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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.

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.

PORTLAND, Maine - Regional fishery regulators have been trying to balance conservation concerns against the needs of the commercial fishing industry this week.

They've been tackling the complicated issue of habitat amendment in federal waters from Maine to Connecticut.

MYSTIC, Conn. - The New England Fishery Management Council has opened some areas up to limited fishing, but has approved the majority of habitat protection measures being put forward.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The head of Maine's Department of Health and Human Services has been ordered to appear in court next month to answer questions about the department's refusal to accept a patient in the state's psychiatric hospital.

The Portland Press Herald reports that Commissioner Mary Mayhew has been subpoenaed to appear for a contempt hearing in York County Superior Court on May 5. Riverview Psychiatric Center Superintendent Jay Harper has also been ordered to attend.

FORT FAIRFIELD, Maine - Officials say that a Florida man has been charged with felony drug trafficking in a Canadian border town in Aroostook County.

The Fort Fairfield Police Department and Main Drug Enforcement Agency said Friday that 37-year-old Ignacio Roque was arrested Thursday after they found over 2 ounces of bulk, unpackaged heroin worth more than $20,000 after searching his apartment.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A measure to build cabins for homeless veterans with $1 million in state funding has overcome its first hurdle.

The Kennebec Journal reports that the Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee unanimously supported Rep. Jared Golden's proposal on Thursday. It heads to the full Legislature.

BAR HARBOR, Maine - A new report from the National Park Service shows that in 2014 the state's national parks attracted more than 2.5 million visitors who spent more than $221 million, supporting almost 3,800 jobs.

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