March 8, 2013


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Police say she's also suspected of stealing money from other central Maine churches.


Governor receives five more bills amid veto standoff

Bills are starting to stack up on the desk of Gov. Paul LePage, who has threatened to veto any bills passed by the Legislature before his proposal to pay a $484 million hospital debt is passed.

The Senate on Thursday sent the Republican governor five bills, which address such issues as fishing season dates, vaccines given by pharmacists, and the Maine College Savings Program.

The governor must sign or veto bills sent to him within 10 days, except Sundays, or they become law without his signature.

LePage wants the state to pay its Medicaid debt to hospitals with money raised from restructuring the state's liquor contract.

Democrats say the issues of the hospital debt and liquor contract should be separate, and that they want to address the hospital debt.

Construction of pipelines for natural gas ready to start

Construction of a natural gas distribution system in Augusta is about to begin.

Maine Natural Gas says it's signed a contract with three Maine companies to start the immediate construction of the 12-inch steel pipeline.

The 10.5-mile pipeline will serve residential, commercial and institutional customers in the Augusta area.

It will tap the Maritimes and Northeast transmission pipeline in Windsor, travel west along Route 17, cross the Kennebec River, and then on to the new MaineGeneral hospital.

Maine Natural Gas signed a 10-year contract last fall to deliver natural gas to the new medical facility by November 2013, and has been laying pipe in the area continuously since.

Maine Natural Gas is a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA.

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