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Three years in jail and $1.4 million in restitution: that's Ali Ratib Daham's sentence for a welfare fraud scheme he ran from a Portland halal market, according to a press release from U.S. District Attorney Halsey Frank.

The LePage administration said Monday that it will fight a state judge's order directing the Governor to file paperwork to expand Medicaid services, despite the fact that Medicaid expansion was approved by Maine voters last year.

Maine's Republican governor said the Trump administration has reached out to him about a job but that there's "nothing concrete at this time."

Gov. Paul LePage told Fox News' "Cavuto Live" last weekend that he is planning to take some time off after he leaves office in January, and that he is exploring his options.

LePage said that the president "made some overtures" and that he may be asked "to do certain things." The governor said it probably wouldn't involve a cabinet-level position. He said he doesn't want to live full time in the nation's capital.

Court: Maine Must Submit Medicaid Plan, Despite Appeal

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AUGUSTA, Maine - A Maine judge says Republican Gov. Paul LePage's administration must still file a plan to expand Medicaid as voters demanded despite ongoing litigation.

The Associated Press obtained a copy of the order saying the executive branch's failure to follow the people's will could promote disrespect for laws.

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Leaders of Lewiston's immigrant community gathered outside City Hall Sunday morning to ask for peace and to express their condolences to the family of Donald Giusti, the Lewiston man who died after a brawl near Kennedy Park Tuesday night.  They say violence has no place in Lewiston and they condemn it "in the strongest possible terms." 

Results from nation's first statewide ranked-choice voting election could be announced as soon as Tuesday.

Officials are warning of poor air quality in parts of Maine and New Hampshire.

The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory and an air quality alert with temperatures projected to climb to 90 degrees with high humidity on Monday in southern Maine.

The air quality alert affects coastal Maine from Kittery to Acadia National Park, and is due to expire late Monday.

The weather service recommends that people limit prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion by taking breaks, seeking shade and keeping hydrated.

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The Canadian government says it is taking steps to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales from encounters with fishing vessels and gear.

The whales are one of the world's rarest marine mammals, and they have struggled with high mortality in recent years, especially in Canadian waters. Fisheries and Oceans Canada says it is enacting temporary fisheries closures in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and off Quebec.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

North Berwick sports-seating manufacturer Hussey Seating is sounding alarms about the effect that President Donald Trump's steel tariffs are having on its bottom line – a concern Maine Senator Angus King says is widespread in the state and beyond.

Steve Mistler / Maine Public

Updated 2 p.m. Friday

The nation's first statewide ranked-choice voting count is underway in Augusta.

At stake is the winner of the seven-way Democratic gubernatorial primary, which did not produce a majority winner after Tuesday's initial count.

Courtesy University of Maine

FRENCHVILLE, Maine - Maine forestry officials are holding a meeting near the Canadian border to address the discovery of a destructive forest pest in the state.
 
The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry says the emerald ash borer was discovered recently in Madawaska, less than 200 yards from the Frenchville town line in Aroostook County. The agency and others are holding a public meeting Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Frenchville Community Center.
 

Lucia Helder / Maine Public

By plane, you can travel the 173 miles of the Androscoggin River in about half an hour. By car, it would take about three hours. By canoe, you have to allow for about 13 days.

That’s how long it took Jen Deraspe. Deraspe launched in Errol, New Hampshire, an hour west of Rangeley, on June 2, and she completed her trek where the river meets the Atlantic in Topsham, Maine June 14. And Deraspe was on a mission.

“It is an inspired journey to see what could happen in the way of healing and restoring this river,” Deraspe said.

Nora Flaherty / Maine Public

Ask people in the construction industry about the problems they're facing, and one thing comes up more than just about any other:

“There's definitely a construction worker shortage in Maine,” says Meredith Kirkmann.

AUGUSTA, Maine - First up when lawmakers return to the State House this week will be two spending bills that were unanimously approved by the Appropriations Committee. 

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine's health and human services agency is delaying a billing change that several addiction treatment agencies warned would threaten their operations.

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