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AUGUSTA, Maine - Patricia Sutherland drove for four hours to make the Thursday afternoon meeting with legislative leaders. Sutherland chairs the board of selectmen for the town of Chapman, which borders Presque Isle in northern Maine.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Because income taxes in Maine are linked to federal tax returns, the Legislature has to decide every year whether to adopt any changes to the federal code that would have an impact here.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine Gov. Paul LePage is praising Mitt Romney's decision not to seek the presidency in 2016.

The Republican governor says he was told this morning, before Romney's formal announcement ended weeks of speculation he would run for president again.

"Maybe it's time to- for new blood, younger blood, people that have - coming up the ranks," LePage says. "Give them a shot at it."

AUGUSTA, Maine — Republican Sen. Susan Collins and independent Sen. Angus King are split on their views of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Collins voted Thursday in support of the bill, which President Barack Obama has threatened to veto.

She says in a statement that it's "past time" for Obama to approve the project. She says she'd rather the country receive oil from Canada than "from unstable nations in the Middle East."