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Maine's High Vaccination Rate Applauded, but Experts say Job Not Done

AUGUSTA, Maine - New data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that Maine's rate of vaccination for kids between 19 and 35 months was the highest in the nation in 2014.
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Desperate Maine Opiate Addicts Face Long Waits and Few Options for Treatment

AUGUSTA, Maine - Like so many states, Maine is in the grip of an opiate epidemic that shows no signs of slowing down. While other states have expanded drug treatment as part of the response, Maine has not.
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(OLD TOWN, Maine)_ State Fire officials say an Old Town couple was killed in a late morning fire that swept through a one storey home Saturday. Dead are 67 year old Joseph Prekop and 68 year old Adrienne Raff-Prekop. Public Safety Spokesman Stephen McCausland says the husband was able to phone for help before he was overcome by the smoke.

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) _ A reporter who won a Pulitzer Prize for exposing dire conditions in group homes for the mentally disabled is this year's recipient of Colby College's Lovejoy Award.

MATTAWAMKEAG, Maine (AP) _ The Maine Warden Service says they have found the body of a missing 9-year-old swimmer who had disappeared in the Mattawamkeag River in Penobscot County.

OLD TOWN, Maine (AP) _ Authorities say two people have died and one firefighter has been injured in a house fire in Old Town.

 DEXTER, Maine (AP) _ A small plane has crashed in the central Maine town of Dexter.

DEXTER, Maine (AP) _ A police dispatcher says a plane has crashed in the central Maine town of Dexter.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A ruling by the National Labor Relations Board is causing concern among Maine employers and regulators, and winning praise from state labor groups.

The NLRB has refined the relationship between companies and their employees, ruling that when larger companies use temporary staffing agencies to provide employers for certain tasks, both the larger company and the temp agency are considered employers.

SOUTHPORT, Maine - Maine fishing regulators want to close an area to sea urchin fishing so they can evaluate a plan to transplant the spiny creatures.

A proposed regulation would close sea urchin harvesting in the Cat Ledges area off of Southport until May 1, 2018. State officials say they want to evaluate the success of transplanting wild sea urchins and hatchery-raised juvenile urchins.

WARREN, Maine - Maine's largest prison is seeking a new warden.

The Portland Press Herald reports the state Department of Corrections posted a job advertisement on its website this week seeking a warden for the Maine State Prison in Warren.

Deputy commissioner Jody Breton says current warden Rodney Bouffard has been promoted to associate commissioner of the corrections department. They'll conduct interviews to fill the position next week.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine had the highest immunization rate in the nation for children aged 19 to 35 months in 2014.  That's according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which released the rates Friday.

The figures show that 84.7 percent of Maine children in that age group received vaccinations last year, an increase of nearly 17 percent over 2013. Nationwide,  71.6 percent of toddlers received vaccinations.

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