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Why Maine's Ban On Salary History Inquiries Is Expected To Help Close The Wage Gap

Earlier this month, Gov. Janet Mills signed a bill into law that makes it illegal in most cases to try to find out the salary history of a potential employee.

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    This year two well-known Maine Republicans are vying for the nomination to represent Maine's vast 2nd District in Congress.  It's the seat currently held by Democrat Mike Michaud, who is running for governor.  But former state Senate President Kevin Raye and former state Treasurer Bruce Poliquin have different styles, different priorities, and different reasons for entering the race.  Poliquin says he's running so that he can help the next generation.  Jennifer Mitchell has this profile.

Emily Cain, Democratic Candidate for U.S. Congress
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The two Democrats vying for their party's nomination in Maine's 2nd Congressional district held their first primary debate last night at the University of Southern Maine's Lewiston campus. State Senators Troy Jackson and Emily Cain agree on most of the major issues. But when it comes to talking about their ideas and positions, the personal styles of the two candidates couldn't be more different.

 Maine environmentalists celebrated Tuesday's Supreme Court ruling that upheld an Environmental Protection Agency rule aimed at protecting states from the air pollution generated in neighboring states. Dylan Voorhees of the Natural Resources Council of Maine says the rule promises "staggeringly large benefits to our air quality."    Voorhees says the E-P-A estimates the rule will translate to 280-billion-dollars worth of health benefits per year.  It also predicts 34,000 premature deaths could be avoided by this rule.

Governor LePage vetoed 16 more bills Tuesday.  They included two attempts by Democrats to expand Medicaid under the federal health care law.   The governor also rejected bills to overhaul the state's concealed handgun permit system and to allow forest rangers to carry firearms.The latest vetoes bring LePage's total to 179 since he took office.   That's far above the record of 118 vetoes issued by Independent Governor James Longley during his one term in office.   Legislators will re-convene tomorrow to take override votes on the latest vetoes.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Democrat Mike Michaud has raised $464,253 and independent Eliot Cutler $389,467 in the latest reporting period for gubernatorial candidates in Maine.

The reports filed with the Maine Commission of Governmental Ethics and Election Practices on Tuesday cover contributions and expenditures from Jan. 1 through April 22.

Provisions of Maine Sex Trafficking Bill Questioned

Apr 29, 2014

A new law that imposes higher fines and harsher penalties on those responsible for the crime of sex trafficking has been widely lauded by prosecutors and women's advocacy groups. But some Maine attorneys are questioning provisions of the law that impose mandatory minimum fines for offenders, as well as some of its underlying rationale that imposes a criminal justice solution to solve what could just as easily be defined as a social problem. A.J. Higgins has more.

'Go to college'… 'get a job'… 'enlist'… 'learn a trade…' These are some of the likely things graduating high school seniors have heard over the past few months. Today we learn what options are available to graduating seniors - from heading straight to college - to taking a gap year - or finding an apprenticeship.  

Our guests:  

Genevieve Morgan - author of 'Undecided: Navigating Life and Learning after High School'

Portland high school guidance counselor Doug Drew

Democratic Congressman Mike Michaud is tied with incumbent Republican Paul LePage in a new poll of the three-way race for governor.

The statewide poll, conducted by Rasmussen Reports, surveyed 839 likely voters. It finds both Michaud and LePage garnering 40 percent support.

Independent Eliot Cutler is a distant third, with 14 percent of the vote. One percent of respondents prefer another candidate, and 1 percent are undecided. The poll was conducted last week.

Portland Pirates former CEO Brian Petrovek (left) in 2013.
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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ The minor league hockey team from Maine's largest city has announced the resignation of its President of Business Development.


The Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League announced Monday that it accepted the resignation of Brian Petrovek, former CEO who served in that role for 14 years before changing roles a few months ago to President, Business Development.


The U.S. Navy's first DDG-1000 destroyer, the USS Zumwalt, tied up at BIW
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A couple of weeks ago, the world's most advanced warship, the USS Zumwalt, formally hit the water at a christening ceremony at Bath Iron Works. The midcoast shipyard is due to build two more of the DDG-1000 destroyers for the U.S. Navy over the next several years. The program, however, has ended up being much more costly than originally intended, in part because it was drastically cut back a few years ago from 32 ships to just three.


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New Climate Change Movement

Monday—Young people are taking over the global movement to address climate change. We talk with some Maine youth who are leading the charge here.