WARREN, Maine - An inmate at the Maine State Prison in Warren has died. According to the Maine Department of Corrections, the death of 47 year old Charles L. Pettigrow was "anticipated."

The U.S. Senate is expected to vote on health care next week, though it’s unclear whether they’ll take up a revised version of their bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act or a bill that would just repeal the health care law.

Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine says she doesn’t support either. Speaking to reporters on Friday, she referenced the findings of Congressional Budget Office report on the repeal-only bill.

“That would lead to 32 million people losing health insurance coverage. So I simply cannot support that approach,” she says.

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The hearing for a man who claims he was falsely convicted of murder 25 years ago has been delayed till October.

Anthony Sanborn was released on bail this spring after a key witness in his original trial recanted her testimony, casting doubt on Sanborn's conviction of the murder of Jessica Briggs in Portland in 1989. 

Mill Says it Has Major Buyer Lined Up for Tissue Paper, Seeks Taxpayer Help

Jul 21, 2017
Nick Sambides Jr. / Bangor Daily News

Catalyst Paper Corp. wants Maine taxpayers to sweeten a $56-million investment in a tissue-making machine at its Rumford mill, as part of a company overhaul plan of untold cost that it calls Project Falcon.

The company said the project would allow it to take advantage of a growing market for the tissue paper, and even has a “major paper merchant” lined up to buy all that the new machine can produce. Catalyst told state investors the tissue paper enterprise will be able to support 62 full-time jobs, worth $79 million in annual payroll and benefits.

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Two months after ruling out a bid for the U.S. Senate, Gov. Paul LePage suggested Thursday that there's a possibility he may challenge independent U.S. Sen. Angus King next year.

The Republican governor also acknowledged that he's being pressured to run by the Trump administration.

LePage told Portland radio station WGAN that he may reconsider if Auburn state Sen. Eric Brakey's Senate bid doesn't gain traction.

WATERVILLE, Maine - Lauren Hutton has been honored with a Maine film festival's "Mid-Life Achievement Award.''
The 73-year-old model and actress tells the Morning Sentinel that she was thrilled to receive the award, which means she has a lot to look forward to and accomplish.
The organizers of the Maine International Film Festival decided to honor her for her work in films like "Paper Lion'' and "A Wedding.''

FALMOUTH, Maine - A government scientist originally from Falmouth, Maine, says he was mistreated by officials in the administration of President Donald Trump for speaking about climate change.
Joel Clement until recently was director of the Department of the Interior's Office of Policy Analysis, where he examined the effect of climate change on native Alaskan communities. The Portland Press Herald reports that Clement was reassigned to a position where he collected royalties from oil and gas companies.

CHERRYFIELD, Maine - Maine State Police are using DNA testing as part of their efforts to identify a female homicide victim whose body was found on a road in Cherryfield.
An autopsy has been completed as of Thursday, but the cause of death has not been released. WABI-TV reports police have received several calls regarding the woman's death. The body was found Wednesday.
Detectives are seeking additional information from people who drove by a crash site that they say is connected to the victim.

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Maine lawmakers Thursday night enacted a $105 million transportation bond that voters will consider in November. 

But a research and development bond, and one to fund student loan debt forgiveness, failed to get enough support. Both are tabled in the House.

“We could have let it go today or we could let it stay there to give it another chance when we come back on August second, to anticipating some vetoes that will be on our desk,” said House Speaker Sara Gideon.

Quake on Greek Island Kills Two, Sends Tourists into Panic

Jul 21, 2017
Michael Probst / Associated Press

KOS, Greece - A powerful earthquake sent a building crashing down on tourists at a bar on the Greek holiday island of Kos and struck panic on the nearby shores of Turkey early Friday, killing two people and injuring some 200.

Rescue authorities said two men from Turkey and Sweden died in the collapse at the White Corner Club when the 6.5-magnitude quake struck at about 1:30 a.m., rattling Greek islands and the Turkish Aegean coast in a region where seismic activity is common. The dead vacationers were not named.

Legislation that would move the state a step closer to recreational use of marijuana was enacted Thursday night, but it may face a veto.

The legislation would set up testing facilities in the Department of Agriculture to ensure that the quality of pot sold in the state for personal use meets minimum standards. Supporters argued the measure is needed so the facility is operational next year, when the citizen-passed law allowing recreational use of pot takes effect.

Rep. Teresa Pierce, a Falmouth Democrat, supported the bill.

Child care advocates are voicing opposition to proposed changes in regulations governing in-home child care facilities.

The state Department of Health and Human Services says it wants to streamline an assortment of policies in order to increase access to affordable child care, particularly for parents in rural areas of Maine. The proposals are scheduled for a public hearing before a legislative committee Thursday evening.

With an eye toward increasing affordable housing in Portland, Mayor Ethan Strimling has proposed changes to a city zoning ordinance.

One change would double the amount of so-called workforce housing required in housing developments of 10 or more units. Strimling also wants to lower how much people would have to pay to own or rent such units.

Strimling says he wants to make sure middle-income people are able to afford to stay in the city.

It’s Thursday, and time for Across the Aisle, our weekly roundtable on Maine politics. This week, Cynthia Dill, an attorney and former Democratic legislator who writes a column for the Portland Press Herald, and Meredith Strang Burgess of Burgess Advertising and Marketing, who served in the Legislature as a Republican.

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It’s been a year since Maine enacted the toughest opioid prescription limits in the country, which came in response to an addiction epidemic where, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, nearly half of all opioid overdose deaths involve a prescription painkiller.