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Politicians Taking Sides on Campaign Finance Referendum

AUGUSTA, Maine — Some key politicians in Maine are taking positions on either side of Question 1 on next month's statewide ballot, a measure that supporters say will bolster laws governing public campaign financing.
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Outer Island Schools Find Ways to Conquer Isolation, Support Each Other

MONHEGAN, Maine — Living on an island can be isolating, especially after the tourists leave for the season and winter moves in.
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Race for the White House - 2016

Thursday on Maine Calling - The Race for the White House 2016

WASHINGTON - Maine 1st District Rep. Chellie Pingree says the system in Congress for hammering out legislation is much more cumbersome than the one the Maine Legislature has established.

Pingree served in the Maine Legislature before she was elected to Congress. She says the state Legislature has joint committees that require House and Senate members to work together, something Congress lacks.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's ethics commission is sending a proposal designed to shed more light on who's donating to large political organizations to the Legislature.

The Portland Press Herald reports that the panel voted 4-1 Thursday to send the proposal for ratification.

More than $13 million was spent by just five political action committees on the November 2014 election in Maine. But current law allows the organizations bankrolling the committees to shield the names of donors.

PORTLAND, Maine - Investigators are trying to find out how two large commercial schooners at the Maine State Pier became adrift in Portland Harbor.

The Portland Press Herald reports that the Coast Guard received a call at 4:30 a.m. Thursday from a worker on the waterfront who reported that the 88-foot Wendameen was adrift and pinned against a work barge at the pier.

PORTLAND, Maine - AOL co-founder Steve Case is wrapping up a bus tour Friday in Portland, where he'll hear from Maine entrepreneurs competing for $100,000 in investment cash.

Case has been promoting start-up businesses in 19 different places around the U.S. in what he calls the "Rise of the Rest" tour.

By Patrick Whittle, The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine — Some fishermen say Maine regulators' plan to place new restrictions on the scalloping industry is the right way to assure the fishery keeps rebuilding.

Maine's meaty scallops are prized in restaurants and fish markets and the fishery is in the process of rebuilding. Fishermen caught more than 4.9 million pounds of the scallops last year, up from less than 700,000 pounds five years earlier. Catches sometimes topped 10 million pounds in the 1990s.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A legislative committee reviewing allegations that Gov. Paul LePage threatened to withhold funding for a private school that tried to hire a political opponent wants to interview three members of the administration.

The Government Oversight Committee has asked acting Education Department Commissioner Tom Desjardin, chief legal counsel Cynthia Montgomery and a senior adviser, Aaron Chadburne, to appear on Oct. 15.

The Portland Press Herald reported that it's unclear if they'll do so.

Responding to a flood of interest in the surprise revelation that Pope Francis met with controversial county clerk Kim Davis, the Vatican says the event shouldn't be seen as an endorsement of all of Davis' views. Davis has refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in Rowan County, Ky.

Davis was one of "several dozen" people the pope met at the end of his visit to Washington, D.C., the Vatican says.

Jessica Grondin / City of Portland

PORTLAND, Maine — City officials have launched a rebranding effort with the aim of growing the city's downtown business district.

The organization that promotes the city's downtown and Old Port neighborhoods, Portland Downtown District, will now called simply Portland Downtown.

The district also has a revamped website with extra features and a new logo. It resembles a postmark with "Portland" emblazoned on it, next to the year 1633, which was when the community was first settled.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A new program is underway that aims to make paint recycling in Maine more convenient.

Under legislation passed in 2013, a program is in place that allows Mainers to drop off unwanted paint at a number of retail paint businesses in the state for recycling at no charge.

The program is being administered by a nonprofit organization called PaintCare that was created by an association of paint and coatings manufacturers.

A single number has shaped the way that Americans think about young military veterans.

It's the number 22, as in, 22 vets take their lives each day.

The number has become a rallying cry for advocates trying to call attention to suicide among vets, especially those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Twenty-two, not some vague, rounded-off number. Not 30, not 20. Twenty-two.

A number so specific it inspires action. Speeches, fundraisers, marches and even walks clear across the country.

But 22 doesn't quite add up.