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Ballot 2013: Tizz Crowley, Auburn City Council Ward 1

Tizz Crowley, Candidate for Auburn City Council in  Ward 1

VA furloughs as many as 40 workers in Maine

AUGUSTA — The federal government shutdown’s effect on Maine continued to spread Tuesday with the announcement that the Department of Veterans Affairs has closed all local offices of the Veterans Benefits Administration to the public. U.S. Reps. Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree,...

LePage names Rier as acting education department chief

AUGUSTA — Maine Gov. Paul LePage has elevated the deputy of the Department of Education to acting commissioner. Jim Rier of Topsham has worked in the education department for a decade, starting as director of finance and operations. He's served as deputy commissioner since 2011 under...

PUC orders UMaine to reveal wind project proposal details

AUGUSTA — State regulators say the University of Maine and its partner companies must reveal some details of its offshore wind project proposal. Public Utilities Commission Chairman Thom...

Shenna Bellows files for U.S. Senate race

AUGUSTA— The former executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine filed paperwork Tuesday to challenge three-term Republican Susan Collins for a seat in the U.S. Senate. Shenna Bellows, who's seeking the Democratic Party nomination, tweeted a photo of herself outs... 102

DHHS lays off 56 employees, closes disability benefits office because of federal government shutdown

AUGUSTA — All employees at a disability services office in Winthrop and four more in the Maine Department of Health and Human Services were laid off Monday as a result of the federal government shutdown, Gov. Paul LePage announced Monday evening. The 52 employees at the DHHS Disabili... 18

Lewiston casino campaigners may get penalty reprieve in campaign finance case

LEWISTON — Promoters of a statewide effort to bring a casino to downtown Lewiston in 2011 might avoid paying more than $35,000 in civil penalties for presenting false information under Maine's campaign-finance reporting laws, based on new documents released Tuesday. But the decision ...

Maine's Ethics Commission to recommend fines for PACs that backed Lewiston casino campaign

AUGUSTA — Two Lewiston men who were behind an effort to open a casino in Lewiston in 2011 are facing allegations that they hid the source of substantial contributions to the campaign in order to mislead voters. The allegations, made by investigators for the state's Commission on Gove... 2

New cellphone privacy laws go into effect Wednesday

AUGUSTA— Maine law enforcement will have to get search warrants to gather voicemails, text messages or data about someone's recent location from a cellphone under two new laws that take effect this week. The laws go into effect Wednesday, 90 days after the end of the legislative sess...

State sandwich legislation is one of 401 'emergency' bills to be considered

AUGUSTA — Lawmakers will have a heavy load of bills to consider when they return to Augusta in January, ranging from mundane adjustments to county commissions to a measure that would make lobster rolls the official state sandwich.