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Trooper Jon Brown of the Maine State Police

With pay frozen, Maine state troopers tell lawmakers they rely on road kill to feed families, can’t afford heating oil

By Scott Thistle on Feb. 11, 2014, at 8:02 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A pair of Maine State Police troopers were among dozens of state workers who told the Legislature’s budget-writing Appropriations Committee on Monday that the decision to freeze state merit and longevity pay in 2013 is taking a toll on their family finances. The two were testifying in …
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Rhode Island welfare consultant Gary Alexander, left, and Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew prepare to answer questions from the Health and Human Services Committee on Jan. 14, 2014.

Democrats introduce attempt to cancel controversial $925,000 welfare study

By Christopher Cousins on Feb. 10, 2014, at 10:06 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Democrats on the Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee introduced a bill Monday that would cancel a nearly $1 million contract signed by Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s administration with a controversial welfare consultant, the Alexander Group. In September 2013, the LePage administration contracted with the group, headed …
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Maine Warden Service urges snowmobilers to slow down after spate of crashes

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 09, 2014, at 11:45 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Warden Service on Sunday urged snowmobilers to slow down after 10 people were injured in nine crashes over Friday and Saturday. Information about the accidents was issued in a press release from Cpl. John MacDonald, spokesman for the Maine Warden Service. The names of all …
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This screenshot of a YouTube video shows an advertisement by My Maine Ride.

Attorney general sues My Maine Ride dealer over alleged illegal practices

By Judy Harrison on Feb. 07, 2014, at 12 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Attorney General Janet T. Mills has sued a Bangor used car dealer in Penobscot County Superior Court for unfair and deceptive trade practices in connection with the promotion and sale of used cars. The complaint, filed Jan. 31, alleged that Glenn A. Geiser Jr., 48, of Brewer …
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Brunswick Marine Resource Officer Dan Devereaux (left) picks a green crab at a press conference called by Ron Howse (center) of Tidalwater Seafood Company in Brunswick on Thursday. Howse has plans to commercially process the crabs for food. Capt. Bill Linnell (right) is interested in harvesting the crabs.

Canadian businessman wants to put Maine green crabs on global menu

By Beth Brogan on Feb. 06, 2014, at 10:45 a.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — Canadian businessman Ron Howse boiled up a pot of European green crabs in a microwave Thursday afternoon and offered tastes of the sweet white flesh to reporters, fishermen and others gathered at a news conference in downtown Brunswick. “If that’s not sweet, I don’t know what is,” …
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Acadia hoping to open new Schoodic campground in 2015

By Bill Trotter on Feb. 05, 2014, at 3:06 p.m.
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine — People who want the experience of camping overnight in Maine’s only national park are expected to have a third option next summer. Technically, the new campground on the Schoodic Peninsula, on the eastern side of Frenchman Bay, will not be on park property, as the …
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Gov. Paul LePage waves as he leaves the House of Representatives chamber after he delivered his 2014 State of the State address at the State House in Augusta on Tuesday evening.

LePage lays out major initiatives for job creation, lowering taxes in State of the State

By Mario Moretto on Feb. 04, 2014, at 8:42 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — In a wide-ranging State of the State address on Tuesday, Gov. Paul LePage laid out new proposals for economic development, tax reform and combating the state’s drug addiction epidemic. The state’s chief executive discussed most major policy areas — from energy and education to welfare reform — …
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Brian and Susan Giles are carving out a life as homesteaders in their 16- by 24-foot unfinished home in the Washington County community of Alexander.

It takes a village to raise a homestead in Washington County

By Tim Cox on Feb. 03, 2014, at 1:18 p.m.
ALEXANDER, Maine — On the crest of a hill along Route 9 is the entrance to a couple’s dream, a lane about one-tenth of a mile long, only partly covered with gravel and the muddy ruts thankfully frozen so vehicles can drive up to their home, which is within sight …
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David Carlson, the owner of Three Tides in Belfast, poured a Sea Level Stout before the bar's opening party on St. Patrick's Day in this March 2012 file photo.

State law prevents Maine bars, brewers from posting alcohol by volume content

By Abigail Curtis on Feb. 01, 2014, at 2:51 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — The beers on tap at Three Tides & Marshall Wharf Brewing Co. on the Belfast waterfront are creative, delicious and brewed with ingredients as diverse as coffee, chile peppers and oysters. They can also be quite strong, with the alcohol by volume content of the beers ranging …
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Law to allow lodges to buy some moose permits: Boon or boondoggle?

By John Holyoke on Jan. 31, 2014, at 12:56 p.m.
An effort to jump-start the economy in parts of rural Maine led to legislative passage of a bill that would allow hunting and fishing lodges to purchase a limited number of moose permits, which they could then sell to interested sports at a premium. The guides would get work. The …
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Transgender student Nicole Maines (center) with her father, Wayne Maines (left), and brother Jonas, speaks to reporters outside the Penobscot Judicial Center, Wednesday, June 12, 2013, in Bangor.

