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PINE TREE WEATHER

After a wet Friday, heat, humidity build this weekend; severe storms possible Monday

on June 15, 2017, at 4:13 p.m.
Ralph Tripp, 32, of Bangor and Maurice Gunn coordinate on a signature-gathering effort on a 2016 referendum for a York County casino outside the garage at Pickering Square in Bangor in January 2016.

House OKs bill tightening requirements for citizen-initiated ballot questions

By Steve Mistler on June 15, 2017, at 3:42 p.m.
The Legislature has taken the first step toward making it more difficult for citizen-initiated referendums to qualify for the ballot.
Nile Perkins, left, a cancer survivor, delivers a check to Dr Scot Remick, chief of Oncology at Maine Medical Center and MaineHealth.

Maine hospital group gets $10M grant to connect cancer patients to top specialists

By Patty Wight, Maine Public on June 15, 2017, at 2:49 p.m.
“The right care, the right place, close to home, with the resources and powerhouses of the leading – if not the top – cancer center in the world.”

PIPD seek man in connection with sexual assault

on June 15, 2017, at 12:07 p.m.
Michael Brown, 39, has been missing since June 7 when he was accused of a sexual assault in Presque Isle.
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke (left) chats with outdoor enthusiasts during a tour of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument Tuesday.

Zinke might recommend Katahdin monument be national park

By Nick Sambides Jr. on June 15, 2017, at 11:35 a.m.
“The driver would have to be from Congress,” Zinke said at a breakfast with Katahdin area political and business leaders.
PINE TREE WEATHER

Weekend weather for Maine unsettled at times as humidity returns

on June 14, 2017, at 4:20 p.m.

Fox thought to have rabies attacks man in Topsham

By Beth Brogan on June 14, 2017, at 10:01 a.m.
“He was out walking around, and a gray fox just literally ran right up to him and grabbed onto his hand.”
Emily Cain

Emily Cain tapped to draft winning playbook for female candidates ahead of 2018 midterms

By Philip Rucker, The Washington Post on June 14, 2017, at 8:34 a.m.
Emily Cain, who helped lead fellow Democrats to the majority in the Maine House of Representatives in 2010, has been tapped to try to do the same for Democrats nationally at the helm of Emily’s List.

Local and statewide results for spring election 2017

on June 14, 2017, at 8:31 a.m.
A celebrity inspired by Bernie Sanders was elected to serve as a midcoast selectman, Brunswick will get a new elementary school and Bar Harbor decided to improve cruise ship access to its downtown.
Rep. Catherine Nadeau, D-Winslow.

Maine House Democrats join GOP to restore ‘tip credit’ for servers

By Michael Shepherd on June 13, 2017, at 4:31 p.m.
It would allow restaurants to pay servers a base wage of half Maine’s current hourly minimum wage of $9 as long as tips get them to that minimum threshold.
The Maine Department of Health and Human Services used federal funds in 2015 to pay for services for seniors and residents with disabilities even though federal law restricted the use of those funds to services for children and their families.

Report: Children gain health insurance in rest of U.S., but lose it in Maine

By Jackie Farwell on June 13, 2017, at 4:21 p.m.
The increase in Maine stands in stark contrast to the rest of the country, where the average rate of uninsured children has dropped significantly.
Richard R. Rosen

LePage finance chief resigns as Maine budget fight rages

By Michael Shepherd on June 13, 2017, at 2:45 p.m.
LePage announced Rosen’s resignation and appointed David Lavway, who was the finance bureau’s deputy commissioner of operations, as acting commissioner.

Corrections officer shot in leg by fellow cadet

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 13, 2017, at 1:12 p.m.
All three cadets are part of a class of 29 correction officers enrolled in a five-week basic corrections training program at the academy.
#MAINE

President Trump has blocked Stephen King on Twitter

on June 13, 2017, at 12:53 p.m.
POLL QUESTION
Long Creek Youth Development Center on Westbrook Street in South Portland.

Maine youth prison lays off nearly half its teachers

By Jake Bleiberg on June 13, 2017, at 11:06 a.m.
Layoffs at Maine’s juvenile prison have left the school that serves its young inmates without qualified teachers for a number of subjects.
The former Great Northern Paper Co. paper mill in East Millinocket as it appeared on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014.

Lawsuit settlement clears path for sale of shuttered Great Northern Paper mill property

By Darren Fishell on June 13, 2017, at 10:36 a.m.
The company seeking to build a $240 million biorefinery in East Millinocket has dismissed its lawsuit against the current owner of the shuttered mill.
Senate President Michael Thibodeau (from left), Speaker of the House Sara Gideon and Gov. Paul LePage at the State House in Augusta, Dec. 19, 2016.

LePage calls Legislature ‘the laziest bunch I have ever seen’

By Christopher Cousins on June 13, 2017, at 9:28 a.m.
“I’m really ashamed to be a part of this government,” LePage said.
Students participate in Project SHIFA in Auburn.

Being a student immigrant takes a heavy mental toll. Maine schools are trying to help.

By Robbie Feinberg, Maine Public on June 13, 2017, at 9:12 a.m.
When Fair Charles arrived in Portland from her home country of Uganda in sixth grade, she tried to fit in and learn a new language. But she said she always ended up feeling like an outsider.
Several Cumberland County Jail employees are demanding better safety at the jail.

Cumberland County Jail workers demand better safety

By CBS 13 on June 13, 2017, at 8:02 a.m.
The union is asking for better working conditions, as well as better benefits, specifically retirement benefits.
Hampden police display Narcan they used to revive an unresponsive man in 2016.

Pharmacists may soon be able to sell Narcan without a prescription

By Nok-Noi Ricker on June 13, 2017, at 3 a.m.
Legislators endorsed an emergency bill designed to fix a stalled law to allow pharmacists to sell opiate overdose antidotes over the counter without a prescription.