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Bill to restore state employee pay raises draws emotional testimony

AUGUSTA — A pair of Maine State Police troopers were among dozens of state workers who told the Legislature's budget-writing Appropriations Committee on Monday that state merit and longevity pay increases that were frozen in 2013 are taking a toll on their family finances. The two we... 1

Maine CDC officials decline invitations to testify

AUGUSTA — A legislative committee wants to hear about a document-shredding scandal from Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention officials, but none of the officials invited to testify has agreed to do so. It was unclear Monday whether the Government Oversight Committee would ... 6

Maine Democrats craft bill to cancel $925,000 welfare study

AUGUSTA — Democrats on the Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee introduced a bill Monday that would cancel a nearly $1 million contract signed by Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s administration with a controversial welfare consultant, the Alexander Group. In Sep... 10

New England states fight drug abuse in different ways

AUGUSTA (AP) — In the rural towns and cities of northern New England, a rising drug-abuse problem is overwhelming law enforcement, affecting hundreds of infants each year and sparking calls to action by state leaders who say enough is enough. How to attack the scourge, though, takes ... 14

Conservation group endorses Michaud for governor; Cutler cries foul

U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud talks to an Associated Press reporter Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, in Portland, Maine.  (AP Photo/Clarke Canfield) 4

Unions urging support of Maine call center bill

AUGUSTA (AP) — Labor union members are calling on Maine lawmakers to approve a bill designed to keep jobs at call centers in the state. Members from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and Communications of America joined Maine AFL-CIO and Assistant Democratic Senate ...

N. Willard: Irrational expressions of hatred

The latest letters to the Sun Journal from the anti-Obama, anti-liberal people are disturbing and depressing. I see an irrational expression of hatred for the president and Democrats and a misinterpretation of the facts. For example: “Liberals, along with the president, are changing moralis... 83

Maine panel explores regulating 'narrow band' insurance networks

AUGUSTA — A legislative panel is working on how Maine might regulate so-called "narrow band" networks offered by health insurance providers. The Insurance and Financial Services Committee on Thursday again tabled a pair of bills that seek to improve disclosure for patients and health... 2

After strong debate, Maine House votes to support revenue sharing bill

AUGUSTA — After a bitter floor debate, a measure to restore $40 million of state funding to Maine cities and towns advanced Thursday after a 114-21 preliminary vote in the House of Representatives. Republicans used procedural moves four times in attempts to delay a vote on the bill o... 1

Maine House votes 114-21 in favor of revenue sharing bill

UPDATED 1:25 P.M.: LD 1762 advances in the Maine House after a 114-21 vote. 6