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    September 5, 2010

    Bedbugs take bite out of Maine

    Maine is not immune to the national proliferation of those nasty biting insects called bedbugs.“We’ve got plenty of them in Maine, in hotels, apartments and houses . . . Certainly, we’re hearing a lot more reports of them,” said Jim Dill, an entomologist and pest-management specialist for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. “It’s been a steady increase in the last 10 years. People controlling them …

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    August 12, 2010

    Health-care field booms during economic bust

    Maine’s health-care workforce continued to grow robustly during the economic slowdown, but per capita health-care costs also put Maine near the top of the nation, according to a new report released Aug. 10.The “Workforce Analysis of Maine’s Health Services Sector” released by Labor Commissioner Laura Fortman attracted about 20 health-care providers and educators to a press conference Aug. 10.Fortman said in 2005 …

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    July 14, 2010

    Two sides of same-sex marriage rally in Augusta

    Opposing sides in the continuing debate over same-sex marriage made their voices heard loud and clear Wednesday, July 14, in Augusta.The National Organization for Marriage kicked off a nationwide Summer for Marriage Bus Tour with a rally in Capitol Park at which Brian Brown, the group’s president, vowed to target Maine candidates who voted for or who support same-sex marriage. He said his group would highlight …

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    July 8, 2010

    Armed military veteran killed during confrontation identified

    An armed man shot and killed by law enforcement officers shortly after 9 a.m. Thursday, July 8, near the Route 17 gate to the Togus Veterans Affairs Medical Center was identified as James F. Popkowski, 37. Shortly before 4 p.m., Kate Simmons, spokeswoman for Attorney General Janet Mills, released a statement identifying the dead man. Simmons said “deadly force against Popkowski” was used by Togus police officer …

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    June 3, 2010

    Maine Municipal Association sued for making political contributions

    Four plaintiffs represented by the Maine Heritage Policy Center on June 2 filed suit in Kennebec County Superior Court against the Maine Municipal Association. The lawsuit claims the MMA made improper campaign contributions over a seven-year period that were meant to interfere with five citizens’ initiatives.David Crocker, director of the policy center’s Center for Constitutional Government, explained the …

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    April 19, 2010

    Tea Party draws 1,000-plus protesters to Capitol Park

    A Tea Party demonstration Thursday, April 15, Tax Deadline Day, drew more than 1,000 tax-and-spend protesters to Augusta’s Capitol Park.The spirited protesters waved yellow flags that said, “Don’t Tread on Me.”Many signs referred to President Barack Obama and objected to the recently enacted health-care reform legislation.Nadine McCann came to the event from Greenville on her day off from work. “I’ve been …

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    April 10, 2010

    VA secretary seeks to end homelessness among veterans

    Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki said Friday, April 9, that he wants to end chronic homelessness among America’s veterans within five years.When he took office in January 2009, Shinseki said an estimated 131,000 U.S. veterans were homeless. Now, 14 months later, the number of homeless veterans in America has declined to an estimated 107,000, the VA secretary said.“It’s about jobs, education, …

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    March 30, 2010

    ‘Way too many of our children live in poverty’

    More than one in five of the youngest of Maine’s children live in poverty, according to a comprehensive study of child welfare called “Maine Kids Count,” released March 29 at the Statehouse.The rate of poverty for children ages 0-5 increased from 19.4 percent to 21.8 percent from 2007 to 2008, according to the report. The national rate of poverty for that age group in 2008 was 21.2 percent.“Way too many of our …

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    March 26, 2010

    On gusty day, officials tout wind as potent power source

    Friday, March 26, was a gusty, blustery day when March felt more like a lion than a lamb.And it was an appropriate day to celebrate Maine Wind Day at the Statehouse — an observance that highlighted megawatts currently being produced by wind projects in Maine and offered insight into future wind projects in the state.“It’s a windy day in Maine which means that the turbines are turning and clean energy is coming …

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    March 3, 2010

    Baldacci pitches partial funding restorations

    School boards that have been grappling with deep budget cuts for next fiscal year got a $20 million shot in the arm March 3, as Gov. John Baldacci announced he was restoring that much money in General Purpose Aid to the fiscal 2011 budget.And health and human services programs, which had been facing $67.8 million in state budget cuts, got more than half their cuts restored as Baldacci announced he was putting …

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