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Maine Ethics Commission Votes To Release Money Previously Frozen By Budget Error

The Maine Ethics Commission voted 3-to-1 Thursday to unfreeze money for the state's public campaign finance program, which was previously hung up by a budget error that the Legislature couldn't muster enough votes to fix.

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A doctor who plans to challenge Republican Sen. Susan Collins in 2020 has been reprimanded by the Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine.

The board announced it's entering into a consent decree with Dr. Cathleen London that places her on probation and prohibits her from prescribing the opioid addiction treatment drug Methadone. She's also required to pay $3,000 in investigation costs.

After two days of silence and a barrage of criticism for failing to address the latest clergy sex abuse scandal in the United States, Pope Francis has spoken.

"The Holy See condemns unequivocally the sexual abuse of minors," said a statement issued by the Vatican on Thursday.

"Regarding the report made public in Pennsylvania this week, there are two words that can express the feelings faced with these horrible crimes: shame and sorrow," Vatican spokesman Greg Burke wrote.

A new contract between Local 1400 of the Communications Workers of America and Consolidated Communications could potentially eliminate 70 of 128 call center positions in northern New England.

All 70 of the potentially-eliminated jobs are in Maine. Local union chapter President Don Trementozzi said Thursday that agreeing to a series of early retirement incentives and placing the Maine jobs at risk was a better option than what the company had originally offered the union.

Just weeks after the discovery of Eurasian water milfoil in Cobbosseecontee Lake, another state-prohibited invasive aquatic plant has also been found there.

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The top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee is demanding an explanation of President Trump's decision this week to revoke the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan

In a letter to White House chief of staff John Kelly, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., asked for a detailed briefing on the decision and suggested Trump may have failed to follow proper procedures.

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Maine's highest court is ruling against a Republican who's running for district attorney and feels the suspension of his law license was unfair.

The LePage administration says it will take "prompt action" to comply with a law to hire more public health nurses, regardless of the outcome of a pending lawsuit.

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BANGOR, Maine — Fisheries conservationists made passionate pleas Tuesday night for state fisheries officials to reconsider a plan that would allow the introduction of Arctic charr into a brook trout water that has never been stocked, and which is included on Maine’s list of protected Heritage Fish Waters.

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As members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Maine’s Susan Collins and Angus King are among those in the forefront of investigating Russian efforts to influence elections in this country. Both say that these efforts are more extensive and intrusive than many understand, and that trolls are already aiming beyond the 2018 midterms.

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More than 300 newspapers are publishing editorials Thursday challenging President Trump's assertion that journalists are the enemy of the people.  The Bostons Globe launched the initiative.  It wanted newspapers throughout the country to respond to the president's representation of journalist's role in society.

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Folk Music

Friday—As the American Folk Festival kicks off soon in Bangor, we discuss the significance of folk music—and talk about musicians of the past and present.

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