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Penobscot County Jail Blames Overcrowding for Financial Woes

BANGOR, Maine — In recent weeks, Maine's struggling county jails began receiving just over $12 million in financial relief from the state.
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As Concealed Carry Law Goes Into Effect, Mainers Flock to Gun Stores

AUGUSTA, Maine — The state's new concealed carry law will not take effect until Oct. 15, but hundreds of Mainers are already preparing for the day by purchasing handguns and holsters and enrolling in firearms safety courses.
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Bill Cosby is expected give a videotaped deposition Friday in a lawsuit brought by a woman named Judy Huth, who says Cosby sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion in 1974, when she was 15.

Lawyers for the 78-year-old entertainer went before a Los Angeles Superior Court judge on Wednesday asking for the case to be dismissed.

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BOSTON — Amtrak says it will now allow passengers on some Northeast routes to bring along their pets.

Under the program announced Thursday, passengers can take a cat or small dog on trips up to seven hours long.

The service is available on the Boston to Lynchburg, Newport News, and Norfolk, Virginia, on the Northeast Regional service lines, as well from Boston to Brunswick, Maine, on the Downeaster route.

Pet owners will have to pay an extra $25 to make a reservation. The service begins Oct. 12.

BIDDEFORD, Maine — School officials say a high school student in Maine has been diagnosed with viral meningitis.

WGME-TV reports Biddeford High School sent a note to parents Thursday saying they're asking students to wash their hands often, cough into their sleeves and not share drinks or utensils to help prevent the disease from spreading.

Biddeford School Superintendent Jeremy Ray says this is the first confirmed case the school has had.

When a family member of mine was dying of cancer, her husband's boss told him to take all the time he needed to care for her. She was granted her wish of being at home when she left this earth, surrounded by those she loved most.

But a wide base of support is needed in order for a patient's wish to die at home to be made real — including, in some cases, whether someone can take time off work to be with their loved one in their final days, a study finds.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap wants residents to familiarize themselves with the state's upcoming public referendums, including one about campaign finance laws.

Dunlap says the state is providing the Maine Citizens Guide to the Referendum Election on its website. The guide is prepared by Dunlap's office in collaboration with the attorney general's office, state treasurer and the Office of Fiscal and Program Review.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The ballot in 2016 could turn out to be one of the busiest ever if new gambling questions are approved by the secretary of state's office.

Two separate efforts are underway to begin the signature gathering process to establish a casino in York County and a racino, or slot machine parlor and harness racing track, somewhere in southern Maine.

Both efforts are designed to compete with a developing gaming industry in Massachusetts.

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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.

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.



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