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Mayhew Defends Gov's Plan to Cut $20M From Smoking Cessation Fund

AUGUSTA, Maine - The LePage administration is digging in to defend a plan that would cut $20 million from the Fund for a Healthy Maine, an entity created to promote smoking cessation efforts.
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Courtesy: Orly Genger

Sculptor Transforms Maine Fishermen's Trash Into Treasure

PORTLAND, Maine - A New York-based artist has become an unlikely source of revenue for a lot of Maine lobstermen. Internationally-renowned sculptor Orly Genger makes massive works of art using rope - particularly discarded lobster line.
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Maine Calling Book Club - The Works of E.B. White

The Maine Calling Book Club re-convenes to discuss the works of E.B. White

GARLAND, Maine - A 27-year-old Maine man has been indicted on three charges of murder in the strangulation deaths of his girlfriend and her two young children.

Keith Coleman of Garland is charged in connection with the deaths of 36-year-old Christina Sargent, 10-year-old Duwayne Coke and 8-year-old Destiny Sargent. WZON-AM reports he was indicted on Wednesday. He has not entered a plea and a court date has not been set.

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AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine Gov. Paul LePage says the one thing he'd like to get done this legislative session is to go after the income tax.
 

In the two-year $6.3 billion budget LePage has submitted to the Legislature, he has proposed that income taxes for top-rate payers go from 7.95 percent to 5.75 percent by 2019, and the top corporate rate from 8.93 to 6.75 percent by 2021. Making up the difference in state revenue would be increases in sales and use taxes.

PORTLAND, Maine - A Maine government survey says the average statewide cash price for heating oil dropped 4 cents in the past week.

The Governor's Energy Office says the average price was $2.56 a gallon, according to the Jan. 26 survey. The average kerosene price of $3.12 was also 12 cents lower than two weeks ago. Propane prices dropped 7 cents over the past two weeks to $2.66.

Heating oil averaged $3.87 per gallon a year ago at this time, while kerosene was $4.27 and propane was $3.35.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Republican Gov. Paul LePage wants his administration to be allowed to hire private lawyers without the attorney general's permission.

LePage has asked the Maine Supreme Judicial Court if his office must still get Democratic Attorney General Janet Mills' approval for outside counsel if she refuses to represent his administration.

The Portland Press Herald first reported about the request on Wednesday.

LEWISTON, Maine - Lewiston-based manufacturer Elmet Techologies has been acquired by a group of Maine-based investors. Elmet, which makes metallic products for the precision engineering industry, was founded in 1929.  The company reportedly laid off 33 workers last week amid rumors of a sale.

WASHINGTON - Maine 2nd District Republican Congressman Bruce Poliquin took to the House floor today to raise awareness about human trafficking, and efforts to prevent it.

"As parents and as public officials we owe it to our families to help our states and our local communities with stronger law enforcement and tougher criminal penalties for those who prey upon our children," Poliquin said.

Yesterday, Poliquin voted in favor of bipartisan legislation designed to combat human trafficking in the U.S.

BOSTON - Forecasters are watching two weather systems that may bring significant snow in the coming days as New Englanders are just digging out from a historic blizzard.

Frank Nocera, senior meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Taunton, says a fast moving Friday storm could bring 2 to 4 inches of snow and strong wind gusts in some areas around Boston.

That would add to the 2 to 3 feet of snow dumped in parts of Massachusetts earlier this week.

Forecasters are also monitoring a storm loaded with moisture that's heading into the region over the weekend.

PORTLAND, Maine - Postal service is back online in most of Maine, where all post offices will be open in the aftermath of this week's blizzard.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Postal Service says the post offices are reopening Wednesday. Mail will be delivered in most of the state in areas where roads, streets and mailboxes are safely accessible. The postal service is asking residents to clear mailboxes and steps so postal workers will be able to safely do their jobs in the wake of the blizzard, which dumped two feet of snow in parts of the state.

LYNDONVILLE, Vt. - Students at a Vermont high school have recovered in the state of Maine two balloons launched from their Lyndonville campus, one of which rose to almost 90,0000 feet before falling back to earth.

The first balloon launched as part of the Lyndon Institute's Space Balloon Project was launched on Jan. 15. It carried a payload that included a GPS tracker, a camera, and a transponder to locate the balloon.

The second balloon was launched Jan. 22.

FARMINGTON, Maine — The Franklin County Sheriff's Office has charged a former Farmington man with sexually assaulting a child five years ago.

Sheriff Scott Nichols Sr. says 39-year-old Shawn Flagg, of Stetson, was arrested Monday on a felony charge of gross sexual assault.

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