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Bond Proposal Shot Down in State Senate 

A borrowing package that includes bonds to preserve a railroad that’s seen as a lifeline to industry in Northern Maine has been denied final approval by the senate.As lawmakers worked toward the session’s end late Wednesday, senators debated the $85,000,000 bond package before voting 19-16 along party lines for it.But Democrats failed to muster the two-thirds majority needed to send the bonds to voters.The house earlier gave final approval by a 100-48 vote.The bonds would provide funds for highways, wind power, water purification, and other projects. But most prominent in Wednesday’s debate was $27,000,000 for railroads, most of which would buy and preserve more than 230 miles of railroad track that’s being abandoned in Aroostook County.Meanwhile, a federal rail administrator will meet with top state officials in Bangor Thursday to discuss the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway’s plans to abandon the tracks.