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LePage Asks Trump to Rescind Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument

Gov. Paul LePage is asking President Donald Trump to reverse the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument established by an executive order from President Barack Obama last year.

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AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew has outlined a $4.8 million plan to help address the state’s opioid crisis.

Mayhew unveiled the plan Thursday at a work session on the state’s emergency budget. She says studies have shown that the need for treatment exceeds the resources currently available.

Mayhew says the treatment approach being proposed has been approved in other states, "a treatment environment that keeps individuals in treatment and allows them to benefit from improved outcomes, sustained sobriety, recovery.”

President Trump's political odd couple of advisers are addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, on Thursday afternoon.

White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon are being interviewed together by American Conservative Union Chairman Matt Schlapp, whose organization sponsors the annual conservative confab.

To Test Zika Vaccines, Scientists Need A New Outbreak

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Researchers are eager to test promising vaccines against Zika, the virus that sparked a global health emergency last year.

But uncertainty over whether the Zika epidemic will continue affects researchers' ability to finish testing vaccines. They need locations with an active viral outbreak to conduct large-scale human trials and make sure the vaccine actually protects against disease.

Fishermen at Odds over Impact of Trump Executive Order

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PORTLAND, Maine -Fishing groups are divided over whether President Donald Trump's "one in, two out'' approach to federal regulations will benefit their industry, harm it or affect it at all.
Trump issued an executive order in January that says when a public agency proposes a new regulation, it must also identify two regulations to be repealed. The order caused a flurry of debate, and a lawsuit from political opponents, over whether it's a wise idea or even possible.

Many small towns in New England are eager to welcome refugees from the war in Syria, but that doesn’t seem likely under President Donald Trump’s shifting immigration policy.

St. Johnsbury Academy in Vermont has found a way around that -- they’re offering scholarships to refugees already living in the U.S.

Local law enforcement officers have arrested some people who chose not to evacuate federal land near part of the Dakota Access Pipeline north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. Most protesters had left earlier. At dusk, police moved back, and said they would not enter the camp at that time.

PORTLAND, Maine - Portland and South Portland are partnering to build the state's two largest municipal solar farms on closed landfills.
The Portland Press Herald reports the cities approved the plans on Wednesday night.
Portland officials signed a contract with renewable energy company ReVision Energy. South Portland officials authorized separate power-purchase and licensing deals with the company.

With a nudge of a robotic arm, astronauts aboard the International Space Station captured a space capsule carrying 5,500 pounds of cargo early Thursday.

"Capture confirmed," NASA TV's announcer stated at 5:44 a.m. ET. The capture took place as the space station and the SpaceX capsule flew in orbit 250 miles over Australia's northwest coast.

AUGUSTA, Maine - State biologists have proposed keeping the same number of moose hunting permits in all but three of Maine's 24 hunting districts.
The Portland Press Herald reports moose hunting permits for the coming season would be eliminated in three districts, which extend roughly from Augusta to Ellsworth and south from Pittsfield and Old Town to the coast.
Hunting success and moose-vehicle crashes have fallen in those areas. The districts made up 60 of Maine's more than 2,100 moose permits last year.

PORTLAND, Maine - The Portland Symphony Orchestra is getting serious about finding a replacement for Music Director Robert Moody, who's entering his 10th and final season.
The Board of Directors says four finalists are each going to get a crack at conducting in the coming season.


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