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Funding for Maine Cold Case Homicide Unit
Congressman Mike Michaud is working with Attorney General Janet Mills to help secure federal funding for efforts to launch a homicide squad dedicating to investigating and solving the more than 100 cold cases in Maine. Michaud has long-supported state legislation introduced by Rep. Stephen Stanley (D-Medway) that would establish a unit equipped to investigate cold cases. The legislation was inspired by the 1980 murder of an East Millinocket teenage girl.
Apr 16, 2014 - 12:07:12 AM

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Crisis & Counseling Centers receives $15,000 technology grant
AUGUSTA -- The Davis Family Foundation recently announced that it will award a $15,000 grant to Crisis & Counseling Centers (C&C) for its "EHR (Electronic Health Record) Without Walls" project.
Apr 12, 2014 - 12:07:33 AM

State
Time Running Out to Act on Unemployment Benefits
House leadership's refusal to act on legislation will leave thousands of Mainers without benefits for the rest of the month. Congressman Mike Michaud is continuing to urge Speaker John Boehner to take up an unemployment benefits extension package that passed the Senate with bipartisan support earlier this week. The legislation would bring relief to nearly 3 million unemployed Americans -- and 9,000 Mainers.
Apr 10, 2014 - 12:13:06 AM

State
House vote would provide relief to 9,000 Mainers
Congressman Mike Michaud is calling on Speaker John Boehner to bring to the House floor legislation that would extend emergency unemployment benefits for millions of Americans - including 9,000 Mainers. Rep. Michaud sent a letter to Speaker Boehner early this morning following bipartisan passage of the extension through the U.S. Senate last night. Michaud also is co-sponsoring a House companion bill to the Senate-passed extension. Like the Senate version, the House bill Michaud supports would immediately extend emergency unemployment insurance for nearly three million Americans.
Apr 10, 2014 - 12:05:22 AM

State
Efforts to Deny Americans Employer-Sponsored Health Coverage
Congressman Mike Michaud has voted against H.R. 2575, legislation that would make it easier for employers to deny hardworking Americans healthcare coverage. The bill changes the definition of a full-time work week under the Affordable Care Act from 30 to 40 hours a week -- and in the process puts at risk the employee-sponsored health coverage of one million people, according to estimates from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO).
Apr 6, 2014 - 12:07:28 AM

State
Dan Rafter - New Communications Director for Rep. Michaud
WASHINGTON, DC -- Congressman Mike Michaud has announced that he has hired Dan Rafter to serve as his new Communications Director. Rafter replaces Ed Gilman who has joined the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Rafter joins Michaud's office from the Human Rights Campaign, where he served as Associate Director of Communications.
Apr 2, 2014 - 2:03:33 AM

State
The 'Not Here' Conference on sex trafficking: Maine April 10
Stephanie Henry will be the 'keynote' address at the NOT HERE conference www.not-here.me on April 10th outside of Portland and Lewiston, Maine sharing her stories, her advice/warnings and power to make a difference. Henry's organization Activism for Empowerment is a supporter of the conference. Henry is also featured in a lifetime documentary about human trafficking, which will have its debut at the conference and similar conferences across the United States this Spring.
Mar 23, 2014 - 12:07:30 AM

State
National Emergency Grant for Maine
WASHINGTON, DC -- $256,696 in National Emergency Grant (NEG) funding has been provided to assist approximately 100 workers impacted by layoffs at Lincoln Paper and Tissue LLC, in Lincoln, Maine. "The Mainers laid-off from Lincoln Paper and Tissue are some of the hardest working men and women in the country. This emergency funding will help those affected by layoffs train for and find meaningful new employment," said Michaud. "My staff and I will continue to stand ready to assist these workers in any way possible."
Mar 19, 2014 - 6:43:30 AM

State
Maine Law Enforcement Praise Introduction of Bill
WASHINGTON, DC -- Congressman Mike Michaud has joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers in introducing legislation to withdraw Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approval of painkiller Zohydro ER. The legislation, An Act to Prohibit Zohydro, would also prohibit the FDA from approving any version of the drug that is not formulated to prevent abuse. The controversial new painkiller was approved by the FDA last year, despite warnings from its panel of experts that the drug would likely be abused.
Mar 16, 2014 - 12:12:23 AM

