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Overdose Antidote Bill Poised for Enactment in Maine
04/16/2014 Reported By:A.J. Higgins  

A bill that would expand access to a lifesaving drug used to prevent overdose deaths appears headed for passage in the Maine Legislature. And a new amendment that includes training for law enforcement has apparently eased some of the concerns of Gov. Paul LePage, who had previously threatened to veto the measure. The governor's spokeswoman now says her boss might let the bill become law without his signature. A.J. Higgins has more.

UMaine System Administrator's $40K Raise Questioned
04/16/2014 Reported By:Patty B. Wight  

The chancellor of the University of Maine System today is defending the decision to approve a $40,000 raise for a top administrator in the midst of a budget crisis. But a recent nationwide report on the economic status of university professors calls administrators' salaries into question. Patty Wight reports.

New Poll Shows LePage with Slim Lead in Maine Governor's Race
04/16/2014 Reported By:Jay Field  

Republican Paul LePage has a slim lead over Democrat Mike Michaud in the Maine governor's race. That's according to the latest Pan Atlantic SMS Omnibus Poll, out today. The survey also shows independent candidate Eliot Cutler running nearly 20 points behind both candidates. Cutler's campaign dismissed the numbers, saying it's way too early in the political season to tell where things will end up in November. Both the LePage and Michaud campaigns, though, say the poll holds clues as to why their candidate will ultimately win. Jay Field reports.

Maine Drivers Dodge Potholes, Frostheaves After Long Cold Winter
04/16/2014 Reported By:Tom Porter  

Well, there may have been fresh snow on the ground this morning for some of us, but, believe it or not, we are now several weeks into spring - which means longer days, warmer temperatures, and yes, bad roads - especially bad this year after the long winter we've just had. The melting and re-freezing of ice and snow has wreaked havoc on paved surfaces, and caused huge numbers of pot holes and frost heaves - those are the ripple-like bumps in the road, also a result of the freeze-thaw cycle that marks the end of winter. The problem was brought into tragic perspective last month when a motorist was killed after losing control of her car after hitting a frost heave in Harrison. Meanwhile, throughout the state maintenance crews are working overtime to try to patch things up. Tom Porter reports.

Report: Maine Unprepared for Oil Train Disaster
04/16/2014 Reported By:Irwin Gratz  

There have been no large-scale shipments of oil by rail in Maine since last October. But, in a story coming out today, the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting says such shipments could resume at any time - and that much of the state remains unprepared for a rail oil disaster like the one with struck Lac Megantic, Quebec last July. MPBN Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz spoke with Marina Villeneuve, who researched and wrote the story for the center.

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