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Your Vote 2014
5:28 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Judge Sides with Opponents of Bear Hunting Referendum in Campaign Dispute

PORTLAND, Maine - A Cumberland County Superior Court judge has declined to issue an injunction against wildlife biologists and other employees of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife for their role in the bear hunting referendum on Maine's November ballot. The motion for a temporary restraining order was brought by supporters of Question 1, who say the state employees' use of taxpayer resources opposing limits on the use of bait, hounds and traps goes beyond the scope of their authority.

 

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Ebola readiness
5:11 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Maine Medical Tests Readiness to Handle Ebola Patients

Brian Dougher, Maine Med's emergency management coordinator, dons booties and a one-piece Tyvek suit, as Gwen Rogers and John look on.
Patty Wight MPBN

PORTLAND, Maine - Officials at Maine Medical Center in Portland say they welcome the new federal CDC guidelines for Ebola, and say the hospital already exceeds many of the standards. Maine Med had a chance to test its preparedness earlier this month when a patient with possible Ebola symptoms came to its emergency room. On Wednesday morning, hospital staff gave reporters a glimpse of the protective suits and protocols they've put in place.

 

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Your Vote 2014
5:55 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Why All Candidates Embrace The Shipyard, But The Shipyard Doesn't Embrace All The Candidates

Kevin Gross, a pipefitter at the shipyard, says he trusts his union to endorse candidates with his interests in mind.
Credit Emily Corwin / New Hampshire Public Radio

KITTERY, Maine - The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is a major economic engine on both sides of the Piscataqua, so it gets a lot of attention from politicians. But while the unions on the shipyard endorse Democrats almost exclusively, individuals on base are no monolith. New Hampshire Public Radio's Emily Corwin takes us inside the shipyard vote.

 

There's a painted blue line surrounding the entrance to the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Over that blue line, political campaigning is not allowed. But just a few inches this side of it - politics are in motion.

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Your Vote 2014
5:26 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Pot Citations in Portland Up Since Legalization Approved

PORTLAND, Maine - Next month, residents in Lewiston and South Portland will vote on local ordinances that would legalize possession of small amounts of recreational marijuana. Last November, Portland residents overwhelmingly approved a similar measure. But new data show that, despite that vote, police have issued more marijuana citations than before marijuana was legalized. And supporters of the ballot effort say it's a sign that local authorities are ignoring the will of the people.

 

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Business and Economy
4:03 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

State Revenues Up Slightly, Income Tax Falters

AUGUSTA, Maine — State revenues were above budget in September, and after the first three months of the budget year, they are overall nearly $10 million above projections. Finance Commissioner Richard Rosen said he is pleased to be ahead of projections but cautions some sources of revenues are doing better than others.

“Within that there are certainly elements that we have to continue to look at with some care," he said in an interview with MPBN News. “One is the withholding number in the individual income tax.”

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