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Riverview Ordered to Make Changes Due to Staffing Shortages

The court master assigned to monitor operations at the Riverview Psychiatric Center in Augusta says the state hospital must hire additional personnel to comply with staffing ratios established as part of a 1990 agreement prompted by a class-action lawsuit.
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Bates to Use $19 Million Donation to Launch Computer Science Program

After receiving the largest gift in its history, Bates College in Lewiston will launch a new computer science program.
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AUGUSTA, Maine - Gov. Paul LePage has submitted an eight-page State of the State address to lawmakers.  But don't expect the governor to follow up with a flurry of bills to accomplish his goals.

Anyone who has attended any of the governor's town meetings is aware of his priorities.  High on the list is welfare and tax reform. In his letter to lawmakers, LePage outlines nine welfare changes he would like to see, as well as a sweeping tax reform plan that would eventually repeal the state income tax.

Out for dinner with a group of friends, Christina Dierkes, a science writer with Ohio Sea Grant in Columbus, was feeling adventurous. It took some steely courage to order the Caribbean Roll at Mr. Sushi's. Not so much for the tuna and avocado on the inside — that's a combination that's appealing to many of us. But the tuna sushi in this spectacularly Americanized roll is topped with a deep-fried banana, honey, mayonnaise and a generous dash of coconut crumbs. Yum?

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine Democrats say support for a bill to protect voters from intimidation shows the public is on board with a plan to prevent harassment at the polls.

The Legislature's Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee held a public hearing on the proposal Monday. Windham Democrat Bill Diamond says his bill would set rules about the use of video cameras at polls.

A group called Project Dirigo videotaped voters in November who signed petitions seeking to put a gun control issue on the 2016 ballot. Their actions raised concerns about voter intimidation.

CAMDEN, Maine - Don McLean's attorney says the singer has entered a not-guilty plea to a domestic violence charge in writing and will not appear in court later this month.

Police arrested the "American Pie'' singer on the misdemeanor count on Jan. 18.

The next court date is Feb. 22. But attorney Walter McKee says nothing substantial will happen that day because McLean has already entered the plea.

At 46 years old, Oliver Bogler's reaction to a suspicious lump in his chest might seem typical for a man. He ignored it for three to four months, maybe longer. "I couldn't really imagine I would have this disease," Bogler says. But when he finally "grew up" and went to the doctor, he was pretty quickly diagnosed with invasive breast cancer.

BOSTON — The second winter storm in four days to hit the Northeast is expected to bring blizzard conditions to Cape Cod and southeastern Massachusetts and leave behind as much as 18 inches of snow.

The National Weather Service says winds Monday could gust up to 65 mph in the hardest hit areas.

The rest of eastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island and most of Connecticut are under a winter storm warning and could get as much as 10 inches of snow.

Northern New England down to the New York area are expected to get less snow.

BATH, Maine — A $15 million project to replace an elevated roadway in Bath is scheduled to start this spring.

The Portland Press Herald reports that Maine Department of Transportation officials confirmed the Bath Viaduct project will start in May. Full reconstruction is expected to begin in October.

The bridgelike structure on Route 1 carries traffic over parts of Bath’s downtown and the Bath Iron Works shipyard. MDOT engineers say the viaduct’s roadway and supporting piers are worn out.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg may have taken an extended paternity leave after the birth of his daughter, but generally, American men do not take more than a few days. Ninety-six percent of American men are back to work within two weeks of a baby's birth.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A Maine legislative committee is getting ready to host a potentially contentious public hearing about changes to the state’s lobster licensing laws.

Rep. Walter Kumiega, a Deer Isle Democrat, has proposed several changes to the licensing system. Proposed changes include the creation of a new class of license that would be limited to 300 traps instead of the usual 800. The proposal will go before the Legislature’s marine resources committee on Wednesday for a hearing.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine Gov. Paul LePage has nominated three new members to serve on a board that reviews and approves requests for state funding for land conservation projects.

The nominees to the Land for Maine’s Future Board are due for legislative review later this month.

LePage’s nominees are Bob Meyers of the Maine Snowmobile Association; Harry Ricker of Ricker Hill Orchards; and Fred Bucklin, who runs a property appraisal company.

The conservation board was subject of a flap when the governor refused to sign $11.5 million in voter-approved bonds.




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