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Caregivers
5:45 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Caring for a Disabled Child - And Worrying About the Future

81-year-old Anne Palmer, who is caring for her 44-year-old disabled son, Todd, and worries about his future.
Credit Tom Porter / MPBN

According to a study earlier this year by the AARP, Maine has about 200,000 people who are described as "unpaid caregivers," providing nearly $2.5 billion of free healthcare to the state every year. Most of them are looking after elderly family members, typically their aging parents. But in some cases, the situation is reversed and it's the parent who's caring for a sick or disabled son or daughter. In the final installment of a three-part series on the challenges facing caregivers, Tom Porter examines the plight of Maine families who are worried about the future.

 

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Great Northern bankruptcy
5:01 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Cutler Lambastes LePage Administration Over GNP Tax Deal

The Great Northern Paper mill in East Millinocket.
Credit File photo

PORTLAND, Maine - Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler lashed out today at the LePage administration for encouraging a tax credit scheme two years ago for the Great Northern Paper Company. With the company's recent bankruptcy filing, Cutler says Maine taxpayers are now on the hook for $16 million, and have no jobs in Millinocket to show for it.

 

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LePage nominations
3:39 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Maine Senate Rejects Dench Nomination, in Party Line Vote

Susan Dench, whose nomination to the UMS board of trustees was rejected by the Maine Senate.
Credit A.J. Higgins / MPBN

AUGUSTA, Maine - The state Senate followed the recommendation of the Legislature’s Education Committee and rejected Gov. Paul LePage’s nomination of Susan Dench to the University of Maine System board of trustees. The vote was not without lengthy debate.
 

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Your Vote 2014
2:59 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Supporters Urge Passage of Bond for Disease and Insect Lab

Veterinarian Bill Bryant lobbies for passage of Question 2 on the November ballot.
Credit Patty Wight / MPBN

AUGUSTA, Maine - Representatives from the state's agriculture, dairy, and veterinarian industries are calling on Maine voters to support Question 2 on the November ballot. The bond would give $8 million to the Maine Cooperative Extension to build a new animal and plant disease and insect control laboratory.

Executive Director John Rebar says, currently, the lab is spread across two locations that were built in the 1940s and 1970s.  

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Your Vote 2014
2:51 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Maine GOP Chair Takes Issue with Michaud on Tax Cuts

AUGUSTA, Maine - Republican Party Chairman Rick Bennett is criticizing Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud over Michaud's attacks on tax cuts proposed by Gov. Paul LePage and adopted by the Legislature.

"It was a very sensible, fiscally responsible way to lower the tax burden on Maine citizens," Bennett says, "and Mike really should know better than to say what he said." Michaud made the comments Monday on MPBN's Maine Calling program.

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Your Vote 2014
1:55 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Group Sues over Maine Wildlife Department's Role in Bear Hunting Campaign

An image from an ad opposing ballot Question 1 that includes Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife personnel.

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Domestic violence
12:33 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

LePage Pushes for Mandatory Sentencing in Domestic Violence Cases

Gov. Paul LePage presses for tougher domestic violence laws at an Augusta news conference, as his wife, Anne, looks on.
Credit Patty Wight / MPBN

AUGUSTA, Maine - Gov. Paul LePage says Maine needs to do more to combat domestic violence.

At a press conference at the Blaine House Tuesday, LePage said he would like the state to enact mandatory sentencing laws.

"I think we've got to prevent lawyers and judges to plead down domestic violence," LePage said. "If you plead it down, it doesn't do anything to solve it."

After LePage's remarks, Ernie Boch of Subaru of New England, which has locations in Maine, presented the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence with a $25,000 check to support its prevention efforts.

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Your Vote 2014
5:16 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Maine Candidates for Governor Spar Over Natural Gas Pipeline

Gov. Paul LePage discusses his views on a natural gas pipeline expansion Monday at a news event in Gorham.
Credit Tom Porter / MPBN

Republican Gov. Paul LePage is defending his support of legislation that could make it easier for private businesses to use eminent domain to seize property for natural gas pipeline expansion. The governor says the legislation is necessary to alleviate what he calls the New England energy crisis. But the governor's two opponents oppose the move.

At issue is federal legislation known as H.R.1900, The Natural Gas Permitting Reform Act, which aims to streamline the permitting process for the development of natural gas pipeline projects.

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LePage nominations
5:42 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Panel Rejects LePage's Controversial Nominee for UMS Board

Gov. Paul LePage's UMS board nominee Susan Dench.
Credit A.J. Higgins / MPBN

Gov. Paul LePage's nomination of conservative businesswoman Susan Dench to the University of Maine System board of trustees has been rejected by the Legislature's Education and Cultural Affairs Comittee. The vote followed a contentious public hearing in Augusta. Dench - and the governor's office - say the vote was pre-ordained and politically motivated.

 

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Your Vote 2014
4:31 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Maine Political Parties Battle for Women Voters

Gov Paul LePage hugs a supporter at an event in Scarborough Friday.
Credit Jennifer Rooks / MPBN

The race for the governor is increasingly focusing on the women's vote. Earlier this week, Planned Parenthood released an ad in support of Democrat Mike Michaud and criticizing Republican Gov. Paul LePage. On Friday, Gov. LePage appeared with female supporters at an event in Scarborough, where he was asked about his record on women's issues. The governor himself could not recall a key vote on family planning.

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