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LePage proposes eliminating funding for Civil Rights Team Project

By Beth Brogan on May 27, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Maine Attorney General Janet T. Mills on Friday decried Gov. Paul LePage’s proposal to eliminate funding through the attorney general’s office for a project that supports civil rights teams in Maine schools.
The monument opened on Thursday to a sparse crowd, but National Park Service officials hope for a better showing this weekend.

North Woods national monument opens fully to the public

By Nick Sambides Jr. on May 26, 2017, at 1 a.m.
Amid an ongoing federal review and contention over the signs advertising it, Maine’s national monument opened fully for its first full year on Thursday with a handful of visitors more interested in nature than politics.
People protest U.S. President Donald Trump's travel ban outside of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Seattle, Washington, U.S. May 15, 2017.

In blow to Trump, appeals court refuses to reinstate travel ban

By Mica Rosenberg and Dan Levine, Reuters on May 25, 2017, at 2:42 p.m.
The ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit means the Trump administration still cannot enforce its travel order.
Commissioner Mary Mayhew speaks at the opening of the regional home for state Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Labor offices in South Portland, Jan. 5, 2015.

Mary Mayhew to leave LePage administration

By Christopher Cousins on May 24, 2017, at 10:32 a.m.
Mary Mayhew, who has served as Maine commissioner of Health and Human Services since the beginning of Gov. Paul LePage’s tenure, will be leaving that post Friday.
An Oxbow resident casts his ballot in Aroostook County at the community center.

Maine Supreme Judicial Court rules ranked-choice voting unconstitutional

By Michael Shepherd on May 23, 2017, at 11:02 a.m.
The Legislature will be under pressure to either throw out the law or amend the Constitution to allow it.
Served from a tap and resembling Guinness, nitro cold brew is all the rage this season.

Nitrogen-fueled coffee turbocharges Maine’s food and drink scene

By Kathleen Pierce on May 22, 2017, at 6:09 a.m.
Resembling Guinness, the nitro-fueled coffee is now reaching beyond the cafe walls and has been spotted in Bangor and Portland.
Seen speaking in East Millinocket against the Maine national monument last year, Gov. Paul LePage has ordered a ban of all monument signs along state roads until a federal review of the monument’s status is finished.

LePage refuses to put up road signs for North Woods national monument

By Nick Sambides Jr. on May 20, 2017, at 1 a.m.
The governor won’t allow official signs for Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument to be placed along Interstate 95 and Routes 11, 157 and 159, until federal officials determine whether the executive order creating the monument was valid.
A red pickup truck pulls away from the Downeast Correctional Facility in Machiasport in February. The Department of Corrections says it plans to lay off all guards, relocate prisoners, and close the facility by June 10.

State to close Machiasport prison next month

By Alex Acquisto on May 19, 2017, at 10:31 a.m.
Layoffs at the state’s juvenile detention facility in South Portland also were announced Friday.
Northbound traffic at the Maine Turnpike toll plaza in West Gardiner

LePage’s flood of late bills includes bid to spike Maine Turnpike Authority

By Christopher Cousins on May 18, 2017, at 10:38 a.m.
With the end of the legislative session drawing near, Gov. Paul LePage continues to submit new bills for consideration. Thursday was no exception.
Members of the Maine House of Representatives are sworn in for the first session of the 128th Legislature in December.

Democrats block bill to punish lying at Maine State House

By Christopher Cousins on May 17, 2017, at 3:03 p.m.
A bill that would prohibit lying during legislative hearings failed Wednesday in a narrowly divided vote in the Maine House of Representatives.
Ada Yentes-Quinn waves her sign in the air during the Women's March on Maine outside the Burton M. Cross building at the Maine State House in Augusta on Jan. 21.

Maine Republicans block new statewide Equal Rights Amendment vote

By Christopher Cousins on May 16, 2017, at 12:25 p.m.
Republicans in the Legislature have essentially shut the door on the possibility of a referendum to enshrine gender equality in the Maine Constitution.
Miss USA Kara McCullough of the District of Columbia speaks during a press conference after the pageant.

Miss USA calls health care a ‘privilege,’ sparks debate during pageant

By Emily Yahr, Washington Post on May 15, 2017, at 11:59 a.m.
It’s rare to see anyone answer a question directly. Contestants often spout off media-trained, middle-of-the-road answers that ensure no one will be offended.
Lawmakers are considering a bill to ban Mainers younger than 18 from using tanning beds.

Tanning beds pose big cancer risk to young Mainers

By Amy Volk and Hilary Schneider on May 14, 2017, at 8:51 a.m.
Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and is one of the most common types of cancer in young people, especially young girls.
Gov. Paul LePage

LePage: Drug, alcohol use by pregnant women is child abuse

By Nok-Noi Ricker on May 12, 2017, at 5:25 p.m.
“If you’re abusing drugs, if you’re abusing alcohol when you are pregnant, we have to do something. We have to work with you. We have to get you off them,” LePage said.
Margaret Zwicker (from left), Louise Ringle, Joan Shapleigh, and Gayle LaVallee cheer during the Women's March on Maine outside the Burton M. Cross building at the Maine State House in Augusta, Jan. 21, 2017.

Push for new Equal Rights Amendment vote in Maine sputters

By Christopher Cousins on May 12, 2017, at 9:17 a.m.
Equal gender rights is a fight that has simmered for more than a century in the United States.
Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap

Maine Democrat to take part in Trump’s voter fraud probe

By Christopher Cousins on May 11, 2017, at 12:48 p.m.
Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap said Thursday he has been asked to serve on an election fraud commission that is being spearheaded by President Donald Trump.
Sen. Roger Katz, R-Augusta

Push to restore lower base wage, tip credit for Maine tipped workers gains momentum

By Christopher Cousins on May 10, 2017, at 2:52 p.m.
The bill would restore the tip credit to Maine’s minimum wage laws.
Three 50 milliliter bottles of Fireball Whisky lie on a table with a standard pack of cards.

Maine takes a step closer to charging deposits on ‘nip’ liquor bottles

By Christopher Cousins on May 09, 2017, at 12:58 p.m.
A bill to include “nip”-sized liquor bottles in Maine’s bottle redemption system cruised through the House on Tuesday.
A model from The Well Armed Woman demonstrates a Concealed Carry Pack in Ghent, New York, Oct. 5, 2016.

Schools, cops say concealed guns on campuses would jeopardize safety

By Nick McCrea on May 08, 2017, at 1 a.m.
“Based on my 40 years in law enforcement, I know that when there are more guns allowed, there is more risk and less safety.”
Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents take green card holder Sergio Rodriguez into custody outside his home in El Monte, Calif., on April 18, 2017.

Fear, symbolism drive sanctuary community movement in Maine

By Beth Brogan on May 07, 2017, at 7:26 a.m.
“It’s a very terrifying time. Some of us are very, very scared. It’s more terrifying because Trump is so completely a loose cannon. You can’t tell what he could do.”