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National Hot Dog Day
6:16 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

National Hot Dog Day: Maine Vendors Serve up Classic Dogs With a Twist

The Moody Dog hot dog cart in Belfast.
Credit Jay Field

Today is a special day, as we celebrate a uniquely American food. Yes, today, July 23, 2014, is National Hot Dog Day. Americans consume some seven billion hot dogs between Memorial Day and Labor Day, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council in Washington.

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USM President
6:09 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

New President: USM's Business Model 'Obsolete'

David Flanagan lays out his vision for USM at a news conference today in Portland.
Credit Tom Porter

The University of Southern Maine has a new interim president.  University of Maine officials this morning named former Central Maine Power chief David Flanagan as the person to lead the state's second-largest university until a permanent replacement can be found.

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Food stamp changes
6:06 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

LePage Administration to Require Able-Bodied Food Stamp Recipients to Work

Maine Gov. Paul LePage says he wants able-bodied food stamp recipients in Maine to work, volunteer or enter a job training program in order to receive benefits. The state has chosen not to seek an extension of a waiver in the supplemental nutrition assistance program, that runs out Oct. 1.

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Undocumented minors
5:37 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Maine Still Seeking Information About Undocumented Minors

One day after Gov. Paul LePage says he learned that eight undocumented, unaccompanied minors have been placed in Maine, state officials say they're still trying to get more information about the children.  Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew says the state received no advance notice about the children, what their health status is, how long they'll be here or where they are in Maine.

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AARP Survey
5:34 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Survey: What's Keeping Maine's Older Voters Awake at Night

A new survey from AARP Maine reveals that over-50 set is concerned about financial security, and maintaining their independence as they age. That may be no surprise, but the findings also reveal that many older Mainers fear they will never be able to retire. The results were gleaned from telephone calls to some 2,000 AARP members.

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Tar sands oil
5:33 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Battle Over South Portland Tar Sands Ordinance Not Over Yet

An oil tanker makes its way into the harbor in South Portland.
Credit Susan Sharon

When South Portland Mayor Jerry Jalbert announced the 6-1 vote to approve a measure that will block the loading of raw crude, including Canadian tar sands oil, onto tanker ships in the southern Maine city, residents and supporters, who had filled the community center, rose to their feet and gave the City Council a standing ovation.

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Subsidy rulings
5:30 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Maine Health Care Advocates: Don't Panic Over Dueling Subsidy Rulings

Health care officials in Maine spent the day analyzing the potential impact of two, conflicting federal appeals court rulings on a key part of the Affordable Care Act.

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Unemployment
5:52 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Extending Unemployment Benefits: Maine Delegation on Board

Even though Maine’s official unemployment rate is the lowest since the recession, there are still thousands of Mainers who are out of work. Many are so-called "discouraged" workers who are not reflected in the 5.5 percent unemployment rate. In fact, the rate would jump to 6.6 percent if they were factored in.

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New Brunswick agreement
5:51 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Maine Seeks to Strengthen Economic Ties with New Brunswick

Gov. Paul LePage hopes to encourage expanded economic ties with the province of New Brunswick through a memorandum of understanding signed today with Premier David Alward. The governor's office says the agreement is designed to strengthen relations between both regions by identifying areas for future job creation and cooperation in trade development and tourism. 

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FairPoint strike vote
5:49 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

In Wake of Strike Vote, FairPoint Vows to Maintain Service

FairPoint Communications says it's making preparations to keep telephone and Internet service up and running should some 2000 union workers walk off the job next month. 

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