State
Atlantic Salmon Federation 24th Annual Fundraising Dinner in Freeport, Maine
St Andrews, N.B. - The Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) will raise funding in March for important conservation and restoration work in Maine. A fundraising dinner that includes silent and live auctions and a raffle is scheduled for March 15 at the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport. The occasion will provide an opportunity to highlight some program successes such as the Penobscot River Restoration Project.
Mar 4, 2014 - 12:20:29 AM

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Telemedicine and Distance Learning Investments Announced for Maine
WASHINGTON, DC -- The USDA Rural Development has announced that a total of $687,782 in grants has been awarded to Maine for distance learning and telemedicine initiatives. The projects funded are designed to expand educational opportunities for Maine students and provide necessary equipment to monitor patients in rural areas.
Feb 6, 2014 - 12:03:03 AM

State
Senator Snowe's former Chief of Staff Jane Calderwood to be Rep Michaud's Legislative Director
WASHINGTON, DC -- Representative Mike Michaud has announced that he has hired Senator Snowe's former Chief of Staff Jane Calderwood to be his new Legislative Director. Calderwood is replacing Nora Todd, who worked for Michaud for over four years and is joining the office of Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) as Senior Policy Advisor later this month.
Feb 5, 2014 - 12:05:32 AM

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Maine to Receive $5.4 Million in LIHEAP
$5,411,630 in LIHEAP funding for Maine. This funding is provided under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014, which passed this month, and represents the funding available to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for LIHEAP for the second quarter of FY 2014. Michaud joined over 123 other members of Congress in sending the following letter to President Obama today urging him to include no less than $4.7 billion for LIHEAP in his fiscal year 2015 budget:
Feb 1, 2014 - 2:05:31 AM

State
House Passes Farm Bill Critical to Maine Crops, Forests & Organic Farmers
Although the House passed the conference report, the Senate must also pass it before it's sent to President Obama for his signature. The bill funds critical programs that support organic research, marketing, and certification cost share programs that will make a real difference for Maine's organic farmers. The bill also makes a strong commitment to Maine's specialty crops, which include fruits and vegetables such as potatoes and blueberries that are such a big part of Maine's agricultural economy.
Jan 31, 2014 - 12:10:14 AM

State
72,000 people losing unemployment insurance every week
LEWISTON, Maine -- A new report released today shows that by the end of this week, more than 1.6 million Americans will have been cut off from their unemployment insurance, including 4,669 Mainers.
Jan 26, 2014 - 12:07:02 AM

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Michaud and Pingree Welcome New Rail Safety Recommendations
Representatives Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree talked to a top federal safety official today about new recommendations to improve the safety of freight trains carrying ethanol and crude oil. After a conversation with National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chair Deborah Hersman, Michaud and Pingree said the NTSB has recommended that railroads be required to create emergency response plans for worst case scenario accidents and that the rail lines be audited to make sure they are labeling shipments of crude oil correctly.
Jan 24, 2014 - 12:05:32 AM

State
Funding for new school on Pleasant Point Indian Reservation
Representatives Chellie Pingree and Mike Michaud said that the "omnibus" funding bill that passed the House this afternoon includes funding to build a new K-8 school on the Passamaquoddy Pleasant Point Indian reservation to replace the Beatrice Rafferty School. The school is a U.S. Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) funded school and serves approximately 125 students. There are 183 such schools around the country, mostly on Indian reservations.
Jan 16, 2014 - 2:05:04 AM

State
Michaud Statement on Anniversary of Sandy Hook Tragedy
WASHINGTON, DC -- Representative Mike Michaud issued the following statement in observation of the anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School last year:
Dec 14, 2013 - 12:55:09 AM

State
Disaster Assistance Available to Maine Farmers
Aroostook, Penobscot, Hancock, Piscataquis, Somerset, Waldo & Washington counties eligible for assistance
Dec 12, 2013 - 5:30:01 AM

State
Tickets on sale now for Bangor Jan 3-4 'Monster Jam' Event
Feld Motor Sports is bringing Monster Jam, the world's premier Monster Jam truck series to Cross Insurance Center in January. Tickets start at $27 for adults and $12 for kids (ages 2-12) and will be available Friday, November 22 at 10am at ticketmaster.com, the Cross Insurance Center Box Office, or charge by phone.
Nov 23, 2013 - 12:13:42 AM

