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Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine has apologized to GOP Rep. Blake Farenthold after being captured on a live microphone making fun of him.

The Texas congressman has also apologized. He earlier blamed "some female senators from the Northeast" for blocking health care legislation and said he wished he could challenge them to a duel "Aaron Burr-style."

Issa Oppenheim-Pressman

When Chandra Oppenheim’s debut album, “Transportation,” came out in 1980, it was quickly embraced by the tastemakers of the day. She played gigs at CBGB in New York and sold out shows in Berkeley, California, and she was only 12 years old.

Consumer advocates are concerned about a proposal by two insurance companies to offer benchmark plans on Maine’s health insurance market that provide skimpier coverage.

Anthem initially sought permission for what’s known as a Silver-level plan at a cheaper rate with fewer benefits, and now Community Health Options wants to offer something similar to stay competitive.

Steve Butterfield of Consumers for Affordable Health Care says if the Maine Bureau of Insurance grants approval, it would be harmful for consumers.

David Goldman / Associated Press

NEW YORK — Delta Air Lines is apologizing after an argument between a pilot and a flight attendant delayed a flight from New York to Portland, Maine.

A Delta spokesman said Tuesday that the crew members were replaced before the plane took off. He said the incident does not reflect the professionalism the airline expects from employees, and that the company is investigating.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin of Maine’s 2nd District says he won’t support repealing Obamacare without a replacement plan.

Poliquin’s comments Tuesday come as the GOP tries to find a path forward on its longtime campaign promise to undo the law. The Sun-Journal reports that Poliquin said he is standing by a "common-sense" decision he made in 2015 to stick with the Affordable Care Act until there is a viable replacement plan.

Gov. Paul LePage says he has vetoed a bill that would ban the use of hand-held devices while driving, saying it is unnecessary.

He told Bangor radio station WVOM Tuesday that he is tired of social engineering through legislation.

“We have a distracted driving law, we have a texting law. If they are not working, let’s figure out why they are not working and make them work,” LePage says.

WASHINGTON, DC – President Donald Trump is keeping up pressure on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, taking to Twitter at daybreak Tuesday to accuse the former senator and campaign ally and adviser of taking a “VERY weak” position at the Justice Department on “Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers!”

Manuel Balce Ceneta / Associated Press

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine is asking Gov. Paul LePage to end his practice of selectively deleting negative comments and blocking certain users from his official Facebook page.

Karen Knowlton / Waterville Humane Society via AP

Dakota the dog is no longer facing a possible death sentence, after a Kennebec County District Court judge approved a deal that spares her life.

The husky was ordered to be euthanized this spring after she attacked two dogs in separate incidents, killing one. Gov. Paul LePage took the unusual step of pardoning Dakota, though it was unclear whether he had the authority to do so.

Kennebec County District Attorney Maeghan Maloney says the agreement Monday satisfies all parties involved in the case.

Portland officials may take Big Pharma to court over super-addictive synthetic opioids.

Early next month city officials will hear a staff presentation on a potential lawsuit against opioid manufacturers or distributors. Mayor Ethan Strimling says the effort might be similar to suits some cities have brought against gun manufacturers for harm their products cause.

He says one goal would be to limit opioid marketing.

A new $69 million waste-to-energy plant that will process garbage from more than 115 communities is expected to began accepting trash next April.

Fiberight CEO Craig Stuart-Paul says the road construction system for the Coldbrook Road facility in Hampden has been completed, along with all financing arrangements for the 144,000-square-foot biogas plant.

Continuing a trend that the state of Maine has seen for a number of months, real estate values continue to rise, even as the number of sales continues to drop.

Maine Association of Realtors President Greg Gosselin says the increase in price is tied to a persistent lack of inventory. He says this is of particular concern along the coast.

Gosselin says while there are a lot of people looking for homes, current home owners are concerned that, if they sell, they won’t be able to find a suitable property to move into.

The Department of Labor is calling for clarity in state laws governing marijuana use as it affects the workplace.

Maine’s citizen-initiated law legalizing the recreational use of marijuana raises more questions it answers. That was the message from Julie Rabinowitz of the Department of Labor to the marijuana legalization implementation committee in Augusta Monday.

What Maine’s New Recreational Marijuana Market Will Look Like

Jul 24, 2017
Mickey Bedell / Bangor Daily News

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine lawmakers are coalescing around a rough plan for the state’s new recreational marijuana industry after months of wonky hearings and with weeks more to go before a final proposal that could come by summer’s end.

Voters backed legalization by a slim margin in the 2016 election, approving a law allowing Mainers over age 21 to possess 2.5 ounces of marijuana. It said marijuana would be taxed at 10 percent and built on a statewide cultivation cap of 800,000 square feet.

Jennifer Mitchell

WOODLAND, Maine - Dozens of farms are unbolting the barn door for Maine Open Farm Day, showcasing everything from berries to alpacas. 

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