Maine Gov. Paul LePage says he offered a job back to a former staffer who was accused of domestic abuse.

LePage's comments relate to a much-publicized dispute between former White House speechwriter David Sorensen and his ex-wife, Jessica Corbett.

The  governor said during a Friday radio interview with Howie Carr that he was "100 percent behind" Sorensen. LePage says he "never saw anything off-color" between Corbett and Sorensen, his former policy adviser.

A gun safety bill supported by Maine's Republican senator is now progressing in both houses of Congress. 

Sen. Susan Collins says she's on board with Senate legislation that would require the feds to inform states within 24 hours when a person prohibited from buying guns fails the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. A bipartisan group of senators introduced the bill last week.

Similar legislation has been referred to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.

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BOSTON - The arduous recovery from the latest storm to pummel the Northeast will likely stretch through the weekend as utility crews work to clear downed trees and power lines and restore electricity to hundreds of thousands of customers - with a possible third nor'easter in the offing.

BIDDEFORD, Maine - Maine State Police are blaming excessive speed on icy roads for a 14-vehicle pileup on an interstate highway.
Police say no injuries were reported as a result of the chain reaction crash on Interstate 95 in Biddeford reported at about 7:45 p.m. Thursday.

All but one of the vehicles involved, including two tractor-trailers, had to be towed from the scene.
All northbound lanes of the highway were shut down for about 45 minutes, and the highway didn't reopen completely until about 9:45 p.m.

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine - Local lobstermen and aquaculture operators have been invited to weigh in on the possible redevelopment of South Portland's pier.
City officials say they see an economic opportunity at the Portland Street Pier, particularly in the field of farming shellfish like mussels and oysters. The Portland Press Herald reports a pier master plan concerning design and assessment is expected to be completed in June.

BETHEL, Maine - A school district in Maine will lengthen the school day by an hour for the next month to make up for time lost because of snow days.
David Murphy, superintendent of the Bethel-area school district, says Thursday was his district's ninth school day of the year. WGME-TV reports his district includes four schools and to combat the large amount of snow days, Murphy's district will be extending school days by an hour for the next 25 days.

AUGUSTA, Maine - At most 50 homeless opioid users could get access to treatment and housing under a Democrat's bill.
Democratic Rep. Drew Gattine's bill would create a pilot project aiming to provide vulnerable opioid users with access to treatment for substance use disorders and stable housing.
His bill is set for a work session Friday. Lawmakers have tabled the bill previously.
Gattine's bill calls for the Department of Health and Human Services to start the project by September.

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A nor'easter that's sweeping across the Northeast has dumped as much as 19 inches of snow and caused more than 20,000 power outages in Maine.

A report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says Maine emergency room visits for opioid overdoses increased in the last year.

According to the CDC, emergency department visits for suspected opioid overdoses increased by 34 percent between 2016 and 2017.

The Portland Press Herald reports New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island all saw decreases in emergency room visits related to opioid overdoses.

Maine had a record 418 drug induced deaths in 2017, up 11 percent from the previous year's record.

Maine's secretary of state is taking exception to a letter Lewiston Mayor Shane Bouchard sent to new voters who registered at the polls during last year's election.

The Republican mayor wrote last month that registering to vote amounts to a declaration of Maine residency and that it carries additional legal obligations like getting a Maine driver's license and registering cars in Maine. The Sun Journal reports that the letter was sent to 221 people, including Bates College students.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Republican Gov. Paul LePage is opposing a bill that critics claim could lead to a massive cruise ship pier in Bar Harbor.
LePage vetoed a bill on Tuesday to allow voters to decide whether to create a port authority in Bar Harbor. The House and Senate strongly supported the bill.
LePage called the idea "unnecessary municipal bureaucracy'' that deflects accountability from the town. He said such autonomy creates "serious safety concerns.''

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's two U.S. senators are joining a bipartisan group of lawmakers to introduce legislation designed to fund school security improvements.
Independent Sen. Angus King and Republican Sen. Susan Collins say they are supporting fellow senators who want to pass the Students, Teachers and Officers Preventing School Violence Act of 2018. The legislation would also boost early intervention and prevention programs designed to curb school violence.

GORHAM, Maine - The Maine Department of Public Safety says an elderly man was killed in a fire at his mobile home in Gorham.
Department spokesman Steve McCausland says the 82-year-old man will not be identified until investigators notify his family. The fire was reported early Wednesday night and was brought under control around 7 p.m.
McCausland says firefighters were initially able to rescue the man from his mobile home, but were unable to revive him.

Maine Sen. Susan Collins is one of the co-sponsors of a bill that would require state authorities to be alerted when prohibited individuals fail a national background check.

The Republican Senator said that Maine and 36 other states aren't automatically alerted when someone who's prohibited from buying a gun because of a felony conviction or domestic abuse tries to make a purchase. The bill would require a notification within 24 hours.

Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage is opposing a bill that critics claim could lead to a massive cruise ship pier in Bar Harbor.

Tuesday LePage vetoed a bill to allow local voters to decide whether to create a port authority in Bar Harbor. The House and Senate strongly supported the bill.

LePage called the idea "unnecessary municipal bureaucracy" that deflects accountability from the town. He said such autonomy can create "serious safety concerns."