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Maine Non-Profits: Gov's Plan to Impose Taxes Will Lead to Job Losses

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's non-profits turned out at the State House today for an informal meet and greet with lawmakers, and a chance to highlight their contributions to Maine's economy.
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Regulators Reject River Herring Protections, For Now

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. - Regional fishing industry regulators have rejected a plan to list river herring and shad as part of the Atlantic Herring fishery.
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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

The ongoing dispute between Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage and the state's attorney general, Democrat Janet Mills, intensified this week. On this week's edition of Across the Aisle, Mal Leary gets reaction to the dispute from our panel of analysts: Cynthia Dill, a practicing attorney and former Democratic state senator, Dick Woodbury, an economist and former independent legislator, and Meredith Strange Burgess, a former Republican legislator.

BANGOR, Maine - Attorneys for a man accused of using a phony Facebook profile to lure a 15-year-old girl to her death want his trial moved to another county.

Lawyers for Kyle Dube of Orono argued during a hearing in Bangor Thursday that their client wouldn't receive a fair trial in Penobscot County because of the amount of media coverage. They suggested it be held in Kennebec County.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Susan Collins is proposing legislation that would make it easier for small companies and employers to set up pension systems.

The Maine Republican says current laws and regulations make it difficult for employers to band together to offer retirement plans.

"What we are trying to do is to provide incentives for them to do so, to reduce the costs, to make it possible for them to join together," Collins says.

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. - Regional fishing industry regulators have rejected a plan to list river herring and shad as part of the Atlantic herring fishery.

The measure would have put the two species under a federal management plan, with a view to helping with their conservation.

Lori Steele is herring plan coordinator with the New England Fishery Management Council. She told council members there's a lack of useful data on shad and river herring - which includes alewives and blueback herring.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine's budget-writing committee is supporting Gov. Paul LePage's pick for finance chief.

The Appropriations Committee unanimously endorsed Richard Rosen's nomination to become commissioner of the Department of Financial Services on Thursday.

Rosen has served as acting commissioner of the department since former finance Chief Sawin Millett (SEW-in MIH'-leht) retired in May.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., lashed out at anti-war demonstrators protesting the presence of former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger at a Senate hearing, calling them "low-life scum."

Kissinger, 91, and other former secretaries of state in both Republican and Democratic administrations, were at the Senate Armed Services Committee, which McCain chairs, for a hearing on global security challenges.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Senate has confirmed Republican Gov. Paul LePage's pick for the Public Utilities Commission.

The Republican-controlled Senate voted unanimously in favor of Carlie McLean's nomination to the board on Thursday. She was unanimously endorsed by the Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee last week.

The three-member PUC is in charge of regulating electric and natural gas utilities, as well as Casco Bay water taxis.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A group of environmental advocates are urging lawmakers to support measures aimed at expanding solar power and making homes more energy efficient.

The six-bill package outlined by the Environmental Priorities Coalition on Thursday includes measures that provide incentives to increase solar power in the state and a $30 million bond to help families pay for upgrades like insulation and heat pumps to lower their heating bills.

PORTLAND, Maine - The Maine Human Rights Commission says three women were discriminated against because of their age when Shaw's supermarkets laid off hundreds of workers three years ago.

The Portland Press Herald reports the commission ruled on Monday that the supermarket chain's actions in 2012 unfairly affected older workers.

The commission voted unanimously that the company discriminated against the three workers because a policy decision to lay off only full-time employees primarily affected older workers.

MILO, Maine - More than 2,100 customers are without power in northern Penobscot and Piscataquis counties as utility crews investigate an outage.

An Emera Maine spokeswoman says crews are in the Milo area determining what caused the outage, which began at about 7 a.m. Thursday. The utility anticipated power will be restored by late morning on Thursday. The spokeswoman says crews will work to restore power "as quickly and safely as possible.''