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Court Master: DHHS Refusal to Admit Patients to State Psychiatric Hospital Violates Decree

AUGUSTA, Maine - The court master in the ongoing consent decree covering mental health services at the Riverview Psychiatric Center says the Department of Health and Human Services has stopped admitting patients in violation of the decree.
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Bill to Repeal Maine's Clean Elections Law Comes Under Fire

AUGUSTA, Maine - A freshman Republican lawmaker is encountering some significant opposition - some from within his own party - over his proposal to send Maine's taxpayer-funded campaign law back to the voters for reconsideration.
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Foster Parenting in Maine

Why is there an increased need for foster families in Maine? And answers to how to become a foster parent.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ A new state law is designed to help increase the number of electric vehicle charging stations in Maine.

KITTERY, Maine (AP) _ The nuclear-powered attack submarine USS Annapolis has arrived at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard for maintenance and upgrades.

   SOUTHWEST HARBOR, Maine (AP) _ An independent documentary filmmaker from Maine has survived the earthquake in Nepal, spending the night under a doorway of her Kathmandu apartment as buildings collapsed and roads cracked.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ A Maine State Police trooper has saved a man from a heroin overdose during a traffic stop.

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ City inspectors in Portland have ordered exterior porches to be removed from an apartment building where a man fell from a second-floor porch and died earlier this week.

ORONO, Maine (AP) _ Competitors in the New England Regional Concrete Canoe Competition are finding out if they can float their boats.

AUGUSTA, Maine - On a vote of 7 to 4, a legislative panel has sent onto the Maine Senate a measure that would prohibit the shackling of pregnant women and detainees except under extraordinary circumstances.

Supporters of the measure say that shackling has been shown to increase a woman's chances of falling, which can be harmful to their pregnancy and interfere with the administration of proper care.

By Alanna Durkin, The Associated Press
AUGUSTA, Maine - A proposal to ask voters whether they want to repeal Maine's Clean Election law has received a cool response from a legislative committee.

The Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee began on Friday to examine Republican Sen. Eric Brakey's proposal to place a measure on the November ballot to repeal the public-financing elections law and use the money to boost education funding, instead.

Brakey says he doesn't believe taxpayer dollars should be spent on political yard signs and attack mailers.

ABC News

Speaking in Maine takes us next to Waterville, and Colby College, for a talk by Dan Harris, co-anchor of ABC News Nightline and the weekend edition of Good Morning America. He is also the author of "10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge."

WALDOBORO, Maine - Officials say that one person has been killed in a fire at an auto repair shop in Waldoboro, Maine.

The state Fire Marshall's Office said three of its investigators are on the scene of the fire that broke out around 5 a.m. Friday at Pinkham's Auto Repair.

The Portland Press Herald reports that more information is expected to be released later Friday. The identity of the victim has not yet been released.