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  • Paul LePage said Tuesday that the "gloves are off" as he digs in for another fight with Democrats this year over his plan to increase the number of drug enforcement officials in Maine. The Maine people demand that we keep our children alive. " LePage says Maine needs additional resources to stem the tide of the growing public safety threat, noting the sharp rise in the...

  • $28 million budget fix heads to Maine Gov. LePage Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 12:19 PM ET

    AUGUSTA, Maine— Maine lawmakers on Tuesday sent a $28 million budget bill to Gov. The Democratic-controlled House backed the supplemental budget bill with a 146-1 vote and the Republican-led Senate followed with unanimous approval. Budget negotiators agreed to take out about $2 million to maintain the level of Medicaid reimbursements for primary care...

  • A look at top car, truck speed limits across the US Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 10:59 AM ET

    Nearly all truck tires have been built for a maximum sustained speed of 75 mph since the middle of last decade, when drivers across the vast majority of the U.S. were allowed to go no faster than 65 or 70 mph. But 14 states, mainly west of the Mississippi River, now have speed limits of 75, 80, even 85 mph in part of Texas. Here is a look at the top speed limits for cars in...

  • OMAHA, Nebraska— BNSF has started taking additional safety measures for crude oil shipments because of four recent high-profile derailments in the U.S. and Canada, the railroad said Monday. The worst of these crude oil derailments happened July 6, 2013, and involved a runaway train that killed 47 people in the town of Lac-Megantic, Quebec, just across the U.S.-...

  • PORTLAND, Maine— U.S. ski resorts are being warned to check more than 100 chairlifts after engineers identified a design flaw believed to have contributed to an accident that injured seven people at Sugarloaf in Maine. Partek Ski Lifts, based in Pine Island, New York, issued a bulletin Thursday warning operators using Borvig and Partek lifts to check safety...

  • Stephen King gets no apology from Maine governor Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 8:11 AM ET

    Instead, he contends he said King is "not in Maine right now." Kenneth Curtis moved to Florida "where there is zero income tax. King, who lives in Bangor and pays Maine income taxes, demanded an apology.

  • A church service in honor of the victims has been held in Duesseldorf, where the Germanwings plane was headed when it crashed into a French mountain, killing all 150 people aboard Tuesday. Detlev Toonen, a Lutheran priest based at Duesseldorf airport who has been counseling relatives of the crash victims, says "the church... wants to show solidarity with the...

  • House Roll Call: Republicans approve conservative budget Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 7:19 PM ET

    The 228-199 roll call Wednesday by which the House passed a conservative budget that relies on nearly $5 trillion in cuts to eliminate deficits over the next decade, calls for repealing the health care law and envisions transformations of the tax code and Medicare. Republicans— Aderholt, Y; Brooks, Y; Byrne, Y; Palmer, Y; Roby, Y; Rogers, Y. Republicans— Crawford, N; Hill, Y;...

  • PORTLAND, Maine— A chairlift malfunction that injured seven skiers at the Sugarloaf ski area and resort was caused by a broken drive shaft on a gearbox that allowed the lift to move in reverse and by the failure of a brake system with a design flaw, officials said Wednesday. A team of engineers and a state inspector released the findings of a preliminary review and...

  • Connecticut lags much of the US in personal income growth Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 11:17 AM ET

    Connecticut's 3 percent rise from 2013 to 2014 also lagged other New England states except Maine, where it increased by 2.9 percent. Connecticut has been vexed by unemployment persistently higher than joblessness nationwide. The unemployment rate in Connecticut was 6.3 percent in January, the most recent month available, while nationally it was 5.7 percent.

  • Legislator looks to cap scallop harvest as fishery grows Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 9:54 AM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— A state legislator wants to put a cap on the amount of Maine scallops that fisherman can harvest, even as the rebounding fishery is growing in volume and value a decade after crashing. The plan has sent waves through Maine's scallop industry, where harvesters wonder what the proposed restrictions would mean for catch and dealers speculate what...

  • LAKE PLACID, N.Y.— One of the three remaining Howard Johnson's restaurants still in business has been sold and will close after a nearly 60- year run in a New York village. Mike Butler, owner of the HoJo's in Lake Placid, says his family-run eatery was purchased by local restaurant owners who plan to move their business to the property after the Howard Johnson's...

  • AUGUSTA, Maine— More than 9,000 Maine residents have been removed from the state's food stamp program since Republican Gov. That number has dropped to 2,680 this month, David Sorensen, spokesman for the Department of Health and Services, told The Associated Press. "Northern Washington County really has never come out of the recession, so there aren't economic...

  • AUGUSTA, Maine— Maine residents who are campaigning for their state to legalize marijuana say they have filed their proposal for a statewide ballot question. The group calls itself The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol and it's an effort of the Washington, D.C.- based Marijuana Policy Project. The campaign submitted its initiative Tuesday to state...

  • CMP sets final structure in $1.4B power grid upgrade Monday, 23 Mar 2015 | 5:23 PM ET

    WINDSOR, Maine— Central Maine Power has set the final transmission pole needed to complete a $1.4 billion power grid upgrade. The company celebrated the milestone reached Monday when workers raised the 101- foot tall pole in Windsor. More than 5,000 structures have been installed between Orrington and Elliot since work on the Maine Power Reliability Program...

  • Declining to participate in the settlement fund are World Fuel Services Corp., which owned the oil shipment, and Canadian Pacific Railroad, which transported the oil to Montreal. Much of downtown Lac Megantic was destroyed by a raging fire after the unattended Montreal, Maine& Atlantic train with 72 oil tankers derailed in the middle of the night.

  • CONCORD, N.H.— New Hampshire's tourism website was inaccessible for less than an hour Monday due to a cyberattack against an outside server. The state Division of Travel and Tourism Development says the company that hosts visitnh.gov experienced a "distributed denial of service" attack on servers at one of its datacenters. Maine's government website was also...

  • AUGUSTA, Maine— Efforts to raise Maine's minimum wage were met with resistance Monday from Republican Gov. But the measures face a steep climb in the Legislature, where Republicans now hold control of the Senate. Tom Saviello would have the Legislature study the issue.

  • About 55 percent of Earned Income Tax Credit recipients reported using a paid tax preparer last year.

  • The Washington, D.C.- based Marijuana Policy Project, the largest group in the country dedicated solely to reforming marijuana laws and a key player in Colorado's successful legalization effort, is leading one charge. But Legalize Maine is framing Marijuana Policy Project as an out-of-state interloper, and organizers for Legalize Maine said their proposal...