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Voter turnout is expected to be light in Maine's primary election tomorrow.

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap said that few competitive primary races will likely contribute to fairly low voter turnout on Tuesday. He says he's estimating about 13-15 percent of eligible voters will make it to the polls.

But it's hard to predict turnout, which depends on a variety of factors, including the weather.

Maine and New Hampshire transportation officials have put out notices to construction sites to be careful what's done with soil piles.

Officials say a large mound of dirt dumped next to an Interstate 495 bridge near Wilmington, Delaware, shifted the ground underneath the span and caused the columns to tilt. Some of the dirt spilled into the state right of way.

Authorities say an 81-year-old Augusta woman severely burned in a cooking fire at her home last month has died.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland says Lorraine White died May 30 at Maine Medical Center in Portland where she was being treated for burns.

White was injured May 7 when her clothes caught fire while she was cooking with an electric oven inside her home.

Baxter State Park has closed the Abol trail for at least the rest of this year.

Park Director Jensen Bissell blames a rock slide in late winter.

Some southern Maine lobstermen are upset that a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research vessel is inadvertently cutting their fishing lines and traps.

The Portsmouth Herald reports on Thursday that NOAA's ship is working off the York coast to map the depths for new nautical charts. Mike Sinclair, president of the York Lobstermen's Association, told the paper he estimates NOAA vessels have caused $25,000 in gear losses since 2009. The ships have worked off the York coast four times since then.

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Baxter State Park is one of the most beautiful and unknown parks in the U.S. — at least according to Country Magazine.

In the magazine's June-July "Hidden Gems" cover story, Baxter is one of ten national and state parks the magazine identified as being beautiful, yet off the beaten path.

Virginia-based husband and wife writer and photography team Pat and Chuck Blackley recommended Baxter and wrote the article for the series.

An Aroostook County potato processing company broke ground Wednesday on what company officials say is an $8.5 million expansion.

The expansion of the Naturally Potatoes processing plant in Mars Hill will double the facility's production and storage.

"It's a nice combination of things. It's good for the potato industry, good for the economy of Northern Maine, and the state of Maine," says Naturally Potatoes CEO William Haggett.

A massive manhunt is underway this morning for a man accused of opening fire on police officers in Moncton, New Brunswick.

"While responding to a call of an armed man in the north end of the city of Moncton, three of Codiac RCMP's officers were shot and killed," Damien Theriault of the Codiac Regional Royal Canadian Mounted Police says in a press conference.

In addition to the three RCMP officers killed last night, Theriault says two others were wounded and taken to the hospital.

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There have been no large-scale shipments of oil by rail in Maine since last October. But, in a story published by the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, such shipments could resume at any time, and that much of the state remains unprepared for a rail oil disaster like the one with struck Lac Megantic, Quebec last July.

Marina Villeneuve, who researched and wrote the story for the center, sat down for a conversation.

Marina Villeneuve's story was published online, and in several Maine newspapers.

(Portland)  Church leaders in Maine will wash the feet of individuals as part of a ritual imitating a biblical scene symbolic of humility.  The ceremony Thursday is being held outdoors at noon in Monument Square in Portland. Church leaders will pour water over people's feet and dry them with a towel, mimicking a biblical scene where Jesus Christ washes the feet of his disciples.  Personal stories of some of the participants, including immigrants and homeless individuals, will be read aloud during the service in several languages including Spanish, French and Arabic.

 (Portland)  The latest poll on this year's gubernatorial race bears an eerie resemblance to the 2010 election result.  Ther's Republican Paul LePage in first place with 38 percent support, just barely ahead of the second candidate with 37 percent and just 20 percent for the person in third place. The difference:  It's Democrat Mike Michaud who's second in the Pan Atlantic SMS poll, Independent Eliot Cutler a distant third.

Governor LePage appears largely alone in opposing legislation to expanded the availabiliy of Narcan.  Narcan, or naloxone, is a drug that can revive people who've overdosed on opiates.  Democratic State Rep Sara Gideon of Freeport says it must be given within one-to-three hours of an overdose.   If it is, Gideon says the drug can combat the effects of the opitate in a person's bloodstream.  The governor initially opposed expanded availability, then relented and supported allowing one family member  access to the drug.

Members of Maine's congressional delegation say the Maine State Ferry Service is receiving $1 million for upgrades to its boats and facilities.  U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree and Sen. Susan Collins announced yesterday the U.S. Department of Transportation is using the money for improvements that include a layover berth on Vinalhaven that could reduce trip cancellations and delays.  Pingree says funds will also go to repairs on a bridge on Swan's Island and a dock on Matinicus  Island.  The ferries also serve islands including North Haven, Islesboro and Frenchboro.

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