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Mainers are heading to their local polling places Tuesday to cast their votes in a primary race that features a broad number of candidates.

Over the past week, negative ads have emerged from different candidates.

Democratic candidate for governor Janet Mills attacked her opponent Adam Cote for his former Republican position, and Cote’s campaign went after Mills for accepting money from outside the state.

Ned Cabot says the ads did affect his vote.

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As national pride month picks up steam, members of Maine’s LGBTQ community are celebrating a fresh victory. The Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles will no longer require people getting IDs and driver’s licenses to select only male or female to indicate their gender.

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Maine’s U.S. congressional delegation is working to ensure that U.S. trade representatives will protect the Maine lobster industry from future tariff wars.

Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King, and Reps. Chellie Pingree and Bruce Poliquin are meeting with trade representatives Friday in Portland to discuss the European Union’s recent tariff break for importing Canadian lobster.

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Maine biking enthusiasts will now have a new digital tool at their disposal for searching out favored rides throughout the state.

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine will release the "Where to Ride" resource Tuesday.

MaryBeth Luce oversaw the project. She says the group worked with clubs to select the best routes in the state.   

"They been specifically chosen because they've either been vetted personally by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, or by trusted partners of ours," Luce says.

U.S. House Representative Chellie Pingree says Paul Ryan's choice not to seek reelection in November highlights Republicans’ struggle to work alongside the Trump administration.

Pingree wants House Speaker Paul Ryan to use his final time in office to work across the aisle on immigration. She says this is a chance for the Speaker to introduce a House immigration package similar to reforms passed by the U.S. senate in recent years.

Portland Police are working with departments in Westbrook and Falmouth to address a series of robberies in the area.

Six businesses have been targeted in less than a week, which police say is unusual.

“We frequently get robberies but we very seldom see a rash of them in such close proximity in this short amount of time,” says Portland Police Lieutenant Robert Martin.

The robber appears to be a man who wears a dark face mask. He uses a gun to demand cash.

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Maine's Poetry Out Loud champion this year comes from Zambia, and he has only lived in Maine for a few months. 

Allan Monga, a junior at Deering High School, won the competition Tuesday night with the poem "In the Desert" by Stephen Crane. 

The challenge includes approximately 9,500 students from across the state. Monga says winning it one of his top achievements since arriving in Maine.

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School walkouts in support of stricter gun laws continued Thursday morning after schools were closed due to weather on Wednesday.

The U.S. House of Representatives is abandoning their investigation into whether President Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with the Russian government to alter the 2016 election.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree says the decision to halt the House Intelligence Committee’s inquiry “was absolutely premature” and could impact how people perceive elections going forward.

Pingree says the committee usually functions along nonpartisan lines but said Republicans seemed intent on protecting the president during this investigation.

The coast guard is trying to assess the potential for environmental concerns following a tugboat crash off the coast of Kennebunkport.

The coastguard responded Wednesday to a call from crewmen on the tugboat Helen Louise which alerted them of a collision with the Captain Mackintire tug they had in tow.

According to a coast guard representative, they collided during a fuel transfer but fuel did not enter the water during the transfer. The Captain Mackintire sank. 

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SCARBOROUGH, Maine - Police in Maine say they are searching for a suspect who shot and killed a pregnant goat at a family dairy farm in Scarborough.
 
The Scarborough Police Department said Thursday someone trespassed onto the farm's property and shot the 5-year-old goat named Ava while the animal was sitting in a fenced-in pen over the weekend.
 
Smiling Hill Farm and Hillside Lumber says Ava was found dead during the Sunday morning feeding. The Portland Press Herald reports the farm is offering a $1,000 reward for the identification and arrest of the shooter.

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More than 70 union members have gathered for a 24 hour strike outside the South Portland Distribution Center.

Portland police are considering adopting body cameras for the force.

Twenty-five officers would be part of a pilot program supported by Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling.

He says body cameras in other cities have benefited both the public and police.

“There are two things that are really important,” Strimling says. “One is transparency so that everybody can feel really comfortable that they know what happened at an event, but it also creates better accountability.

Students were sent home Sunday from the Maine School of Science and Mathematics in Limestone because of an outbreak of flu in campus dormitories.

According to Executive Director Luke Shorty, approximately 20 percent of the students at the residential magnet school had contracted the disease.

Shorty says that even though students were sent home for break early, they’ll continue studies online.

“I kind of see this as an opportunity to practice a 21st century solution to a centuries-old problem with the flu,” he says.

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The mayors of Bangor, Maine, and Bangor, Pa. have placed a wager on the upcoming Super Bowl game between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles.

Bangor, Maine Mayor Ben Sprague is placing a host of Maine-centric items on the line, including a box of whoopee pies, a blueberry pie and a collection of Stephen King books.

Bangor, Pa. Mayor Brooke Kerzner is wagering two slate boards for the game quoits, which is similar to horseshoes, as well as beer, chocolate and coffee.

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