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Democrats: LePage won’t try to recoup more than $400,000 paid for plagiarized study

By Christopher Cousins on Aug. 07, 2014, at 10:26 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A long-delayed meeting between Democratic legislative leaders and Republican Gov. Paul LePage on Thursday focused on the canceled Alexander Group contract and problems between the federal government and Riverview Psychiatric Center in Augusta, two issues that have been simmering controversies for months. Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves …

Acadians ready to shine, share their culture

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 06, 2014, at 2:45 p.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — Borrowing from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, this may no longer be the “forest primeval,” but starting this weekend what is being collectively termed “Acadia of the Lands and Forests” will host about 50,000 visitors for the 2014 World Acadian Congress. For the first time in its 25-year …
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage moving forward with program that will require drug tests for TANF recipients

By Christopher Cousins on Aug. 06, 2014, at 9:25 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage announced Wednesday that his administration will begin requiring people convicted of drug felonies to take drug tests as a condition of applying for or receiving cash benefits through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. The provision was passed into law in 2011 as …

Officials urge patience as thousands expected to attend World Acadian Congress

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 06, 2014, at 8:10 a.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — If nothing else, officials in charge of security and safety during the 2014 World Acadian Congress are asking everyone attending events to be patient. With about 50,000 people expected in the area over the course of the Acadian Congress from Aug. 8 to 24, people will …

Tips for traveling between borders during World Acadian Congress

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 06, 2014, at 8:10 a.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — This is the first time a World Acadian Congress has spanned two countries and included an international border. Officials with U.S. Customs and Border Protection have some helpful hints for travellers looking to participate in events going on in the St. John Valley, New Brunswick and …

Helpful tips for the 2014 World Acadian Congress

By Emily Burnham on Aug. 06, 2014, at 8:08 a.m.
Five things to do Opening Day Festivities in Edmundston, New Brunswick, all day, Friday, Aug. 8 — The Congress opens bright and early on Friday with a sunrise ceremony involving both Acadians and First Nations representatives that will symbolically erase the border. There’s a party from 3 to 5 p.m. …
Crew members enter and exit the plane carrying a second patient infected with the ebola virus from Africa to Atlanta stopped to refuel at Bangor International Airport Tuesday morning.

Second American Ebola patient arrives in US when plane stops to refuel in Bangor

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 05, 2014, at 8:31 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A plane carrying missionary Nancy Writebol, the second American aid worker to contract the deadly Ebola virus while treating patients in Africa, touched down briefly in Bangor Tuesday morning to take on fuel and supplies before continuing on to Atlanta, where doctors will work to save her …
Maxwell Nolin picked kale Friday at the Village Farm in Freedom.

Worldwide kale seed shortage reverberates in Maine

By Abigail Curtis on Aug. 04, 2014, at 5:40 p.m.
FREEDOM, Maine — Just a few years ago, if kale was seen anywhere, it was lurking on restaurant plates and salad bars as a garnish or hiding in the kitchens of hard-core health nuts. What a difference the years have made. Kale’s curly green leaves have become ubiquitous in the …

Three struck and injured by Shriner go-cart during Maine Lobster Festival

By Beth Brogan on Aug. 02, 2014, at 4:43 p.m.
ROCKLAND, Maine — A 79-year-old woman was treated at Penobscot Bay Medical Center Saturday after being struck by a Kora Temple Shrine go-cart during the Maine Lobster Festival parade. At about 10:23 a.m. Saturday, the go-cart drove onto the sidewalk on Main Street near AutoZone and struck the woman, as …
A cow and a calf moose walk along a roadway in Northern Penobscot County in this September 2013 file photo.

Want to see a Maine moose? Here’s what you have to do

By John Holyoke on Aug. 01, 2014, at 9:55 a.m.
Craig Watt’s store, Indian Hill Trading Post, sits perched over Moosehead Lake, ready to serve the thousands of visitors who head to the Greenville region each year. And as he meets and greets all those vacationers, he hears the same two questions over and over again. “Where to see a …
Maine's 2010 gubernatorial candidates debate at Bangor High School. From left, independent Eliot Cutler, independent Kevin Scott, Republican Paul LePage, independent Shawn Moody and Democrat Libby Mitchell.

LePage, Michaud aren’t interested in many public debates

By Scott Thistle on July 31, 2014, at 6:47 a.m.
LEWISTON, Maine — While they don’t agree on much, one thing Republican Gov. Paul LePage and his Democratic challenger Mike Michaud seem to be in agreement on is they don’t intend to participate in too many public debates. Michaud’s campaign spokeswoman Lizzy Reinholt also said Wednesday that Michaud would only …
Rep. Stephen Stanley, D-Medway, introduced the cold case bill to help the family of McLain, a 16-year-old high school sophomore from East Millinocket who disappeared while jogging Aug. 8, 1980. Her body was discovered two days later, and her death was ruled a homicide.

