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AUGUSTA, Maine - A bill that would allow Mainers to carry a concealed weapon without a special permit is rapidly gaining momentum at the State House.

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AUGUSTA, Maine - Parents, health care professionals, fire fighters and lawmakers held a State House news conference today to criticize the way the Department of Environmental Protection has implemented the Maine Kid-Safe products law.

Jessica Graham, of Waterville, says the rules don't tell her about all the dangerous substances that are in various products.

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AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine People's Alliance is endorsing legislation that would raise the state's minimum wage to $12 an hour over five years. It's one of seven bills proposing an increase.

Rep. Gina Melargno, an Auburn Democrat, is the bill's prime sponsor. She says the increase needed by the working poor.

By Alanna Durkin, The Associated Press
BANGOR, Maine - Republican Gov. Paul LePage says he anticipates a tough fight in his effort to eventually eliminate Maine's income tax.

The governor said at a luncheon for the conservative think tank The Maine Heritage Policy Center on Wednesday he believes that the "war is more than one battle'' and doesn't expect it to be won this year.

WINSLOW, Maine — Democratic lawmakers are planning to visit a central Maine business and college to learn how to create more jobs in the area.

The Democrats' statewide "job tour" will continue Wednesday morning at Johnny's Selected Seeds in Winslow. Later Wednesday, they'll meet with business and education officials at Thomas College.

House Speaker Mark Eves and House Majority Leader Jeff McCabe are expected to attend the events along with area lawmakers.