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Maine taxpayers will be picking up the tab for some $16 million in payments to out-of-state investors over the next four years, after they took advantage of a state program aimed at creating jobs in economically depressed communities.

The complicated story of how those investors got hold of these payments from a deal involving the now-defunct Great Northern Paper mill in East Millinocket is laid out in a two-part story by Whit Richardson of the Portland Press Herald.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The court master in the ongoing consent decree covering mental health services at the Riverview Psychiatric Center says the Department of Health and Human Services has stopped admitting patients in violation of the decree.

A.J. Higgins / MPBN

AUGUSTA, Maine - A freshman Republican lawmaker is encountering some significant opposition - some from within his own party - over his proposal to send Maine's taxpayer-funded campaign law back to the voters for reconsideration.

Tom Porter / MPBN

PORTLAND, Maine - Volunteers at a southern Maine community radio station are hard at work trying to save thousands of vinyl records. About 3,000 LPs - many of them rare blues and reggae releases - were damaged when a water pipe burst at WMPG, on the University of Southern Maine's Portland campus.

Patrick Skahill / WNPR

HARTFORD, Conn. - Five of the six New England governors met in Hartford, Connecticut, today to talk about regional energy concerns. While the governors are pledging to cooperate on a strategy that will benefit all, they acknowledge that crafting a regional energy plan will present a challenge.