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Endangered species
11:03 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Maine Close on Endangered Species Proposal

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ Maine environmental officials expect to craft legislation to add several new species to the state's threatened and endangered animals list within a month.

State officials are considering adding the little brown bat and northern long-eared bat to the endangered list after white nose syndrome hurt populations. The eastern small-footed bat also faces threatened status.

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UMaine board nomination
5:59 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

UMaine Board Nominee in Spotlight for 'Feminizing Schools' Comments

Susan Dench, who has been nominated to serve on the UMaine board of trustees.
Credit Courtesy Informed Women's Network

AUGUSTA, Maine - At a confirmation hearing next week, state lawmakers are likely to spend time probing the views of one of Gov. Paul LePage's recent appointments to the University of Maine board of trustees. Susan Dench heads the Informed Women's Network, a Falmouth-based group that encourages women to join together and advocate for conservative ideals. Dench is also a former blogger for the Bangor Daily News, and it's a column she wrote on the influence of feminism in schools that's generating controversy.

 

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Medical marijuana
5:54 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Caribou Doctor Reprimanded Over Dispensing of Medical Marijuana Certificates

ORONO, Maine - A doctor who operated a medical marijuana clinic out of an Orono inn last year has been reprimanded and fined by the Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine. The doctor saw nearly 60 patients over the course of two days to issue medical marijuana certificates, regulators say. State officials say that as Maine's young medical marijuana program evolves, the challenge is to ensure that physicians don't use it solely as a revenue-generating opportunity.  

 

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Your Vote 2014
5:48 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Democrat Michaud Unveils 10-Point Health Care Plan

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud unveils his health care plan at a Portland news conference.
Credit A.J. Higgins / MPBN

PORTLAND, Maine - Mike Michaud says Mainers must oppose Gov. Paul LePage's efforts to balance the state budget by siphoning off funding from a program that targets tobacco and other substance abuse. In discussing his 10-point "Plan for a Healthier Maine," the Democratic candidate said he would protect the Fund for a Healthy Maine, which pays for smoking cessation, prenatal home health visits and child care.

Michaud's opponents say LePage's priorities for the fund provide health solutions for the state's neediest residents.

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Your Vote 2014
5:45 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

'Yes on 6' Supporters Urge Passage of Water Bond

Former state GOP lawmaker Stacey Fitts, representing the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, urges passage of Question 6 at a Falmouth news conference.
Credit Tom Porter / MPBN

FALMOUTH, Maine - A coalition of environmentalists, business and municipal leaders, and others, gathered at Maine Audubon's environmental center in Falmouth this morning to get behind a $10 million bond proposal to invest in Maine's water infrastructure.

"We are here today to officially kick off the 'Yes on 6' campaign for clean water and clean jobs in Maine. It's an exciting day," said Kate Dempsey, who is with the Nature Conservancy of Maine, one of more than 20 statewide organizations supporting the proposal.
 

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Your Vote 2014
5:37 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

LePage Abruptly Backs Out of Energy Forum at Last Minute

Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler (left, with back to camera) confers with energy conference officials after Gov. Paul LePage backs out of the forum.
Credit A.J. Higgins / MPBN

PORTLAND, Maine - Nearly 300 industry representatives and interested voters gathered at the University of Southern Maine today for what was supposed to be a chance to compare the energy policies of all three gubernatorial candidates. But Republican Gov. Paul LePage backed out before the forum could even get underway. The governor objected to a format change in the program, leaving his two opponents to carry on without him.

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Maine
5:32 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

NASCAR Driver's Car Carries Maine Message: 'Open for Business'

Gov. Paul LePage poses for the cameras with Miss Maine, left, Miss Teen Maine, and NASCAR driver Austin Theriault, in front of Theriault's car.
Credit Patty Wight / MPBN

PORTLAND, Maine - It's being billed as the first-ever public-private sponsorship of a race car. Today Gov. Paul LePage announced that the state of Maine will use Fort Kent NASCAR driver Austin Theriault's car as a billboard for the slogan, "Maine is open for business." The sponsorship cost the state $50,000. Some are celebrating the move, while others question whether it will drive business to the state.

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Caregivers
5:08 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Desire to 'Age in Place' Presents Challenges for Maine Caregivers

Erica Magnus helps her mother, Jane Magnus, down the stairs.
Credit Tom Porter / MPBN

Momentum is building in Maine toward addressing the state's aging problem. Maine has the highest median age in the nation, and the second-highest proportion of seniors, after Florida. For seniors who seek to grow old at home - or "age in place," as it's called - the pressures are increasing on caregivers. We have the first of a three-part series looking at the challenges faced by those Mainers who find themselves acting as unpaid caregivers for elderly, or ailing, family members.

 

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Your Vote 2014
4:40 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Record Spending Forecast for Maine Races, as Ad Barrage Intensifies

Spending in the race for governor is already setting new records, and spending in other top-of-the-ticket races may also set new records. What impact will all that cash buying up all available television airtime have on other contests?  

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Health
5:54 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Maine Insurers Take Different Approach to Paying Doctors, in Effort to Cut Costs

Dr. Jeff Holmstrom, a practicing family physician who is also the medical director at Anthem.
Credit Patty Wight / MPBN

PORTLAND, Maine - Insurance companies are starting to pay primary care physicians in Maine a little differently, in an effort to improve care, and reduce expensive hospitalizations. They're giving doctors reimbursements upfront, to cover the cost of outreach and forms of care that come outside a patient visit. Some health policy experts say these programs are another step in the right direction.

Years ago, Portland internist Dr. Tom Claffey says he noticed a problem with the way patients with chronic conditions were being treated. Their care was sporadic and reactionary.

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