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LePage issues executive order on police use of drones in Maine

AUGUSTA — Maine State Police will have until February to develop a policy on the use of unmanned aerial vehicles for law enforcement, according to Gov. Paul LePage. On Wednesday, LePage signed an executive order directing the commissioner of the Department of Public Safety to develop...

Andy County GOP to meet in Wales

WALES — The Androscoggin County Republican Committee monthly meeting will be held on Monday, Aug. 19, at 7 p.m., at the Wales Town Office meeting room located at 175 Centre Road. The Bylaws Committee will continue to present proposed bylaw revisions and the County Committee will vote...

ANALYSIS: Despite familiar names 2014 governor's race is far different than 2010's

AUGUSTA, Maine — With two of the same names likely to go on the November ballot, the 2014 gubernatorial election may look on the surface like a repeat of the three-way contest in 2010. But political experts in Maine say the race will be very different this time around. 1

Michaud says he wants to restore Maine's dignity

LEWISTON — In a city that's often supported him by more than a 2-1 ratio, U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud said Thursday he was officially running to be Maine's next governor. In front of a boisterous crowd of about 200 at the Franco-American Heritage Center in Lewiston's Little Canada neighbo... 76

Obama scraps U.S. military exercises with Egypt

President Barack Obama makes a statement to the media regarding events in Egypt, from his rental vacation home in Chilmark Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard on Thursday. The president announced that the US is canceling joint military exercise with Egypt amid violence. 

Gasoline refiners push EPA to reduce ethanol requirements for New England

AUGUSTA — Refinery officials say a federal mandate on blending ethanol into gasoline is impossible to meet and they want the Environmental Protection Agency to relax the rules for 2014.  The mandate requiring that gasoline sold in the United States must include 10... 9

It's official: Michaud wants to be governor

PORTLAND — Democratic U.S. Rep Mike Michaud ended speculation about his run for governor Wednesday when his campaign confirmed that he's entering the campaign with a formal announcement Thursday in Lewiston. The five-term congressman, who has said he wants to restore civility to... 16

LePage wants Democrats to cap bond package at $150 million

AUGUSTA — Gov. Paul LePage said Wednesday that he and legislative leaders are “all pretty much in the same place” on the importance of what has been a contentious bond package following a meeting in Senate President Justin Alfond’s office Wednesday morning. LePage t... 6

LePage says he kept department heads from hearing

AUGUSTA — Gov. Paul LePage on Wednesday said he barred his department chiefs from making themselves available at a Tuesday meeting of the Appropriations Committee. “The state is not going to be run by committees, it’s going to be run by the chief executive of the state,&r... 10

Maine budget committee members voice frustration over snub by LePage agency heads

AUGUSTA — Lawmakers on the state's powerful budget-writing committee Tuesday repeatedly voiced disappointment and frustration that representatives of Republican Gov. Paul LePage's administration would not answer their questions in person. Four departments, including the state's large... 20