Maine Supreme Court rules in favor of transgender girl in Orono school bathroom case

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 30, 2014, at 12:07 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — The Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Thursday guaranteed the right of a transgender child to use the school bathroom designated for the gender with which he or she identifies. It is the first time any court in the nation has ruled it is unlawful to force a …
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Bob Crowley, winner of the reality television series "Survivor: Gabon," stands in a yurt at Maine Forest Yurts in Durham. Crowley, a retired high school physics teacher, runs the 100-acre retreat with his family.

‘Survivor’ winner opens ‘glamorous camping’ retreat in lavish Durham yurt

By Beth Brogan on Jan. 29, 2014, at 2:04 p.m.
DURHAM, Maine — On a January day when the temperature barely reached double digits, 63-year-old Bob Crowley pulled the earflaps of his hat tightly to his head before steering his four-wheel Polaris Ranger through the woods of rural Durham to Fisher Ridge Yurt. It was cold, but the 2008 winner …
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A plastic shopping bag, one of thousands littering the landscape at the Bath municipal landfill, flaps in the breeze in this April 19, 2013 file photo.

Paper or plastic? Both would cost a dime under Portland plan that opponents say will spawn ‘bag police’

By William Hall on Jan. 28, 2014, at 1:11 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — In what may be a case of history repeating itself, a Portland City Council task force on Monday narrowly recommended a proposed fee that many city merchants would charge customers to package goods in disposable bags. The council’s Green Packaging Working Group, which last year proposed a …
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Schenck High School of East Millinocket, as seen on Friday, May 17, 2013.

East Millinocket man wants to rename Schenck High School to avoid negative connotation, honor Powerball donor

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 27, 2014, at 1:42 p.m.
EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine — Paul Baker wants to change Schenck High School’s name to honor a town family whose $1.8 million donation to the school will buy a new roof and extend the life of the building, he said Monday. The 86-year-old retired millworker and East Millinocket resident wrote sealed …
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Lori, Stephen and Marie Huckabey pose for a photo with all three of the Red Sox World Series trophies at the Cross Insurance Center on Sunday.

Throngs of Red Sox fans — including some 6,000 miles away — gawk at trio of World Series trophies on display in Bangor

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 26, 2014, at 12:44 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Droves of beaming Red Sox fans descended on the Cross Insurance Center on Sunday morning to pose for pictures with a triplet set of sterling silver and gold World Series trophies that visited Maine for the weekend. Some had to get their glimpse from far away. Robin …
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The mill in East Millinocket in Sept. 2011.

Industry experts call East Millinocket mill’s production shutdown a ‘tragedy’ while town officials remain hopeful

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Jan. 24, 2014, at 3:50 p.m.
EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine — Tragic. That was how two forest products industry experts described Great Northern Paper Co.’s announcement Thursday that it would be stopping production at its Main Street paper mill for as many as 16 weeks. They said the company and its parent, Cate Street Capital, face significant …
A warning sign for a natural gas pipeline is seen at an oil pump site outside of Williston, N.D.

A lot of gas, but not here: How should New England deal with its natural gas appetite?

By Matthew Stone on Jan. 23, 2014, at 12:32 p.m.
The agreement among the six New England governors to invest as a region in new natural gas pipeline capacity and electric transmission is rooted in part in cold days like many that Maine and the rest of New England have experienced so far this winter. It’s also part of a …
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Policy questioned after Fort Kent police drop man at town line — who then allegedly attempts to break into home

By Julia Bayly on Jan. 22, 2014, at 9:49 a.m.
FORT KENT, Maine — Members of a New Canada family are asking some serious questions about local law enforcement procedures in the wake of an attempted burglary at their Caribou Road home earlier this month. Sylvie Nadeau said she was sound asleep when she was awoken just after 2 a.m. …
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Bradley LaPointe, 19, is shown at the Topsham home where he lives with his parents. LaPointe is autistic but doesn't qualify for comprehensive care available for the physically impaired, which could leave his family in a desperate situation next year, when LaPointe graduates and needs care during the several hours each day he’'s now spending in school.

Topsham family ‘entering a very frightening time’ seeking DHHS help caring for autistic son

By Jackie Farwell on Jan. 21, 2014, at 3:39 p.m.
As Terri Earley watches her son and daughter relaxing in the living room of her Topsham home, she sees two diverging examples of how the state cares for young adults with disabilities. A promising future lies in store for one, while the other falls into what she sees as a …
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Study finds more Mainers say no to lighting up in cars, homes after statewide smoke-free law

By Jackie Farwell on Jan. 20, 2014, at 1:30 p.m.
When Bangor became one of the first cities in the country to ban smoking in cars carrying children, supporters touted the benefits to public health, while opponents argued the ordinance “moralized” against smokers. The 2007 ordinance set the stage for a statewide smoke-free vehicle law, which new research indicates then …
 
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