BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority will unveil a new layover facility in Brunswick this weekend that will service Amtrak Downeaster trains overnight.

The authority is planning to hold a public open house at the layover shed on Saturday. A spokeswoman says this may be the public's last opportunity to see the building's interior.

OXFORD, Maine - The Oxford Police Department is experiencing a nearly 80 percent increase in calls from the Oxford Casino so far this year.

Police Chief Jon Tibbetts tells the Sun Journal that the department has answered 198 calls between January and October. Police were called for intoxication, drugs and trespassing, along with child abuse and removal of unwanted people.

PORTLAND, Maine - Mainers are going to get the first big dose of rain in a long time.

The National Weather Service says a tropical disturbance and a low pressure system will combine to create moderate to heavy rain across the entire state.

Meteorologist Tom Hawley says the heaviest rain will run from Friday night into Saturday morning. He says the entire state should see 1 to 2.5 inches of rain before it ends early Sunday.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The cost-of-living increase in benefits for Social Security recipients will go up just three-tenths of one percent come January - or about $5 a month.

Maine Sen. Susan Collins says that is not enough, particularly for those who will see an increase in their Medicare premiums.

“We are not sure exactly how much they are going to be, but the initial projections are for double-digit increases," Collins says, "and that greatly concerns me.”

PORTLAND, Maine - More than 1.2 million Maine residents are now living in drought-affected areas. That's an estimate from the U.S. Drought Monitor.  New numbers today show that almost 70 percent of the state is now in a drought.

The drought has been more severe in parts of southern Maine, but conditions haven't worsened there in the last few weeks. But National Weather Service hydrologist Tom Hawley says the continuing dry weather means the drought is getting worse in the north and eastern parts of the state.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine GOP is alleging a Democratic candidate's Facebook "like" suggests illegal collusion with an out-of-state super PAC.

But the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices on Wednesday declined to investigate a progressive group that wants candidate Jonathan Fulford to beat Republican Senate President Michael Thibodeau.

The California-based group's Progressive Maine PAC reported plans to spend $50,000 to hire organizers to train volunteers in Fulford's district.

BANGOR, Maine - The Penobscot County Sheriff's Department is extending its annual drug take-back to two days, starting Friday, to allow more people to get rid of potentially harmful medications.

Chief Deputy William Sheehan says unused prescription drugs in the house can be unsafe for kids, and make people a target for burglaries. But he says it's not OK to simply dump them.

"We don't want to people to flush them down their toilets because it does get into the water system," Sheehan says, "and some of those meds are not able to be filtered out."

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ A Maine Department of Labor report has found that a proportion of males considered to be in the prime of adulthood are dropping out of the state's labor force.

The Portland Press Herald reports that the report, from the department's Center for Workforce Research and Information, shows that labor force participation of men ages 25 to 54 has been declining over the past 40 years.

PORTLAND, Maine - Supporters and opponents of referendum questions on the November ballot in Maine have spent more than $2 million so far on television ads.

Data released Thursday by the Center for Public Integrity indicate that more than 4,000 ads have aired on four proposals - to expand background checks for gun purchases, legalize recreational marijuana, boost the minimum wage and tax wealthy Mainers to help schools.

The analysis shows $1.3 million has been spent on more than 2,500 ads on the referendum to expand background checks for gun purchases.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Gov. Paul LePage says Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump made a big mistake during Wednesday's debate when he suggested he may not accept the results of the election if he loses. The governor, who endorsed Trump earlier this year, told Portland radio station WGAN that he agrees with the real estate mogul and TV personality that the election is rigged, but he should take his lumps if he loses.

YARMOUTH, Maine - Residents in the Maine town of Yarmouth are set to vote next month on a proposed ordinance that would limit where sex offenders can live.

The Portland Press Herald reports that the ordinance would prevent registered sex offenders convicted of felony crimes against anyone younger than 14 from living within 750 feet of elementary, middle or secondary schools.

Offenders who established residency near a school prior to the ordinance would be exempt.

BANGOR, Maine - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is offering federal programs to Maine's farmers and livestock producers to help them recover from a drought that has impacted the state.

The USDA's Maine Farm Service Agency is offering disaster assistance and low-interest loans to help food producers. They include the Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program, Livestock Forage Disaster Program and Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program.

EAST MACHIAS, Maine - A group that seeks to restore the endangered Atlantic salmon will release 200,000 of the fish into the East Machias River this week.

The Atlantic salmon has been declared endangered in 11 Maine rivers, including the East Machias. The Downeast Salmon Federation is among a number of conservation organizations that is focusing on restoring the salmon.

The federation started stocking the salmon on Tuesday and will continue until at least Thursday. The effort could run into next week.

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Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton face off in the final presidential debate Wednesday night at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. NPR's politics team is live annotating the debate.

Maine town and city clerks are not happy with all of the talk by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Maine governor Paul LePage about rigged elections.

Clerks spend a lot of time being trained to conduct elections and they take pride in their work. Lisa Goodwin, Bangor City Clerk and President of the more than 700 member Maine Town and City Clerks Association says it’s insulting to local election officials to have their integrity challenged.