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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 federal judge has struck down a New hampshire law that allows pollworkers to toss out absentee ballots if they don’t believe the signature adequately matches the one used on other voting paperwork.

BANGOR, Maine - Two men, one from Guatemala, the other from Mexico, have pleaded guilty to crossing into the United States after having been deported.
Twenty-eight-year-old Victor Yobany Archila-Rojas of Guatemala illegally crossed from Canada in Sandy Bay Township on July 29. He'd been deported in 2013.
Forty-five-year-old Benigno Godinez-Cortez of Mexico crossed a railroad trestle near Calais on July 10. He'd been deported after an arrest in 1994.
Both entered their pleas Tuesday, and both face up to two years in prison.

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Vermont voters made history on Tuesday as Christine Hallquist, a transgender woman, won the Democratic primary for governor.

Hallquist, who will now face Vermont Republican Gov. Phil Scott in the general election, becomes the first openly transgender person to ever win a major party's nomination for governor in U.S. history. If she wins in November, she'd be the nation's first transgender governor.

A judge is facing death threats after granting bail to five adults in an abuse case involving nearly a dozen allegedly malnourished and dehydrated children found at a remote compound in New Mexico.

In an hours-long bail hearing on Monday, Judge Sarah Backus acknowledged "troubling facts" presented by prosecutors against Siraj Wahhaj, Jany Leveille, Lucas Morten, Hujrah Wahhaj and Subhannah Wahhaj, who were arrested and charged with child abuse. However, Backus said prosecutors failed to identify any specific threats.

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine State Police are warning drivers about using illegal lights on vehicles.
Police tell WGME-TV they've seen more drivers using white emergency lighting and amber lighting. Officials say amber lights are authorized for certain non-emergency vehicles. However, white lights are only used for emergency vehicles.
State police say it's also illegal to use auxiliary lighting that blinks, rotates or flashes.
Violators of the law can be fined up to $154.

AUGUSTA, Maine - First lady Ann LePage is opening the lawn of the governor's official residence to military families for an ice cream social - for one last time.
Each child will receive free school supplies at Wednesday's back-to-school event at Blaine House. Guests are encouraged to wear play clothes so they can play lawn games with LePage.
This is the eighth annual c. LePage's husband, Republican Gov. Paul LePage, cannot run for re-election in November because of term limits.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The deadline to participate in the lottery for one of Maine's growing number of deer permits is fast approaching.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a staunch ally of President Trump, has won the state's razor-thin Republican primary for governor after incumbent Gov. Jeff Colyer conceded on Tuesday night.

"This election is probably the closest in America, but the numbers are just not there unless we were to go to extraordinary measures," Colyer said.

Florida this week declared a state of emergency because of a slow-moving natural disaster — red tide.

Red tide is toxic algae that have persisted off Florida's Gulf Coast for nearly a year. In recent weeks, the algae bloom has worsened, killing fish, turtles and dolphins and discouraging tourism on some of the state's most beautiful beaches.

The Maine medical examiner’s office says an underlying heart problem led to the death of an 18-year-old University of Maine football player three weeks ago.


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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