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Student Activism Is On The Rise In Maine

Four months ago, hundreds of students across Maine walked out of their schools , joining others across the country in memorializing the victims of the fatal school shooting in Parkland, Fla. and to advocate for gun control.

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A plan to relocate the high speed ferry service known as “the CAT” from Portland to its former port in Bar Harbor is being eyed cautiously.

Some Bar Harbor residents worry that the ferry operator may be taking on a greater expense than it can handle. During Tuesday night meeting of the Town Council, some critics expressed fears that local taxpayers could be stuck with a hefty bill, should Bay Ferries Ltd decide to terminate service to the community as it did nine years ago.

South Portland is once again attempting to regulate short-term vacation rentals in the city.

Tuesday night, the City Council passed a new, modified ordinance to replace a measure it unanimously repealed in April, after a successful petition drive.

Among other things, the new rules limit short-term rentals of houses to commercial zones, unless the owners can prove the house is their primary residence.

City Councilor Adrian Dowling opposes the restrictions. He says most landlords who operate "un-hosted" rentals are responsible neighbors.

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The legal dispute over Medicaid expansion came before the Maine Supreme Court Wednesday afternoon.

The Trump administration is complying with a court order to turn over documents from the voting integrity commission to Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap.

A spokesperson for Dunlap says the U.S. Department of Justice sent out the materials on Wednesday, the deadline set by a federal judge. The spokesperson says Dunlap's lawyers will review the documents before any of the materials are publicly released.

The judge last month rejected the administration's contention that Dunlap, a Democrat, is no longer entitled to documents because the panel was disbanded.

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Maine 2nd District U.S. House Rep. Bruce Poliquin Wednesday questioned Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell about the nation’s economy and what can be done to encourage its growth.

“One of my concerns, my major concern Mr. Powell, is how do we keep this going?” Poliquin asked.

Updated at 6:47 p.m. ET

The White House is denying that President Trump believes Russia is no longer targeting U.S. elections and other infrastructure, despite his apparent answer to a reporter's question Wednesday morning.

Asked at the start of a Cabinet meeting whether Russia is still targeting the U.S., Trump shook his head and said "no."

Later, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders sought to clarify Trump's comments, saying his "no" meant that he was not taking any questions from reporters.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

A coalition of patients, providers and advocates rallied in Augusta Tuesday to publicly release a letter to the Trump administration, opposing what they call a proposed 'gag rule' on the Title X program.

Updated at 3:50 p.m. ET

A federal magistrate judge ordered Wednesday that a Russian woman charged with being a Russian agent in the United States must be jailed ahead of her trial after prosecutors said she was a flight risk.

The woman, Maria Butina, has been in regular contact with Russian intelligence, the Justice Department says, and she attempted to offer sex in exchange for a position with an organization she targeted.

The Maine Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday afternoon to determine whether the LePage administration must move forward to implement Medicaid expansion.

The LePage administration is appealing a lower court's order that it file an application with the federal government.  The state Supreme Court granted a temporary stay on that order until it could hear arguments in the case.

Maine Equal Justice Partners and other advocacy groups sued the LePage administration last spring to implement expansion, which was approved by voters last November. 

The 12 members of the Wild Boars soccer team and their coach subsisted on water that flooded the cave where they were trapped for two weeks — and they now regard the divers who saved them as family, they said at a news conference on Wednesday after finally leaving a hospital and preparing to return to their homes in northern Thailand.

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Water Safety

Thursday—With recent drownings in the news, we learn about important safety measures whenever you're in or around the water—whether swimming, boating, paddling or just playing at the pool or shore.

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