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Alden Smith announces run for 2nd Congressional District seat

PORTLAND — Two Maine men have announced plans to run for Congress. Thirty-one-year-old Alden Smith of Sangerville says he's running in the Democratic primary for the 2nd Congressional District. The seat is now held by Democrat Mike Michaud, who's likely to run for governor instead of...

Schools face new debt for MaineCare payments

AUBURN — Nearly 20 public school systems in Maine are being asked to repay often sizable MaineCare funding from the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. Robert Nadeau, a lawyer representing 12 of the school systems, including the Auburn School Department, said he's aware of... 5

LePage names Carlisle McLean as new chief legal counsel

AUGUSTA — Maine Gov. Paul LePage has named a new chief legal counsel after the deployment of his former top lawyer to Afghanistan. Carlisle McLean, who was promoted on Wednesday, has served as LePage's general counsel since 2012. She replaces Michael Cianchette, a U.S. Navy Reserve o...

Group asks food producers to stop providing free food for bear baiting

PORTLAND — A group that wants to ban bear baiting is asking food suppliers to end the free giveaways of past-their-use-date food for use by hunters. Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting say many consumers would be surprised to learn that suppliers will give away their old food to hunters, w... 2

Obama pitches mortgage overhaul as housing rallies

President Barack Obama greets the crowd after speaking, Tuesday, Aug. 6, in Phoenix. Obama was in Arizona to discuss the economy and the middle class and then to California to tape an appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”

Maine DEP rejects wind farm project on Bowers Mountain

AUGUSTA — The Maine Department of Environmental Protection has rejected First Wind's proposal for a wind farm on Bowers Mountain, citing its harmful impact on the local scenery. Commissioner Patricia Aho signed off on the decision by DEP staff to deny scaled-down proposal for 16 turb...

Maine conservative Senate candidate dances in Speedo

LEWISTON – A state senate candidate seeking election in 2014 said he's proud of a video clip that includes footage of him dancing in a Brazilian Speedo. Eric Brakey, of New Gloucester, said Tuesday the footage of him dancing in front of a mirror is part of a national ad campaign he worked on as a professional actor in New York. 26

U.S. Sen. Collins honors Lewiston Fire Department

More than 15,000 to lose Medicaid coverage in January

AUGUSTA — Many states are gearing up to enroll more residents into Medicaid coverage starting in January. But thousands of Mainers are preparing to lose coverage this winter because of changes to the state's program and the decision not to expand coverage under the federal health care overh... 107

Lewiston GOP to meet Aug. 13

LEWISTON — The Lewiston Republican City Committee will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, the Lewiston Armory, 65 Central Ave. The guest speaker is congressional candidate Blaine Richardson of Belfast. Richardson is a 30-year Navy veteran who retired as a captain. For mor...