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LePage team preparing for inauguration festivities

on Dec. 17, 2014, at 4:07 p.m.
In 21 days, thousands of attendees will cram themselves into the Augusta Civic Center — after a rigorous security screening — to see Gov. Paul LePage inaugurated for his second term of office.

Cranberry Chocolate Chunk Cookies

on Dec. 17, 2014, at 12:46 p.m.
This recipe is courtesy of my best friend, Andy. He has been making these cookies for years and they are wildly popular. The combination of the chewy oatmeal cookie, the tangy cranberries, and the slightly bitter dark chocolate balance out the sweet and result in a most delicious cookie. Perfect …
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Computer-based testing for wastewater operator testing up soon

on Dec. 17, 2014, at 9:37 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Wastewater operators in Maine soon will have a new way to take the exam needed to receive their certification. Beginning in March 2015, certification testing will change from pencil and paper to a computerized test. Computer based testing will modernize the Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s Wastewater …
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MMA claims legal victory in Maine Heritage Policy Center lawsuit

on Dec. 16, 2014, at 5:01 p.m.
PORTLAND – Maine Municipal Association claimed legal victory Tuesday in a lawsuit brought by Maine Heritage Policy Center citing First Amendment violations in citizen-initiative campaigns. Justice Michaela Murphy issued an 18-page ruling Monday in Maine Superior Court. With the court’s ruling, all aspects of a 2010 lawsuit filed by plaintiffs who …
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No-charge DOL safety courses in Augusta, Bangor have openings

on Dec. 16, 2014, at 4:43 p.m.
AUGUSTA—The Maine Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Standards is hosting its no-charge safety courses for employers throughout January. “Making Maine more business friendly is a constant priority of this administration,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “One of the ways we do this is through education of workplace safety hazards …
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Rod Hiltz

State Employees Association names new executive director

on Dec. 16, 2014, at 4:28 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine State Employees Association, Local 1989 of the Service Employees International Union Board of Directors has promoted Rod Hiltz, a longtime Maine unionist who most recently served as a member of the union’s senior management team, to become the union’s new executive director. Hiltz, 55, of …

Man accused of assaulting mother of his unborn child

By CBS 13 on Dec. 16, 2014, at 5:36 a.m.
AUGUSTA | An Augusta man is facing drug and weapons charges and police believe he may have assaulted the mother of his unborn child. Investigators say 18-year-old Stephon Davis displayed a firearm in a “reckless manner” outside his home on Littlefield Street on Sunday night. When police came to …
Aaron Tardiff

Augusta man arrested after allegedly breaking into estranged wife’s apartment, assaulting her

By CBS 13 on Dec. 15, 2014, at 1:08 p.m.
An Augusta man is being held without bail after police said he barged into his estranged wife’s apartment, assaulted her and threatened her new boyfriend early Saturday morning. Aaron Tardiff, 27, faces several charges, including a felony burglary charge and misdemeanor charges of domestic violence assault, domestic …

Twas the Night Before Christmas and the Nurse is at Work

on Dec. 14, 2014, at 6:25 p.m.
Twas the night before Christmas and the nurse is at Work Twas the night before Christmas and the nurse is at work Many a creature is stirring, including a jerk. All the IV’s are hung by their poles with care In hopes that 7am would soon be there. The patients …
Julia Clukey at a luge event at Utah Olympic Park on Dec. 13, 2013.

Clukey finishes 24th at Calgary World Cup luge event

on Dec. 13, 2014, at 11:25 a.m.
Augusta’s Julia Clukey finished 24th at the World Cup women’s luge stop in Calgary, Alberta, on Friday night. The 2010 Olympian had competitive starts on each of her two runs but lost time negotiating Calgary’s layout. Germany’s Natalie Geisenberger won for the third time in as many World Cup events …

BDN survey seeks the five best economic development ideas for prolonged focus

on Dec. 12, 2014, at 1:37 p.m.
Do you want to improve Maine? The Bangor Daily News does. For more than a year, the BDN has been working on a project called MaineFocus with the intention of achieving measurable improvements on what we see as three of the worst problems facing the state: Domestic and sexual abuse, …
The Verso Paper mill is seen in Bucksport Tuesday. Union officials are afraid that the sale of mill to a Canadian metal recycling company means the end of papermaking at the mill. Democrats and Republicans have allied to ensure Verso pays severance to millworkers by Jan. 8.

