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Joe Baldacci Announces Run for US House

BANGOR, Maine — Joe Baldacci says his lifetime of experience in Maine, as a public servant and attorney here, makes him the best candidate to face Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin next year.
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Mark Eves Sues LePage Over Good Will-Hinckley Firing

PORTLAND, Maine — As expected, Maine's Democratic House Speaker has filed a federal lawsuit against Republican Gov. Paul LePage.
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A discussion about Ernie's Ark by Monica Wood, Thursday at noon.

RICHMOND, Maine — A tractor-trailer slammed into the back of a Maine State Police cruiser on Interstate 295 here Thursday morning, blocking northbound lanes around mile 41.

"State Trooper Greg Stevens, a 17-year veteran, was injured in the wreck," says Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland. "He was able to walk away from the crash an has been taken to Maine Medical Center. The truck driver escaped the crash without injury."

Do Fish Names Encourage Fishy Business?

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Order a rockfish at a restaurant in Maryland, and you'll likely get a striped bass. Place the same order in California, and you could end up with a vermilion rockfish, a Pacific Ocean perch or one of dozens of other fish species on your plate.

This jumble of names is perfectly legal. But it's confusing to diners — and it can hamper efforts to combat illegal fishing and seafood fraud, says the ocean conservation group Oceana.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A newspaper reports that Maine Gov. Paul LePage's staff was engaged with lawmakers in behind-the-scenes budget negotiations even as the governor railed against lawmakers and said he had "no clue" what they were going to adopt.

It's no secret that the water at some of the 2016 Olympic venues in Rio de Janeiro has some problems.

NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro got a whiff of one venue in April. But The Associated Press has just put some science into it by commissioning tests over a five-month period.

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Democrats fed up with the health insurance industry used President Barack Obama's overhaul to create nonprofit co-ops that would compete against entrenched corporations. Taxpayers put up $2.4 billion in loans to get the co-ops going.

But a government audit out Thursday finds that co-ops are awash in red ink and many have fallen short of sign-up goals.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Republicans in Maine's House of Representatives say they want their voices to be heard when the state supreme court meets to hear arguments over whether 65 bills became law without Gov. Paul LePage's signature.

L. Clinton Boothby, a lawyer for House Republican leaders, asked the Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Wednesday if he can participate in the oral arguments on Friday. Dozens of other Republicans signed onto the letter.

Government subsidies provided to Canadian producers and importers of supercalendered paper are directly hurting competitors in Maine, according to a preliminary ruling by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The Coalition for Fair Paper Imports, which includes Madison Paper Industries and Verso Paper, had asked the department to investigate the subsidies back in February.

Under what's called countervailing duty or CVD law, U.S. companies can seek financial relief when subsidies provided to foreign competitors are hurting their bottom lines.

Tom Brady issued an impassioned defense of his actions this morning after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell decided to uphold a four-game suspension over his role in "deflategate."

The New England Patriots quarterback called the suspension "unfair" and said he was "disappointed" that Goodell dismissed his "hours of testimony."

More than 150 small-business owners in Maine have announced their support for a campaign that would place a minimum wage increase on the state ballot in 2016.

The Maine People's Alliance and Maine AFL-CIO submitted the paperwork to launch the citizens' initiative in April.

Will Ikard, director of the Maine Small Business Coalition, says that although many small-business owners worry that the costs of paying a higher minimum wage would hurt their businesses, that's not borne out in the numbers.

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AUGUSTA, Maine — Two northern Aroostook County lawmakers are asking the Legislature's watchdog agency to investigate an alleged threat made two years ago by Gov. Paul LePage to a group known as the World Acadian Congress.