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Maine Lawmakers Struggle to Craft Budget as Session End Looms

AUGUSTA, Maine - State Lawmakers are scheduled to complete their work on June 17. But it is a deadline they have rarely met over the years. The more pressing deadline is June 30, when the current budget law that fuels all of state government runs out.
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Tribes Pull Reps from Maine Legislature as Sovereignty Issues Come to Boil

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's Passamaquoddy and Penobscot tribes today withdrew their representatives from the Maine Legislature, citing frustration with what they say has been the state's continued failure to recognize the sovereign rights of native peoples.
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PORTLAND, Maine - A Portland man is facing drug charges, following an operation by drug enforcement agents and the city's police department. Kerwin Lamour, 29, was arrested Tuesday and charged with aggravated trafficking in crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school - in this case Presumpscot School.

Maine Drug Enforcement Agency Cmdr. Scott Pelletier says the arrest follows a month-long investigation during which agents made several undercover purchases of crack cocaine from Lamour.

RAINBOW TOWNSHIP, Maine - The Maine Warden Service is investigating the death of an 18-year-old while fishing in Rainbow Township.

The state medical examiner's office says the death of Darren Clement of Medford isn't considered to be suspicious. A spokesman said an autopsy was conducted Tuesday but no results were released pending further tests.

Wardens say Clement failed to reunite Sunday with a cousin and uncle who were fishing at different locations.

PORTLAND, Maine - Portland Police are seeking a suspect or suspects involved in a series of armed robberies over the past couple of days.

Authorities a man robbed the TruChoice Federal Credit Union on Park Avenue today around noon, after displaying a handgun and demanding money. The suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Meanwhile, Monday night at around 10:20 p.m. a man brandishing a handgun threatened a family of four on Sherman Street, near State Street. The family fled on foot and were not injured.

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By Natalie Feulner, Bangor Daily News

Bangor- and Belfast-based cafe owner Chris Roberts has little connection to California, but he is trying to do his part to address the state’s four-year drought that has left thousands of acres dry and void of water-dependent crops.

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AUGUSTA, Maine - More than 100 supporters and Special Olympic athletes gathered outside the State House Tuesday to help kick off the multiple torch runs that will culminate in the summer Special Olympic games in Los Angles this summer.

"Pretty exciting that that torch is starting here in our capital city of Augusta, Maine," said Phil Geelhoed, the president of Special Olympics in Maine, "and going all the way out to LA to be part of that event."

AUGUSTA, Maine - Gov. Paul LePage has submitted legislation that would create a new system of public defenders to assure that every poor Maine resident charged with a crime receives adequate legal representation.

Maine is the only state without public defenders, and has long relied on paying individual lawyers on a case-by-case basis. Sen. David Burns, a Republican from Whiting, co-chairs the Judiciary Committee and is sponsoring the bill for the governor.

PORTLAND, Maine - One person is dead following a shooting at a recording studio in Portland, Maine.

WCSH-TV reports another person remains at Maine Medical Center with serious injuries. Police have not released names.

Police say the shooting occurred at Da Block Studios on Fore Street in the Old Port just before midnight Monday.

Police say suspects were seen fleeing up Market Street toward Milk Street, but no descriptions were immediately released.

Investigators spent the night interviewing witnesses.

Courtesy: Maine Warden Service

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ELLIOTSVILLE, Maine - Two campers who disappeared Monday on their way to a parking lot after packing up their gear have been found safe and sound.

Officials with the Maine Warden Service say Michael Chapman, 40,and Kelli MacFarlin were found around noon today.  The two were reported missing at about 4 p.m. Monday.

It's a warning sign at art museums around the world: "Don't touch the artwork."

But Spain's famous Prado Museum is changing that, with an exhibit where visitors are not only allowed to touch the paintings — they're encouraged to do so.

The Prado has made 3-D copies of some of the most renowned works in its collection — including those by Francisco Goya, Diego Velazquez and El Greco — to allow blind people to feel them.

It's a special exhibit for those who normally can't enjoy paintings.

BRUNSWICK, Maine — A Bowdoin College student is facing sexual assault charges for allegedly raping a woman on the Brunswick campus.

Police say 21-year-old Logan Taylor was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with gross sexual assault, just hours after the alleged assault.

Sgt. Paul Hansen said Monday that Brunswick police were first called by Bowdoin security at 2:30 a.m. Sunday to the area of a footbridge that connects Brunswick and Topsham to talk to a 20-year-old female student.