Democrats, Republicans ally to ensure Verso pays severance to Bucksport millworkers

By Mario Moretto on Dec. 11, 2014, at 6:17 p.m.
AUGUSTA | State officials from across the political spectrum are lining up on the side of more than 500 workers at the Verso paper mill in Bucksport, who are locked in a fight with the owner of the soon-to-be shuttered facility over severance packages worth up to $45 million. …
U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, D-Maine, is lauded by Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Florida (center), and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, during a farewell gathering in his honor on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, in Washington, D.C. Michaud ends his 12 years in Congress on Jan. 3.

Michaud bows out after 3 decades in office confident he ‘made Maine a better place’

By Christopher Cousins on Dec. 11, 2014, at 5:34 p.m.
AUGUSTA | U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud capped a 32-year political career Thursday confident that he has “made Maine a better place” and content with the prospect of returning to a quiet life in the Katahdin region. Michaud, who gave up his seat in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District for a …
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New Jersey couple facing multiple drug charges after Augusta bust

By Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 11, 2014, at 2:11 p.m.
A New Jersey pair were arrested Wednesday when drug agents seized a large quantity of crack cocaine, cash and oxycodone. Kimberly Maldonado, 47, and Otis Tosen, 43, were arrested outside an Augusta motel, according to Maine Drug Enforcement Agency Commander Peter Arno. Arno said both had outstanding …
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Maine needs more than education reform. It needs an education revolution

on Dec. 11, 2014, at 1:59 p.m.
In recent years, a sad trend has come to emerge with education reform in Maine: A governor proposes a single reform, it gets watered down by a risk-averse Legislature at the behest of special interests, and then the issue is ignored until the next idea is introduced. Once policies are …

Gift idea: Homemade cookie mix in a jar

on Dec. 11, 2014, at 8:32 a.m.
What better gift to give someone at the holidays than a jar of ready to bake, pre-measured ingredients for some chocolate chip cookies?? With this gift, all they have to do is mix together with some butter and eggs and bake! It’s really the simple thoughtful homemade gifts that people …

OUI tests for marijuana, right to work and welfare reform among bills proposed by state agencies

on Dec. 10, 2014, at 7:40 p.m.
If the past is any indication, lawmakers in the incoming 127th Legislature will face a barrage of at least 1,700 bill proposals, and perhaps well more than 2,000. The deadline for lawmakers themselves to submit bills, known as cloture, is Jan. 2, and it will be days after that before …

Senate recount reversal won’t affect elections of secretary of state, treasurer and attorney general

on Dec. 09, 2014, at 5:49 p.m.
In one moment, Republican Cathy Manchester was the state senator for the Falmouth area and in the next, the seat belonged to Democrat Catherine Breen. Tuesday’s meeting of a Senate elections committee was stunning to behold. In case you missed it, a quick count of Election Day ballots in two …
Lt. Scott Ireland (left) and Detective David Pelletier of the Maine State Police carry Long Island ballot boxes into a hearing on Tuesday at the State House in Augusta.

Investigation into Senate District 25 election reveals 21 votes were tallied twice during recount, likely reversing outcome again

By Mario Moretto on Dec. 09, 2014, at 1:58 p.m.
AUGUSTA | In a dramatic turn of events, an inspection of ballots from Long Island on Tuesday showed that 21 votes for Republican Cathy Manchester appear to have been counted twice during a Nov. 18 recount in Senate District 25. That would be enough to deprive Manchester of the …
A truck traverses the Maine Turnpike in Sabattus on Tuesday where the speed limit was down to 45 mph.

Snow, freezing rain, sleet moves into Maine

By Ryan McLaughlin on Dec. 09, 2014, at 8:57 a.m.
GRAY | Maine is in the midst of yet another storm, expected to bring up to a foot of snow to some communities, according to the National Weather Service. The bulk of the snow was expected to fall in northern and western Maine. Sleet, rain and freezing rain also …
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