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Maine Panel Endorses Bill Requiring Doctor Sign-Offs on Vaccination Opt-Outs

AUGUSTA, Maine - Public health and school officials concerned about the numbers of Maine parents who are choosing not to have their children vaccinated on philosophical grounds made some headway today in the Health and Human Services Committee.
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Portland Marks Memorial Day with Parade

PORTLAND, Maine — Memorial Day was observed here with the traditional parade down Congress Street.
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Rising Tensions between Maine's Indian Tribes and Maine's Governor

What's behind the rising tensions between the Indian tribes and the governor?

WATERVILLE, Maine _ 480 graduates of one of the state's top schools received their degrees at Colby College Sunday morning, with two-time Academy Award winner Robert Redford bringing a little star power to the commencement address.

  BRUNSWICK, ME_  473 students graduated from Bowdoin College on Saturday. As has been the tradition since Bowdoin’s first graduation ceremony in 1806, commencement addresses were delivered by graduating seniors. Chosen by competition were Stephanie “Stevie” Lane, and Jared Littlejohn.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Maine wants fishermen to tell state regulators what they think about a plan to create a new swipe card accountability system for the sea urchin fishery.

RUMFORD, Maine (AP) _ Catalyst Paper is laying off about 50 workers at the Rumford mill.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Republican Gov. Paul LePage has vetoed a bill designed to help law enforcement and parents identify young drivers on the road.

The bill was introduced in response to a car accident that killed a 15-year-old last year. It would direct the Secretary of State to offer car decals to intermediate license holders, which supporters say would help parents and police officers determine whether a person is supposed to be driving with a passenger.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A plan by Gov. Paul LePage to reorganize the recently-created Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry has run into bipartisan opposition among lawmakers.

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MOUNT DESERT ISLAND, Maine - Soon to mark his 100th birthday, former bank chairman David Rockefeller announced his birthday gift to the Acadia region: 1,000 acres land laced with streams and trails in Seal Harbor.

"I realize that Seal Harbor, maybe more than any other location that I can think of in the world, has been important to me since I first came here when I was three months old, in my parents' hands," Rockefeller told a group of family and friends.

By Alanna Durkin, The Associated Press
AUGUSTA, Maine - A legislative committee has endorsed a bill that seeks to increase vaccination rates in Maine.

The Health and Human Services Committee voted 9-3 in support of Democratic Rep. Linda Sanborn's bill on Friday. It would require parents to consult with their doctor and get a form signed if they wish to opt out for philosophical reasons.

WASHINGTON - Maine Sen. Angus King questioned former military leaders and experts about the situation in Iraq, and the ability of the Iraq military to reverse the gains by ISIS.

King told fellow members of the Armed services Committee that, even with U.S. air support, the battle is mostly up to the Iraqi military.

"If the Iraqi security forces don't have the will to fight, and if the local population doesn't have any confidence in the government in Baghdad, it's still a very difficult, if not impossible, proposition," King said.

PORTLAND, Maine — Officials say a Portland, Maine, middle school has been evacuated because of smoke.

Officials say smoke filled the King Middle School gymnasium when power was restored following an outage Friday morning. The Portland Fire Department said in a tweet that there was a fire in ductwork.

Patty Apon from the superintendent's office says officials are still assessing the situation. There were no reports of injuries.

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