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LePage Asks Trump to Rescind Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument

Gov. Paul LePage has asked President Donald Trump to reverse an executive order and return the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument to private ownership.

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PORTLAND, Maine - New numbers from the online short-term rental marketplace Airbnb show that about 174,000 people used the service in Maine 2016.  The company says that's a 100 percent increase from the year before. "Hosts," as they're called, in Maine, earned more than $26 million last year.

The majority of those rentals were in Portland, where about 51,000 people rented Airbnb's -- earning owners about $7 million.

The other top markets were Bar Harbor, South Portland, Ellsworth and Old Orchard Beach.

As President Donald Trump prepares to rewrite his controversial travel ban, a coalition of 500 business leaders and mayors is calling for meaningful immigration reform.

The group, New American Economy, has released an interactive map with state and congressional district-specific data about the economic contributions of immigrants. Supporters are hoping that it will bolster the argument for expanding immigrant worker visas.

A federal judge in Texas has temporarily blocked an attempt by state health officials to remove Medicaid funds from Planned Parenthood, allowing the women's health provider to remain in the federal program at least until a lawsuit is settled.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said he will appeal the decision, which he said "is disappointing and flies in the face of basic human decency," the Dallas Morning News reported.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Town officials, faith leaders and anti-poverty advocates continued to protest Gov. Paul LePage's plan to cut welfare services during public hearings held Wednesday.

The Legislature's budget committee held hearings on sections of the budget that include axing state funds for General Assistance and food assistance for legal non-citizens.

All told, the proposals represent a $140 million cut to the Department of Health and Human Services. The savings would help fund the governor's plan to for a steep reduction in the state income tax.

Republican members of Congress aren't exactly getting a warm welcome in their home districts during this week's recess.

A South African court has ruled that the country's bid to withdraw from the International Criminal Court is "unconstitutional and invalid," in a stark rebuke to the government of President Jacob Zuma.

Educators are encouraged by news that Gov. Paul LePage intends to nominate a permanent education commissioner for the first time in more than a year.

Last week, LePage told the State Board of Education that he intends to nominate acting education commissioner Robert Hasson to the permanent position, which has been empty since 2014.

Early Wednesday morning, a space capsule carrying 5,500 pounds of cargo approached the International Space Station.

GOP Considers Trimming Health Law's 10 Essential Benefits

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As Republicans look at ways to replace or repair the Affordable Care Act, many suggest that shrinking the list of services that insurers are required to offer in individual and small group plans would reduce costs and increase flexibility.

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AUGUSTA, Maine- The Maine Department of Transportation announced Wednesday that it's lowering the speed limit on a crash-prone section of Interstate 295.

MDOT officials said the agency will lower the speed limit from 70 miles per hour to 65 miles per hour between Falmouth and Topsham. The change will take effect March 27, according to MDOT.


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