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A messy storm lashed Maine Thursday with heavy rain, snow and gusty winds, knocking out power to homes and businesses, and prompting flood advisories and local school closings. Heavy rain fell along the coast, while up to a foot of snow is expected in the north and mountains.

The Maine Legislature is considering a measure that would bolster funding for mental health crisis intervention programs. The proposal before the Health and Human Services Committee would redirect funds that had been dedicated to build four new mental health centers.

A Maine home health care worker told members of a U.S. Senate committee Wednesday that recent Medicare reimbursement reductions have limited providers' ability to care for patients in rural communities.

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Maine's Republican Party is launching a people's veto campaign to overturn the law that expands the use of ranked-choice voting to presidential elections.

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Activists in Portland Wednesday called on U.S. Republican Sen. Susan Collins to support calling witnesses in President Donald Trump's Senate impeachment trial.

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Maine Chief Justice Leigh Saufley says the state’s court system needs additional funding to improve compensation for trial judges and hire more marshals.

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Boston’s Northeastern University is announcing a new tech-focused graduate center in Portland. Its backers say the $100 million facility will lay the groundwork to secure Maine’s economy in the 21st century.

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The first black woman in U.S. history to win a major party gubernatorial nomination spoke Wednesday in Portland at the University of New England’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration.

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Maine is bracing for a new challenge in its response to a major substance use problem. As medical providers and social systems expand treatment options for opioid use, and law enforcement continues to tackle the issue, methamphetine use has become a growing concern. It's more prevalent, and increasingly potent. And some users are turning to meth while still trying to manage another addiction.

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Former U.S. Defense Secretary and Maine Senator William Cohen says he thinks President Trump committed an impeachable offense that could result in his removal from office.

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The Manufacturers Association of Maine and the Maine Blue Collar Scholarship Foundation are doubling the amount of scholarships available to people who hope to enter the trades in Maine.

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LL Bean is set to expand its headquarters in Freeport.

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Maine U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree says she's worried that President Trump will lead United States into another war following the launch of two Iranian missile strikes against Iraqi military bases that house U.S. troops.

Maine independent U.S. Sen. Angus King says President Trump's decision to kill Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani has already strengthened the Iranian regime.

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Some parts of southwestern Maine got up to 14 inches of snow Monday night. Snow there should be wrapping up this afternoon, but national weather service meteorologist Todd Foisy in Caribou says snow in northern Maine is just getting started.

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