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At Least 15 ‘March For Our Lives’ Events Planned In Maine

Hundreds of thousands of ralliers from across the world — including Maine — are expected to mobilize Saturday to call for an end to gun violence.

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The lead Democrat on the Legislature's Energy Committee says he and other lawmakers might intervene if the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approves a $1.2 million subsidy for Stored Solar LLC.

The legislature’s Government Oversight Committee has unanimously approved subpoenas to Bangor and Searsport schools and to the Maine Department of Education as the panel investigates the handling of the deaths of 10-year-old Marissa Kennedy in Stockton Springs and another girl, 4-year-old Kendall Chick, who died in December in Wiscasset.

The owner of a newspaper group that dominates Maine media says he will expand his publishing footprint by acquiring two more daily papers and a weekly group.

China's hunger for American lobsters is helping keep prices high to U.S. consumers, but a tariff on the seafood does not appear imminent.

Federal stats say China imported a record of more than 17.8 million pounds of lobster from America in 2017, eclipsing the previous record of about 14 million pounds in 2016. The value of imports also surged from $108.3 million in 2016 to $142.4 million last year. stock

  By overwhelming majorities in both the House and the Senate, Maine lawmakers this week overrode Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of a new law, LD 1030, which requires health insurance companies to pay for services provided by naturopathic doctors.

The Maine Senate has voted unanimously to increase availability of the anti-overdose drug naloxone in pharmacies.

About two years ago, the Legislature passed a bill that temporarily allowed pharmacists to prescribe naloxone over-the-counter to those suffering from addiction. WMTW-TV reports the bill passed this week would remove the "sunset provision" from the previous bill and would make the legislation permanent.

Repbulican Gov. Paul LePage has 10 days to sign the bill.

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A man who took hostages in a supermarket in southern France killed three people and wounded 16 others, says French President Emmanuel Macron. Investigators say he killed the first of his victims when he hijacked a car, then killed two others at the grocery.

An official with the police union told The Associated Press that the suspect was shot to death when police raided the market in the town of Trebes.

The House co-chair of the legislature’s Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic development committee is asking for an investigation of the State Department of Labor’s new unemployment insurance payment system. Biddeford Democratic Rep. Ryan Fecteau says lawmakers have received numerous complaints about the system.

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Central Maine Healthcare unveiled plans Thursday to open what it is calling a first-of-its-kind outpatient health center in the state. The Topsham Care Center is something between a hospital and an urgent care clinic. Officials say the model embraces a more contemporary approach to health care that will offer high quality services at a lower cost.



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