State
Emergency Unemployment Compensation due to expire
On December 28th, Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) will expire if Congress does not renew it. According to the Maine Department of Labor, this expiration would impact between 3,600 and 4,200 of the 16,402 Maine unemployment compensation claimants. EUC provides additional federal unemployment insurance benefits to eligible individuals who have exhausted all available benefits from their state unemployment compensation programs. Nationally, 1.3 million jobless workers will have their benefits cut off on December 28th.
Nov 22, 2013 - 8:23:14 AM

State
Rule modification would benefit Maine paper mills
Representatives Mike Michaud and Reid Ribble (R-WI) have sent a bipartisan letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) urging it to modify EPA's proposed Non-Hazardous Secondary Materials rule to expand the types of materials classified as fuels. A bipartisan group of 31 members of Congress signed the letter.
Nov 20, 2013 - 5:33:26 AM

State
This Old House's list of best new home products for 2013
Millinocket, ME (November 8, 2013) -- MAINE HERITAGE TIMBER, New England's leading source for river-reclaimed timber was named a "2013 TOH Top 100 award winner" by This Old House. The third annual The TOH Top 100 features the 100 best new home products of the year. Maine Heritage Timber's river-reclaimed wainscoting and trim was one of twelve listed in the 'Finishing Touches' category to receive the honor.
Nov 16, 2013 - 12:35:21 AM

State
After Park Service Ends 80-year Relationship with Maine Company
After Park Service Ends 80-year Relationship with Maine Company, Michaud and Pingree Request Congressional Review of Acadia Concessions Contract. Express concern over impacts of federal shutdown and proposed out-of-state concessions contract on Acadia National Park
Nov 8, 2013 - 8:53:17 PM

State
Maine's Adam Cote Honored at White House
On Nov 5, 2013 the White House honored 12 local heroes as "Champions of Change" at an event that celebrated American veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan who are doing extraordinary work to advance clean energy and increase climate resilience and preparedness in their communities. Adam Cote of Sanford, the CEO and Cofounder of Thermal Energy Storage of Maine, was among those honored.
Nov 6, 2013 - 5:35:12 AM

State
Maine to receive $33,784,000
$33 million in Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding has been releassed for the state of Maine
Nov 5, 2013 - 4:51:47 AM

State
Martha Stevens-David, Ghost Writer for Dr. Mary Dycio's Autobiography
Daniel Hartill of the Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal interviewed the good Doctor on Monday 21, 2013 and published the interview under the title: 91-year-old Auburn woman recalls youth in occupied Ukraine. Near the beginning of the article there is a photograph of Martha Stevens-David with Dr. Mary Dycio and her dog Sultun. The photograph was taken on the edge of Taylor Pond in Auburn on Monday afternoon. (Apparently Sultan disappeared in the woods for an hour after the interview which just capped off the perfect day).
Oct 25, 2013 - 12:13:29 AM

State
Michaud Includes Maine Priorities in House-passed Water Resources Bill
WASHINGTON, DC -- The House passed H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), which is a bipartisan bill that authorizes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to develop, maintain, and support the nation's vital port and waterways infrastructure needs, flood protection and environmental restoration. The Senate has already passed its version of the bill. The House bill passed by a vote of 417-3.
Oct 25, 2013 - 12:10:31 AM

State
$2 Million Investment in Brunswick
Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority in Brunswick is being awarded $2,050,000 in federal funding to support the establishment of an advanced manufacturing accelerator. The U.S Economic Development Administration is funding $750,000 of the project, while $1.3 is being provided through the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration. The funding was made possible through a collaborative Make it in America Challenge, which includes a number of federal agencies coming together to accelerate job creation, worker training and domestic business expansion.
Oct 23, 2013 - 6:42:11 AM

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Maine Chastises Congress for Spendthrift Debt-Limit Deal
ME State Director Carol Weston said, "Spending is the problem. Borrowing more without curbing the spending will continue to hurt jobs and the economy. In order to take the steps necessary in getting spending and our debt crisis under control we must address the root cause of our rising debt through spending reforms. There are opportunities for common-sense, reasonable reductions and reforms that will help save billions of tax payer dollars."
Oct 20, 2013 - 12:23:14 AM

