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Police say Portland resident Patrick Lobor, who collapsed on the street after crashing his car into another this weekend, was killed by a stab wound.

On Saturday, 22-year-old Lobor drove his silver Toyota Corolla into another car, causing a three-car accident.

"Mr. Lobor was still impaled by the knife when he was found by first responders,” says Lt. Robert Martin.

New numbers on the Maine state budget are out. Officials say revenues were above estimates, and state agencies did not spend all that was appropriated to them, yielding a surplus of nearly $176 million for 2018.

Finance Commissioner Alec Porteous says higher-than-projected revenue from the state’s income tax and sales tax and unspent balances in various state accounts of nearly $17 million resulted in the surplus. Budget law allocates the surplus.

“Mainly, it’s 80 percent to the budget stabilization fund, and 20 percent reserved for tax relief,” says Porteous.

Three people have died in a plane crash at the Greenville Municipal Airport, which was reported to the Maine State Police shortly before 11 a.m. Monday.

The accident was reported at 10:55 a.m. when an Aerostar AEST crashed during its approach to the Greenville Municipal Airport. According to a prepared statement from the FAA, the flight departed from Pembroke, Ontario and was heading for Charlottetown Airport on Prince Edward Island when the pilot decided to land at Greenville.

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For months the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability, or OPEGA, has been investigating Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). 

The inquiry follows the death of two children at the hands of caregivers – Kendall Chick and Marissa Kennedy. On Sunday, Portland Press Herald journalist Eric Russell reported that caseworkers within the department feel restricted in their ability to help children

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PORTLAND, Maine - Despite a couple of setbacks, including a massive sewage release into Casco Bay, the waters were deemed clear enough for athletes to jump in and swim from Peaks Island to East End Beach on Saturday morning.

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AUGUSTA, Maine — About a hundred people waved signs and chanted "No to Kava-NO" at the State House on Saturday, and urged Maine's senators to decline to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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The Peaks to Portland fundraising swim will go on as scheduled Saturday.

On Thursday about one million gallons of partially-treated sewage from the city's wastewater treatment plant spilled into Casco Bay.

Dave Madore of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection says the primary concern is bacteria in the water.

“The cove itself has a high dilution rate, so with one time behind it, a lot of that is going to move out and away. It may take some time for that to actually move out,” says Madore.

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Solar power faces some financial headwinds these days, but the industry is moving forward in Maine. 

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A biologist for the Downeast Salmon Federation is monitoring what he says is another sizeable fish kill on the Union River below a Brookfield Asset Management dam in Ellsworth.

Fisheries biologist Brett Ciccotelli says that he was alerted to the fish kill Friday afternoon and arrived to find hundreds of dead and dying baby alewives, also known as river herring, near the bottom of the Leonard Lake Dam.

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Teacher strikes in Oklahoma and West Virginia this year have put educators in the political spotlight, and some of that energy appears to have spread to Maine. After years of conflict over school funding and educational mandates, more than a dozen current and former teachers are running for office this fall.

With the same energy that she used to bring to her classroom, Jan Dodge is spending a Tuesday afternoon knocking on doors in her hometown of Belfast.

  

The tick-borne disease anaplasmosis continues to be a concern after a spike in the disease last year, says state epidemiologist Dr. Siiri Bennett.

Bennett says nearly 300 cases have been reported so far this year, which is on pace with last year’s total of 663. Anaplasmosis appears to be spreading across Maine the same way Lyme disease did a decade ago.

"As anaplasmosis spreads through the tick population, we're going to see the increase in anaplasmosis cases, and so we're going to be more likely to see coinfection."

In an effort to further increase the number of medical students training and eventually practicing in Maine, Maine Medical Center in Portland and the Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston have renewed a 10-year partnership agreement originally signed in 2008.

The agreement calls for future expansion of the number of students in each so-called “Maine Track” class, and an increase in the amount of time they when would train in Maine.

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine has filed suit against the commissioner of the Maine Department of Corrections and the acting Aroostook County Sheriff for denying medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to a prisoner with opioid use disorder.

The lawsuit is being brought on behalf of Zachary Smith of Caribou, who has been in recovery for more than five years.

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Central Maine Power's proposal to bring a massive amount of electricity from Canada through western Maine to Massachusetts will lower electricity costs throughout the region, and ease winter-time price spikes as well; at least, that's the pitch Massachusetts officials are making to regulators there.

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A report by the Legislature's watchdog agency confirms that a dramatic reduction in cash assistance to low income families over the past seven years was linked to restrictions imposed by the Legislature.

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