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Central Maine Medical Center is working with consulting firm The Greeley Company to correct deficiencies to meet a federal deadline at the end of the month.

Contract negotiations between Calais Regional Hospital and the Maine State Nurses Association have stalled after nearly nine months of negotiations.

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Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey is suing Purdue Pharma in Kennebec County Superior Court for unfair trade practices in its opioid marketing. The suit filed on Monday also names members of the Sackler family, who own Purdue.

Maine's schools will have new safeguards to protect children from drinking water that's contaminated with lead.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A Maine hospital says it will provide parenting coaching services to mothers with the help of a new grant.

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A new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston finds that prescribing practices are a stronger driver of the opioid crisis in New England than economic conditions. The goal of the study was to better understand the underlying cause of the epidemic, which has claimed 10,000 lives across the region in recent years.

The Maine Senate has joined the House in supporting legislation that would allow more medical providers to perform abortions.

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The Maine Center for Disease Control has confirmed a case of measles in a school-age child in Somerset County.

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Hundreds of people rallied for abortion rights in Portland’s Congress Square yesterday Tuesday evening.

Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital in Ellsworth is holding a public forum on vaccines Tuesday evening.

Democratic Gov. Janet Mills has signed a bill into law that sets a goal of ending hunger in Maine by 2030. The task force will be led by the Department of Agriculture Conservation and Forestry.

Hepatitis A has been confirmed in a food service worker in Caribou.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Senate is unanimously supporting a proposal to provide more comprehensive testing for lead in school drinking water.

Maine once again ranks among the top five states in the U.S. for hospital safety, according to the latest scores from the Leapfrog Group.

PORTLAND, Maine - A consultant hired to analyze Maine's proposed legal marijuana laws says the state should be careful to make sure the rules shrink the black market for the drug and provide help for people with substance use disorder.