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A Florida-based health care company that could receive a $60.3 million state contract to run a 21-bed Maine residence for some psychiatric patients is fighting to keep its proposal secret.

Maine's independent U.S. senator says he's attempting to fix a conflict in federal law that creates a burden for recipients of disability benefits.

Sen. Angus King says the conflict affects people who qualify for Affordable Care Act subsidies and have recently been approved as eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance. King says qualifying for disability insurance can take several years, and the agency then issues a retroactive lump-sum amount that dates back to the initial request.

Maine veterans can now receive a free lifetime pass for state parks and the state museum.

A new law passed this year allows veterans free admission to the Maine State Museum. Previously, veterans received discounted admission to the museum. The museum costs $3 a ticket and $2 for seniors.

Only veterans who are residents of Maine are eligible. Veterans must have also received an honorable discharge or general discharge under honorable conditions.

It takes the Maine Bureau of Veterans' Services about two to three weeks to process applications.

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GREENLAND, N.H. - Authorities say children on a summer program field trip were injured when their school bus veered off an interstate and crashed into trees in New Hampshire.
 
Police said the school bus driver may have suffered a medical emergency in the Friday crash in Greenland.
 
Kendra Amaral, town manager in nearby Kittery, Maine, said 11 children and two adult counselors were on board the Kittery Community Center SAFE program vehicle. She said there were multiple, yet non-life-threatening injuries.
 

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BIDDEFORD, Maine - Bird lovers are driving from hundreds of miles away for a rare chance to see a species of non-native hawk in southern Maine.

FREDERICTON, New Brunswick (AP) — Police in Canada said there is no further threat to the public after four people were killed in a shooting in the eastern province of New Brunswick. A lockdown is over, but no motive for the incident was given.

The Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital said it is treating multiple people.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's Republican governor says his health and human services commissioner will step down at the end of this month.
 
Gov. Paul LePage said Commissioner Ricker Hamilton will retire Aug. 31. The governor said he'll appoint Office of Family Independence Director Bethany Hamm as acting commissioner.
 
Hamilton began serving as acting commissioner in May 2017 following the departure of unsuccessful Republican gubernatorial candidate Mary Mayhew. The Senate confirmed Hamilton last October.
 

AUGUSTA, Maine - A national group is spending $3 million to support and elect independents, but not everyone wants their help.

A Maine House candidate says she is "frustrated" by an online fundraising campaign on her behalf after her former competitor called a Florida high school shooting survivor a "skinhead lesbian" and called another a "bald-faced liar."

Democrat Eryn Gilchrist tells the Portland Press Herald the fundraiser represents what she doesn't like about politics, which is "capitalizing on something divisive."

BUCKSPORT, Maine - Police in Maine say a groundhog that attacked a dog has tested positive for rabies.
 
WGME-TV reports the groundhog charged at a dog near its owner's home in Bucksport last week. Maine Centers for Disease Control biologist Eris Kilham says the animal's carcass tested positive for rabies a day after the attack.
 
The dog received a booster shot and is currently in a 45-day quarantine. Bucksport veterinarian Shawna McArdle is confident the dog will be OK.
 

WESTBROOK, Maine - Idexx Laboratories in Maine say in a lawsuit that two former employees stole secret business plans and took them to a rival firm in Portland.
 
The Westbrook-based veterinary services lab alleges two employees took confidential planning documents and training materials to Vets First Choice, in alleged violation of a noncompete agreement.
 
The Portland Press Herald reports the federal lawsuit filed Friday alleges VFC is "incentivizing'' Idexx employees to misappropriate trade secrets and violate their agreements with Idexx.
 

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FORT KENT, Maine - Anglers are trying to land one of the biggest trophy fish in Maine at a fishing derby in one of the most remote parts of the state.
 
The Fort Kent International Muskie Derby begins on Friday and runs to Sunday. Fishermen are seeking the muskie, or muskellunge, on the St. John River and its tributaries west of Grand Falls. That stretch of the St. John travels across the northern edge of the state at the border with Canada.
 
The winner of the tournament has a chance to take home $35,000, as well as a fish famous for putting up a fight.
 

Utility crews are restoring power to hundreds of homes and businesses that lost power during severe thunderstorms in Maine.
 
Powerful thunderstorms swept across parts of the state in the late afternoon and evening on Tuesday, knocking down trees and electrical wires. CMP said more than 1,500 homes and businesses remained without power Wednesday morning.
 
Tree damage, lightning strikes, and some power outages also were reported in part of New Hampshire.
 

LEWISTON, Maine - A Maine man who was struck in the face by a bullet while he was playing disc golf says he's lucky to be alive.
 
Police say Cameron Hart, of Lewiston, was struck Sunday at the Stevens Mountain View Disc Golf Course in Turner. He underwent surgery to remove the bullet from his cheek.
 
Police said a neighbor was target practicing on his property with a 9 mm handgun. One of those bullets struck Hart, who was several hundred feet away.
 
Police said the bullet likely ricocheted off an object first.
 

PROSPECT, Maine - A Maine businessman has revived a 100-year-old recipe for keeping the flies away.
 
The Bangor Daily News reports Ken Theobald III's Ole Time Woodsman has the same distinctive odor as the product that was used by Maine loggers in the 1800s.
 
Theobald says his father bought the recipe from a New York man in 2008. He then bought the company from his father in 2010 and removed "fly dope'' from the description.
 
Since he started selling the product, Theobald says many former customers have shared memories of its unforgettable scent.
 

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