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AUGUSTA, Maine - Gov. Paul LePage says he'll pursue cutting the state's income tax in next budget plan, but he won't raise the sales tax to pay for it.

The governor told WVOM Radio in Bangor that a reduction in the income tax will have to be paid for with spending cuts.

"I am not going to propose anything for increasing taxes on the sales side," LePage said. "I am going to do everything that I can to lower the top marginal rate. I just don't know how much cutting has to be done."

ALFRED, Maine - State police are investigating after hundreds of holiday wreaths were stolen from a Maine farm.

Gile's Family Farm owner Frank Boucher said Monday that someone stole a trailer containing more than 200 wreaths from behind the Alfred business sometime between 6 p.m. on Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday.

The staff had wanted to unload the wreaths on Saturday but didn't see them when they arrived at work.

Boucher estimates the total value of the stolen items at about $5,000.

PORTLAND, Maine — The University of Southern Maine’s multicultural affairs office is hosting an anti-hate rally in Portland in response to anti-Muslim sentiment around the country, including an incident at the university.

The gathering is scheduled for Wednesday at noon at the university’s Woodbury Campus Center. The university says the purpose of the event is to declare Portland and Maine as a "hate-free zone."

Maine tourism officials say the state is poised to match and likely surpass last year’s record-breaking tourist season, which produced more than $5.5 billion in revenue. This, following a summer that was short on rain and long on savings at the gas pump.

As the LePage administration prepares a new two-year budget, tourism groups are releasing a series of new ads detailing the industry’s broad effect on Maine’s economy.

Anthony Brino / Bangor Daily News

By Darren Fishell, Bangor Daily News

PORTLAND, Maine — Developers of one of the largest wind projects ever planned in Maine pulled their request for a state permit, after struggling to connect to the grid and find buyers for their power.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The recount of the ballot question that would allow the recreational use of marijuana in Maine is underway in Augusta.

Secretary of State Matt Dunlap says it could take months to complete if all of the nearly 760,000 ballots that were cast are recounted. He says the apparent winning margin of 4,073 will be hard to overturn.

“You would have to have not less than somewhere between four and eight votes change in every town, and they all would have to change in your direction,” Dunlap says.

PORTLAND, Maine - Fishing regulators are looking to hire Maine fishermen to help study New England's imperiled cold water shrimp population.

The interstate Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and the Maine Department of Marine Resources say they plan to hire five shrimp trapping vessels to collect samples of Northern shrimp.

The fishermen will also be allowed to bring 500 pounds of shrimp per week to shore and sell them. The project will begin on Jan. 30, 2017, and last for eight consecutive weeks.

BOWDOINHAM, Maine - Several Maine communities are considering joining forces to combat a moth species notorious for an itchy, painful rash caused by the hairs of its larvae.

The browntail moth is an invasive insect that came to New England just before the turn of the 19th century. The moths begin their lives as caterpillars with poisonous hairs that can cause skin irritation resembling a poison ivy rash.

PORTLAND, Maine - Snow is falling in Maine, and authorities are asking drivers to take it easy.

Maine State Police have reduced speed limits along the Maine Turnpike to 45 miles an hour from Kittery to new Gloucester due to snow Monday morning.

The snow had reached Portland by 9:30 a.m. The National Weather Service said visibility was dropping to near or below a half-mile.

Up to 3 inches of snow was expected in some areas as the snow headed northeast.

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NEWRY, Maine — Santa’s helpers are hitting the slopes once again in Maine.

About 180 Saint Nick lookalikes hopped on skis and snowboards at Sunday River for the resort’s annual fundraiser called Santa Sunday. Organizers say the event brought in $2,845.

Online registration filled up in minutes for the popular event.

The event raises money for the Sunday River Community Fund, a local charity.

Participants were required to donate at least $15. In exchange, they get to ski for free and receive another lift ticket good through Dec. 16.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A recount of a public referendum that legalized recreational marijuana use in Maine is getting underway in the state’s capital city.

The recount begins Monday in Augusta. Maine residents voted to legalize marijuana on Nov. 8. The hotly debated referendum question asked voters whether they wanted to legalize marijuana for recreational use by adults 21 years of age or older.

State officials say their official election night results show a difference of 4,073 votes between the Yes and No votes.

ORONO, Maine — A transgender student whose battle over the right to use a girls’ bathroom led to a landmark court ruling in Maine is being featured in a new HBO documentary.

"The Trans List" premieres Monday evening and explores what it means to be a transgender American.

Nicole Maines is one of several individuals featured in the documentary.

Maines says her entire family got behind her after she was bullied over a bathroom while in secondary school. The state supreme court ultimately ruled that her rights were violated.

LEWISTON, Maine _  Health insurance co-op, Community Health Options, which provides Affordable Care Act coverage to Mainers,  can proceed with its attempt to recover some payments which it says it's owed under the Affordable Care Act's "risk corridors" program.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine's Department of Marine Resources will use a $32,000 grant to improve its ability to test for domoic acid, a biotoxin that can cause amnesic shellfish poisoning.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ Retired Massachusetts congressman Barney Frank and the Maine Justice Foundation are holding an event in Portland to launch a new fund designed to help gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people access civil legal aid.

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