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AUGUSTA, Maine — A new report says most states lack the anti-discrimination policies and training needed to protect transgender youth in foster care, juvenile detention facilities and homeless shelters.

The civil rights organization Lambda Legal helped write the report and says that youth who express their gender against societal expectations are dramatically over-represented in such settings.

The report says states must improve policies and require ongoing LGBT training for staff members to protect transgender youth.

Gov. Paul LePage says he will campaign throughout the state to push his plan to offset the burden created by a 3 percent surtax on wealthier Maine households.

“I’m going to be talking to Rotary clubs, Lions clubs, Kiwanis clubs, chambers, town halls,” he says.

The voter-approved surcharge on household incomes over $200,000 is aimed at boosting public school funding, but gives Maine the second-highest income tax rate for top earners.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A Maine bill designed to prevent insurers from discriminating against naturopathic health care providers will likely have to wait several months to determine its potential impact on the insurance industry.
 
The bill was submitted on behalf of the Maine Association of Naturopathic Doctors and opposed by state superintendent of insurance Eric Cioppa. The bill says insurers would not be able to discriminate against health care providers who are licensed by the state.
 

Susan Sharon / Maine Public/file

AUGUSTA, Maine - Gov. Paul LePage says he will testify before Congress next week to urge lawmakers to reverse the designation of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in Maine.

LePage says President Obama violated the Antiquities Act when he designated the monument in the face of state and local opposition.

“I think Congress could, should repeal the Antiquities Act," LePage says, "or at least write it so a president cannot violate (it)."

WATERVILLE, Maine - Maine State Police say no one is hurt after a plane flipped over while landing in Waterville.
 
The 37-year-old pilot, Keith Deschambeault of Rangeley, was flying a 1978 two-seater biplane that got into trouble after touching down Sunday. He told police a strong tail wind pushed the plane off the runway, then the plane's propeller then hit the surface, causing it to tip over.
 

Andrew Catalina / Maine Public

This month we’re catching up with the first graduates of STRIVE U, a first-of-its-kind college education and training program for young adults with developmental disabilities, based in South Portland.

Sgt. Daniel P. Fitzpatrick II / Belfast Police Department/via Associated Press

BELFAST, Maine - Police in Maine have picked up some adorable intruders after two miniature goats escaped from their home and wandered the streets.
 
A Belfast police officer responded Sunday morning to find the pygmy goats in a woman's garage. They had been snacking on cat food. Officer Daniel Fitzpatrick used a cat leash to lead them into his squad car.
 
The trio drove around looking for the goats' owner as Fitzpatrick fed them carrots and celery. Belfast is a seaport town about 45 miles east of Augusta.
 

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine and Massachusetts will host hearings about potential changes to the East Coast squid fishery.
 
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council is hosting the hearings this week. It wants to reduce the number of latent permits for certain kinds of squid.
 
Longfin squid are fished from Maine to Virginia, with the majority of the catch coming ashore in Rhode Island. Regulators are concerned that the amount of participation in the fishery could become unsustainable if latent permits become active.
 

Doug Hitchcox / Maine Audubon

Maine’s birdwatching community is aflutter over the sighting this week of two species never before seen in Maine — one that usually hangs out in Mexico and the other in Europe.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Citizens would monitor the success and progress of the state-run welfare-to-work program under a democratic lawmaker's bill.

Assistant Senate Democratic Leader Nathan Libby is sponsoring a bill that would create an independent citizens oversight committee.

The committee would require the state Department of Health and Human Services to collect data about topics like employment, income levels, child poverty and food insecurity.

The bill also would require the department to set benchmarks to measure the program's success.

BATH, Maine - Maine's oldest functioning wooden fishing schooner has returned to the state.
 
The Portland Press Herald reports that the Mary E arrived at its new home, the Maine Maritime Museum, on Sunday. The vessel was built on the Kennebec River by Bath native Thomas E. Hagan in 1906. It has been used as a fishing vessel and mail carrier over the years.
 
The Maine Maritime Museum bought the boat from a New York man.
 

Whale Strikes More Common Than Previously Thought

Apr 23, 2017

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ A group of marine scientists says collisions of whales and boats off the New England coast may be more common than previously thought.

A.J. Higgins / Maine Public

A global effort to promote science and scientific research produced ripples Saturday in Maine, where marches and demonstrations were held in six communities.

Maine Attorney General Janet Mills has filed a complaint under Maine’s Civil Rights Act in an incident police have called a hate crime.

Mills says Jaime Hoffman was charged with assault in the incident, in which he allegedly yelled racially charged epithets at a group of five students waiting for a school bus outside Casco Bay High School in Portland. She is asking the court for an order.

“Enjoining this fellow from ever using physical force or violence to attack these victims or violate anybody else’s civil rights,” she says.

The former state prosecutor who won a murder conviction against Anthony Sanborn 25 years ago is denying allegations that she mishandled the trial.

Sanborn was granted bail last week after a key witness for the state recanted her testimony. Attorney Pamela Ames says she’s disturbed that the judge granted bail after only hearing witnesses for the defense.

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