Maine Things Considered

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The LePage administration is proposing an overhaul of the state’s correctional system that would expand the capacity for female inmates and prisoners with substance abuse issues.

Lawmakers are being told that the plan could cost more than $180 million.

Patty Wight / MPBN

After receiving the largest gift in its history, Bates College in Lewiston will launch a new computer science program.

The court master assigned to monitor operations at the Riverview Psychiatric Center in Augusta says the state hospital must hire additional personnel to comply with staffing ratios established as part of a 1990 agreement prompted by a class-action lawsuit.

Democrat Joe Baldacci has ended his campaign for Maine’s 2nd Congressional district.

Fred Bever / MPBN

Maine Gov. Paul LePage took a tour through snowy New Hampshire Friday by the side of presidential hopeful and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

In the wood-beamed loft of a family-style restaurant in Dover, New Hampshire, LePage told the audience of 100 or so his support for Christie was based on some clear factors.

“One is I trust him,” he says. “Two, he has been tried and proven to be able to handle difficult decisions. He was marvelous right after 9/11. He became U.S. attorney. He prosecuted the terrorists. He has been there, he’s done it, he’s made the tough decisions.”