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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.

Greta Rybus

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.

ALFRED, Maine — The woman accused of stabbing and killing a victim at random in a Saco supermarket pleaded guilty to murder in York County Superior Court this afternoon.

Connor MacCalister is requesting a life sentence.

MacCalister's attorney Robert LeBrasseur says his client accepts full responsibility for her actions.

"You have someone who is trying to do the right thing for her own reasons, as well as to make it better for the victim's family," LeBrasseur says.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Less than two months after U.S. Sen. Angus King and Gov. Paul LePage held separate drug summits on Maine's opiate problem, a broad, new multidimensional approach is underway to address the public health crisis.

PORTLAND, Maine — An E. coli infection claimed the life of a 20-month-old toddler on Monday, and another is in critical condition at Maine Medical Center battling the same illness.

The common link between the cases is that both children visited a petting zoo at a local fair.

As the state investigates to determine the source of the E. coli, physicians are reminding the public about safety measures that can help prevent such infections.

Jon Guay of Poland says he took his son Colton to the Oxford County Fair on two separate days during the third week of September.