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Maine unveils 5-year plan to promote tourism

BANGOR — Maine tourism is growing, but that trend needs to continue and build momentum over the next five years to secure the state’s place in the world, officials said Wednesday. Part of that strategy involves leveraging the help of actor and Maine native Patrick Dempsey, also... 3

Budget panel reaches compromise on LePage’s rainy-day proposal

AUGUSTA — The Appropriations Committee has approved Gov. Paul LePage’s plan to replenish the state’s rainy-day fund to $60 million and has agreed unanimously to move forward the contents of a controversial $17 million amendment that was previously attached to the bill separately...

Report says Maine school spending increases while SAT scores decline

AUGUSTA — Despite a dramatic rise in per-pupil spending on education across the country, and in Maine, SAT scores have stayed stagnant, according to a report released Tuesday by the Cato Institute, a conservative think tank based in Washington, D.C. The report says that in Maine, ove...

Magazine names Sen. Susan Collins to its 10 most powerful women list

Elle Magazine editors announced Wednesday morning that Susan Collins, the Republican U.S. senator from Maine, has been named to its 2014 list of the “ 10 Most Pow...

Maine House passes Medicaid expansion without the votes to survive veto

AUGUSTA — Maine's Democratic-led House gave initial approval Tuesday to a bill to expand Medicaid coverage to low-income residents under the federal health care law, but the bill crafted by two moderate Republican senators will need to garner more support in both chambers to survive a futur... 25

LePage blasts Maine lawmakers on solar efforts

Maine's Republican Gov. Paul LePage launched a fusillade of criticism against the Legislature's Democratic majority for supporting bills that promote solar energy during one of the coldest winters in recent history. 5

Maine Senate sustains virtual charter school veto

AUGUSTA — Maine's Democratic-controlled Senate has sustained Republican Gov. Paul LePage's veto of a bill that would direct the state to work toward creating a state-run virtual charter academy. The Senate voted 23-12, falling short of the two-thirds support needed to override the ve...

Health official says he's surprised that his name surfaced in CDC document shredding hearing

BANGOR — Bangor’s former director of health and community services said Monday he was surprised he and the city had been the subject of so much attention during the state’s document-shredding probe into the Maine Center for Disease Control. “It’s difficult for... 1

State employees could be using texts to subvert Maine's open records law

AUGUSTA — It's not unusual for state employees in Maine to carry two mobile phones with them these days. The governor's press secretary and communications director do it, so does the legislative liaison for the state's Department of Health and Human Services, as does the DHHS commiss... 5

LePage signs domestic violence bill

AUGUSTA — While Gov. Paul LePage and Democratic leaders continue to spar over Medicaid expansion and the state budget, the Republican governor is signing several proposals lawmakers are sending to his desk. Among several bills LePage signed Sunday is one that bans alleged domestic vi...