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Maine’s law enforcement community is largely unified in its opposition to Question 1 on the fall ballot, which creates a framework for legalizing the recreational use of marijuana.

PORTLAND, Maine — The University of Maine System is going to ask state lawmakers for a 14 percent increase in state funding to aid growth.

Trustees have approved budgets that’ll grow over the next three years.

Those increases include an extra $7.2 million in the 2017 appropriation, the result of an agreement made with Gov. Paul LePage last spring. That was in exchange for continuing a tuition freeze, which has been in place for in-state students for five years.

In planning a framework to allow recreational marijuana sales in Maine, the authors of Question 1 looked to Colorado for inspiration. That state's law is now two years old, and there's a baseline of information that can be gleaned from the experiment. Some of it has been copied into Maine's proposed initiative, but there are also some key differences.

As we continue our weeklong series "High Stakes: How Legalizing Pot Could Affect Maine," A.J. Higgins takes a closer look at what those differences are.

MADISON, Maine — A Maine high school has turned to a computer program to educate its students after being unable to fill a vacant position for a foreign language teacher.

With money already earmarked for the job, The Morning Sentinel reports Madison Area Memorial High School opted to purchase the Rosetta Stone program to serve as its full-time French and Spanish teacher.

Principal Jessica Ward says the situation isn’t perfect, but Rosetta Stone was the best option moving forward this year.

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When it comes to marijuana, Maine historically has been on the permissive side. It was one of the first states to decriminalize penalties for possession back in the ’70s and was one of the first to authorize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.

Maine is following the national trend of an improving economy, with household income up and the official poverty rate down.

James Mayall of the Maine Center for Economic Policy says median income in Maine is up.

“Median income went from about $49,500 in 2014 to $51,500, so an increase of about $2,000. That represents a 4 percent increase,” he says.

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Hillary Clinton’s running mate Tim Kaine made an unexpected stop in Maine Thursday — he was here to attend a private fundraiser, but he also stopped at Clinton’s campaign headquarters in Portland to rally volunteers.

The stop underscores a tightening presidential contest in a state Democratic presidential candidates used to take for granted.

For the third time in recent years, the Maine Board of Environmental Protection is considering new mining rules that are drawing strong opposition from around the state.

Similar rules have twice been rejected by the Legislature, staff from the department say the changes are needed to address gaps and inconsistencies in the existing law.

PORTLAND, Maine — The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office has apologized for the improper release of booking photographs that showed two Muslim protesters with their hijabs removed.

Sheriff Kevin Joyce said Wednesday that jail officers followed the correct protocol but released the wrong photos to the public after the women were arrested at a Black Lives Matter protest in Portland.

ORONO, Maine — Green Party nominee Jill Stein is coming to Maine for a pair of campaign stops as part of her tour of northern New England.

Stein is scheduled to appear at University of Maine in Orono at 12:30 p.m. and at the University of Southern Maine in Portland at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. She will talk about issues such as student loan debt and her "Green New Deal" plan.

Stein also ran for president on the Green ticket in 2012. Maine was her strongest state that year in terms of percentage of the popular vote. She received a little more than one percent.

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Maine Medical Center announced Wednesday it’s planning a $512 million renovation and expansion. The project would modernize the facility and add more single-patient rooms, which hospital officials say are becoming the standard for care of patients with increasingly complex health issues.

When Dr. Joel Botler began practicing at Maine Medical Center 37 years ago, the patients who came through the hospital’s doors typically had just a single health problem that needed to be treated.

“Those days are over,” he says.

Members of the Augusta planning board put the brakes on the LePage administration’s plan to build a new unit to house a group of forensic patients currently at the Riverview Psychiatric Center.

The only formal opposition to the proposal to build the 21-bed facility adjacent to Riverview was NAMI Maine, a group that advocates for those with mental illness. They say they can’t figure out whether the new facility is a hospital or a prison, but say it sounds like a prison.

The Senate Armed Services Committee is holding hearings on how to protect against cyberattacks on the military, and on crucial civilian infrastructure such as telecommunications and the electric grid.

Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine serves on the Armed Services Committee and is very worried about the vulnerability of the U.S. to cyberattacks on both military and civilian targets. He says as the world’s most wired nation, we are the most vulnerable to internet-based attacks.

BOOTHBAY HARBOR, Maine — A Maine town’s chamber of commerce has been receiving complaints from tourists regarding a large, hand-painted sign on a private lawn that reads "Black Rifles Matter."

Linc Sample, the sign’s creator, tells NECN that his work in Boothbay Harbor is about gun rights, not race. He was inspired to post the sign after reading an ad in the local paper that supported a ban on assault weapons.

RUTLAND, Vt. — The sale of two Vermont newspapers to a pair of business people from Maine and New Hampshire is expected to be completed this week.

Rob Mitchell, editor and chief of the Rutland Herald and Times Argus, told employees in an email that they would find out more about the future from the new owners next week.

The company simultaneously announced the retirement of Publisher and CEO Catherine Nelson.

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