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Lewiston's Immigrant Community Condemns Violence, Asks For Peace After Man Fatally Injured In Brawl

Leaders of Lewiston's immigrant community gathered outside City Hall Sunday morning to ask for peace and to express their condolences to the family of Donald Giusti, the Lewiston man who died after a brawl near Kennedy Park Tuesday night. They say violence has no place in Lewiston and they condemn it "in the strongest possible terms."

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Ask people in the construction industry about the problems they're facing, and one thing comes up more than just about any other:

“There's definitely a construction worker shortage in Maine,” says Meredith Kirkman.

AUGUSTA, Maine - First up when lawmakers return to the State House this week will be two spending bills that were unanimously approved by the Appropriations Committee. 

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine's health and human services agency is delaying a billing change that several addiction treatment agencies warned would threaten their operations.


AUGUSTA, Maine -  The majority of Maine State Parks and historic sites will offer free admission for Maine residents on Sunday. Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry Spokesman, John Bott, says the free parks day, which traditionally falls on Fathers' Day each June,  is a way to recognize that Maine tax payers make the 48 park system possible.

State data shows that 42 Maine children are living outside the state, receiving treatment they can't access in Maine.

The Bangor Daily News reports that the state wants to fill in the gaps with proposed psychiatric residential treatment facilities for children and teenagers with intensive mental health needs.

Republican Gov. Paul LePage's administration last month released proposed regulations governing psychiatric residences that would be a step-down from psychiatric hospitals.

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Updated 2 p.m. Friday

The nation's first statewide ranked-choice voting count is underway in Augusta.

At stake is the winner of the seven-way Democratic gubernatorial primary, which did not produce a majority winner after Tuesday's initial count.

A set of retaliatory tariffs released by China includes a plan to tax American lobster exports, potentially jeopardizing one of the biggest markets for the premium seafood.

Chinese officials announced the planned lobster tariff on Friday along with hundreds of other tariffs amid the country's escalating trade fight with the United States. China said it wants to place new duties on items such as farm products, autos and seafood starting on July 6.

Eversource is currently trying to buy its second water company in the past year.

The region’s biggest electric utility hopes to provide water service to hundreds of thousands of customers across four New England states.

It would still be a small swath of the overall water system – but that could change. 


Preserving the Allagash Wilderness Waterway's logging history, while keeping the area wild, is one priority to come from a new report released Friday. 

The report was released by the Allagash Wilderness Waterway Foundation and the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands, which manages the area. 

A Maine Coast Guard crew seized 12,000 pounds of cocaine and rescued three sea turtles during a patrol through the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean.

The Portland Press Herald reports the cutter Campbell returned to Kittery on Friday after breaking up six smuggling trips and detaining 24 suspects during an 80-day patrol. Officials say the cocaine seized is valued at $209 million.

Crew members also saved three sea turtles that were caught in fishing gear.



"Call Me American"

Monday—Maine author Abdi Nor Iftin talk about his memoir about growing up in war-torn Somalia and later adapting to life in America.

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