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Paper Mill sale
5:51 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Canadian Company Seeks to Buy Rumford Paper Mill

RUMFORD, Maine - A Canadian company is entering into an agreement to buy the Rumford Paper mill.

Catalyst Paper of British Columbia wants to buy the mill as part of a $74 million deal to purchase two mills owned by NewPage Corp. The other mill is in Wisconsin.

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Your Vote 2014
5:44 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Cutler Supporters in Maine's Conservative Somerset County Rethink Their Votes

Eliot Cutler tells supporters Wednesday to vote for someone else if they think he can't win.
Credit A.J. Higgins / MPBN

Republican Gov. Paul LePage won a narrow victory four years ago thanks to triumphs in a few rural, largely conservative counties. One is Somerset County, where LePage defeated independent Eliot Cutler by just over 3,000 votes.The governor needs to hold onto - or increase - this advantage to win re-election. To unseat LePage, Democrat Mike Michaud must chip away at LePage's support in these strongholds by winning over more of the voters who were planning to back Eliot Cutler. Jay Field traveled to Somerset County to talk with voters about the state of the governor's race.

 

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Ebola vigilance
5:13 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Maine Ebola Nurse 'Humbled' by Judge's Decision to Lift Quarantine

Kaci Hickox, left, and her partner, Ted Wilbur, react to a judge's decision Friday to lift her quarantine.
Credit Patty Wight / MPBN

FORT KENT, Maine - A Maine judge has rejected a request by state officials to restrict the activities of a Fort Kent nurse who recently returned from Sierra Leone, where she treated Ebola patients. Kaci Hickox and her attorneys argue the restrictions are unnecessary because she is asymptomatic and therefore not contagious. The judge agreed that the state has not met its burden to show why she's a public health threat.

 

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Your Vote 2014
4:56 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Maine's Agricultural Sector Pins Hopes on Bond Proposal on November Ballot

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension Services keeps its bedbug colony in a pink Tupperware container.
Credit Jennifer Mitchell / MPBN

As the CDC works to create protocols and procedures to handle human diseases like the Ebola virus, Maine's agricultural community is pushing for the creation of a laboratory to identify the diseases that affect farm animals and food crops - a need which they say is becoming critical. But how to pay for it? Enter Question 2 on the Nov. 4 ballot. Proponents say it's a crucial project for one of Maine's major growth industries. But others say there's just too much state borrowing going on.

 

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Your Vote 2014
4:44 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Ebola: An October Surprise in the Maine Governor's Race?

Political campaigns spend a lot of time planning what to do if an opponent does this or does that. But things happen that candidates and their campaigns just can't plan for. Take this week. Several Maine political scientists say unexpected events in the last week of campaigning could well affect the race for governor in ways not anticipated.

 

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