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Local, regional, and statewide news continually updated from thousands of sources on the web.

2 hrs ago | WMTW-TV Auburn

LePage defends stance on social security

WMTW News 8's Paul Merrill fact checks Gov. Paul LePage's newest campaign video, which looks to clarify the governor's stance on social security two weeks after a press release mix-up.

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Related Topix: Social Security, Personal Finance, US Governors, Paul LePage, Family, Elderly (Senior Citizen), Michael Michaud, US Politics, US News, US House of Representatives, Democrat, Maine

6 hrs ago | SeacoastOnline

Job training provides new economic opportunities

As I travel all across our state, I have extensive conversations with small business owners and workers about the challenges they face.

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Related Topix: Maine, Law, Employment / Labor Law, Opinion

14 hrs ago | Bangor Daily News

Does Maine's campaign contributions cap hurt independent candidates?

Supporters of independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court Monday , alleging that Maine's current election laws unfairly prevent them from giving as much money to Cutler as backers of party candidates can donate to their preferred nominee.

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Related Topix: Maine, US Governors, Paul LePage

Tue Jul 08, 2014

Bangor Daily News

Older prison population squeezing Maine dollars

Maine has the eighth highest percentage of prisoners in the country who are 55 years old or older, fueling an increase in state spending for prison health care, according to a national report released Tuesday.

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Related Topix: Prison, Maine, Healthcare Law, Law, Family, Elderly (Senior Citizen), US Governors, Paul LePage

State of Maine

Maine Files Suit Against U.S. EPA Over Federal Government's...

The State of Maine has filed a lawsuit against the United States Environmental Protection Agency in federal District Court in Bangor over the EPA's failure to approve Maine's water quality standards under the Clean Water Act.

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Related Topix: Maine, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Bangor Daily News

Fiddling with figures doesn't add jobs to Maine's economy

In an odd convergence, 2012 presidential election polls and Gov. Paul LePage's view of Social Security, "welfare" and the Maine economy now have something in common.

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Related Topix: Maine, 2012 Presidential Election, US Politics, US News, US Governors, Paul LePage, Social Security, Personal Finance, Mitt Romney

Mon Jul 07, 2014

State of Maine

USDOL Awards Maine $4.85 Million Grant to Expand Training for Jobs in Demand

The U.S. Department of Labor announced that it is awarding the Maine Department of Labor's Bureau of Employment Services a $4.85 million job-training grant.

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Related Topix: Maine

Sun Jul 06, 2014

Bangor Daily News

Eliot Cutler has a leadership problem

I supported independent Eliot Cutler for governor in 2010. Part of his appeal was that he was a fresh face.

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Related Topix: Maine, US Governors, Paul LePage, Opinion

Sat Jul 05, 2014

Boston.com

David Hiser/Courtesy of Colby College Museum of Art Building an art trail through Maine

One morning last December, Jane Woodruff drove the 90 minutes to this town on the mid-coast, parked her Honda Civic on the road near a towering wooden sculpture, and claimed a slice of the Bernard Langlais estate.

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Related Topix: Maine, Colby College, Coupe, Wagon, Hybrid, Honda, Hatchback, Sedan, Honda Civic, Pittsfield, ME, Skowhegan, ME

Fri Jul 04, 2014

Bangor Daily News

Obamacare is working. Why isn't Maine taking full advantage of it?

Theda Skocpol is a professor at Harvard University, member of the National Academy of Sciences and former president of the American Political Science Association.

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Related Topix: Maine, Susan Collins, US Politics, US News, US Senate, Republican, Olympia Snowe, Harvard University, Healthcare Law, Law, Opinion

Bangor Daily News

For your Fourth: 15 [lobster and lighthouse free] pictures of Mainers enjoying Summer

My wife and I had some hiking and outdoor time planned for today and tomorrow, but it looks like rain and-as I am a blogger-I am not so hardcore of an outdoorsman that I enjoy getting wet in the name of adventure.

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Related Topix: Maine

Thu Jul 03, 2014

WMTW-TV Auburn

CDC report reveals Maine prescription pill problem

CDC numbers show Maine was the number one consumer of the most powerful, longest lasting pain killers in 2012.

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Bangor Daily News

Expert says radical Maine group that met with LePage 'not...

An expert on anti-government extremists said the controversial group that met with Gov. Paul LePage eight times last year should not be considered terrorists, but that doesn't mean they aren't worrisome.

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Related Topix: Maine, US Governors, Paul LePage

Bangor Daily News

CDC: Maine tops nation in rate of long-term opiate prescriptions

Health care providers in Maine wrote prescriptions for a commonly abused type of painkiller at the highest rate in the nation in 2012, according to a new federal report that found wide variations in prescribing patterns across the U.S. State officials noted that since then, the number of Mainers in treatment for painkiller addiction has dropped ... (more)

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Related Topix: Maine, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Medicine, Health, Pain

Foster's Daily Democrat

Our waters are changing a " and not for the better

As is true for many Mainers, the ocean has played an important part of my life. Since moving to the state over 40 years ago from Minnesota - ya sure, you betcha! - I've lived on the island of North Haven in Penobscot Bay.

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Related Topix: Maine, Minnesota Government, Minnesota, US Politics, US News, US House of Representatives, Democrat, Representative Chellie Pingree, Life, Food, Seafood, Opinion

Wed Jul 02, 2014

State of Maine

Three Maine Businesses Recognized for Workplace Safety

Commissioner of Labor Jeanne Paquette announced that three businesses have earned the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program Award , bringing Maine's total SHARP worksites to 70. Classic Boat Shop in Bernard, the Hinckley Company in Trenton and Pleasant River Pine in Hancock have voluntary undertaken rigorous safety achievement programs.

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Related Topix: Maine, OSHA, Environmental Law, Law

Bangor Daily News

GOP rep bows out; poverty in Maine skyrockets; win a gas-powered alarm clock

Rep. Tyler Clark, R-Easton, has announced that he will not seek re-election after serving three terms in the House of Representatives.

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Related Topix: Maine, Easton, ME, US Politics, US News, US Senate, Republican, Senator Rand Paul, Fort Fairfield, ME

Hispanic Business

With new uses for garbage in sight, Maine group representing towns...

What if the banana peels, coffee filters, diapers and other biodegradable material we throw into the kitchen trash can could be used to fill a gas can? Or made into pellets that could be sold as heating fuel? Mainers have pulled newspapers, glass, cardboard and No.

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Related Topix: Maine

Tue Jul 01, 2014

Sun Journal

Collins, Bellows battle over endorsements in U.S. Senate race

The early support that Republican Sen. Susan Collins has received from national groups that typically back liberal candidates signals the uphill battle Democrat Shenna Bellows faces in unseating the popular incumbent, political observers say.

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Related Topix: Susan Collins, US Politics, US News, US Senate, Republican, Maine, University of Southern Maine, Gay/Lesbian

Bangor Daily News

Armed, trained and not dead: Why Maine needs better firearms trainings

I agree with Kathleen Parker's June 24 column that we need to do a better job screening people seeking to buy guns or conceal-carry.

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Related Topix: Maine, Opinion

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