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Your Vote 2014
5:41 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Cutler Campaign Faces Collapse as Supporters Retreat

Eliot Cutler tells supporters a Portland news conference Wednesday that they should vote for someone else if they think he can't win.
Credit A.J. Higgins / MPBN

With six days remaining before Election Day, independent candidate Eliot Cutler said today that the odds are against him in his bid to become Maine's next governor. Reiterating a statement he made about the three-way race earlier this year, Cutler says Mainers must vote their conscience, and if they're concerned that a vote for him will wind up electing another candidate, they're free to make a different choice. And late today, his most prominent backer did just that.

 

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Ebola vigilance
5:09 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Court Showdown Looms as Ebola Nurse Vows to Fight Quarantine

A Maine State Police cruiser sits outside Kaci Hickox's house in Fort Kent.
Credit Patty Wight / MPBN

FORT KENT, Maine - Kaci Hickox, the nurse now famous for being held in quarantine in a tent in New Jersey, is back at her home in Fort Kent. Hickox recently spent a month treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, and her return is prompting a potential legal showdown over public safety and civil rights. Hickox says she won't comply with state requirements to isolate herself from the public for 21 days.

 

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USM cuts
4:50 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

25 USM Faculty Members Laid Off in Cost-Cutting Effort

USM Economics Professor Rachel Bouvier protests her layoff at a press event in Portland Wednesday.
Credit Tom Porter / MPBN

PORTLAND, Maine - Twenty-five faculty members at the University of Southern Maine are receiving lay-off notices this week. Some of them were joined by students on USM's Portland campus today to speak out against continued cuts, which they say devalue their education and may prompt some of them to transfer to other colleges.

 

Chanting: "Invest in USM. Invest in USM."

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Your Vote 2014
5:12 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Republican Gov's Association Touts Cutler in New Ad for LePage

Last week, Republican Gov. Paul LePage predicted that he could win reelection over Democrat Mike Michaud -- even if independent Eliot Cutler dropped out of the race. But after spending nearly $5 million on LePage's behalf, the Republican Governors Association isn't taking any chances.

The RGA has launched a new TV ad attacking Michaud, and at the same time bolstering at least some support for Cutler.

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Post traumatic stress disorder
5:08 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Sharing Soldiers' Burdens: Doctor Urges Different Approach to Treating War Trauma

Dr. Edward Tick.
Credit Courtesy Soldier's Heart

AUGUSTA, Maine - Post traumatic stress disorder emerged as a diagnosis back in 1980. With all that's now known about PTSD, and about the difficulties facing veterans of Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, Dr. Edward Tick says there's still a long way to go. Tick is an author, educator and psychotherapist from New York who has been treating veterans for 40 years. He was at the Togus VA Hospital in Augusta today, where he called for a new approach for dealing with PTSD.

 

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