The U.S. House has passed two bills that could help some consumers pay less for prescription drugs.

The bipartisan legislation, sponsored by Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, was approved by the U.S. Senate last week.

The bills would lift gag clauses that currently block pharmacists from telling customers when they can save money on prescriptions by paying out of pocket versus through their health insurance.

A Superior Court judge has ruled that a Republican candidate for district attorney in Androscoggin, Oxford and Franklin counties has violated several Maine bar rules, including unlawful conduct. Seth Carey will now face a hearing to consider whether any sanctions should be imposed, including possible disbarment.

Starting Oct. 1, Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems will change its name to Northern Light Health.

EMHS senior vice president Matt Weed says the health care system decided to change its name to better reflect its statewide presence, which has grown from one hospital to nine.

“With the inclusion of Mercy Hospital in our system back in 2013, all of a sudden eastern Maine became a bit of a misnomer because we do have presence now across the entire state,” he says.

PORTLAND, Maine - A Maine man cleared of sexually assaulting his wife has reached a $375,000 settlement in his lawsuit against more than a dozen defendants.

A new report finds that 85 percent of children in Maine with young parents live in low-income households.

LEWISTON, Maine - The school committee in a Maine city has voted to approve big changes to local policies about field trips in the aftermath of the drowning death of a teenage student.
The new rules are a response to the death of 13-year-old Rayan Issa. The Lewiston Middle School student drowned June 12 during a school trip to a state park.

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PORTLAND, Maine - A judge has ruled a Republican candidate for district attorney in Maine violated several state bar rules, including unlawful conduct stemming from unwanted sexual advances.

WATERVILLE, Maine - Maine's Colby College will honor the former editor for the Denver Post who published an editorial criticizing the owners of his paper with the 2018 Lovejoy Award for courageous journalism.

Bangor’s New Digital Parking Enforcement To Begin Next Week

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A hybrid vehicle outfitted with mounted cameras and computer software designed to detect violations by scanning the license plates of parked cars will begin roaming downtown Bangor starting next week.

The calendar says fall in Maine, and now so does the weather.

CRAB ISLAND, Maine - A Maine island once owned by Arctic explorer Robert Peary is up for sale. The Portland Press Herald reports Crab Island has been listed for $950,000.

Big Changes In Herring Fishery Rules Could Be On The Way

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Federal fishing managers are considering a host of potentially major changes to the fishery for herring.

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Colby College is following in the footsteps of several other Maine schools and getting rid of standardized testing admissions requirements.

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Monday is the first day of moose season in northern and eastern Maine, and hundreds of hunters are expected to take part over the next six days. The hunt is divided into four segments, and continues by region around Maine until the third week in November.

In the wake of February’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida, districts across Maine have brought more police into schools. But new survey results from a team at the University of Southern Maine show that school resource officers are being used and trained in vastly different ways around the state.