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WATERVILLE, Maine- Maine's 2017 graduation season continues this weekend, with students at University of New England receiving their degrees on Saturday, and students at Colby College in Waterville on Sunday morning.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Senators from Maine and Oklahoma are calling on their colleagues to consider ways to ease the regulatory burden on small community banks.

FREEPORT, Maine (AP) - L.L. Bean's Bootmobile is leaving North America for the first time.The four-wheeled tribute to the Maine-based retailer's iconic boot is rolling across land of the rising sun, visiting L.L. Bean's 25 stores in Japan.

BELGRADE, Maine (AP) - Authorities say says one person was killed and another injured in an officer-involved shooting in the town of Belgrade, Maine.

RUMFORD, Maine (AP) - A substitute teacher is accused along with several other men of smuggling heroin and cocaine from southern New England into western Maine.

AT&T Wireless workers in Maine are joining a nationwide strike by the Communications Workers of America against the company in an attempt to win better terms in stalled contract negotiations.

Dara Kheang says that since he started as a sales associate at AT&T’s Portland store 9 years ago, his effective pay has dropped by more than $5,000.

Maine law enforcement officials are gearing up for their annual push for Maine’s seat belt laws.

Beginning Monday, 45 police agencies in the state are taking part in the 2-week Click It or Ticket campaign as the summer driving season gets underway.

Special enforcement efforts are planned for the first day of the campaign from 4 to 8 p.m. Thomas Reagan with the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety says motorists should expect to see lots of police officers taking part in “Border to Border” details Monday along the Maine-New Hampshire border.

The LePage administration delivered layoff notices to all 46 employees at the Downeast Correctional Facility in Bucks Harbor on Friday as the governor moved ahead with plans to close the prison on June 10 and relocate its 100 prisoners to other facilities.

Lawmakers are considering a proposal from the LePage administration that would require all applicants for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program take a written test to see whether they are likely to be a drug abuser. If the screening indicates that they are, they would have to submit to drug testing or lose access to benefits.

Chris Hastedt of the low-income advocacy group Maine Equal Justice Partners says the bill is likely unconstitutional.

Media Outlets Fight Subpoenas for Recordings Related to Sanborn Case

May 19, 2017
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PORTLAND, Maine — A local TV station and Maine’s public broadcaster are fighting subpoenas for raw footage and recordings from April newscasts related to the ongoing legal push to clear Anthony Sanborn of a 1992 murder conviction.

On May 9, Sanborn’s lawyer filed motions with the Cumberland County Unified Criminal Court seeking to have a judge order WGME-TV and Maine Public to turn over “all broadcast materials generated and/or utilized during production” of a news segments interviewing the former-prosecutor who handled Sanborn’s trial for the 1989 murder of Jessica Briggs.

Maine’s unemployment rate was 3 percent last month, unchanged from March.

State Labor official Glenn Mills says the state’s labor market is pretty tight right now and that’s starting to show up in worker paychecks.

FILE: Senate Armed Services Senate Committee member Sen. Angus King, I-Maine questions Gen. John Nicholson, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017.
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Maine Senator Angus King told the PBS Newshour last night, the Senate Intelligence Committee will have to meet with new special counsel Robert Mueller to coordinate the investigations into Russian meddling and the Trump Administration:

“We don’t want to get in each others way, King said. “We don’t want to offer immunity, or have them offer immunity that would compromise either one of our investigations.”

The Maine Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill that will allow people with a terminal illness to decide when to end their life.

If it's enacted, Maine would join five states and the District of Columbia with laws described by supporters as death with dignity, and by opponents as physician-assisted suicide.

Marlee Stowe, 8, of Auburn, Maine, braves the cold ocean water while playing at Old Orchard Beach, Maine, where the temperature climbed into in the 90's, Thursday, May 18, 2017.
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PORTLAND, Maine - Temperature records have been shattered in parts of northern New England in the second day of summer-like weather.

The National Weather Service in Gray, Maine, records at all four of its climate sites in Maine and New Hampshire were tied or broken as early as noon Thursday.

In Concord, New Hampshire, it hit 95 degrees by 4:30 p.m., breaking the previous record of 90 in 1906 and 1889 for May 18. It was 94 in Manchester, breaking the record of 93 in 1889.

Alaskan husky named Dakota, March 30, 2017, in Waterville, Maine. Gov. Paul LePage said he pardoned the dog from a death sentence levied at a court hearing last week, after it killed a neighbor's small pug in May 2016.
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WATERVILLE, Maine - A dog that was ordered to be euthanized despite a pardon issued by Maine’s governor could get a second chance at life as a sled dog.

The Waterville Morning Sentinel reports that a state prosecutor has agreed with the dog’s previous owner and the owners of two dogs it killed to send the animal to a training shelter in New Hampshire. But the dog’s current owner, who adopted the husky after the attacks but before the euthanization order, is not on board.