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Renewed Battle Underway Over Tobacco Settlement Funds

AUGUSTA, Maine - Opponents of Gov. Paul LePage’s plan to divert tobacco settlement money away from the Fund for a Healthy Maine and move it into more direct smoking cessation treatment through Medicaid, turned out in force in Augusta today.
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Who Should Oversee Maine's Public Lands? Critics Take Aim at Gov's Plan

AUGUSTA, Maine - How the state should manage more than 600,000 acres of public lands is an issue that is under intense scrutiny at the State House, where conservationists are expected to mount an offensive against proposed changes by the LePage administration.
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MAINE CALLING

The Sandwich Generation

How are Americans coping with caring for their kids - and their parents?

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AUGUSTA, Maine - Several veterans, and representatives of veterans' organizations, joined Gov. Paul LePage today at a State House news conference to support the governor's proposal to exempt military pensions from the state income tax.

Retired Navy Cmdr. David Patch said retired veterans have a lot to offer the state.

"Retired military personnel have pensions that allow them to be more entrepreneurial," Patch said. "Retired military typically have older children that don't have a significant impact on the educational system."

AUGUSTA, Maine - The chancellor of the University of Maine System is calling on lawmakers to support increased funding for its schools in Gov. Paul LePage's budget.

Chancellor James Page addressed a joint session of the Legislature on Tuesday. He says that LePage is proposing the biggest new investment that the system has seen in years. The system would see a 3.6 percent, or $14.2 million, increase over two years.

Page also addressed the system's economic challenges, including a potential $75 million structural gap between now and 2019.

PORTLAND, Maine - The future of Maine smelt fishing is up for a key vote that could restrict the harvesting of the wriggling fish.

A Maine advisory committee was set to decide Tuesday if the state will enact new regulations to protect the declining populations of the fish. Smelts are popular in Maine among winter ice fishermen and as a batter fried treat.

The new rules would divide the state into three smelt management "zones,'' with the strictest rules on the southern coast. The rules would mean no smelt fishing in the southern part of Maine from March 15 to June 30.

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AUGUSTA, Maine - Republican Congressman Bruce Poliquin may have a familiar opponent when he runs for re-election next year.

Just four months after her loss to Poliquin, Democrat Emily Cain says she's running again to represent Maine's 2nd District.

Poliquin defeated Cain by roughly 5 percentage points in November.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A Maine lawmaker wants to extinguish a growing trend of local marijuana legalization laws.

A bill submitted by Rep. James Campbell, a Newfield independent, says that petitions seeking to legalize recreational marijuana use in a municipality "may not be approved for inclusion on the ballot or considered at any town meeting.''

Portland and South Portland voters have passed such laws in recent years. Some marijuana legalization activists say the passage of the local laws is a precursor to a statewide 2016 legalization drive.

SACO, Maine - The Saco City Council is moving not to fire a city administrator, despite a drive from elected officials who question the way the official's contract was negotiated.

Robert Michaud will continue serving as administrator of Saco, a position he had held since 1999. Michaud announced plans to retire last summer, but city councilors who support him persuaded him to stay with a new incentive-laden contract. The incentives include permission to live outside the city and drive a city-owned car.

ROME, Maine — The former Maine summer home of beauty magnate Elizabeth Arden has been purchased by a nonprofit dedicated to disabled veterans.

The Travis Mills Foundation announced the purchase Tuesday.

The foundation says it intends to make extensive renovations to the property and convert it into the nation's first fully-accessible, "smart home" dedicated to serving the recreational and reintegration needs of combat-wounded veterans.

The estate was placed on the market last summer for $765,000, but the foundation did not announce the purchase price.

PORTLAND, Maine — An Auburn man convicted of selling drugs in the Lewiston-Auburn area has been sentenced to more than 14 years in prison.

David Goyette was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Portland after pleading guilty last year to charges of trafficking and possessing cocaine and crack cocaine.

Prosecutors say the 28-year-old Goyette, from 2011 through June 2013, obtained large quantities of cocaine from Massachusetts, cooked some of it into crack cocaine and distributed both drugs in Maine.

He was arrested in June 2013 after meeting his supplier in Boston.

For this series, we've been thinking a lot about the iconic tools that some of us remember using — if only for a short time — in our early schooling. Things like the slide rule and protractor, Presidential Fitness Test and Bunsen burner.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Republican Gov. Paul LePage is continuing his push to eliminate the tax on military pensions.

LePage will meet with veterans at the Statehouse on Tuesday to discuss the need for Maine to join 22 other states in not taxing military pensions.

The governor has said that his proposal will encourage more veterans to move to Maine.

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