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3 Working Groups to Tackle Heroin Problem in Maine

AUGUSTA, Maine — Less than two months after U.S. Sen. Angus King and Gov. Paul LePage held separate drug summits on Maine's opiate problem, a broad, new multidimensional approach is underway to address the public health crisis.
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Maine-Made Film Explores New Deal's Effect on the Arts

PORTLAND, Maine — Boosting the creative economy may sound like an unusual way to help lift a country out of recession, but that was exactly what President Franklin Roosevelt tried to do 80 years ago.
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AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Family Planning Association has filed suit against the Maine Department of Health and Human Services and Commissioner Mary Mayhew over a five-year dispute over its MaineCare billing practices for women considering abortions.

As far back as 1997, Maine Family Planning says it was advised by DHHS that it could bill MaineCare for services such as ultrasounds, blood tests and birth control.

But Kate Brogan of Maine Family Planning says in 2010, DHHS said the practice was wrong and the organization owed the state nearly $185,000.

In a stunning turn of events, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., has withdrawn from the race to become the next speaker of the House.

McCarthy was the favorite ahead of Thursday's closed-door vote by House Republicans. He was in a three-way race for the top spot in the House with Reps. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Daniel Webster, R-Fla.

LEWISTON, Maine - A program that helps Mainers in six rural counties with housing will get almost $800,000 in funding from the USDA.  Community Concepts' Mutual Self-Help Housing Program finds groups of six families who work together to build one another's houses.

The program also helps those families secure mortgages through the USDA. Sandy Albert is with Community Concepts. She says that help is often needed.

ORTLAND, Maine - A fifth Maine Maritime Academy alumnus was a member of the crew of a cargo ship that stalled and sank in the winds of Hurricane Joaquin, according to the school.

Academy President William Brennan said Thursday that Mitchell Kuflik, class of 2011, was a member of the El Faro crew.

Other academy graduates who were about the El Faro include Mike Davidson, class of 1988; Danielle Randolph, class of 2005; Mike Holland, class of 2012; and Dylan Meklin, class of 2015.

PORTLAND, Maine — A former state lawmaker who was previously imprisoned for equity skimming has been sentenced to 13 months in prison for his role in aiding and abetting visa and marriage fraud.

Adam Mack, of Portland, pleaded guilty in March to federal charges for his role in a scheme to let women from Russia and Ukraine stay in the country illegally, and to arranging a bogus wedding to help them obtain green cards. He also made false statements regarding his employment of them.

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew says there isn't much time. Congress and the White House face two big deadlines to fund the government. It will be an intricate maneuver to meet both deadlines even as congressional leadership changes. And in an interview with NPR, Lew described behind-the-scenes negotiations meant to avert a last-minute crisis.

"There are conversations going on at a staff level," Lew told NPR's Steve Inskeep, "and I think the key is for Democrats and Republicans [in Congress] to talk to each other."

PORTLAND, Maine — Unitil has opened a larger natural gas operations center in Maine as it continues to experience business growth.

The utility has grown its customer base in the state by 2 to 3 percent annually since purchasing Northern Utilities in 2008. Since then, Unitil has increased staff at its Unitil Portland location by about 35 percent.

The increased square footage and modern facilities are an integral part of Unitil's efforts to improve underground gas line infrastructure in the Portland area.

PORTLAND, Maine — An E. coli infection claimed the life of a 20-month-old toddler on Monday, and another is in critical condition at Maine Medical Center battling the same illness.

The common link between the cases is that both children visited a petting zoo at a local fair.

As the state investigates to determine the source of the E. coli, physicians are reminding the public about safety measures that can help prevent such infections.

Jon Guay of Poland says he took his son Colton to the Oxford County Fair on two separate days during the third week of September.

AUGUSTA, Maine — It's been 12 years since voters approved an initiative requiring the state to fund 55 percent of the cost of public education in Maine.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Wednesday that the American eel does not need protection under the Endangered Species Act.

The agency is recommending that harvest levels be monitored and fish passage improved for the long-term stability of the biologically important species.



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