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Tom Porter / MPBN

PORTLAND, Maine - Former Maine independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler today starts a new job.

For the next 18 months, he will serve as CEO of the University of Maine System's Professional and Graduate Center Initiative.

Cutler says the new center, which is still a concept in development, will be the first of its kind in the nation, enabling collaboration between business and law programs across the system.

In Portland today, Cutler spoke with journalists, including MPBN's Tom Porter.

AUGUSTA, Maine - You might have heard about a clerical error in a huge omnibus energy bill two years ago that has led to a nearly $40 million cut in funding to the Efficiency Maine Trust, an agency that oversees programs to help Mainers cut energy costs. The effort to correct that error has turned partisan.

Patty Wight / MPBN

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Students at Bowdoin College are staging a sit-in at the president's office to urge the school to divest from fossil fuels. The students say the president and the board are dragging their feet.

Jennifer Mitchell / MPBN

HAMPDEN, Maine - Think 4-H and you probably picture boys and girls raising lambs or grooming prize bulls for the county fair. While traditional farming activities are still a major focus, 4-H is expanding to prepare kids for a changing world - most notably in science, technology, engineering, and math - or STEM.

Susan Sharon / MPBN

AUGUSTA, Maine - While Gov. LePage is calling for more funding to continue the War on Drugs, others say the time has come for an entirely different strategy. In addition to calls for more drug treatment, a bill to reduce penalties for possession of drugs like heroin and Oxycontin is attracting bipartisan support from lawmakers, from the ACLU of Maine and the Maine Council of Churches.