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LePage cracks down on state employees viewing porn on work computers

on Feb. 20, 2015, at 4:44 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage on Friday issued an executive order to stiffen policies prohibiting state employees from accessing pornographic material on government computers or devices — even when they’re off the clock. According to the governor and his human resources chief, it’s a type of misconduct that persists, albeit infrequently. “Employees of …

Two former schools converting to senior housing in Augusta

By Douglas Rooks, Mainebiz on Feb. 20, 2015, at 2:09 p.m.
Providing appropriate housing for seniors and low-income families has become an even more difficult challenge for Maine towns and cities. Aging housing stock matched with a steep decline in federal and state subsidies have put a real squeeze on the number of new or renovated units that can be built. …
The man who robbed TD Bank in Waterville earlier this month is a suspect in three other bank robberies in central Maine.

Central Maine police seeking possible serial bank robber

By Ryan McLaughlin on Feb. 20, 2015, at 11:40 a.m.
WATERVILLE | The man who held up TD Bank on Main Street earlier this month is a suspect in three other bank robberies in central Maine. According to Waterville Deputy Police Chief Charles Rumsey, the robberies have occurred over a 26-month span, starting in December 2012, when the Franklin …
Gardiner police are looking for a man who held up a Rite Aid Pharmacy on Wednesday.

Gardiner police seek Rite Aid robber

By Ryan McLaughlin on Feb. 20, 2015, at 9:21 a.m.
Police are looking for a man who robbed the Rite Aid on Wednesday. According to a statement from Gardiner police, the lone robber walked into the store around 2 p.m. with his face concealed, went to the pharmacy counter and reportedly demanded drugs. The suspect fled the …
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Daily Brief: Corrections commissioner cracks down on jails hours after bill’s passage

on Feb. 20, 2015, at 7:44 a.m.
Good morning from Augusta, where there is little on the legislative docket today as lawmakers wrap up their winter break. Committees resume on Monday with a series of public hearing scheduled by the Appropriations Committee and others. But more on that in your Monday State & Capitol Daily Brief, which …
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Poliquin comes out shooting on gun rights

on Feb. 19, 2015, at 1:27 p.m.
U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin, a Republican who represents Maine’s 2nd District, announced Thursday that he has co-sponsored a bill that — among other things — would expand the number of states where Mainers can carry concealed weapons. The bill, H.R. 986, is not yet written but has been referred to the …
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Muddled 2016 field offers opportunities to Republicans

on Feb. 19, 2015, at 1:25 p.m.
In the past, Republican presidential primaries have been fairly orderly, especially in contrast to the Democrats’. GOP nomination fights have frequently come down to the “insider” candidate versus the “outsider” candidate. Sometimes the insider choice was more conservative (see, for example, Bush vs. McCain in 2000); other times they were …
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Daily Brief: Rhode Island vs. Maine in a battle for New England’s seniors

on Feb. 19, 2015, at 7:30 a.m.
Good morning.  I’m not sure how it looks where you are, but here in Central Maine, as of Thursday morning, the snow is just starting to hit. If the weather cooperates, budget negotiators in Augusta will entertain dozens of  members of the public for the third day in a row as the Appropriations …
A Hampden resident clears his driveway after the weekend storm. Forecasters have predicted up to 12 inches of snow starting Thursday in parts of Maine.

Up to 12 inches of snow possible in parts of Maine

By Dawn Gagnon on Feb. 18, 2015, at 7:44 p.m.
BANGOR | Weather forecasters upgraded the storm heading for Maine from a watch to a warning on Wednesday. They also increased the expected snowfall amounts to up to a foot in some locations, possibly more in southern Hancock County. Meteorologist Mark Bloomer of the National Weather Service’s Caribou office …

All tourney games in Augusta moved from Thursday to Friday

on Feb. 18, 2015, at 1:15 p.m.
The snowstorm expected to hit the state Wednesday evening has forced the postponement of all Western Maine tourney basketball games in Augusta from Thursday to Friday. This also caused the Class A regional finals, originally scheduled for Friday, to be moved to Saturday. The Thursday schedule of …
From the community

Renewable Energy Subsidies: Investment or Entitlement?

