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This is what a $20 bill might look like if it depicted former U.S. Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins.

Face-lift to $20 bill could feature women with Maine ties

By Bill Trotter on March 28, 2015, at 9:51 a.m.
NEWCASTLE | There are no Mainers whose images appear on modern U.S. currency or coins, but two people with significant ties to the state each stand a chance of getting the honor, thanks to a growing movement to change the $20 bill. The movement, which has expanded to receive …
Chad Januskiewicz hands off Army Spc. Justin L. Buxbaum's stone to be carried up Borestone Mountain in Piscataquis County Saturday as part of The Summit Project. TSP is a living memorial to remember the fallen veterans of Maine. The group carries memorial stones to have the veterans' memories live on.

Hikers carry weight of fallen soldiers in tribute climb

By Ashley Conti on March 28, 2015, at 5:41 a.m.
PISCATAQUIS COUNTY | As the snow slowly fell on Borestone Mountain last Saturday, 12 individuals ages 11 to 45 checked their gear in the parking lot before heading off to snowshoe hike up the East Peak summit. But unlike most hikers, these 12 added something special to their packs. …
Brig. Gen. Gerard Bolduc, interim adjutant general of the Maine National Guard, speaks with reporters Friday in a conference room at Camp Keyes.

New Maine Guard chief pledges transparency, answers on controversial troop plan

By Mario Moretto on March 27, 2015, at 6:11 p.m.
AUGUSTA | It’s been a whirlwind four days for Brig. Gen. Gerard Bolduc. The man who was named interim chief of the Maine National Guard on Tuesday has been thrust into the center of a controversial plan to reshape the guard, which cost his predecessor his job on Tuesday …
U.S. Sen. Susan Collins

The yeas and nays: How Maine’s congressional representatives voted this week

By Targeted News Service on March 27, 2015, at 5:02 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Here’s a look at how Maine’s members of Congress voted over the previous week. There were eight key votes and 15 roll call votes in the House this week. There were 12 key votes and 53 roll call votes in the Senate. The most important House vote was …

Maine employer teams with Ben Affleck on award-winning project

on March 27, 2015, at 4:07 p.m.
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association this month reported that Academy Award winner Ben Affleck, who has earned Hollywood honors for silver screen hits such as “Good Will Hunting” and “Argo,” has paired with a Maine employer to earn an honor of a different sort. In what AOPA described as the aviation …

AARP Maine officials warn of computer virus phone scam

By Ryan McLaughlin on March 27, 2015, at 12:49 p.m.
PORTLAND | Officials with AARP Maine are making the public aware of a phone scam, the company said in a statement Friday. AARP received information Friday from the Central Aroostook Chamber of Commerce concerning fraudulent phone calls being made from persons claiming to be from a company called MCI-ITS …

About 2,800 Emera Maine customers to get credit from bankrupt power provider

By Darren Fishell on March 27, 2015, at 12 p.m.
PORTLAND | About 2,800 Emera Maine customers who bought electricity supply from the company People’s Power are set to get a credit on their power bills to correct improper fees the company charged to customers in 2013. The Maine Public Utilities Commission on Thursday announced the refunds would start …

Jobless rate drops again to 5 percent in February

By Darren Fishell on March 27, 2015, at 11:05 a.m.
PORTLAND | Maine’s unemployment rate dropped to 5 percent in preliminary estimates for February, which would be the lowest level since April 2008. The preliminary figures show a sharp decline in recent months, but eventual revisions to those estimates will likely show a less dramatic decrease in the unemployment …
Capt. Steven Morin, commander of the 136th Engineer Company, based in Lewiston, stands in front of about 70 soldiers in his unit in this 2013 file photo.

Maine National Guard’s 136th Engineer Company’s Kuwait deployment canceled

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 27, 2015, at 11 a.m.
AUGUSTA | A scheduled deployment to Kuwait in the spring of 2016 for members of the Maine National Guard’s 136th Engineer Company has been canceled, according to Brig. Gen. Gerard Bolduc, the interim adjutant general of Maine. The cancellation is a direct result of a planned change in troop …

Police investigate ‘water dumping’ welfare scam in Maine

By Marissa Bodnar, CBS 13 on March 27, 2015, at 10:04 a.m.
NORWAY | A welfare scam known as “water dumping” is abusing taxpayer dollars and making its way across Maine. Authorities said some people are using their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, benefits on their electronic benefit transfer cards to buy big cases of water bottles, only to dump …
Wendy Sabattis, left, and Susan McPherson chat at McPherson's home in Westfield recently. Sabattis is a dispatcher with the Aroostook County Sheriff's Office, and McPherson participates in the law enforcement agency's Friendly Caller Program. They met for the first time in March.

