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2 hrs ago | Boston Herald

Citing fraud, Maine to put photos on EBT cards

Maine will begin putting photo identification on welfare benefit cards this month, first in Bangor and then across the state in an effort to target fraud and abuse, Gov. Paul LePage's administration said on Friday.

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Related Topix: US Governors, Paul LePage, Agriculture, Science, Opinion

7 hrs ago | WTEN-TV Albany

Former Maine tribal official caught in elver case

New York Department of Environmental Conservation officers have arrested a former Passamaquoddy tribal representative to Maine's Legislature and seven other people on charges of illegally harvesting baby eels from a creek on Long Island's east end.

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9 hrs ago | Bangor Daily News

How Maine can shut the revolving door of incarceration for young adult offenders

Debra Heintz, an inmate at the Washington Corrections Center for Women, talks recently during an "If Project" session about prison and the things she's missing.

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Related Topix: Prison, Maine Government, Washington, Washington Government, Mountain View Youth Development Center, State Prisons, Opinion

12 hrs ago | State of Maine

Maine Unemployment Rate 5.9 Percent in March - 4/18/2014

Workforce conditions continue to improve. Payroll job growth of 8,000 over the year drove the unemployment rate to the lowest since September 2008 and the employment to population ratio to highest since November 2008.

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Related Topix: 9, Cumberland County, ME, Washington County, ME, South Portland, ME, Biddeford, ME

16 hrs ago | Bangor Daily News

The Maine Dream Team-up Project: James Sanborn

I'm James Sanborn; I live in Hebron, Maine with my wife and three children. I have been drinking craft beer since college but really started to pay attention to what I was drinking about 3 years ago.

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Related Topix: Beer, Drink, Hebron, ME, Orono, ME, Portland, ME

20 hrs ago | Bangor Daily News

LePage blasts Democrats for possible $7.1 million in welfare-to-work fines

The federal Administration for Children & Families has notified the state that it could be liable for more than $7.1 million in fines for failure to meet work participation rates in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program in 2011.

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Related Topix: US Governors, Paul LePage, Healthcare Law, Law

Thu Apr 17, 2014

Bangor Daily News

Maine Legislature approves late, last-ditch push for Medicaid expansion

The Maine House of Representatives on Thursday night approved a Medicaid expansion plan for the third time since March with a 95-52 vote that likely dooms the bill to the same fate as its predecessors - death by gubernatorial veto.

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Related Topix: Healthcare Law, Law, US News

New York Daily News

Maine woman accused of letting ex-cop sexually abuse girl

Holly Morrison, 34, allegedly confessed to Portland police of having met the 59-year-old married man at a swinger's party before allowing him to spend weekends at her home and abuse the girl, the Bangor Daily News reported.

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Sun Journal

Parts of Dexter evacuated; flood warnings remain up in northern Maine

People are being evacuated from homes and buildings in parts of Dexter Thursday after the east branch of the Sebasticook River spilled over its banks, according to the Maine Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service in Caribou.

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Related Topix: Natural Disasters, Flood, Weather, Caribou, ME, Aroostook County, ME

Bangor Daily News

'Beneath the Harvest Sky' paints authentic, intelligent picture of northern Maine

Gita Pullapilly and Aron Gaudet, from left, direct Sarah Sutherland in "Beneath the Harvest Sky" filmed in The County in August and September of 2012.

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Related Topix: Maine Government, Van Buren, ME, Aroostook County, ME

Bangor Daily News

Transcripts of 911 calls reveal details in wrong-way driver's fatal crash on Interstate 95

Three people driving on Interstate 95 called 911 on April 6 when they first noticed the silver SUV that later would be involved in a wrong-way head-on collision that killed two men, and one Maine State Police sergeant came face to face with the erratic driver.

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Related Topix: Boat Disaster, Holden, ME, Carmel, ME

Salon

Saved by Obamacare

I was beat down by insurance and rarely saw doctors. But under a new plan, I made a call that proved life-changing When my insurance dropped me in 2000, I was a self-employed writer with two kids.

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Related Topix: Medicine, Kids, Family, Maine Government

Wed Apr 16, 2014

The Bennington Banner

Heavy rain floods northern New England, 1 dead

Heavy flooding throughout northern New England was blamed for at least one fatality as officials on Wednesday urged residents in all three states to avoid water-covered roadways and watch out for overflowing rivers.

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Related Topix: Weather, Natural Disasters, Flood, Dover-Foxcroft, ME

Kennebec Journal

Poll shows LePage, Michaud in virtual tie in Maine race for governor

The survey gives the governor a slight lead - his first in public poll - but margin of error, other surveys indicates dead heat.

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Related Topix: Susan Collins, US Politics, US News, US Senate, Republican, US Governors, Paul LePage, Cellphones

Herald Gazette

CMCA announces - Biennial' artists

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art has announced the 28 artists whose work will be included in the 2014 "CMCA Biennial" exhibition.

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Related Topix: Deer-Isle, ME, Cushing, ME, Portland, ME, Harpswell, ME

Kennebec Journal

Ex-Maine State Police chief pleads not guilty to child sex assault charges

The judge allows 73-year-old Andrew Demers Jr., who served 26 years with the state police, to remain free on $5,000 bail he posted after his arrest March 17. A former Maine State Police chief accused of sexually assaulting a 4-year-old relative pleaded not guilty to a pair of felony charges Wednesday at the Cumberland County Courthouse in Portland.

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Related Topix: Portland, ME, New Gloucester, ME

Bangor Daily News

Portland man escapes injury after car catches fire on I-95

A Portland man avoided injury after his car caught fire as he was driving south on Interstate 95 Wednesday morning, according to Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland.

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Related Topix: Fire

Sun Journal

Maine Senate sustains veto, pulls blinds on solar energy rebate bill

State Sen. John Cleveland, D-Auburn, gestures Wednesday as he asks his colleagues to overturn a veto of a bill by Republican Gov. Paul LePage.

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Related Topix: Renewable Energy (Green Energy), Solar Energy, Alternative Energy, Energy, US Governors, Paul LePage

Herald Gazette

Honorary UMaine degree for Gerritsen

Two icons of Maine literature and music - international best-selling author Tess Gerritsen of Camden and singer/songwriter David Mallett - will receive honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees and share remarks at the University of Maine's 212th commencement Saturday, May 10. Mallett, who lives in Sebec, will address the 10 a.m. ceremony, and ... (more)

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Related Topix: Arts, Literature, Vocal, Folk, Camden, ME, University of Maine

Kennebec Journal

Flooding claims one victim in northern Maine

According to the Maine Warden Service, Paul Oliver, 74, had moved his truck across a flooded portion of Oliver Road and was returning back to his house across the flooded section when he was swept downstream at 9:20 p.m. Tuesday.

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Related Topix: Weather, Natural Disasters, Flood, Rumford, ME

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