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There are 186 members of the Maine Legislature, and nearly a third have never served before. For them, the current session is as much about learning as it will be about legislating, and there’s a lot to learn.

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins is warning people about a telephone scam involving social security numbers.

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A laboratory in Maine is announcing a multimillion-dollar collaboration with pharmaceutical giant Sanofi to try to tackle two kinds of cancer.

A captain with the Berwick Fire Department has died fighting an apartment building fire in that town earlier today.

Maine Public Safety spokesperson Steve McCausland has confirmed the death of Captain Joel Barnes. McCausland says Barnes and a second fire fighter were on the third floor when they were met by a wall of flames.

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Gov. Janet Mills said that her administration is committed to addressing the threats posed by climate change.

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There have been four times in the nation’s history that the winner of the electoral college vote did not win the popular vote. Senate President Troy Jackson of Allagash wants that to change. He has introduced a bill that would have Maine allocate it’s four electoral votes to the candidate for president who gets the most votes nationally.

The legislature’s Appropriations Committee has voted unanimously for a $7.5 million supplemental budget to pay bills owed this budget year.

It seems unlikely that Maine voters will have to provide an ID to vote, after a voter ID bill received an 8-5 "ought not to pass" vote in the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee.

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The Maine Department of Education has weighed in on the debate over the use of Native American mascots in schools.

Food assistance benefits are set to triple in Maine starting in March.

PORTLAND, Maine - Food assistance benefits are set to triple in Maine starting in March.

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Maine's lobster catch bounced back last year after dipping in 2017, but didn't reach the heights established in some recent years.

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As Gov. Janet Mills builds out her climate agenda, it could get a boost from the deal-making around Central Maine Power's proposal to build a new transmission line through western Maine.

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WASHINGTON  — President Donald Trump last year ordered officials to grant top-secret security clearance to his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, according to a report published Thursday by The New York Times.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine Gov. Janet Mills' new plan to pay the state's bills and repeal limits for Medicaid-funded addiction treatment is making its way to lawmakers.

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