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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...


Maine Democrats press LePage to release bonds

AUGUSTA — There's no end in sight in the battle between Democratic lawmakers and LePage over millions of dollars in bonds the governor is refusing to sign off on. Democratic leaders called on LePage Monday to immediately release the bonds now that the Appropriations Committee has app... 6


U.S. threatens more sanctions as Crimea declares independence

KIEV, Ukraine — Crimea's declaration of independence Monday from Ukraine triggered the toughest Western sanctions against Russia since the Cold War — with Washington and the European Union retaliating with asset freezes and travel bans and U.S. President Barack Obama vowing to "increa...

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CDC officials deflect blame in document-shredding probe

AUGUSTA — After six hours of testimony Friday from the six current and former Maine Center for Disease Control officials at the heart of a state document-shredding probe, two things became clear. Deputy Director Christine Zukas told employees to destroy public documents related to fu... 19


LePage turns in signatures to qualify for November ballot

AUGUSTA — Maine Gov. Paul LePage has turned in his signatures needed to qualify for the November ballot. LePage made a brief appearance at the secretary of state's office, where supporters gathered Friday. Democratic challenger, Rep. Mike Michaud, submitted his petitions earli... 5


PAC re-registers to support Cutler's gubernatorial campaign

AUGUSTA — Independent candidate for governor Eliot Cutler, who in December announced that he will campaign “unbought” and without help from political action committees, said Friday that he has no control over a PAC set up recently for his campaign’s benefit. The Cam... 4