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Maine’s Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting in Portland Tuesday night to present its plan for spending the state’s $21 million share of settlements with Volkswagen.

That’s in the wake of allegations VW deliberately violated nitrogen oxide pollution requirements for vehicles it sold or leased in the U.S.

The director of MDOT’s environmental office, Judy Gates, says the agency plans to spend some $3 million of that to finance installation of a robust network of electric vehicle charging stations.

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The Canadian federal government has reached a settlement with Irving Oil, four years after the deadly Lac-Megantic derailment in which 47 people died. The Saint John, New Brunswick-based company pleaded guilty last month to 34 charges relating to the misclassification of rail shipments of crude oil and improper training of employees.

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Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine’s 1st District convened a roundtable discussion at the Portland City Hall on Monday with Mainers who say they will be harmed by the GOP tax plan.

Pingree says she’s concerned that the proposed tax cuts amount to a giveaway to corporations and the wealthiest Americans.

Maine’s first-year high schoolers this year will make history. They will be the first class that needs to meet a new requirement in order to graduate four years from now — they’ll have to demonstrate that they are proficient in a number of standards in order to receive a diploma.

This is the first in an extended series of reports on how this law is changing the way schools operate called “Lessons From Oak Hill,” focusing on the experiences of Regional School Unit 4, northwest of Lewiston.

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Ivanka Trump and Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins joined forces Friday in the southern Maine town of Biddeford to tout the need for a federal tax overhaul that could affect every single American and business owner.

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Over the past 14 years, more than a million and a half U.S. service members have passed through the Bangor International Airport on their way to and from their overseas assignments. 

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Vastly different competing versions of Republican tax plans are being rolled out in the U.S. House and Senate that could potentially eliminate current deductions, such as student loan interest, and change the top tax rate and the timing of corporate tax cuts.

Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine says that the tax overhaul process being utilized by Republican leaders leaves a lot to be desired.

“The process stinks, it’s no hearings, no public input, very little analysis of what it all means, what the impacts are going to be, a lot of closed door meetings,” he says. “This is a huge proposed change and it ought to be an open process.”

Just a few days after power was finally restored to nearly all of the hundreds of thousands of Maine customers who lost it in last week's storm, about 28,000 people are once again without it at this hour.

The culprit, once again, is gusty winds. The National Weather Service says winds are now gusting at 20-30 miles per hour across the state, with some gusts up to 40.

Central Maine Power is reporting just under 22,000 outages. CMP spokeswoman Gail Rice says these winds are causing more outages than usual because of last week's storm.

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If you’ve ever experienced a migraine headache, you probably think of it as something bad. But a University of Maine psychology professor has a new theory about migraine attacks: that they may actually be the body’s natural way of protecting and repairing itself from toxins in the brain.

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Labor activists rallied Thursday in front of Bank of America in Downtown Portland to urge Maine’s local and state leaders to oppose the Republican tax plan.

Supporters of President Donald Trump’s tax cut proposal say it would benefit the middle class. But rally organizers, including Douglas Born of the Southern Maine Labor Council, say the proposed tax cuts heavily favor the top 1 percent.

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The state has lost its bid to purchase a $1.2 million conservation easement to protect a remote plantation of sugar maples in Somerset County.

Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine is the new honorary co-chair of No Labels, a group of Democrats, independents and Republicans that works for nonpartisan solutions to political problems.

Collins told MSNBC that moderates in Washington need to change the way they do business.

“What I have said we need are fanatical moderates to start speaking out and being as energetic and involved as those on the far left and the far right,” she said.

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The ballot campaign to expand Medicaid is over. But making sure roughly 70,000 low-income Mainers actually receive that health coverage? Far from it.

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Sentenced to 70 years in prison for the 1989 killing of a 16-year-old girl in Portland, Anthony Sanborn is a free man. In the wake of a key witness’s recantation, prosecutors agreed Wednesday that the sentence amounted to cruel and unusual punishment, and reduced it to time served.

Maine voters voted overwhelmingly to expand Medicaid. But how long will it be before the 70,000 or so Mainers who qualify are covered? It could be months.

Maine Public State House Reporter Mal Leary and Maine Things Considered Host Nora Flaherty discussed the implementation of Maine’s Medicaid expansion. This interview has been edited for clarity.

Flaherty: I think when people heard the news that the referendum had passed many thought coverage would start shortly. Why is it going to take so long?

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