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AUGUSTA, Maine - Should juveniles and pregnant women in criminal custody be placed in shackles when being transported into court or for medical visits? It's a question that Maine lawmakers are weighing in the form of two separate bills, both up for a public hearing at the State House today.

It's Thursday and thus time for Across the Aisle, our weekly foray into Maine Politics.  Our analysts this week include Cynthia Dill, an attorney and former Democratic state senator, Meredith Strang Burgess of Burgess Advertising and Marketing, a former Republican lawmaker, and Dick Woodbury, an economist who has also served in the Legislature as an independent. They spoke with Keith Shortall.

Across the Aisle is heard most Thursdays on MPBN Radio.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine People’s Alliance, with the support of a coalition that includes the Maine AFL-CIO, has launched an effort to put a minimum wage increase proposal on the ballot next year.

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AUGUSTA, Maine - Business, conservation and municipal leaders, and others lined up at the State House on Thursday to encourage lawmakers to open the door to solar energy. 

AUGUSTA, Maine - A bipartisan group of state lawmakers is calling for an overhaul of gaming policy in Maine. They made their case at a press conference in Augusta this morning, as the Legislature is taking up a consultant's report that finds that Maine could support two additional casinos.

Maine's two existing casinos, in Bangor and Oxford, were both built after being approved by voters at the ballot box. For the past 11 years, state Sen. Linda Valentino fought as hard as she could to keep those casino's out of the state.