The man in charge of running the Long Creek Youth Development Center in South Portland has been placed on administrative leave, according to published reports.

Long Creek Superintendent Jeffrey Merrill could not be reached for comment. But his leave comes after a series of incidents that have raised questions about policies and safety for youth at the state-run prison.

The lack of support for the GOP health care bill has Maine consumer advocacy groups and health care providers breathing sighs of relief — for now.

Consumer and provider groups across the U.S., including many in Maine, opposed the Republican bill.

“I’m feeling relief for all of the people who would have lost their health insurance coverage if this bill had moved forward,” says Robyn Merrill, executive director of Maine Equal Justice Partners.

Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan’s decision today to halt the bill repealing key provisions of the Affordable Care Act has spared Maine’s GOP congressional members from having to take difficult votes that would have wide-ranging effects on their constituents.

The decision to abruptly pull the American Health Care Act after over four hours of debate came after Ryan realized he didn’t have enough GOP votes to pass it.

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When recreational marijuana is available for retail sale in Maine sometime next year, it will generate an estimated $12 million a year in tax revenue.