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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 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.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine health officials are warning residents about an unlicensed tattoo artist who may have exposed multiple people to hepatitis C.
WGME-TV reports the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention received information about an unlicensed tattoo artist who had been working out of their East Machias home for the past six months. The state CDC says at least one client has been infected with hepatitis C.
Officials aren't sure about the number of clients the tattoo artist has worked on.

When President Trump phoned Russian President Vladimir Putin to congratulate him on his re-election Wednesday, Trump made no mention of one of the latest irritants between Russia and the West — his administration's announcement that Russia successfully hacked the U.S. power grid.

PORTLAND, Maine - A group of parents raffling off a gun to support a Maine high school graduation celebration is receiving backlash online.
WGME-TV reports the group is raffling off a 9mm handgun that a parent donated to raise money for Project Graduation at Hodgdon High School. Sporting goods store owner and parent Michelle Crane promoted the raffle on her Facebook page last month.
Crane says all laws apply in the raffle and that the winner must pass a background check. She says the group has raffled off guns before.

ELLSWORTH, Maine - A Down East Maine environmental group is encouraging the public to show up for a public meeting about the relicensing of dams on a river in a rural part of the state.
The Ellsworth City Council is hosting the meeting on March 28 at Ellsworth High School. The Downeast Salmon Federation, which advocates for the removal of dams to make way for fish habitat, is calling on people to attend.

The former Playboy model who is suing for the right to talk about her alleged affair with Donald Trump, before he was president, is not waiting for a court or judge to free her from a contract she says was contrived for the sole purpose of killing the story of the 10-month relationship.

In an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper on Thursday evening, Karen McDougal said Trump tried to pay her after the first time they had sexual relations.

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For more than 100 years, Louis Sockalexis has been the pride of the Penobscot Nation on Indian Island. As the first known Native American to play professional baseball, Sockalexis distinguished himself as a gifted batter on the 1890s roster of the Cleveland Spiders. At a time when efforts are underway to prohibit the use of tribal references in naming sports teams and mascots, the Friends of Sockalexis say Maine deserves its own statute of the player that tribal members still refer to as “Sock.”

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The campaign of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Eric Brakey is challenging whether his Maine primary opponent has qualified for the ballot.

Brakey, a state senator from Auburn, filed an official protest Thursday with Maine election officials against Bar Harbor Republican Max Linn, citing an array of irregularities with Linn's ballot petitions. Brakey's campaign asserts that it found petitions that were signed by people who are deceased, duplicates and inconsistencies with signatures by a notary.



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