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Maine's two U.S. senators are hailing the Senate's overwhelming approval Monday of a bill aimed at resolving the nation's opioid crisis.

Nurses at Eastern Maine Medical Center have secured a tentative contract with the hospital after a months-long effort.

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As Hurricane Florence bears down on the coast of South Carolina and thousands are being evacuated in what has been called “the storm of a lifetime,” hundreds of miles north, Maine isn’t feeling much of an impact. One particular effect from the storm is emerging along Maine’s southern coast — an increase in surfing.

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Bells rang out in Portland and Lewiston Tuesday to honor the memory of those who died in the September 11 attacks in 2001.

More than 230 Maine lawyers are urging Senator Susan Collins to vote against Brett Kavanaugh's appointment to the Supreme Court.

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Approximately 100 business owners, health care workers, immigrant leaders and organizers rallied in Portland Monday morning — Labor Day — in support of a campaign for earned paid sick time.

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The lawyer for John Williams – the man accused of killing Somerset County Deputy Corporal Eugene Cole this April – is asking a judge to suppress Williams’ confession. Williams was the subject of a four-day long manhunt following the discovery of Corporal Cole’s body near a house in Norridgewock, and, according to his attorney, he was badly beaten while in custody.

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Prominent anti-tax crusader Carol Palesky has died at an assisted living facility in Freeport. Palesky was known for her passion and outspoken criticism of all taxes.

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The head of the Conservation Law Foundation in Maine says the Maine Supreme Court's decision not to take up a case involving a new solar rule could affect home solar use in the state.

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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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Colleagues, friends, readers and Mainers are mourning the death of Chris Cousins, a veteran political reporter for the Bangor Daily News.

PORTLAND, Maine - Influential food magazine Bon Appetit calls Portland the 2018 Restaurant City of the Year – beating out larger cities like New York or Los Angeles.

Chad Conley owns Rose Foods - one of several restaurants named as a reason Portland’s food culture beats out other cities.

Conley says he expects the article to have some effect on the business, but not on his management style. 

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Southern Maine Community College has a new president, Joseph L. Cassidy.

Cassidy has served as president of Washington County Community College and Eastern Maine Community College. He says the community college system must do more to sell its educational product.

“As our economy continues to strengthen, certainly as it has here in the Southern part of the state, it's about carrying forward the message that the best value in higher education in Maine is the Community College System.”

Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine says the recent discovery of new Facebook campaigns to influence elections in November are about more than voting in the fall.

In an appearance on CNN Wednesday morning, he said the posts are part of a concerted effort to undermine the American system of government.

“They’re taking the strengths of our country — free expression, First Amendment and a democratic system where opinion matters, information matters — and they’re turning it on us,” he says.

The U.S. Agriculture department says $12 billion is needed to help farmers who were hurt by the Trump Administration's tariff wars with China, Mexico and Canada.

Maine's Agriculture Commissioner Walt Whitcomb says some of that relief will likely make it to Maine dairy, potato and blueberry farmers. He says some of the administration's maneuvering has been aimed at lowering the 27 percent Chinese tariff already leveled at Maine blueberry exports – a favorite for people in China.

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