suspect in Michigan homicide has been spotted in Maine

By Dawn Gagnon on Jan. 22, 2015, at 5:47 p.m.
BANGOR | A man suspected in the suspicious death of a Michigan woman may have been spotted in Maine, according to police. Harold “Butch” Knight, 66, is the husband of the victim, Sara Lee Knight, 48, according to Capt. Frank Baker of the Allegan County Sheriff’s Office in Michigan. …
Juan Rivera

New York man sentenced to 9 years for selling heroin, crack from Bangor motel

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 22, 2015, at 5:28 p.m.
A New York City man was sentenced Thursday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to nine years in prison for drug trafficking. Juan Rivera, 40, was sentenced after pleading guilty to aggravated trafficking in schedule W drugs, a Class A crime, according to Assistant Attorney General Patrick Larson, …
Harold Knight

Police: Michigan murder suspect spotted in Maine

By CBS 13 on Jan. 22, 2015, at 4:25 p.m.
Police are searching for a man with ties to Maine who is accused of murdering his wife in Michigan. According to the Allegan County Sheriff’s Office in Michigan, law enforcement officials in Maine say they have received several reported sightings of Harold Knight being in the state. Knight is accused …
#MAINE (blog)

Online modeling predicts how — or if — Maine’s population will grow by 2030

on Jan. 22, 2015, at 3:45 p.m.
In case you missed it, the Urban Institute has an interesting interactive map of the United States tracking where the nearly 50 million more Americans will make their homes by 2030. For context, using available birth rate, death rate and average migration data, Urban Institute projects the country’s population to …
MAINE FOCUS (blog)

Find out what you love most about your Maine culture

on Jan. 22, 2015, at 1:46 p.m.
We asked you to share what Maine means to you, and you did. Here are 50 digital postcards that capture your sense of place and Maine pride.

Internet company to make Camden new headquarters, partner with UMaine to provide high-speed wireless throughout state

By Stephen Betts on Jan. 22, 2015, at 1:22 p.m.
Redzone Wireless LLC will make a former mill as its new headquarters, bringing nearly 24 jobs to Camden. The Internet company also has entered into an exclusive 30-year contract with the University of Maine System to use the Educational Broadband Service spectrum granted to Maine’s universities by …
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Speaking to reporters after his speech at the Maine Real Estate and Development Association on Thursday, Gov. Paul LePage stated his low opinion of the New England Patriots football team.

LePage on ‘Deflategate’: Patriots have history of being ‘less than ethical’

By Seth Koenig and Troy R. Bennett on Jan. 22, 2015, at 12:21 p.m.
PORTLAND | Speaking to reporters after his speech at the Maine Real Estate and Development Association on Thursday, Gov. Paul LePage stated his low opinion of the Super Bowl-bound New England Patriots football team. The National Football League determined this week that 11 out of the Patriots’ 12 game …

Gov. LePage says New England Patriots ‘unethical’

By Troy R. Bennett on Jan. 22, 2015, at 12:20 p.m.
Speaking to reporters after his speech at the Maine Real Estate and Development Association on Wednesday, Gov. Paul LePage stated his low opinion of the Super Bowl-bound New England Patriots football team.
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Maine Central Institute is seen Tuesday in Pittsfield.

There’s no answer sheet for questions about how LePage’s tax reform plan would affect Maine schools

By Christopher Cousins on Jan. 22, 2015, at 10:55 a.m.
AUGUSTA | Will Maine’s nine town academies, private schools where at least 60 percent of students are local and publicly funded, be subject to Gov. Paul LePage’s proposal to allow towns and cities to tax large nonprofit organizations? And if they are, does it make sense for a town …
Light snow falls in Bangor on Jan. 9.

National Weather Service: Saturday winter storm possible

By Ryan McLaughlin on Jan. 22, 2015, at 10:38 a.m.
CARIBOU | A winter storm tracking up the eastern seaboard could bring significant snowfall to Maine this weekend. According to the National Weather Service’s Caribou forecast center, Washington and Hancock counties are expected to get the bulk of the snowfall, with the storm’s track expected to be just to …
The National World War II Memorial in Washington D.C.

Find out what you love most about your Maine culture

on Jan. 22, 2015, at 10:08 a.m.
We asked you to share what Maine means to you, and you did. Here are 50 digital postcards that capture your sense of place and Maine pride.
#MAINE (blog)

We are Bangor, we are not Bang-er: video tunefully corrects mispronunciation

on Jan. 22, 2015, at 9:33 a.m.
At last night’s annual Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce awards, held at 7 p.m. at the Cross Insurance Center on Wednesday night, Bangor marketing firm Sutherland & Weston put together a series of funny videos about awardees — and one hilarious opening video to kick off the ceremony, as they …
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Jeff Auger loads bags of oysters from a hatchery into growing cages on the Damariscotta River in Maine on a bitter cold Jan. 7, 2015. He works for Mook Sea Farm, whose owner Bill Mook has studied the impact of ocean acidification on his operation and helped develop a state plan for combating the problem.

Adapting to an acidic ocean? The Pacific Northwest has clues for Maine

By Chris Adams, McClatchy Washington Bureau on Jan. 22, 2015, at 7:49 a.m.
WALPOLE | In the icy waters of midcoast Maine, Bill Mook has his eyes on his oysters — and how the waters they need to survive are gradually, but clearly, changing. Down the coast near Portland, the issue is clams and the mud flats that have become inhospitable to …

Brewer woman hurt in Interstate 95 rollover

By Dawn Gagnon on Jan. 21, 2015, at 8:20 p.m.
ETNA | A Brewer woman was taken to a Bangor hospital Wednesday afternoon after she was injured in a rollover crash on Interstate 95. Tobrina Snow, 36, suffered a possible head injury, Trooper Paul White of the Maine State Police said Wednesday night. Snow’s infant, who was a passenger, …
The Canadian one-dollar "loonie" slid to a six-year low on Wednesday. It was worth 81 cents U.S. as of midday Wednesday, according to the online business website www.bloomberg.com.

Canadian dollar’s slide affects businesses on Maine border

By Julia Bayly on Jan. 21, 2015, at 6:16 p.m.
FORT KENT | Canadians are seeing less of a bang for their buck in the United States, and businesses in Maine border communities are feeling the effects of the drop in value of the Canadian dollar. As of Wednesday, it had fallen to its lowest point against the U.S. …
Betsy Webb

Bangor school superintendent to testify in DC on effect of Affordable Care Act’s ‘30-hour rule’

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 21, 2015, at 5:36 p.m.
Bangor School Department Superintendent Betsy Webb will testify about the effect the Affordable Care Act’s “30-hour full-time rule” has on the city’s school system on Thursday in Washington, D.C. Webb is scheduled to speak to the U.S. Senate Education, Health, Labor and Pensions Committee, of which U.S. …
Matthew Davis

Attorneys for Houlton man in Oakfield double murder case seek to suppress statements

By Jen Lynds on Jan. 21, 2015, at 4:23 p.m.
Attorneys for a Houlton man accused of gunning down an Oakfield couple in the fall of 2013 are seeking to suppress some of the statements he first made to police. A suppression hearing in the case of Matthew Davis is scheduled for 9 a.m. March 19 in …
 
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