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Maine's Largest Substance Abuse Treatment Center Shutting Down

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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Sex Abuse Allegations in Biddeford Stir Emotional Debate

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.
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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.'

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.

WALLAGRASS, Maine - Police in Maine say a 21-year-old woman died after losing control of her vehicle while driving in a small town near the state's border with Canada.

Police say Alesha Kelley of Wallagrass died at the scene of a 9:50 a.m. crash in her hometown on Wednesday. She lost control of her car while taking a corner and skidded off the roadway, rolling over into a ditch and hitting several trees. Police say the vehicle caught fire, which was extinguished by a state trooper and the Fort Kent Fire Department.

Police say speed was a favor in the crash.

PORTLAND, Maine - The parents of the 19-year-old man killed in a flurry of gunfire in Portland's Old Port district say their son was a bystander in a confrontation that didn't involve him.

The Portland Press Herald reports that Nancy and Don Laxon, parents of Trey Arsenault, say police told them their son was not a target when shots were fired inside DA Block Studios Inc., an independent recording studio on Market Street.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Gov. Paul LePage is proposing a law that would require hospitals and mental health facilities to hold a person brought to the facility by law enforcement. 

The bill, which would require facilities to hold people until law enforcement can take them back into custody after treatment, is raising concerns at the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine. 

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine House of Representatives has rejected a contentious bill that seeks to require abortion clinics to be licensed by the state.

The Democratic-led House voted 84-65 against the bill on Wednesday. It heads to the Republican-controlled Senate.

The measure would allow the Department of Health and Human Services to write operational and safety standards for the facilities.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Senate has approved a measure that would allow children younger than 10 years old to hunt, with their parents' permission.

Currently Maine law allows a junior hunter's license to 10-year-olds, provided they are accompanied by an adult. Sen. Paul Davis, a Republican from Sangerville, supports expanding that to even younger children.

"Thirty-nine states currently have this provision in their law, including the states of Vermont and New Hampshire," Davis said. "They allow the parents to decide when the children can go hunting."

AUGUSTA, Maine - Environmentalists in Maine are praising an Obama administration rule that restores Clean Water Act safeguards to small streams that have been vulnerable to development and pollution for nearly 10 years.

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PORTLAND, Maine - U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez is visiting Maine with Sen. Susan Collins today to highlight the importance of training partnerships that provide skilled workers in the shipbuilding industry.

Perez and Collins spoke to the press earlier today at the Portland International Jetport before visiting training programs at Bath Iron Works and the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery.

Collins says that, at both facilities, the employees are growing older and heading into retirement, "and the work that is done is technical and highly skilled."