State
Dover-Foxcroft and Jackman Receive Economic Development Funding
Representative Mike Michaud praised the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) announcement that it has awarded grants to Dover-Foxcroft and Jackman for economic development projects. Michaud authored the legislation that created the NBRC, which is charged with addressing the community and economic development needs of distressed portions of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Upstate New York.
Oct 9, 2013 - 6:23:06 AM

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Maine Failing to Make Virtual Education a Reality
According to the report, 30 states offer a full-time virtual school on the state level, while 35 states offer a blended learning program for specific courses on the state level. Currently the state of Maine allows districts to conduct online learning but fails to offer parents and students statewide full-time virtual schools or a statewide blended learning program.
Oct 9, 2013 - 6:07:31 AM

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Maine: Don't Take the Bait
Yesterday, in Maine, the trophy hunting and trapping lobby trotted out endorsements from politicians opposing our effort to ban the unsporting and reckless practices of bear baiting, hounding and trapping. The positions of those politicians, generally speaking, have nothing to do with the merits of the issue, but are founded in their belief that they'll curry favor with these special interests by showing fealty to them.
Sep 25, 2013 - 6:50:01 AM

State
Nomination of Jon Levy for District Court Judge
WASHINGTON, DC -- Representatives Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree have ed the White House announcement that President Obama has nominated Justice Jon Levy of Maine to be a District Court Judge in the District of Maine to replace the Honorable George Z. Singal, who took senior status on July 31st.
Sep 21, 2013 - 12:10:07 AM

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Mainer Commissioned to Focus on Reducing Child Abuse
WASHINGTON, DC -- President Obama has announced his intention to appoint Michael R. Petit, whose home state is Maine, to the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities. The commission, which was established by the "Protect Our Kids Act" (H.R. 6655), is charged with developing a national strategy and recommendations for reducing fatalities resulting from child abuse and neglect. Obama selected Petit to be one of the six commissioners he has the authority to appoint to the new commission.
Sep 7, 2013 - 7:20:24 AM

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Federal Agencies to Review Hazmat Rail Rules
After the accident in Quebec, there have been a number of safety concerns raised--both specifically in response to it and others that are longstanding. While it is still too early in the investigation to determine exactly how this tragedy could have been prevented, the design flaws of DOT-111 tank cars are well documented. The FRA has joined PHMSA in announcing a public meeting to review federal regulations that apply to the transportation of hazardous materials by rail. DATE: August 27-28, 2013, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Aug 2, 2013 - 1:38:27 AM

State
Nearly $5 Million Approved for Maine Airports
WASHINGTON, DC -- July 31st, Representative Mike Michaud, a longtime member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, praised the U.S. Department of Transportation's approval of funding for a number of Maine's airports, including a $2,561,278 investment in the Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport's terminal project.
Aug 2, 2013 - 1:07:37 AM

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Mainer Commands USS Constitution
Cmdr. Sean Kearns, a native of Hampden, Maine, assumed command of USS Constitution, the world's oldest commissioned warship afloat, during a change of command ceremony aboard the ship in Charlestown Navy Yard July 26.
Jul 28, 2013 - 6:45:30 AM

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House Committee Hears Testimony on Michaud's Wilderness Bill
Representative Mike Michaud testified before the House Natural Resources Committee's Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Protection in support of the "Maine Coastal Islands Wilderness Act of 2013" (H.R. 1808), a bill he reintroduced in April that designates 13 islands as federal wilderness areas within the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge complex. Representative Chellie Pingree is a cosponsor of the bill, which is supported by numerous Maine conservation organizations and local businesses.
Jul 24, 2013 - 9:38:01 PM

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Michaud, Pingree Meet with NTSB Chairman on Rail Safety
Representatives Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree met with Deborah Hersman, Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The NTSB is an independent federal agency with responsibility for investigating transportation accidents; conducting transportation safety studies; issuing safety recommendations; aiding victim's families in aviation disasters; and promoting transportation safety.
Jul 24, 2013 - 9:24:10 PM

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