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Tuesday night, the Immigrant Resource Center of Maine will celebrate its 15th anniversary with an international, fashion show, dinner and music. Fatuma Hussein founded the Lewiston-based organization. She's a force to be reckoned with. Hussein talked with Maine Public Radio’s Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz about the effort to establish the center and why she took on the challenge.

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John Williams of Madison was formally charged with murder in connection with the death of Somerset County deputy Eugene Cole at his first court appearance Monday in Kennebec County. A police affidavit revealed some new details in the case, but doesn’t shed light on why Cole was shot.

Justice Robert Mullen ordered a mental health examination of Williams and agreed to prosecutors’ request for a change of venue to Cumberland County. Williams stared straight ahead as he sat with his court-appointed lawyers and answered questions from the judge.

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If you’ve ever read a story in the news about elver fishing season, you’ve probably seen some variation of this line: “Maine’s the only state in the U.S. with a significant fishery for elvers.”

Maybe you thought that’s because elvers don’t exist in large numbers outside of Maine — that would be a reasonable assumption. But the real reason is somewhat more complicated.

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The president of a Canadian-owned lumber mill that received shipments of timber cut from Maine public lands says he’s unaware of the equipment fire that Gov. Paul LePage has used to justify diverting those shipments away from another company whose owners have been critical of the governor’s stance on softwood lumber tariffs.

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Updated 9:40 a.m.  Sunday

After a nearly four-day manhunt, police have captured John Williams, the suspect in the fatal shooting death of 62-year-old Somerset County Sheriff's Deputy, Cpl. Eugene Cole.

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Although some of us are still recovering from the winter or dreading another nor’easter, spring has officially started in Maine. As temperatures rise, many have already begun looking for a way to get outside and celebrate the outdoors. Luckily, Maine has no shortage of outdoor attractions, and many are accessible to those with limited mobility and people with disabilities.

NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine - The Cumberland County sheriff's office is trying to determine who dumped more than 90 old tires on a road in New Gloucester.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Hunting is prohibited in an area of Somerset County, as police continue to comb the woods in search of a man suspected of killing a Somerset County police officer.  The emergency proclamation comes via executive order from Governor Paul LePage.

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About 200 officers from various federal, state and local departments, working 12-hour shifts, spent the third day of the intensive manhunt for John Williams, going door-to-door around Norridgwock, searching from the air and focusing on some woods near the Martin Stream Road.

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Philip Scott Fournier will spend 45 years in prison for murdering 16-year-old Joyce McLain in East Millinocket in 1980.

Fournier, 57, was 19 at the time of the killing. McLain’s murder went unsolved for decades before the case was reopened in 2008.

Fournier was sentenced Friday at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor.

“It’s never too late to do the right thing but the amount of time that these folks have lived with this case is unconscionable,” says Assistant District Attorney Leanne Robbin.

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Visitors to Acadia National Park who want to drive to the summit of Cadillac Mountain or park at the Jordan Pond House to enjoy some popovers may need to make reservations in the future. The park released a draft transportation plan Friday designed to ease congestion and enhance visitors' experience, as the number of annual visitors to the park has increased by a million over the past decade.

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This story was updated at 11:42 a.m. ET.

The manhunt for the suspect in the fatal shooting of a Somerset County Deputy Sheriff, Cpl. Eugene Cole, continues into its third day.

The National Weather Service is warning residents to stay clear of any submerged roads they may encounter, as water levels continue to rise near several of the state's major river systems, mostly in Northern Maine.

“We have more snow up in the higher elevations and the woods than we normally would at this time of year,” says Meterologist Mark Bloomer.

Bloomer works with the National Weather Service in Caribou and says some minor streams and low lying areas around Aroostook County were actively flooding Thursday.

It is Thursday and time again for "Across the Aisle" our weekly rountable on Maine Politics. This week, Cynthia Dill, an attorney and former Democratic legislator, and Meredith Strang Burgess of Burgess Advertising and Marketing, who served in the legislature as a Republican. They spoke with Keith Shortall.

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