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LePage Clashes With Democrats over Drug Addiction Issue

AUGUSTA, Maine - Gov. Paul LePage is chastising Democrats for not supporting his proposal to hire more drug enforcement agents, judges, and prosecutors.
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From Penalizing Drug Addicts to Treating Them: Maine Bill Outlines New Approach

AUGUSTA, Maine - While Gov. LePage is calling for more funding to continue the War on Drugs, others say the time has come for an entirely different strategy. In addition to calls for more drug treatment, a bill to reduce penalties for possession of drugs like heroin and Oxycontin is attracting bipartisan support from lawmakers, from the ACLU of Maine and the Maine Council of Churches.
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ORONO, Maine - U.S. Sen. Susan Collins says she's not thinking about the possibility of another candidacy for elected office, including Maine's governorship - but she's not ruling it out either.

Collins addressed her political future at a press conference this afternoon, before delivering the Margaret Chase Smith Public Affairs Lecture at the University of Maine at Orono.

BOSTON - The Coast Guard says nine crew members have been safely evacuated from a Canadian charter schooner that lost power off the New England coast while on route to the Caribbean.

Petty Officer Ross Ruddell said the Liana's Ransom was still adrift and unmanned Tuesday afternoon about 34 miles east of Portland, Maine. He said there was no immediate plan to tow it.

Two Massachusetts-based Coast Guard boats weren't able to tow the vessel early Monday because of rough seas. The schooner had reported trouble at about 12:35 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine - A former state lawmaker who previously went to prison for equity skimming has pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting visa and marriage fraud and to making false statements.

Adam Mack of Portland on Monday became the fifth person to plead guilty to federal charges stemming from illegal efforts to help two women become green card holders. According to court records, he engaged in marriage and visa fraud and made false statements regarding his employment of them.

The human armpit has a lot to offer bacteria. It's moist, it's warm, and it's usually dark.

But when the bacteria show up, they can make a stink. That's because when some kinds of bacteria encounter sweat they produce smelly compounds, transforming the armpit from a neutral oasis to the mothership of body odor. And one group of bacteria is to blame for the stink, researchers say.

PORTLAND, Maine - Some residents of Maine's largest city say they oppose a planned redevelopment that could transform Portland's waterfront.

The Portland Press Herald reports that more than 50 people attended a Portland City Council meeting on Monday night about a developer's request for a zone change for the former Portland Co. complex.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Democratic-led Maine House has approved a $28 million budget bill that provides emergency money for county jails and funding for positions at the state-run psychiatric hospital.

The supplemental budget measure was given final approval with a 146-1 vote Tuesday. It provides funding for a several things this fiscal year, which ends June 30. The bill now heads to the Senate.

One week last year, Jonathan Ledgard was talking with White House officials about how drones could deliver cargo to remote Africa. The next week, he was in a remote African village, telling elders how drones could change their lives.

He heard the same fears from both audiences: Will the drones crash into houses? Will they spy on people? Will they attack people?

BANGOR, Maine - A Maine skilled nursing facility has agreed to pay the U.S. government $1.2 million to resolve allegations over inflated Medicare claims.

The U.S. government alleges that Ross Manor in Bangor failed to take sufficient steps to prevent its subcontractor, RehabCare, from providing unreasonable or unnecessary levels of therapy to Medicare patients in order to bill at the highest reimbursement level.

AUGUSTA, Maine  Republican Gov. Paul LePage lashed out Democrats in the House and Senate today for refusing to back his plan to create additional law enforcement positions to address the state's drug problem.

The governor said Maine voters should be outraged by the lawmakers' indifference.

"If you're not angry, you should be," LePage said. "You should be disgusted with the behavior of some of these legislators that want to continue to ignore the killing of our children. They are weak on drugs. They simply don't want to deal with he problem."

The Obama administration is pledging that the U.S. will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent to 28 percent of 2005 levels over the next 10 years. The new target was submitted today to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change.

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