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Maine to announce decision on interstate speed limits

AUGUSTA — Maine officials will soon announce their decision about whether to raise the speed limits on interstate highways. Maine Department of Transportation Commissioner David Bernhardt said Thursday that he will make the announcement 11 a.m. Tuesday at the department's headquarter... 2

Author of report from which Alexander Group lifted text: ‘It’s literally two pages of text’

AUGUSTA — A portion of a report by the Alexander Group, which Gov. Paul LePage’s administration commissioned as part of its welfare reform efforts, was copied from work done by a liberal Washington, D.C., think tank. That revelation caused the Department of Health and Human Ser... 14

Prominent Maine women speak in favor of independent Cutler

PORTLAND — A group of prominent Maine women, both Democrats and Republicans, said Wednesday they support Eliot Cutler, an independent candidate in Maine's 2014 gubernatorial race. Among those offering their support is a former U.S. district attorney, current and former members of the... 3

LaPlante named new director of security at Department of Corrections

AUGUSTA — Longtime Maine prison guard Gary LaPlante is the new director of security for the Maine Department of Corrections. The department announced LaPlante's appointment Wednesday. LaPlante became a guard at the Maine State Prison in Thomaston more than 25 years ago and has...

Guard general says there's no decision to move 133rd engineer battalion yet

AUGUSTA — In a email to soldiers and their families Tuesday, the head of Maine’s Army National Guard attempted to quell concerns raised by reports that the state’s 133rd Engineer Battalion would be relocated and replaced with an infantry unit. “Let me be absolutely ...

Maine gubernatorial candidates state positions on abortion

LEWISTON — The candidates for governor are staking their positions on the hot-button abortion issue this week. On Tuesday, Eliot Cutler, an independent from Cape Elizabeth, released his answers to a questionnaire from the Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund, a political action commi... 9

Maine Ethics Commission fines same-sex marriage foes

AUGUSTA — A national anti-gay marriage group that helped defeat Maine's same-sex marriage law in 2009 may be fined more than $50,000 and ordered to reveal its donors, after an ethics investigation released Monday found that it violated the state's campaign finance law. Investiga... 2

King endorses Collins in U.S. Senate race

SKOWHEGAN — Maine’s independent U.S. Sen. Angus King endorsed his one-time political opponent, Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, on Friday morning in Skowhegan. Collins, a three-term veteran of the Senate, is running against Democrat Shenna Bellows in this year’s electi... 4

NHTSA fines GM $35 million for recall delays

WASHINGTON — U.S. safety regulators have fined General Motors $35 million for delays in recalling small cars with faulty ignition switches that are linked to at least 13 deaths. It's the maximum penalty that the government can impose and the first time an automaker has been fined tha...

Maine's income revenue declines as expected

AUGUSTA — Many states, particularly along the Eastern Seaboard, are entering budget crisis mode as a result of eroding income tax collections. Maine is seeing a similar trend, but no crisis is expected here. Michael Allen, director of research and econometrics for Maine Revenue Servi... 1