AUGUSTA, Maine - Paul LePage has used his final weekly address as Maine's governor to issue a warning about Medicaid expansion, which he has resisted implementing since it was approved by voters last year.

PORTLAND, Maine - The nearly 600 Coast Guard members stationed across New England will be receiving a paycheck on Monday after all.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

Governor-elect Janet Mills has chosen a former Portland Police chief to head the Maine Department of Public Safety.

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In one of his final acts in office, Republican Gov. Paul LePage has begrudgingly certified the results of the 2nd Congressional District race won by Democrat Jared Golden.

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Maine Gov.-elect Janet Mills announced Friday that she'll nominate former Portland Police Chief Mike Sauschuck to become public safety commissioner and Randy Liberty, warden of the Maine State Prison, to serve as commissioner of the Department of Corrections.

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Maine Governor-elect Janet Mills has chosen the Director of the ConnectME Authority, which promotes broadband access, as her nominee to oversee the State Department of Economic and Community Development.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Wildlife officials in Maine say it's possible the state's bear hunt could be expanded to try to prevent the population of the animals from growing even more.
Maine has the largest population of black bears on the East Coast, with more than 35,000 animals. Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife spokesman Mark Latti says the bear hunt could be changed to try to better manage the population.
Latti tells WGME-TV that could mean increasing the number of animals a hunter's allowed to take, or possibly increasing or shortening the length of the season.

Maine Coast Guard Members Work Without Pay During Shutdown

Dec 28, 2018
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Active duty members of the U.S. Coast Guard stationed in Maine will not receive their paycheck next week if, as expected, Congress and President Donald Trump fail to pass a continuing resolution by Friday to end the government shutdown.

Active duty members of the U.S. Coast Guard stationed in Maine will not receive their checks next week if the government shutdown is not ended by Friday.

GARDINER, Maine - Firefighters are on the scene of an early morning building fire in downtown Gardiner.
The Kennebec Journal reports the brick building holds a Domino's Pizza, law offices and other businesses.
The fire was reported just after 3 a.m. on Friday. Flames were shooting through the roof at 5 a.m.
No injuries have been reported.
The Gardiner fire chief is advising people to stay away from the area.

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As the snowmobiling season gets underway, the Maine Warden Service is reminding riders that excessive speed and drinking contribute to the majority of serious snowmobile crashes.

SANFORD, Maine - Police in Maine are looking for the Grinch who stole cash donations from the Salvation Army.

OGUNQUIT, Maine - The future of the town board in a Maine town is in question amid a disagreement about an attempt at a recall of elected officials.

A winter storm is bringing snow, sleet, freezing rain and rain to northern New England, making for a dangerous and slippery commute.

Maine is looking at a messy upcoming day on the roads, as snow, sleet and freezing rain are all in the forecast in the Pine Tree State.