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Bill to Allow Concealed Weapons With No Permit Advances in Maine Legislature

AUGUSTA, Maine - A bill that would allow Mainers to carry concealed weapons without a permit advanced in the Legislature today after the state Senate approved the measure in a 21-14 vote.
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Maine Farmers Closely Eyeing Proposed Honey Bee Protection Rule

ORONO, Maine - As part of a years-long federal effort to address a die-off of honey bees, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing a new rule to crack down on the use of pesticides whenever working bees are present on a farm.
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Maine Calling Book Club - Atul Gawande's 'Being Mortal'

The Maine Calling Book Club re-convenes to discuss Atul Gawande's best-seller 'Being Mortal.'

AUGUSTA, Maine - Gov. Paul LePage's nominee to fill a post on the Maine Public Utilities Commission drew no opposition Thursday.

But, on a party line vote, Democrats tabled a vote on Bruce Williamson's nomination, saying they need more time to consider the six-year appointment of the University of Tennessee economics professor to the post.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Bars would be able stay open until 2 a.m. under a pilot program proposed by Gov. Paul LePage. The pilot would run this summer, through Columbus Day.

Rep. Louis Luchini, a Democrat from Ellsworth who co-chairs the Legislature's Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, says he's open to the idea, but has some reservations.

"I really want to hear what people say at the public hearing," Luchini says, "though I do have a lot of concerns about the bill as written."

AUGUSTA, Maine - A bill introduced in response to a car crash that killed a 15-year-old Brunswick girl last year will become law after lawmakers overrode Gov. Paul LePage's veto.

The Democratic-led House voted 114-32 on Thursday to override the Republican governor's veto. The Senate supported the measure Wednesday.

SACO, Maine - Maine police say the person who died in a single-vehicle crash on the Maine Turnpike in Saco was a 30-year-old Saco resident.

Troopers say Michael Cantara's car went off the road and came to a stop in a group of trees on Thursday morning.

Police are still investigating the cause of the crash. They say Cantara's car slammed into a speed limit sign and the vehicle ended up about 20 feet into the woods alongside the turnpike. He died instantly.

Police say they found another driver who may have witnessed the crash.

By Alanna Durkin, The Associated Press
AUGUSTA, Maine - The Republican-controlled Maine Senate has endorsed a bill that would eliminate the requirement for concealed handgun permits.

The contentious measure was given initial approval with a 21-14 vote on Thursday.

A permit is currently mandated in Maine if a gun is concealed, but isn't required when that gun is visible.

SACO, Maine - Maine police say one person has died in a single-vehicle crash on the Maine Turnpike in Saco.

Troopers say the car went off the road and came to a stop in a group of trees on Thursday morning. They say the car involved in the fatality was expected to be removed from the crash site later in the day.

Troopers did not release the name of the driver and are still investigating the crash.

Police found another driver who may have witnessed the crash.

Updated at 12:33 p.m. ET

Former New York Gov. George Pataki is adding his name to the list of Republicans running for their party's 2016 presidential nomination.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow the forced medication of certain patients committed to state psychiatric facilities. The bill had broad support, but is also drawing fire from civil liberties advocates.

WESTBROOK, Maine - The state's largest substance abuse treatment center will close its doors by the end of August, and attempt to find placements for about 250 patients who are being treated with Suboxone for their opiate addiction.

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BIDDEFORD, Maine - Thursday evening, Biddeford residents will have a chance to speak their minds about sex abuse allegations involving former police officers. The allegations have sparked an emotional public battle that's lobbing complaints against city officials and police leaders.