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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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A Look Back at the Muhammad Ali - Sonny Liston Fight in Lewiston, 50 Years Later

LEWISTON, Maine - Fifty years ago on Monday, the city of Lewiston was in the international sporting spotlight when world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali came to Maine to defend his crown, for the first time, against Sonny Liston.
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MAINE CALLING

Stuart Kestenbaum & the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts

We speak with Kestenbaum as he prepares to leave Haystack after more than two decades at Haystack

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.

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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.

It seems like a no-brainer: Offer kids a reward for showing up at school, and their attendance will shoot up. But a recent study of third-graders in a slum in India suggests that incentive schemes can do more harm than good.

PORTLAND, Maine — Portland police say they are investigating the discovery of a woman's body that washed up on the shore near the city's East End.

The woman appears to be in her 50s and her body was discovered at about 6 a.m. Friday. Detectives and evidence technicians responded to the scene.

The Portland Press Herald reports police say the death does not appear suspicious. Details about the circumstances of her death and how long she had been in the water were not immediately available.

LEWISTON, Maine — The Lewiston Police Department is reaching out to the city's large Somali population as it recruits new officers.

The Sun Journal reports that the department's top brass spoke to members of the Somali community Thursday to let them know the department is hiring.

Chief Michael Bussiere told a group of parents that he wants "a police department that represents the diversity of the community we serve."

The case against trans fats is not new. For years, health experts have been telling us to avoid them.

And as retailing behemoths such as Wal-Mart have committed to the removal of all remaining, industrially produced trans fats in the products they sell, the food industry has stepped up its pace to reformulate its offerings.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Senate gave preliminary approval Thursday to a Republican-led bill limiting General Assistance to some welfare recipients whom critics say could be out working.

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