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LePage Administration's Plan to Expand Gambling Meets Legislative Resistance

AUGUSTA, Maine - The state Lottery Commission has plans to allow the lottery-style game "Keno" in as many as 150 locations around Maine.
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Portland Officials Defend Handling of General Assistance Funds

PORTLAND, Maine - Elected officials and homeless advocates held a news conference in Portland this morning to defend the city's administration of General Assistance funds.
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State of Withdrawal

In our five-part series, Susan Sharon takes a close look at methadone, and what's really at stake if MaineCare ends coverage for it.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ A Maine Democratic senator is making another attempt this session to prohibit minors from indoor tanning. 

AUGUSTA, Maine - Rep. Jeff Evangelos, an independent from Friendship, wants cable TV customers to only have to buy the channels they want to watch.

Evangelos says he has had constituents very upset they have to buy 80 channels when they only watch 20.

"I'm not saying that they can't offer the complete meal package," Evangelos said. "I'm just saying, if people want to select just the steak or just the potatoes, maybe they should be able to do that. It's about consumer choice."

WESTBROOK, Maine - A New York man will spend 13 years in prison for a fatal stabbing in Westbrook.

Thirty-two-year-old Tareek Hendricks was accused of fatally stabbing Robert Stubbs and injuring his wife Melissa Stubbs at their home in 2011. He pleaded guilty to lesser charges during his trial in December and was sentenced Friday for manslaughter and assault. Had he been convicted of murder, he would have faced at least 25 years.

By Alanna Durkin, The Associated Press
AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine lawmakers are considering a bill to allow adults to opt out of wearing seat belts just days after a 75-car pileup that injured at least 17 people.

Republican Sen. Eric Brakey said Friday that it's "unfortunate timing'' coming right after what is thought to be the largest crash in state history. He says he believes people should wear seat belts but sees a mandate as government overreach.

PORTLAND, Maine - The Bangor Daily News reports that Shaw’s Supermarkets is fighting an effort by the Teamsters Union to organize the chain’s pharmacists at 16 stores in Maine, arguing that its pharmacy managers are supervisors and therefore not eligible to be represented by a union.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Democrats at the State House are taking aim at Republican Gov. Paul LePage's proposal to do away with municipal revenue sharing, saying that it will increase property taxes and force some people from their homes.

In the Democratic weekly radio address, state Rep. Christine Powers, of Naples, says the governor is trying to get the state to back out of a longstanding commitment to help fund the operation of cities and towns, and keep property taxes in check.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Members of the Legislatures' Transportation Committee today heard sometimes emotional testimony both supporting and opposing legislation that would ban hand held use of cell phones while driving.

Linda McKee of Wayne says there are way too many distractions for drivers from all sorts of activities, from eating to tuning the car radio.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Republican Gov. Paul LePage says he's introducing a bill to limit the powers of the attorney general when it comes to spending settlement money.

LePage said it's inappropriate that Attorney General Janet Mills has given herself sole discretion to spend Maine's $21.5 million settlement with Standard and Poor's.

LePage said his bill "clarifies and restricts'' the attorney general's authority to allocate the funds. His office said Friday that it couldn't provide specific details because the bill is still being edited.

BANGOR, Maine — A Maine jury is listening to the tape of a detective interviewing a 21-year-old man who is accused of using Facebook to lure, kidnap and kill a teenager.

State police detective Jay Pelletier is playing the tape of his interview with Kyle Dube, who is charged with killing Nichole Cable of Glenburn. The tape is from May 15, 2013, after Cable disappeared and before her body was found. The interview includes Dube's statement that he had no idea where Cable could be. He says their relationship prior to the disappearance "wasn't anything serious."

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Actor Leonard Nimoy, best known for his role as Mr. Spock, the logical half-Vulcan, half-human in the original Star Trek series and several movies, has died at his home in Los Angeles, his granddaughter, Madeleine, told NPR. Nimoy was 83.

The cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, she said.

NPR's Neda Ulaby, who is reporting on the story, tells our Newscast unit:


Maine Calling Book Club - "The Giver" by Lois Lowry

The Maine Calling Book Club re-convenes to discuss Lois Lowry's classic "The Giver."