By Brianna Courneya on Feb. 18, 2015, at 12:42 p.m.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Location: Governor Hill Mansion, 136 State Street, Augusta, Maine For more information: e2tech.org/event-1815671 Maine has one of the strongest renewable portfolio standards in the country, requiring 40 percent of total electric supply to come from renewable energy sources by 2017 (with …
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Daily Brief: Public weighs in on LePage budget; support for ranked-choice grows

on Feb. 18, 2015, at 7:30 a.m.
Good morning from Augusta, where the Legislature’s budget negotiators will continue with open hearings on Gov. Paul LePage’s $6.57 billion budget proposal.  Members of the Appropriations Committee will hear testimony from the general public today about LePage’s proposed elimination of state aid to municipalities, a program established to divert some income …
Winds blew snow across Maine Avenue in Bangor on Sunday afternoon. The weekend storm, predicted to bring nearly two feet of snow to parts of Maine, only brought several inches of snow, but high winds caused much blowing and drifting.

Up to 8 inches of snow possible Wednesday into Thursday

By Ryan McLaughlin on Feb. 17, 2015, at 3:59 p.m.
GRAY | Winter-weary Mainers tired of snow and shoveling can expect more of the same Wednesday night and into Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. According to the weather service’s Gray forecast center, a low pressure system approaching from the Great Lakes could bring up to 8 inches …
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LePage hails Texas judge’s decision to block Obama’s immigration agenda

on Feb. 17, 2015, at 1:01 p.m.
A U.S. District Court judge in Texas on Monday blocked President Barack Obama’s plan to protect about 4.7 million undocumented immigrants from deportation, saying the president’s use of executive orders to enact the policy had exceeded his authority and wrongly bypassed Congress. The lawsuit was heard in Texas, the state leading the charge …
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Daily Brief: Lobbyists prep for budget hearings; job approval from Ike to Obama

on Feb. 17, 2015, at 7:30 a.m.
Good morning from Augusta, where the first waves in a parade of lobbyists, advocates and possibly even some regular Maine residents are gathering to add their voices to the coming budget debate.  The Appropriations Committee, responsible for turning Gov. Paul LePage’s $6.57 billion two-year budget proposal into a deal that will …
From the community

ACAT Performs Good People by David Lindsay-Abaire

By Juli Brooks on Feb. 16, 2015, at 5:03 p.m.
Friday, March 13, 2015 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.Saturday, March 14, 2015 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.Sunday, March 15, 2015 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.Friday, March 20, 2015 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.Saturday, March 21, 2015 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.Sunday, March 22, 2015 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Location: …
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Fred Getchell of Presque Isle got a firsthand look at the whiteout driving conditions as he drove to Easton at around 8 a.m. Monday on Route 10.

High winds, blowing snow create whiteout conditions across Maine

By Julia Bayly on Feb. 16, 2015, at 12:01 p.m.
FORT KENT | High winds and blowing snow created headaches for drivers around the state Monday. The winds, combined with the snow that fell over the weekend, created near whiteout conditions. “We recorded a wind gust of 60 mph in Frenchville early this morning,” said Pete Rahe, observing program …
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Daily Brief: Poll says same-sex marriage debate is ‘over'; Bunyan born in Bangor

on Feb. 16, 2015, at 7:51 a.m.
Greetings from Augusta, where the Presidents Day holiday has state offices shut down and there is nothing on the docket. The Legislature will remain at recess for the rest of this week, though a handful of committees have hearings scheduled beginning Tuesday. Stay tuned to the Bangor Daily News for coverage …
Augusta native and member of the 2010 U.S. Olympic luge team Julia Clukey speaks before an auditorium of Biddeford High School seniors on April 29, 2014.

Augusta’s Julia Clukey 17th at luge world championships

By Ernie Clark on Feb. 15, 2015, at 2:01 p.m.
Augusta’s Julia Clukey finished 17th overall Saturday in the women’s singles final at the 45th International Luge Federation World Championships in Sigulda, Latvia. Clukey, a 2010 U.S. Olympic team member, finished her two runs in a combined time of 1 minute, 25.378 seconds. Natalie Geisenberger of Germany won the gold …
A Bangor resident clears his driveway Sunday afternoon.

Downgraded weekend storm still buries York, Washington counties

By Julia Bayly on Feb. 15, 2015, at 9:41 a.m.
FORT KENT | Most Mainers expecting to wake up to blizzard conditions Sunday morning were either disappointed or relieved, as the National Weather Service dropped the expected amount of snowfall over most of the state. Heavy snow and high winds are still expected along the coast in far eastern …
 
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