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POLL QUESTION
A ball is seen on a roulette wheel in front of slot machines at Gaming Expo Asia in Macau, May 22, 2012.

A quirk in Maine’s Constitution could keep casino question off ballot

By Michael Shepherd on April 30, 2017, at 7:15 a.m.
Top Maine legislators are casting about for ways to thwart a highly controversial casino bid slated for the November ballot, considering the unprecedented use of a potential loophole in the state Constitution that could allow them to strike it from the ballot.

Community Forum: Middle School Building Project

By Ken Gross on April 29, 2017, at 4:16 p.m.
Lega Medcalf, a teacher at the Lake Region Vocational Center, took at tour of Moose River Lumber, a mill in Jackman, in July 2014. The mill's owners announced expansion plans in response to a tariff on Canadian softwood imports, but other producers with operations on the other side of the border are concerned about impacts on their business.

Many Maine sawmill owners are not cheering Trump’s lumber tariff

By Darren Fishell on April 29, 2017, at 1 a.m.
“It looks like, in Maine, it’s difficult to have a broad-brush approach to satisfy all of the different players,” Patrick Strauch, executive director of the Maine Forest Products Council, said.
U.S. President Donald Trump displays an Executive Order on "Offshore Energy Strategy" at the White House.

Trump signs executive order to expand drilling off America’s coasts

By Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post on April 28, 2017, at 8:21 p.m.
The “America-First Offshore Energy Strategy” will make millions of acres of federal waters eligible for oil and gas leasing.
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has been the subject of President Trump's ridicule before.

Trump again derides Elizabeth Warren as ‘Pocahontas’ during NRA speech

By John Wagner, Washington Post on April 28, 2017, at 7:28 p.m.
President Donald Trump revived one of his most derogatory insults on Friday, referring to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., as “Pocahontas.”
Maine State Lottery tickets.

Report: Maine lottery does not target vulnerable gamblers

By Christopher Cousins on April 28, 2017, at 4:55 p.m.
A watchdog agency concluded a months-long probe with the finding that the Maine Lottery Commission does not target vulnerable socio-economic populations within Maine.
CONTRIBUTORS
Sen. Susan Collins on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on March 22, 2017.

Hyper-partisan Trump era tests Maine moderate Collins

By Tamara Lytle on April 28, 2017, at 3:26 p.m.
Sen. Susan Collins says she can be successful in this new environment, that it’s just a more difficult one.
Jeanne Paquette will be sworn in as the new commissioner of the Maine Department of Labor on Sept. 7, 2012.

LePage’s labor commissioner is leaving for a job at USM

By Steve Collins, Sun Journal on April 28, 2017, at 1:49 p.m.
Maine’s commissioner of labor, Jeanne Paquette, is leaving her position after nearly five years to take a job with the University of Southern Maine.
Sen. Mike Carpenter, D-Houlton

County senator creates bill to amend sexual assault laws

By Jen Lynds on April 28, 2017, at 11:30 a.m.
In some cases where sexual assault charge has been reported, the state could only charge the offender with furnishing liquor to a minor, one DA said.
Gov. Paul LePage has signed a bill that will put Maine on track to complying with federal Real ID standards and avoiding problems for Mainers accessing federal facilities or boarding domestic flights.

LePage signs bill to bring Maine into Real ID compliance

By Christopher Cousins on April 28, 2017, at 11:20 a.m.
“It is in the best interest of Mainers for state officials to unite in going forward with Real ID implementation,” LePage said.
DAILY BRIEF
Members of Maine's Native American tribes rallied outside the State House on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, after tribal representatives in the House of Representatives resigned from their seats over conflicts with state government and Gov. Paul LePage.

Maine bids to rename Columbus Day, Clean Election system falter

on April 28, 2017, at 9:47 a.m.
North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un watches a military drill marking the 85th anniversary of the establishment of the Korean People's Army (KPA) in this handout photo by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) made available on April 26, 2017.

North Korea test-fires ballistic missile in defiance of world pressure

By Jack Kim and Michelle Nichols, Reuters on April 28, 2017, at 7:53 a.m.
“There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely,” Trump told Reuters in an Oval Office interview ahead of his 100th day in office Saturday.

‘Green cards for cash’ face questionable future

By Tracy Jan, Washington Post on April 28, 2017, at 7:51 a.m.
A truck heads towards the United States at the Lacolle border crossing in Lacolle, Quebec, Canada April 26, 2017.

In Canada, real fears of a Trump trade war

By Ana Swanson, Washington Post on April 28, 2017, at 7:43 a.m.
The dispute burst into the open this week with Trump accusing the Canadians of trying to keep U.S. dairy products out of their markets while dumping cheap lumber on the United States, and with the Commerce Department slapping tariffs of up to 24 percent on the country’s lumber industry.
Semi trucks headed towards Windsor, Ontario, drive on the Ambassador bridge in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., April 26, 2017.

‘I was all set to terminate’: Inside Trump’s sudden shift on NAFTA

By Ashley Parker, Philip Rucker, Damian Paletta and Karen DeYoung, Washington Post on April 28, 2017, at 7:42 a.m.
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during an interview with Reuters in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 27, 2017.

Trump says he thought being president would be easier

By Stephen J. Adler, Jeff Mason and Steve Holland, Reuters on April 28, 2017, at 7:32 a.m.
He misses driving, feels as if he is in a cocoon and is surprised how hard his new job is.
HE SAID IT RIGHT

Let’s stay on the path to prosperity

on April 28, 2017, at 5:30 a.m.
From left: Wiscasset Advisory Committee members Bill Maloney, Steve Christiansen, Susan Robson, and Lonnie Kennedy-Patterson speak at an April 24 meeting.

Conservancy group’s appeal for garage complicates Route 1 fix plan

By Abigail Adams on April 27, 2017, at 3:53 p.m.
“We think there’s an opportunity for an even better plan.”
POLL QUESTION
The Lincoln Mill tower in Biddeford

Maine House supports time zone switch, dumping daylight saving

By Christopher Cousins on April 27, 2017, at 12:38 p.m.
Maine could shift to the Atlantic time zone without a statewide referendum if preliminary votes Thursday in the House of Representatives hold.
A person signs a petition in Bangor that is related to "An Act to Allow Slot Mchines or a Casino in York County" on Oct. 19, 2016.

New ethics questions haunt Maine’s $4.2 million casino campaign

By Michael Shepherd on April 27, 2017, at 8:42 a.m.
In an apparent violation of Maine law, a web of domestic and offshore companies linked to a controversial developer has funded a $4.2 million bid fronted by his sister since 2015 to get Maine voters to approve a York County casino.