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Blind Maine Woman Describes Getting Kicked Off Flight With Service Dog

Several investigations are underway into what prompted American Airlines to remove a blind Maine woman from a plane in Washington, D.C., and leave her in the terminal with her seeing eye dog.

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Bangor Needs $63 Million to Keep Raw Sewage From Spilling Into Penobscot

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Bangor’s sewer rates may soon rise to help fund nearly $63 million in projects during the next 15 years to stop raw sewage and contaminated stormwater from spilling into the Penobscot River and Kenduskeag Stream.

The first major project outlined in a city plan to meet a federal mandate under the Clean Water Act is an estimated $22 million installation of a 3.8 million gallon wastewater storage tank along the waterfront behind Tim Hortons. The work is expected to start in August and end by June 2021.

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's Republican governor says he'll testify before Congress against a national monument in his state.
 
 Then-President Barack Obama created the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument last summer on nearly 90,000 acres of donated forestlands. Maine Gov. Paul LePage opposes the designation.
 
 LePage said during a Thursday appearance on WGAN-AM that he's continuing the fight. The governor says he believes Obama misused the Antiquities Act of 1906 to create the monument.
 

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Today is the 4th and — what is scheduled to be — final day of the confirmation hearing for Judge Neil Gorsuch. Testifying about the Supreme Court nominee will be experts and outside groups. Gorsuch himself will not be taking questions, or in the hearing room.

Those expected to speak on his behalf are judges and former law clerks he has worked with, along with some law school professors and other attorneys. Witnesses called by Democrats, who have concerns about Gorsuch, include other law professors, and representatives from women's and environmental groups.

PORTLAND, Maine - Hackers may have stolen personal information from people who used a job search database in 10 states, including Maine.

The Maine Department of Labor on Wednesday announced the breach of the America's JobLink, a multi-state web-based system that links jobseekers with employers.

The company confirmed that a breach occurred on Tuesday that allowed a hacker to view the names, Social Security number and birthdates of jobseekers in the AJL systems of 10 states, including Maine and Vermont.

State regulators are asking a biomass electricity company to explain why it’s not paying loggers for fuel, even though it received a state subsidy for that purpose.

Last year Maine lawmakers and Gov. Paul LePage authorized state utility regulators to award biomass electricity companies more than $13 million to boost payments for power generated in Maine. The goal was to assist Maine’s beleaguered forest products industry in the wake of multiple mill closures.

But loggers say one company that won a bid for the subsidy isn’t paying its debts.

Local property taxes are too high, and the state should do more to relieve that burden. That was the message from some who testified today before the Legislature’s Taxation Committee, which is considering several proposals aimed at providing more state aid to local government.

Republicans will be tested today on the strength of party unity in the Trump era and their party's ability to deliver on the promises they've made to the voters that sent them here.

"This is our chance and this is our moment. It's a big moment," House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters earlier this week. "And I think our members are beginning to appreciate just what kind of a 'rendezvous with destiny' we have right here."

AUGUSTA, Maine - A police office diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder could have an easier time accessing worker's compensation under a Democrat's bill.

The bill would create a presumption that a first responder's diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder came about from their job. The presumption would be taken as true unless proven otherwise.

Assistant House Majority Leader Jared Golden's bill would apply to law enforcement officers, firefighters, corrections officers or emergency medical services workers.

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PORTLAND, Maine — The federal government is shutting down scallop fishing in a key New England fishing area amid an ongoing conflict over the harvest of the valuable shellfish.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration closed the northern Gulf of Maine area at 12:01 a.m. Thursday. The agency says the total allowable catch for the area has been harvested.

Small boats have been in conflict with big boats in the area. The government maintains different rules for the small- and big-boat fisheries, though they work some of the same areas.

The Affordable Care Act replacement plan championed by President Trump would hurt low-income people in rural areas that voted heavily for the Republican last fall, according to an NPR analysis of data on proposed subsidy changes from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

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