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Your Vote 2014
5:16 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Maine Candidates for Governor Spar Over Natural Gas Pipeline

Gov. Paul LePage discusses his views on a natural gas pipeline expansion Monday at a news event in Gorham.
Credit Tom Porter / MPBN

Republican Gov. Paul LePage is defending his support of legislation that could make it easier for private businesses to use eminent domain to seize property for natural gas pipeline expansion. The governor says the legislation is necessary to alleviate what he calls the New England energy crisis. But the governor's two opponents oppose the move.

 

At issue is federal legislation known as H.R.1900, The Natural Gas Permitting Reform Act, which aims to streamline the permitting process for the development of natural gas pipeline projects.

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LePage nominations
5:42 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Panel Rejects LePage's Controversial Nominee for UMS Board

Gov. Paul LePage's UMS board nominee Susan Dench.
Credit A.J. Higgins / MPBN

Gov. Paul LePage's nomination of conservative businesswoman Susan Dench to the University of Maine System board of trustees has been rejected by the Legislature's Education and Cultural Affairs Comittee. The vote followed a contentious public hearing in Augusta. Dench - and the governor's office - say the vote was pre-ordained and politically motivated.

 

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Your Vote 2014
4:31 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Maine Political Parties Battle for Women Voters

Gov Paul LePage hugs a supporter at an event in Scarborough Friday.
Credit Jennifer Rooks / MPBN

The race for the governor is increasingly focusing on the women's vote. Earlier this week, Planned Parenthood released an ad in support of Democrat Mike Michaud and criticizing Republican Gov. Paul LePage. On Friday, Gov. LePage appeared with female supporters at an event in Scarborough, where he was asked about his record on women's issues. The governor himself could not recall a key vote on family planning.

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Kotzschmar organ restored
6:17 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Portland's Famed Kotzschmar Organ Sings Again after $2.5 Million Restoration

The facade of the Kotzschmar organ.
Tom Porter MPBN

This weekend marks a landmark occasion for the city of Portland's century-old Kotzschmar organ, as it returns from a lengthy and costly overhaul that supporters hope will keep it going for another 100 years. Tom Porter took a look behind the curtain.

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Train track deaths
6:16 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Train Track Deaths Concern Amtrak Downeaster Officials

DURHAM, N.H. - An Amtrak Downeaster train struck and killed a woman in Durham, New Hampshire, Wednesday night. Local police say it was a suicide. There have been three similar incidents in Maine this year involving the Downeaster.

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Your Vote 2014
5:41 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Across the Aisle: Debates about Debates, But Not About the Issues

It's Thursday, and so time for another edition of "Across the Aisle," our weekly foray into Maine politics, with contributors Cynthia Dill, a practicing attorney and former Democratic state legislator; Dick Woodbury, an economist and tax policy consultant to the campaign of independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler; and former Republican lawmaker Meredith Strang Burgess, of Burgess Advertising and Marketing in Portland. They spoke with MPBN's Keith Shortall.

Across the Aisle is heard Thursdays afternoons on MPBN Radio.

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Your Vote 2014
5:19 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Bellows and Collins Spar Over Collins' Voting Record

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Shenna Bellows speaks to reporters at the State House.
Credit A.J. Higgins / MPBN

AUGUSTA, Maine - The political newcomer challenging incumbent Republican Sen. Susan Collins went on the offensive today, challenging Collins' voting record on a number of issues. Democrat Shenna Bellows says Collins' votes - including her rejection of a minimum wage increase - are not in the best interests of working Mainers.

 

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Great Northern bankruptcy
5:24 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Katahdin Region Faces End of an Era as Great Northern Files for Bankruptcy

EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine - More than a century of papermaking in the Katahdin region appears to be at an end, with the news yesterday that Great Northern Paper has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection. Officials in East Millinocket remain hopeful that the bankruptcy filing will allow a new owner to buy the shuttered Great Northern mill for a reasonable price and put people back to work. But some say it's time to move away from paper-making and focus on other industries that can use the resources in Maine's north woods.

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Riverview Psychiatric Center
4:58 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Maine Lawmakers Seek More Scrutiny of State Psychiatric Hospital

The Riverview Psychiatric Center in Augusta.
Credit Mal Leary / MPBN

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's embattled Riverview Psychiatric Center is about to be scrutinized once again, this time by the Legislature's non-partisan Office of Program Evaluation and Governmental Accountability. The latest review follows the hospital's loss of some $20 million in federal Medicaid funding because of safety and compliance violations. Now, in addition to an audit to ensure that the facility is in compliance with a state-approved consent decree, lawmakers on the Legislature's Government Oversight Committee are launching their own limited investigation.

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Your Vote 2014
4:44 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

New Jersey Fatal Bear Attack Shines Spotlight on Maine Referendum

The fatal bear attack of a hiker in New Jersey this week is highlighting that state's bear management policies - and drawing comparisons with Maine's. This fall, voters here are being asked in a statewide referendum to end the use of bait, hounds and traps in Maine's annual bear hunt.

 

It happened on a preserve about 50 miles from New York City. Darsh Patel, a 22-year-old senior at Rutgers University, was hiking with a group of friends when they encountered a 300-pound black bear. The bear chased them and killed Patel after he became separated from the group.

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