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Business Leaders: Failure to Fix Typo in Energy Bill Could Cost Maine Consumers Millions

AUGUSTA, Maine - Business representatives are joining environmentalists in warning that a one-word typographical error could cost Maine energy consumers a quarter of a billion dollars in higher energy bills over the next three years.
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Lawmaker Proposes Moratorium on Mining in Maine

AUGUSTA, Maine - An ongoing debate about regulation of large-scale mining in Maine is now in its third year. After lawmakers rejected mining regulations advanced by the state Department of Environmental Protection last year, the agency opted to resubmit the same rules in February.
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PORTLAND, Maine - Some residents of Maine's largest city say they oppose a planned redevelopment that could transform Portland's waterfront.

The Portland Press Herald reports that more than 50 people attended a Portland City Council meeting on Monday night about a developer's request for a zone change for the former Portland Co. complex.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Democratic-led Maine House has approved a $28 million budget bill that provides emergency money for county jails and funding for positions at the state-run psychiatric hospital.

The supplemental budget measure was given final approval with a 146-1 vote Tuesday. It provides funding for a several things this fiscal year, which ends June 30. The bill now heads to the Senate.

BANGOR, Maine - A Maine skilled nursing facility has agreed to pay the U.S. government $1.2 million to resolve allegations over inflated Medicare claims.

The U.S. government alleges that Ross Manor in Bangor failed to take sufficient steps to prevent its subcontractor, RehabCare, from providing unreasonable or unnecessary levels of therapy to Medicare patients in order to bill at the highest reimbursement level.

AUGUSTA, Maine  Republican Gov. Paul LePage lashed out Democrats in the House and Senate today for refusing to back his plan to create additional law enforcement positions to address the state's drug problem.

The governor said Maine voters should be outraged by the lawmakers' indifference.

"If you're not angry, you should be," LePage said. "You should be disgusted with the behavior of some of these legislators that want to continue to ignore the killing of our children. They are weak on drugs. They simply don't want to deal with he problem."

PORTLAND, Maine - Fishery regulators last night heard testimony about the future of the Gulf of Maine shrimp fishery. The winter shrimping season has been canceled the last two years because of worry about declining numbers of shrimp.

Steve Train is a commercial fisherman who sits on the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, which oversees the shrimp fishery.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Republican Gov. Paul LePage has appointed the head of the Maine Forest Service to manage forestry activities on state-owned lands.

The Portland Press Herald reports that Doug Denico's appointment to the post is drawing concern from environmental groups opposed to LePage's efforts to boost timber harvesting on public lands.

Katie Morrow became a teacher, among other things, because of wanderlust.

"I'm going to be a teacher because I can go anywhere in the world," she thought.

She's originally from a small town in Nebraska called O'Neill, population 3,700. "In the middle of nowhere, literally," she says.

So where did she end up teaching? Right back in O'Neill. She fell in love with a hometown boy and ended up at O'Neill's only public school. It's K-12, with 750 students.

Morrow teaches middle-school English; she's also a technology integration specialist.

BOSTON — Federal prosecutors say a Maine elderly living center has agreed to pay $1.2 million to settle allegations of inflated Medicare claims for rehabilitation therapy.

The U.S. attorney's office in Boston says Ross Manor in Bangor failed to prevent a subcontractor, RehabCare Group East, Inc., from engaging in a pattern and practice of providing high levels of therapy that were not reasonable or necessary.

WISCASSET, Maine — A 14-year-old Wiscasset High School student is facing drug trafficking charges after he was allegedly caught in school with an assortment of nine different prescription medications for sale.

The drugs, including Oxycontin and Vicodin, were placed in plastic bags and stuffed inside a Pringles can in his backpack.

Police say there were a total of 163 pills and the plastic bags had suggested prices written on them, from $3 to $25 per pill.

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