Michaud, LePage, Cutler say they support state cold case squad

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 30, 2014, at 8:39 a.m.
EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine — U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud promised to fund the state’s first cold-case squad to investigate homicides if elected governor, saying the issue “hits close to home” because of the 1980 murder of Joyce McLain. “It was nearly 34 years ago that Joyce McClain was abducted and murdered …
These household products, among many others, contain chemicals call phthalates, which are potentially toxic.

Dozens call on Maine to regulate chemicals found in plastic household products

By Jackie Farwell on July 29, 2014, at 3:08 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — More than 70 people called on the LePage administration Tuesday to require disclosure of potentially dangerous chemicals commonly found in consumer products. At a hearing before the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, parents, doctors, business owners and public health experts asked the agency to step up regulation …
A sizable crowd shops at the Bangor Farmers' Market in this June 2012 file photo.

More farmers markets accepting SNAP this season

By Sarah Walker Caron on July 28, 2014, at 8:02 a.m.
On Sundays, the farmers market in Bangor bustles with customers. Brilliant yellow squash, rich red beets, fresh green lettuces and a rainbow of other fruits and veggies are stacked in booths, ready for the choosing. Other booths have coolers teeming with meats, multi-hued cartons of eggs and a variety of …

Prescription tracking at 10: Maine police, doctors, lawmakers disagree on more stringent monitoring, even as drug abuse picture improves

By Jackie Farwell on July 27, 2014, at 6:01 a.m.
Part 2 of a 2-part series Brent Gallant will never forget the moment that launched his 15 years of prescription drug addiction. “I remember the first day I took a Vicodin, to a tee,” says the 44-year-old lobsterman from Brunswick. It was nearly two decades ago. Gallant worked for a …

Prescription tracking at 10: Why it still has much to prove, but could be Maine’s best weapon against drug abuse

By Jackie Farwell on July 25, 2014, at 2:13 p.m.
Part 1 of a 2-part series Anne Perry offered her longtime patient a choice. The patient was prescribed painkillers for chronic pain. She also complained of anxiety and asked for benzodiazepines, an addictive class of medications that includes Xanax and Valium, which opiate abusers often take to enhance their high. …
Tony Bennett, 48, of Bethel narrates and is featured in 'Down East Dickering,' a reality TV show airing on the History Channel.

The camera’s on us: Reality TV turns the spotlight on Maine, its people

By Emily Burnham on July 25, 2014, at 8 a.m.
Reality television is always looking for the next big thing; the next place that will spawn a whole host of crazy new shows about unique people. From the mid-2000s on, it was all about Alaska, between “The Deadliest Catch, “Ice Road Truckers” and “Wild West Alaska.” Louisiana has no shortage …
East Millinocket Selectman Mark Marston reads a statement during an anti-national park forum held by the Lincoln Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.

Katahdin-area residents attend forum on proposed national park, skeptical of benefits

By Nick Sambides Jr. on July 24, 2014, at 12:47 p.m.
LINCOLN, Maine — Rep. Beth Turner, R-Burlington, said after a forum Wednesday on a proposed 150,000-acre national park in the Katahdin region that she doesn’t believe that the virtues of the park would outweigh its flaws. She and several of the 28 people who attended the Lincoln Lakes Region Chamber …
Ann Homola, director of physician recruitment at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, from left, Matt McLaughlin, vice chair of FUSION:Bangor, and  Ben Sprague, chairman of the Bangor City Council, participate in a forum moderated by Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce CEO John Porter Monday, July 23, 2014.

Bangor business leaders want more young people to move to Maine

By Nick McCrea on July 23, 2014, at 1:46 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The problem isn’t that Maine’s population is too old, there just aren’t enough young people, a panel made up of local business and government leaders said Wednesday during a Bangor Chamber of Commerce breakfast. Maine, with its oft-cited status as the state with the oldest median age …
A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday threw out a federal regulation that implements key subsidies that are vital to President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

Federal courts disagree over Obamacare, creating uncertainty about Mainers’ health insurance subsidies

By Jackie Farwell on July 22, 2014, at 11:12 a.m.
Tens of thousands of Mainers could pay much more for health insurance if a legal blow dealt Tuesday to Obamacare by a federal appeals court is upheld. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the federal government can’t legally administer health insurance subsidies in …
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