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Senate Republicans on Thursday unveiled their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act — also known as Obamacare. The long-awaited plan marks a big step toward achieving one of the Republican Party's major goals.


SABATTUS, Maine - State police in Maine say a state trooper was slightly injured when his cruiser collided with a car headed in the wrong direction on the Maine Turnpike.
Police sat Trooper Lee Vanadestine encountered the wrong-way car at about 10 p.m. on Tuesday night as it was driving along a construction area in Sabbatus. Vanadestine pulled his cruiser alongside the car and forced it into the median guardrail.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating a confirmed case of measles in Franklin County that it says is related to travel.
The state says the Maine Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory confirmed the case. The last reported case of measles in the state was in 1997.
State epidemiologist Siiri Bennett says the Maine CDC is working with clinicians to identify potentially exposed individuals. The public may have been exposed if they visited several locations in Farmington and Kingfield between June 15 and 19.

The Maine Senate Tuesday took the first step in scuttling a voter-approved state election overhaul before it's implemented. 

The Senate voted 21-13 to repeal the ranked choice voting law that allows voters to rank candidates in order of preference.

The repeal movement follows a Maine Supreme Judicial Court opinion that a key part of the law is likely unconstitutional. While lawmakers are also considering a constitutional amendment, it has yet to achieve the two-thirds support necessary to go to voters for final ratification.

Mainers' incomes rose 1.1 percent in the first quarter of this year, according to new figures from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.  The increase marked a reversal from the fourth quarter of last year, when personal incomes in Maine fell overall. 

This time, the state registered the 20th best performance in the country, growing slightly faster than the nation as a whole, which saw an increase of 1 percent. 

BANGOR, Maine - A Maine man has been fined and sentenced to three days in jail for shooting a federally protected seal.
Joseph Martin of Warren pleaded guilty Monday to a misdemeanor charge in federal court. In addition to jail time, he was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.
A prosecutor says Martin fired at a group of seals as they approached his fishing boat off the coast of Acadia National Park last year.
The prosecutor says the shooting was captured by a camera on Martin's boat.

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Legislative leaders continue to negotiate in private in hopes of reaching an agreement on the state's two-year budget and avoiding a government shutdown.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Police are trying to determine how a rusty bolt-action rifle ended up in the Kennebec River in Maine's capital city.
The rifle was given to Augusta police by a father and his son who reeled up the Remington Model 700 rifle while they were fishing Sunday. Lt. Chris Read tells the Kennebec Journal he's not sure why it would be there, as it is illegal to duck hunt on the river in with that type of rifle.

PORTLAND, Maine - The city of Portland has condemned an apartment building in order to force the landlord to tighten up management of the property.
It is the first time the city has taken such a measure under a disorderly houses ordinance. The property is considered disorderly, meaning police have been called to the property more than three times in a month.
Portland's Neighborhood Prosecutor Richard Bianculli says while other apartment buildings have been deemed disorderly, the vast majority of landlords work with the city to address issues.

LEWISTON, Maine - One of Maine's largest cities will be receiving more than $3 million for lead abatement projects.
Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican, says Lewiston will receive $3 million in Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration money and $400,000 in Healthy Homes Supplemental money. She says the city will be able to use the funds to address lead hazards in 220 housing units.

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If Maine lawmakers are unable to negotiate a veto-proof budget deal, advocates for the poor and elderly want to know, what's the plan?  In the event of a state government shutdown on July 1, what services will be deemed "essential" by the governor?

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The state fire marshal’s office says three boys from Sanford have been charged with arson in connection with this weekend’s massive fire that destroyed the abandoned Stenton Trust Mill over the weekend in Sanford.

Investigators said one of the boys is 12 years old and the other two are 13. They were taken to the Long Creek juvenile detention facility in South Portland.

Sanford Fire Chief Steve Benotti said the three boys were lucky to get out of the building. He said children setting fires has been a substantial problem in Maine and across the country.

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If you're planning to travel by car this Fourth of July weekend, you're in luck -- gas prices are down.

In Maine, the price of gas is down 3.5 cents - to $2.23 a gallon. analyst Patrick DeHahn says, in fact, prices this year are they lowest they've been in more than a decade. "Last summer was one of the best since 2005 to fill up and now it looks like this year may overtake that."

PORTLAND, Maine - A Maine museum is playing host this summer to a traveling collection of pirate artifacts discovered by an underwater explorer trying to shake off criticism that cast him as a reckless treasure hunter.
The "Real Pirates'' exhibit brings authentic pirate booty from the ship of Black Sam Bellamy to the Portland Science Center. The wreck of Bellamy's Whydah was discovered by Barry Clifford in 1984.

PORTLAND, Maine - A major health insurance provider in Maine is predicting enrollment in the state's Affordable Care Act insurance market will drop.
The Portland Press Herald reports Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield foresees an 11 percent drop in Maine's ACA marketplace. Anthem attributes the potential decrease to President Donald Trump's health care policies.