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BANGOR, Maine (AP) _ Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler is calling for increased education funding and the creation of three new magnet high schools located on the campuses of Maine's universities.

The education plan Cutler rolled out in Bangor on Tuesday includes providing $65 million annually in competitive grants to support things like preschool programs and high poverty school districts.

Cutler is in a three-person race with Republican Gov. Paul LePage and Democrat Mike Michaud.

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Environmentalist billionaire Tom Steyer is unveiling plans to spend $100 million this year to make climate change a make-or-break issue in seven Senate and gubernatorial races.

Steyer's NextGen Climate Action says it will back Democrats and attack Republicans running for governor in Pennsylvania, Florida and Maine. The super PAC will also spend on Senate races in New Hampshire, Iowa, Colorado and Michigan.

The group says Steyer will personally spend at least $50 million. NextGen plans to raise another $50 million from likeminded donors.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ Rep. Mike Michaud will be a grand marshal in this year's Pride Parade in Portland, Maine.

The Portland Press Herald reported Wednesday that Michaud will lead the parade through downtown Portland on June 21. Other grand marshals will be University of Southern Maine Center for Sexualities and Gender Diversity coordinator Sarah Holmes and the family of Nicole Maines.

Maines is a transgender student who won a discrimination lawsuit in Maine Supreme Judicial Court after her school refused to let her use the girls' bathroom.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ As candidates gear up for next month's primary election, Maine's secretary of state is urging residents to take advantage of absentee ballots.

Registered Maine voters can submit an electronic absentee ballot request online up to three days before Election Day, which is June 10. Exceptions will be made under certain circumstances after that deadline.

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap's office says voters don't need to be out of town or have another reason to use an absentee ballot. It allows citizens to vote when it's most convenient.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ The Maine State Troopers Association, which made no endorsement for governor in 2010, is endorsing Democrat Mike Michaud in the three-way race.

Union President Aaron Turcotte said Monday that Michaud was selected over incumbent Republican Gov. Paul LePage and independent Eliot Cutler because he possesses the core principles of troopers - ``integrity, fairness, compassion and excellence.''

The association says Michaud has a history of supporting Maine's law enforcement community.

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PORTLAND, Maine _ New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is heading to Maine to help raise cash for the state's Republican Party and Gov. Paul LePage.
 
Christie, who serves as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, will attend two fundraisers in Portland on Wednesday. The events are closed to the press.
 
 LePage's campaign hopes Christie's presence in Maine will bolster its finances and rally its support base as the three-way race heats up between the Republican governor, Democratic candidate Mike Michaud and independent Eliot Cutler.
 

Woman Dies in Maine Crash

May 7, 2014

MARIAVILLE, Maine — A woman completing the second day of her newspaper delivery route in Maine has died in a crash.

Police said 24-year-old Bethany Dias of Clifton was heading south on Route 181 in Mariaville early Wednesday when she failed to negotiate a corner and overcorrected. The vehicle went off the road and rolled over, ejecting Dias.

Police said the vehicle came to rest on top of Dias. She died at the scene.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is heading to Maine to help raise cash for the state's Republican Party and Gov. Paul LePage.

Christie, who serves as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, will attend two fundraisers in Portland on Wednesday. The events are closed to the press.

LePage's campaign hopes Christie's presence in Maine will bolster its finances and rally its support base as the three-way race heats up between the Republican governor, Democratic candidate Mike Michaud and independent Eliot Cutler.

BANGOR, Maine (AP) _ Independent candidate for governor Eliot Cutler is highlighting his energy and environmental ideas.

Cutler, who's seeking to unseat Republican Gov. Paul LePage in November, will discuss his energy platform on Tuesday in Bangor.

Last month, Democratic candidate Mike Michaud called for Maine to cut its dependence on heating oil in half by implementing mandatory energy efficiency ratings for new homes and boosting the state's use of renewable energy, like wind and solar.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Independent candidate for governor Eliot Cutler says Maine must encourage renewable energy production and support projects that lower energy costs for homeowners and businesses.

Cutler, who's seeking to unseat Republican Gov. Paul LePage, said Tuesday that if he's elected in November he would rebuild the state's Department of Environmental Protection and create the Maine Energy Finance Authority, which would offer capital for energy projects that aim to reduce energy costs.

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.

BANGOR, Maine (AP) _ Maine Republicans have adopted a new platform that touts the state's accomplishments under Gov. Paul LePage and highlights the party's stance on issues ranging from education to firearms.

The platform was adopted Friday as the GOP convention kicked off in Bangor.

It opposes new taxes, defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman, and defends the individual's right to bear arms. It also urges the repeal of the Common Core Standards, uniform educational benchmarks.

YARMOUTH, Maine (AP) _ Maine Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud is calling for the state to cut heating oil usage in half with a plan that involves mandatory energy ratings for new homes and initiatives to promote wind power and solar panels.

The Democratic congressman detailed his energy policy on Tuesday at a news conference in Yarmouth celebrating Earth Day.

Michaud says his plan to help towns and residents install new technology serves the dual purpose of cutting energy usage while reducing environmental impacts.

A crowd gathered at the christening of the new US Navy Destroyer Zumwalt at the BIW shipyard in Bath on April 12, 2014. (File)
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BATH, Maine (AP) _ The U.S. Navy has christened the first ship of its newest class of destroyers, a 610-foot-long warship with advanced technologies and a stealthy design that will reduce its visibility on enemy radars.

The warship bears the name of the late Adm. Elmo "Bud" Zumwalt, who became the nation's youngest chief of naval operations and is hailed as a reformer who spearheaded changes that helped minorities and women advance in their careers.

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Democratic Senate candidate Shenna Bellows is joining a rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court that's sponsored by groups that support access to birth control.

The Supreme Court is hearing two cases dealing with access to birth control. Two companies want the right to decline to pay for birth control under their personal health insurance plans.

Bellows, who's challenging Republican Sen. Susan Collins, said birth control decisions should be made by a woman in consultation with her doctor, ``not the government and certainly not her boss.''

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