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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Republican Gov. Paul LePage says the civil emergency deployed in Maine during the federal government shutdown has ended.

LePage announced Friday that state government is back to normal and that all state employees who were temporarily laid off are back to work.

The governor proclaimed the civil emergency last week, allowing him to suspend rules and laws to better manage the shutdown's impact on the state. LePage waived the requirement that laid-off workers have to seek another job to receive unemployment benefits.

Democrats questioned the civil emergency and have been calling on LePage to end it since the shutdown ended late Wednesday.

The 52 disability determination specialists furloughed at the Winthrop office were called back to work Thursday and 44 Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management employees returned Friday.

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