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Cycling, Rail Advocates On Collision Course Over Proposed Portland-Yarmouth Bike Path

A proposal to create a new bike path along an existing rail line between Portland and Yarmouth is drawing strong interest from the communities it would pass through. It’s also raising worries that it would interfere with a plan to extend passenger train service from Portland to the Lewiston-Auburn area.

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Maine Attorney General Janet Mills says her office will join the multistate lawsuit seeking to reverse a recent decision by the Federal Communications Commission to eliminate net neutrality rules.

Mills says the suit will be aimed both at the procedure used by the FCC to roll back the 2015 rules, as well as the substance of the rules, which she says set up a toll highway compared to the current freeway approach.

Updated at 4:50 p.m. ET

The day after the suicide of Kentucky state Rep. Dan Johnson, his widow announced that she plans to run for his seat.

"Dan is gone but the story of his life is far from over," Rebecca Johnson said in a statement Thursday to multiple news outlets. "These high-tech lynchings based on lies and half-truths can't be allowed to win the day. I've been fighting behind my husband for 30 years and his fight will go on."

LePage Still Wants To Ban Junk Food From Food Stamp Program

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AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's Republican governor says he plans to bring up his proposal to prevent the use of food stamps for junk food during a visit to Washington, D.C.
 
Gov. Paul LePage, who blames the sugar lobby for resistance to his proposal, planned to travel to Washington for a holiday party this week.
 

Updated at 3:15 p.m. ET

A grand jury tasked with investigating broad issues of hazing at Penn State has issued a blistering report asserting that leaders at the university were well aware of pervasive misbehavior in the Greek system and failed to take action.

Penn State, responding in court, said that the university has "shown an unwavering commitment to promoting safety and accountability" and that alcohol abuse at college is a "national problem," not a university-specific one.

Doreen MacGillis / York Land Trust

The York Land Trust has acquired more than 200 acres of forested land in York, to create one of its largest preserves.

York Land Trust Executive Director Doreen MacGillis says the trust was able to buy the land thanks in part to a big contribution from the people of York.

"There was a town referendum where we asked the voters in York to approve a $300,000 contribution from the town toward the project," MacGillis says, and that passed with overwhelming support."

PORTLAND, Maine - An inmate at a Maine courthouse suffered an apparent opioid overdose, but officers were able to revive her through the use of the overdose reversal drug naloxone.
 
The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office says 26-year-old Kayla Brooks started showing signs of an overdose Wednesday while she was being detained in a holding cell. The Portland Press Herald reports she had been brought to the Cumberland County Courthouse in Portland after Brooks failed to make a court appearance.
 

President Trump, minutes before heading to speak at the FBI's National Academy, lashed out at the bureau, saying, "It's a shame what's happened with the FBI" and claiming there are "a lot of very angry people that are seeing it."

AUBURN, Maine - An assistant principal at a Maine middle school has been convicted of operating under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident.
 
The Sun Journal reports 48-year-old Kevin Shaw, of Minot, was found guilty of the two misdemeanor charges Wednesday. It's unclear what led to the charges, but the jury ruled Shaw's blood-alcohol content was close to double the legal limit of 0.08 percent.
 
Shaw is the current assistant principal at Auburn Middle School. Auburn Schools Superintendent Katy Grondin says she has been notified of the verdict.
 

PORTLAND, Maine - One Maine man is heading to jail and another has pleaded guilty for their role a national baby eel trafficking ring.
 
The Portland Press Herald reports 35-year-old Yarann Im was sentenced to six months in jail Thursday for illegally trafficking 480 pounds of the eels, known as elvers. Im worked as a seafood dealer in Portland.
 
Maine fisherman Albert Cray pleaded guilty Tuesday to illegally harvesting the elvers in New Jersey and selling them to a Maryland dealer, who transported them abroad.
 

BANGOR, Maine - A Maine man who killed his ex-girlfriend before leading police on the longest manhunt in state history has been sentenced to 55 years in prison.
 
Robert Burton spent weeks in the woods after fatally shooting 37-year-old Stephanie Gebo in her Parkman home in June 2015. Her body was found by her 13-year-old daughter.
 
Burton was on the lam for 68 days before turning himself in.
 
On Friday, the Abbott man wept in court as he apologized for his actions. He said he'd switch places, if he could, so the victim could be with her children.

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