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  • Portland sets May school budget referendum

    PORTLAND — The City Council Monday night scheduled a special school budget referendum for May 11, even though recent special elections have attracted only a few thousand voters. Under state law, municipalities are required to send annual school budgets to the voters for approval. Since t...

  • New owner: No immediate changes for former Jordan's Meats plant

    PORTLAND — The new owner of the former Jordan's Meats plant in the city's Eastern Waterfront says there are no immediate plans for redevelopment of the property. Mark Woglom, president of Opechee Construction of Belmont, N.H., formed Old Port Hospitality LLC with his partner, Greg Ki...

  • 7 school boards in greater Portland call for new state funding formula

    PORTLAND — Elected school officials in seven greater Portland communities are banding together to seek regional cost savings while calling on state officials to implement a revised school funding formula. In the coming weeks, school boards in Portland, Falmouth, Yarmouth, Westbrook, Sout...

  • Charter Commission endorses ranked-choice mayoral election for Portland

    PORTLAND — Voters are likely to be asked in November if they want to elect a mayor using ranked-choice voting. The Charter Commission endorsed ranked-choice voting in a Jan. 28 meeting. The voting method, also known as instant run-off voting, allows voters to rank candidates in order...

  • Legislators may alter Freedom of Access Act to defeat Cumberland business owner

    CUMBERLAND — The Legislature is considering limiting access to public documents, which could prevent a local entrepreneur from offering a commercial, one-stop Web site for statewide land records.John Simpson's MacImage of Maine now provides Hancock County records online at

  • State eyes replacement of Route 1 bridge between Portland, Falmouth

    FALMOUTH — The Maine Department of Transportation will conduct a public meeting this month to discuss replacement beginning in 2012 of the Martin Point Bridge, which carries Route 1 traffic over the Presumpscot River between Portland and Falmouth. Built in 1943, the 1,400-foot bridge...

  • Report suggests slashing $2.5M from Portland special education budget

    PORTLAND — A new report on special education in city schools says the district could save $2.5 million a year through programming changes, staff reductions and reorganizing the administration.  The report, released on Jan. 28, is also critical of the "site-based" management...

  • Portland officials review response to school threats

    PORTLAND — School Department and city officials are reviewing how they respond to threats after two Portland schools were locked down on three occasions last week. Lyman Moore Middle School was first locked down on Jan. 4, then twice last week on Jan. 25 and 26. The following day, Portla...