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Leaders of Maine’s two largest Indian tribes are criticizing Question 1, the ballot measure that would create a casino in York County as a bad deal for Mainers and for the tribes.

In a written statement, the chiefs of the Passamaquoddy’s two reservations and the Penobscot Nation say if voters authorize Question 1, it “would represent a manipulation of our state’s policymaking process, harm the tribes and prevent rural economic development in Maine.”

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From public radio shows such as The Moth to local storytelling groups, there are more chances than ever to tell a personal tale in front of an audience. This weekend, an event called This Is My Brave comes to Lewiston, inviting people who have experienced mental illness to take center stage at the local Franco Center and share their story.

Corinne Pratt, 39, has struggled with mental illness for most of her life. For a long time, she didn’t think she could open up about it.

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Gov. Paul LePage was on Capitol Hill on Thursday to testify against a House bill designed to support working waterfronts. HR 1176 is sponsored by Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine’s 1st District, but LePage takes issue with the role the federal government would play.

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The Wells-Ogunquit Community School District decided Thursday night to form an advisory committee to look into concerns about Wells High School's use of the "Warriors" nickname and Native American imagery.

The move came after the panel heard from residents at a public discussion about the issue. 

More than half of the nine speakers favored getting rid of the current mascot. Barbara Giammarino, a Penobscot and the grandaughter of Leslie and Valentine Ranco, the couple in 1949 who opened the Indian Moccasin Shop, was one of them.

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In early December of 2015, casino developer Shawn Scott and his sister Lisa Scott were ready to launch the ballot initiative that will appear as Question 1 on ballot on Tuesday. But first, they needed a name for the campaign committee.

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Maine’s two major power companies say they are making headway in restoring service to homes and businesses after Sunday night's storm.

Central Maine Power is reporting about 122,000 outages and Emera Maine has reduced the number of without service to 24,000. 

On Monday, those numbers were close to half a million. Still, CMP President Sara Burns says the steady progress is no solace to those who are still waiting in the dark.

The city of Bangor is lending a helping hand to low-income residents who have had to dispose of spoiled food as the result of this week’s storm-driven power outages.

Rindy Fogler, community services program manager for the city’s health department, said those seeking assistance are encouraged to bring proof of Bangor residency when they apply for the benefit at the department’s headquarters at 103 Texas Ave.

A coalition of environmentalists and power generators is calling for the creation of a regional cap-and-trade market for carbon emissions from the transportation sector. They’re modeling the market on a successful effort to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from electricity generation.

Maine's largest hunger relief organization will be able to provide about 10 million more meals a year in the state, thanks to a $1 million grant that will help pay for major improvements to its distribution center in Hampden.

Good Shepherd Food Bank works with local organizations to get food from Hampden, to communities all around the state.

Public Affairs Director Clara Whitney says the money will help pay for a renovation which will, among other things, create a lot more cold storage space for nourishing fresh foods.

The latest government statistics on unemployment in Maine's urban areas show three very tight labor markets.

In Bangor, joblessness fell from 3.3 percent in August to 3.1 percent in September.

Lewiston-Auburn went from 3.1 percent to 2.9 percent.

Portland-South Portland's jobless rate was steady, but at a very low, 2.5 percent.

The unemployment rate in September for Maine as a whole was 3.7 percent, lower than the national rate of 4.2 percent.

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Maine Gov. Paul LePage and other state political figures have been targets of Russian-backed disinformation campaigns. That’s according to U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, who revealed the findings at a hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee in Washington.

Collins says Russian Facebook pages were used in an effort to spread discord during the 2016 elections, and continues today. She quoted from posts on a known Russian Facebook page that was critical of LePage.

We're now less than a week away from Election Day.  There are four items on Maine's statewide ballot.  Maine Public's Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz talks about three of them with University of Maine at Farmington Political Science Professor Jim Melcher.

GRATZ: Statewide, folks are going to face four questions: The first one is another casino vote. Now, the opposition this time is less focused on gambling per se than on who would get to develop this casino.

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Republican Gov. Paul LePage is expected to head to Washington, D.C., again Thursday, this time to testify on a bill sponsored by Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine’s 1st District that’s designed to strengthen working waterfronts.

It’s not clear what LePage has to say about the proposal, which is co-sponsored by Virginia Republican Rob Wittman. However, the governor appears on a witness list published by the Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans.

Portland-based Mercy Hospital has agreed to pay just over $1.5 million to settle allegations that it overbilled Medicare and MaineCare for urinalysis drug screening tests from 2011 through 2013.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Lizotte says the tests were ordered and performed at the now-closed Mercy Recovery Center in Westbrook.

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Utility crews continue to make progress getting power lines up and running in cities and towns across Maine.

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