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Poll reflects muddled state of politics in Maine

Poll reflects muddled state of politics in Maine

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton is being favored in Maine over Republican contender Donald Trump in the 2016 race for the White House but a majority of respondents find her untrustworthy, a new poll suggests.

Maine has always chose a Democratic presidential candidate since 1992, thus Clinton should be favored to win this time if she win the party’s nomination. The poll results revealed that in a head-to-head contest, Clinton would win 43 per cent and Trump would win 34 per cent of Maine.

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Maine residents collectively earn $1.1 billion more in 2015

Maine residents collectively earn $1.1 billion more in 2015

Residents of the U.S. state of Maine collectively earned $1.1 billion more in 2015 even as the state’s population remained essentially flat, according to fresh stats from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Maine closed the last year with a third quarter of growth in personal income in a row. Personal income is a broader category of income including earnings, dividends, government assistance, interest and rent. The higher collective earnings were particularly recorded in the health care sector.

Maine children being exposed to high levels of lead: report

Maine children being exposed to high levels of lead: report

Children in dozens of Maine schools and day care facilities are being exposed to dangerous lead at levels that can cause serious and permanent disabilities, a newly published USA Today report warned.

According to the report, 44 water samples taken from 26 Maine schools and day care facilities were tested positive for lead levels above 15 parts per billion – the limit after which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (ESA) mandates corrective action.

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Maine House Democrats reject estate tax bill

Maine House Democrats reject estate tax bill

The rejection of Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s estate tax bill by Democrats on Tuesday prompted an angry response from the state governor’s office.

The Republican governor introduced the proposal in his 2015 budget, calling the estate tax unjust and antagonistic to wealthy retirees in the state. But Democrats opposed it and the Legislature amended it to only apply to estates valued at least $5.5 million.

On Tuesday, the House voted 77-65 to reject the bill. The Democrats called it a misplaced budget priority that would ensure benefits to relatively a handful of rich families.

Maine airport officials monitoring situation after deadly Brussels attacks

Maine airport officials monitoring situation after deadly Brussels attacks

Tuesday morning deadly attacks in Brussels sent a wave of shock around the globe, prompting security officials in Europe and the United States to remain vigilant for any developments that might affect their citizens’ security.

In Brussels, IS militants conducted a deadly coordinated suicide bombing attack at an airport in the capital city and in a nearby subway, leaving at least 36 people dead and 190 injured.

The deadly attacks prompted Maine airport officials to ensure a stricter vigilance to detect any developments that might hurt security.

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National solar alliance trying to kill deal struck in Maine

National solar alliance trying to kill deal struck in Maine

An alliance of national solar companies are trying to kill deal struck between Maine’s rooftop solar installers and the state’s major utilities as the deal moves through the state Legislature.

Maine's rooftop solar panel installers and major utilities recently struck a deal that they claim could increase renewable power in the state by as many as tenfold within five years after the deal is implemented.

Maine lawmakers contemplating bill to give state troopers pay hike

Maine lawmakers contemplating bill to give state troopers pay hike

Maine lawmakers are contemplating a new measure that aims to boost salaries for state law enforcement officers, including troopers, marine patrol officers and game wardens.

The bill, which proposes a pay hike of 12 to 18 per cent for state enforcement officers, has been introduced by Gov. Paul LePage and sponsored by Rep. Ken Fredette, a Republican from Newport.

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