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Gov. Paul LePage has signed into law changes to child welfare legislation, which lawmakers approved last month in special session. The measures include spending millions of dollars more on the system.

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The Maine Turnpike Authority voted Thursday to widen a portion of the highway that runs from Exit 44 in Scarborough to just north of Exit 48 in Portland.

In Bangor Friday evening, a crowd gathered in Pickering Square to observe National Overdose Awareness Day.

St. Mary's Regional Medical Center

Two Lewiston hospitals have undertaken corrective action after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid found they were turning away mentally ill patients in crisis from their emergency departments without adequate medical screenings or stabilizing treatment. Both hospitals were found to be in violation of a federal law that is intended to protect patients experiencing medical emergencies.

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The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention says that West Nile Virus has been detected for the first time this year in a pool of mosquitoes collected in Kittery.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine health officials have confirmed the state’s first human case of West Nile virus.

An independent board charged with overseeing the state's services for adults with intellectual disabilities is understaffed, with just five of the 15 members  state law requires.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness in Maine, NAMI, has come out with a list of recommendations to reform the state’s mental health system. They include establishing assessment centers, mental health liaisons in law enforcement agencies and reducing deaths by suicide.

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine - Police in coastal Maine say a person attempting to nurse an injured rabid raccoon back to health got bitten multiple times and will now undergo rabies treatment.

Kids In Maine Are More Likely To Get Cancer, And No One Really Knows Why

Aug 20, 2018
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Tabaitha Steward has come to expect the averted eyes and downcast glances when she works to raise awareness about childhood cancer.

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The federal government this week awarded community health centers in Maine $1.4 million in quality improvement grants.

The number of overdose deaths in 2017 increased more in Maine than in almost any other U.S. state, and more than in any other state in New England.

A third Maine beach has closed this week due to E. coli contamination. Swimming has been banned at Highland Lake Beach in Bridgton after testing revealed bacteria levels in the water that are above the acceptable limit.

A nursing home in West Paris that cares for 72 residents has announced it will close in 60 days.  The business manager of Ledgeview Living Center, Roger Wilday, says insufficient Medicaid reimbursement rates are the driving factor.

Maine had among the highest annual rate of increases in the number of U.S. mothers who had opioid use disorder at the time of labor and delivery during a recent 15-year period.