UPDATE: Senate Approves Bond Package 

The Maine Senate has approved a compromise bond package that scales back the total to $57.8 million, but still retains money for major elements including highways and preservation of a northern Maine railroad.Senators voted 31-4 Monday to accept the deal and send it to the House, where approval was also expected. The package needs to be approved by two-thirds majorities to be sent to voters in June.The new bond figure is lower than the $85 million package that was approved last week by the House, which Senate Republicans refused to support.The compromise reached over the weekend not only lowers the total for this package but also scales back a separate bond package that’s already scheduled for a June vote by $13.5 million.- (AP)