There’s a simple way to keep elderly Mainers safe

on March 27, 2015, at 7:54 a.m.
Across Maine, communities are creating their own catch points for residents being swept along by time and circumstance.
University of Maine's 20th President Susan J. Hunter gives a speech after being installed as the president on Thursday at the Collins Center for the Arts in Orono.

UMaine inaugurates 1st woman president in 150-year history

By Nick McCrea on March 26, 2015, at 6:01 p.m.
ORONO | Susan Hunter, the first female president in the University of Maine’s 150-year history, was formally welcomed to her post Thursday during an inauguration ceremony at the Collins Center for the Arts. Hunter has been serving as president since July, when the previous president, Paul Ferguson, announced he …

North Woods national park guidelines

By Nick Sambides Jr. on March 26, 2015, at 5:26 p.m.
The 200 business owners agreed to support the proposed North Woods national park and recreation area if the federal legislation contains these conditions, which leading park proponent Lucas St. Clair has promised to support. The conditions include: —The project would be 150,000 acres, with a $40 million endowment to help …
A Belfast Bay Lobster Ale overflows a glass at the Bangor Beer Festival in this June 2013 file photo.

House in favor of bill that ensures customers get 16 ounces of beer when ordering a pint

By Scott Thistle on March 26, 2015, at 5:19 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Bottoms up. In a party-line vote Thursday, the Maine House of Representatives voted 83-62 in favor of a bill that would require bars and restaurants that advertise “pints of beer” to serve the suds in a 16-ounce glass. The bill, LD 122, authored by Sen. John Patrick, …
"I've been in the Army for almost 30 years. I know how to follow orders. I'm not a stupid man. I don't do things without talking to my boss," said former Maine National Guard Adjutant Gen. James D. Campbell in an interview in Portland on Thursday. His boss, Gov. Paul LePage, fired him on Tuesday.

Fired Maine National Guard leader denies he misled LePage, says he offered to resign in 2014

By Christopher Cousins on March 26, 2015, at 4:13 p.m.
PORTLAND | “Confused” was the word that Brig. Gen. James Campbell kept saying Thursday morning during an hour-long interview with the Bangor Daily News. “I’m confused. I’m humbled. I’m embarrassed,” a visibly distraught Campbell said. “My military career is over. But I’m not interested in getting into a mudslinging …

Canada’s New Brunswick province bans fracking, plans study

By Dave Sherwood, Reuters on March 26, 2015, at 3:33 p.m.
PORTLAND — Lawmakers in New Brunswick voted on Thursday to prohibit fracking in the eastern Canadian province, committing to study the controversial method of extracting oil and gas for one year before reconsidering the ban in 2016. The province’s Liberal-led government said it will require five conditions be met before …
Husson Cheer Team

Dance, cheer teams free show March 26 before travel to regional

on March 26, 2015, at 2:40 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — More than two dozen Husson University athletes will travel to Rhode Island this weekend to represent their school at a regional competition. The members of the Husson Dance and Cheer Teams will be competing for the first time at the New England All-Star and College Cheer & Dance Championships, after taking home …

AG settles case against Portland-based plumbing company

By Darren Fishell on March 26, 2015, at 1:56 p.m.
The Portland-based plumbing franchise Bath Fitter has agreed to a penalty of up to $750,000 as part of a settlement with the Maine attorney general’s office over allegations of improper licensing and plumbing installations. Attorney General Janet Mills’ staff announced Thursday the consent agreement her office filed …

1946 map charts America’s folk heroes; Maine doesn’t get Paul Bunyan

on March 26, 2015, at 1:35 p.m.
Maine and Minnesota have been locked in an ongoing tug-of-war over which state gets to claim the folk hero lumberjack Paul Bunyan. When the sculptor behind the 31-foot-tall landmark Bangor statue announced earlier this year he wants to add a giant statue of Babe, Bunyan’s companion blue ox, the mayor …
Ohio Gov. John Kasich (left) joined Gov. Paul LePage to push for a constitutional convention so that state could push a balanced-budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution on Thursday at the State House in Augusta.

Ohio Gov. Kasich, LePage team up to push US balanced budget amendment

By Mario Moretto on March 26, 2015, at 1:23 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Maine should join a national movement for a constitutional convention in support of a federal balanced budget amendment, said Gov. Paul LePage on Thursday. LePage was buoyed by a visit Thursday from fellow Republican Gov. John Kasich of Ohio, one of the loudest proponents of the convention, …
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