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Daily Catch 1/15/15: Charlie Hebdo, Community Colleges, and Drug Testing

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Change in Maine Community Colleges Leadership

Following statements by Governor LePage pressuring his resignation, John Fitzsimmons, the President of Maine Community College Systems, has stepped down.  Fitzsimmons has held the position since 1990.  The governor expressed frustration with Fitzsimmons stating, “In four years, I’ve asked for things and I’ve got nothing.”

State Gets OK to Drug Test Some Welfare Recipients

After three years, the state has finally received authorization from the Maine Attorney General’s Office to drug test certain welfare recipients.  The 2011 law allows the state to test welfare recipients for drug use if the recipient has been convicted of a drug related felony.  Recipients who are found to be using drugs must take part in a substance abuse program in order to keep their benefits.

Charlie Hebdo Issue Recieves Extended Print Run

The latest issue of Charlie Hebdo, published only a week after a devastating attack on the magazine’s offices that left 12 dead, has been given an extended print run.  The issue has proven immensely popular, justifying the publishers to extend the print run from 3 million to 5 million.  A typical issue of Charlie Hebdo sells only 60,000 copies.

About Nathan Strout

Nathan Strout is a Development Associate with The Maine Heritage Policy Center as well as a staff writer for The Maine Wire. Born and raised in Portland, Strout is a graduate of Eastern University with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Legal Studies.

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