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LePage wants to add 22 positions to fight drug trafficking in Maine

AUGUSTA — Gov. Paul LePage proposes to add 22 state positions, including 14 drug-enforcement agents, four prosecutors, and four judges to bolster drug courts in Lewiston, Presque Isle, Bangor and Portland. The Republican governor set combating drug crimes as a high priority during 15


LePage bill to change Maine's wind-energy policy moves tentatively forward

AUGUSTA — Gov. Paul LePage's initiative to overhaul Maine's wind-energy production goals to require ratepayer benefits and manufacturing jobs gained tentative approval in the Legislature's Energy Committee on Friday. But the bill, 1


UMaine System to cut 165 full-time positions

AUGUSTA — The University of Maine System will cut up to 165 full-time positions in the budget year that begins in July and would be forced to cut another 95 positions on top of that under across-the-board cuts under consideration in the Legislature. University of Maine System Chancel...


Bill aimed at protecting water quality for Maine lakes moves forward

AUGUSTA — A legislative committee approved a bill Thursday that aims to further protect water quality for 3,000 of the state's largest lakes. Among other things, LD 1744, authored by Rep. Jeff McCabe, D-Skowhegan, tightens regulations around the application of lawn fertilizers and pe... 3


Maine House OKs tribal casino bills

AUGUSTA — Maine's American Indian tribes that have long seen gambling as the remedy for high unemployment and sluggish economic growth in their communities are a step closer to being able to operate casinos after winning initial approval in the Democratic-controlled House on Thursday. 43


Collins files petitions to qualify for re-election bid

PORTLAND — Republican Sen. Susan Collins, who's seeking a fourth term, has filed her nominating petitions with Maine elections officials. Major party candidates for U.S. Senate are required to file 2,000 certified signatures by March 17. By submitting hers on Thursday, Collins beat D...


Governor finds money to restore rainy day fund

AUGUSTA — Details of Republican Gov. Paul LePage's plan to restore about $21 million to Maine's so-called "rainy day fund" trickled out Thursday. Lawmakers used the $21 million to fund revenue-sharing to towns and cities. LePage has said the state must replenish the rainy day account...


Legislature passes bill that would put a hold on virtual charter schools

AUGUSTA — The Maine Senate has given final approval to a bill that would place a moratorium on virtual charter schools in the state. The bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Brian Langley was enacted by a 24-11 vote on Thursday. It will now be sent to Republican Gov. Paul LePage, where ... 2


Union requests 'stab vests' for Maine prison guards

AUGUSTA — The union representing Maine's prison guards has asked legislators to support the purchase of "stab vests" for its members after a fatal inmate stabbing at the Warren prison. James Mackie, staff representative for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Emplo... 1


Bear baiting ban has enough signatures for fall referendum

AUGUSTA — The stage is set for a likely November battle over the state’s bear hunting practices as Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap on Wednesday certified 63,626 signatures gathered by referendum supporters as valid. By law, those seeking to put a question on the November ball... 2