And now another edition of Maine's Political Pulse with our politics team in Augusta, Steve Mistler and Mal Leary.  In this episode, Irwin Gratz and the team look at recent debates between Maine's candidates for governor, and the polite tone the candidates in the race have struck.

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Central Maine Power (CMP) is backing off its proposal to string high-voltage transmission lines over the scenic Kennebec River Gorge. CMP now says that it wants to build a tunnel under the gorge, as part of its $950 million project to bring hydro-electricity from Canada to Massachusetts.

Construction for a new toll plaza in York could begin next month. The Maine Turnpike Authority has given the $39.5 million contract to build it to the Woolwich construction company Reed and Reed.

BANGOR, Maine - Police in a Maine city say an underage person has been arrested and a homecoming bonfire canceled in the wake of a flare-up on social media.

Maine's jobless rate edged up a tenth of a percentage point in September to 3.3 percent.

ORONO, Maine - Officials say enrollment in the University of Maine system has increased following a small decline last fall.

JACKMAN, Maine - U.S. Border Patrol agents have arrested a Canadian citizen who they say illegally entered the U.S. and hunted moose.

KILLINGTON, Vt. - The 2018-2019 ski season is getting underway with the first resorts opening in Vermont and Maine.

PORTLAND, Maine - An Army veteran known for his work with fellow combat-injured troops is now one of the owners of a Maine company that provides supplemental insurance.

ORRINGTON, Maine - Residents of a Maine town were due to vote on a new police building, but officials say they will now have to reschedule the vote due to a signing error.

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Democratic leaders in the Maine Senate are denouncing what they say are outright lies in campaign mailings that support senate Republican candidates. GOP leaders dismiss the claims, and they say that Democrats are spreading distortions as well.

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Maine Gov. Paul LePage has offered a bit more information about why he was hospitalized in August. 

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Maine’s national monument will have an operating budget of about $400,000 — its highest yet — if Congress gives approval, officials said Thursday.


Gov. Paul Lepage will have an early Christmas present for his successor: a fully drafted state budget that the next governor can use to build their own proposed tax and spending plan.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Republican Gov. Paul LePage says he'll lead a delegation of 40 Mainers to Iceland for a dialogue on the Arctic's future.