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The Associated Press

GOP, Obama line up behind modest budget deal

WASHINGTON — Top Republicans and President Barack Obama are lining up behind a modest but hard-won bipartisan budget agreement that seeks to replace a portion of tough spending cuts facing the Pentagon and domestic agencies. The deal to ease those cuts for two years is aimed less at ...

The Associated Press

Wathen proposes reopening group homes at Riverview

AUGUSTA — The court master overseeing the Riverview Psychiatric Center in Augusta has suggested reopening group homes on state grounds to relieve a space crunch. Daniel Wathen, a former Maine Supreme Judicial Court chief justice, told a legislative committee Tuesday that even though ...

Sun Journal

Governor's blue ribbon commission reports no bias in unemployment claims process

LEWISTON — A panel created this past spring by Gov. Paul LePage made public  its recommendations Tuesday, reporting that it found "no direct or intentional bias” against employees nor employers who participate in the unemployment claims and appeals process. LePage said the... 2

Sun Journal

Maine health committee reviews $1 million no-bid contract

AUGUSTA — Lawmakers on the Legislature's Health and Human Services Committee on Tuesday reviewed a $925,000 contract awarded to a Rhode Island-based consulting firm to study the state's welfare system. The no-bid contract, awarded to the Alexander Group by the Maine Department of Hea... 6

The Associated Press

Former King spokeswoman joins Cutler campaign

AUGUSTA — The former spokeswoman for U.S. Sen. Angus King will head communications operations for independent candidate Eliot Cutler's bid for Maine governor. Crystal Canney, a former broadcast journalist and producer, stepped down as spokeswoman for the independent senator this fall...

The Associated Press

Few commuters parking in Yarmouth park-and-ride lot

YARMOUTH — A new 300-spot park-and-ride lot along Interstate 295 in Yarmouth is getting just a handful of cars per day, prompting some people to call it a waste of taxpayer money and an environmental mistake. The Portland Press Herald ( reports that the lot that...

The Associated Press

LePage praises Hermon manufacturer for expansion plans

AUGUSTA — Maine Gov. Paul LePage says a manufacturing company in the state is planning to expand its operations. The Republican governor said that the Ntension Corporation of Hermon, a wholesale tension-fabric structures manufacturer, will expand this spring into a new 40,000 square-...

Sun Journal

Lawmakers to review Maine Medicaid study contract

AUGUSTA — The Auditor General for the State of Pennsylvania said Monday that he has his doubts about how well the Maine Department of Health and Human Services vetted a company that it awarded a nearly $1 million no-bid contract to in September. Meanwhile, two committees of the Maine... 11

Sun Journal

Lewiston councilors-elect to meet Tuesday

LEWISTON — Councilors-to-be will get a look at potential committee assignments and other responsibilities they can expect at a special meeting Tuesday. "Basically, we want to find out which councilors are interested in what council appointment," City Administrator Ed Barrett. ...

Bangor Daily News

Dirigo Health to end Dec. 31 without extensions

AUGUSTA — Maine’s Dirigo Health insurance program will end Dec. 31 as planned, after its trustees opted against extending the program to help enrollees transition to new coverage. At a Monday morning meeting, members of Dirigo’s board of trustees decided to forego a one-m...