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Gerry Palmer (right) laughs with Clara Swan during Swan's 104th birthday celebration at Husson University's Beardsley Meeting House in Bangor Thursday. Swan is a former graduate of Husson University and an inductee in the Maine basketball hall of fame.

LePage backs out of Husson celebration of Clara Swan’s 104th birthday

By Nick McCrea on April 28, 2016, at 12:55 p.m.
One of many friends and supporters scheduled to attend the celebration was Maine Gov. Paul LePage, a fellow Husson alumnus. The governor, however, backed out of the event two hours before it started, citing a change in his schedule.

How will LePage’s latest vetoes fare on Friday?

By Michael Shepherd on April 28, 2016, at 8:57 a.m.
Legislators will return to the State House on Friday to vote on overriding at least 33 vetoes from Gov. Paul LePage, with bills at stake that would expand access to an heroin overdose antidote and reform Maine’s solar industry.
STATE & CAPITOL

With Trump closing in on GOP nod, will Collins back him?

on April 28, 2016, at 8:56 a.m.
“I’ve always supported the Republican nominee, and I don’t think this year will be different,” Sen. Susan Collins said. “But I’m going to wait and see what happens at the convention.”
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The world's largest airplane, the Antonov An-225, lands to refuel at Bangor International Airport in April 2015.

Poliquin, Pingree want to let Cuba-bound planes refuel in Maine

By Darren Fishell on April 27, 2016, at 4:19 p.m.
Both lawmakers called the policy preventing such “technical stops” at U.S. airports “outdated.”
William Beardsley, deputy commissioner of the Maine Department of Education, addresses a small group about education reform during a lecture hosted by the Maine Heritage Police Center in Auburn.

LePage’s education chief wants fair system for poorer districts

By Christopher Cousins on April 27, 2016, at 4:04 p.m.
Bill Beardsley spoke at a lunchtime lecture hosted by the Maine Heritage Policy Center.
Gov. Paul LePage speaks at the 23rd Annual Energy Trade and Technology Conference in Boston, Massachusetts, Nov. 13, 2015.

LePage apologizes for storming away from university event

By Scott Thistle on April 27, 2016, at 4:01 p.m.
After an abrupt departure from a dedication ceremony at the University of Maine at Farmington on Tuesday where he called two students “idiots,” Gov. Paul LePage apologized to the university’s president and former president on Wednesday.
POLL QUESTION
Don Christen of Starks smokes marijuana outside the Somerset County Courthouse during the 26th annual Patriot's Day Rally smoke-in, which he organizes every year to educate and bring awareness to the benefits of marijuana.

Mainers poised to vote on marijuana legalization in November

By Christopher Cousins on April 27, 2016, at 3:48 p.m.
Mainers will have a chance to vote to legalize recreational marijuana in November after all.
PINE TREE POLITICS

The increasingly disgusting debate over Narcan

on April 27, 2016, at 3:39 p.m.
This is a topic that deserves real discussion — not demagoguery and hatred and the assumption of the worst motivations in our public servants.
Victor DiGregorio

Sanford city councilor pleads ‘not guilty’ to election fraud

By Tammy Wells, Journal Tribune on April 27, 2016, at 12:46 p.m.
DiGregorio is charged with falsifying information to get Maine Clean Elections Act funding in connection with his November 2015 election campaign for Maine House District 19.
Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz is joined by former candidate Carly Fiorina during a campaign rally at Miami-Dade College's Wolfson Campus in Miami on Wednesday, March 9, 2016.

Ted Cruz names Carly Fiorina as running mate

By James Oliphant, Reuters on April 27, 2016, at 12:45 p.m.
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is expected to announce former business executive Carly Fiorina will be his vice presidential running mate if he wins the party’s nomination.
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Maine Gov. Paul LePage speaks during the dedication of the University of Maine at Farmington Education Center on campus to former UMF President Theodora J. Kalikow on Tuesday before abruptly walking away in response to a protester's sign.

Maine student reacts to being called an idiot by LePage

By Scott Thistle on April 27, 2016, at 11:36 a.m.
College freshman Ally Hammond, an Auburn native, said she was shocked a sign she held up Tuesday prompted Gov. Paul LePage to storm off, calling her and another student “idiots.”
POLLWAYS

Why Maine Democrats can’t change who superdelegates choose

on April 27, 2016, at 11:32 a.m.
Democrats are again discussing the rules for choosing delegates to their national party convention. It used to be that primaries and caucuses didn’t choose many delegates but that changed for the 1972 nomination. Starting then, the vast majority of delegates came from the decisions of caucus goers and primary voters. …
Republican U.S. presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz pauses as he speaks to supporters during his five state primary night rally held at the Hoosier Gym in Knightstown, Indiana, U.S., April 26, 2016.

Cruz to make announcement at 4 p.m.

By Reuters on April 27, 2016, at 10:13 a.m.
No other details were given.
STATE & CAPITOL

Has LePage really given up on setting Maine’s education agenda?

on April 27, 2016, at 8:36 a.m.
Good morning from Augusta, where some eyes will be cast toward Auburn and William Beardsley’s talk on the state of education in Maine. The conservative Maine Heritage Policy Center is hosting Beardsley today for the first of two planned addresses titled “Maine Education at the Crossroads.” Today’s event is booked solid; …
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People watch as a crane lowers the VolturnUS 1:8 unit into the water of the Penobscot River at the Cianbro Corporation Brewer facility May 31, 2013.

Cianbro says CMP fees threaten solar, offshore wind projects

By Darren Fishell on April 27, 2016, at 8:03 a.m.
Cianbro and biomass plant developer Georges River Energy LLC now want the Maine Public Utilities Commission to step in and decide how CMP should bill the power generators.

US warns of ‘other’ options if N. Korea continues nuclear, missile tests

By Jack Kim and Lesley Wroughton, Reuters on April 27, 2016, at 7:35 a.m.
The United States warned on Tuesday it would consider “other” options, which could include new sanctions or security steps, if North Korea continued nuclear and ballistic missile testing.
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Democrat Hillary Clinton (left) and Republican Donald Trump (right)

Big wins by Trump, Clinton give rivals little breathing room

By James Oliphant, Reuters on April 27, 2016, at 7:22 a.m.
Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton rolled up wins in Northeastern states Tuesday in a major show of strength and immediately turned their fire on each other in a possible preview of a general election matchup.
Milo Police Chief Damien Pickel

Milo police chief blasts LePage over anti-Narcan stance

By Nick Sambides Jr. on April 27, 2016, at 6:55 a.m.
“By saying it ‘does not truly save lives,’ you are being disingenuous and are doing a disservice to those of us who have administered it. It does save lives. It’s not a safety net for the addict that will ‘perpetuate the use of heroin,’” Milo Police Chief Damien Pickel wrote.
Gov. Paul LePage celebrates while taking the stage at his second inaugural in Augusta on Jan. 7, 2015. Speaker of the House Mark Eves applauds.

LePage leaves school reform group as Eves calls for sanctions

By Christopher Cousins on April 26, 2016, at 5:50 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage said Tuesday that he will withdraw the executive branch completely from participating in a commission aimed at reforming Maine’s public schools funding formula because he is “fed up” with media coverage of his statements and actions as governor.
STATE & CAPITOL
Gov. Paul LePage

Report: LePage walks out of UMF ceremony in response to protesters

on April 26, 2016, at 5:32 p.m.
Gov. Paul LePage reportedly walked out of a building dedication ceremony Tuesday afternoon at the University of Maine at Farmington in response to protesters, according to the Waterville Morning Sentinel.