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Democrat Michaud Outlines Ideas Around Health Care

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Gubernatorial hopeful Mike Michaud says Maine must take advantage of telemedicine and support preventative care services that can reduce health care costs down the road.

The Democrat’s 10-part health care plan released on Monday also includes expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, which he has pledged to put forward on his first day in office, if elected.

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Marijuana Doc Reprimanded In Maine

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A doctor who held a marijuana clinic at a hotel and failed to adequately document examinations has been reprimanded by the board that licenses physicians in Maine.

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Maine Airports To Get $5.8M In Federal Money

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WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — Two Maine airports will receive $5.8 million in grants from the federal government for construction projects.

The Portland Press Herald ( ) reports Robert LaFleur Airport in Waterville will get $4.3 million to reconstruct its main 5,500-foot runway. Brunswick Executive Airport is set to receive $1.5 million to build a snow removal equipment building. The Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program is funding both grants.

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Gas Prices Falling In Maine

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Gas prices have fallen 1.4 cents in Maine in the last week.

The average price of a gallon of gas in Maine on Monday was $3.49 a gallon, down 4.8 cents from one month ago, according to gasbuddy.com.

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Maine’s Problematic Crabs Dwindled In 2014

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Scientists say an explosion of invasive green crabs that threatens Maine’s lucrative soft-shell clam industry appears to have tapered off, at least temporarily.

The crabs took over hundreds of acres of Maine mudflats last year, pressing regulators and fishermen into action to slow the crustacean’s rapid growth. But University of Maine at Machias marine ecology researcher Brian Beal says the amount of crabs is 10 percent of last year’s level at a key Freeport trapping site. He says anecdotes from around Maine’s coast suggest the same trend is happening elsewhere.

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Final Comments About Maine Scallop Rules Due

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine officials are accepting the final public comments about the proposed rules for the upcoming scallop fishing season.

The comments are due by 5 p.m. Monday. The 2014-15 proposal maintains the number of fishing days from last season. Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher says he expects to have to cut days if scallops become too heavily depleted during the season.

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Augusta’s Gannett House Expected To Be Sold

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The granddaughter of Maine publishing magnate Guy Gannett says the family wants to repurchase his Augusta home from the state and turn it into a First Amendment museum.

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Portland, LePage Dispute Over Immigrants Aid Looms

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The dispute between the city of Portland and the administration of Gov. Paul LePage over welfare benefits to some immigrants could heat up at the next city council meeting.

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Oil Train Protesters Head To Trial

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AUBURN, Maine (AP) — The trial of two Maine residents who sat on train tracks last year to block a train carrying crude oil will be held this week under unusual circumstances.

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Nova Star Ferry Finds Winter Work

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Nova Star Cruises expects to announce this week details of winter work, something that’s necessary for the cruise ship to be profitable in its first year.

President Mark Amundsen said the company has lined up work to keep the ship busy this winter.

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SMCC, UNE Announce Partnership

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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Southern Maine Community College and the University of New England are forming a partnership to allow students to transfer their credits.

Leaders from both institutions are gathering Monday to sign 16 transfer agreements ensuring students can transfer seamlessly from Southern Maine Community College programs to programs at the University of New England.

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Maine’s Moose Hunt Starts In A Week

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s annual moose hunting season is set to begin in a week.

The moose hunt starts Sept. 22 in eight of the state’s 29 wildlife management districts. The districts are all in far northern and northeastern Maine. More management districts open up Oct. 13, and others on Nov. 3. The hunt closes Nov. 29, with a Maine “resident only” day set for Nov. 1.

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Nonprofits Get $1M From L.L. Bean Grandson’s Group

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The foundation started by the grandson of L.L. Bean’s founder is giving almost $1 million to dozens of Maine nonprofits.

The John T. Gorman Foundation says that 62 nonprofit organizations throughout Maine will be given between $2,500 and $23,000 each.

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Statehouse Dome Dons New Copper Coat

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — For the first time in decades, the Maine Statehouse dome is no longer its signature green.

Workers are nearing the end of a more than $1 million, months-long project to replace the century-old copper sheath, making the dome look like a shiny penny and setting the Capitol abuzz.

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UMaine To Study Hemlock Tree Die-off

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ORONO, Maine (AP) — University of Maine researchers are studying the impact of hemlock tree die-offs on the state’s freshwater forests.

UMaine stream ecology assistant professor Hamish Greig and Climate Change Institute Jacquelyn Gill are leading the researchers as they study past and present declines of the trees.

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UMaine To Host Climate Change Conference

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ORONO, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine Climate Change Institute is hosting a conference next month about preparing for extreme weather events.

The Climate Change Adaptation and Sustainability Conference will take place Oct. 23 at the Wells Conference Center at the university’s main campus in Orono. University officials say the event is for business people, farmers, community planners and other interested residents and will cover subjects such as the spread of ticks and rising sea levels.

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Health Groups Get $600K To Help Consumers

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Two Maine health organizations are getting $600,000 to help consumers sign up for insurance under the federal health care overhaul law. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says Fishing Partnership Health Plan and Western Maine Community Action will receive navigator grant funding. The grants are part of $60 million given to 90 organizations nationwide. The money will be used to pay for workers to help Mainers navigate the exchange website and their options under the law. Maine is one of 36 states using the federal website, . More than 44,000 Mainers signed up for coverage on the exchange during the six-month open enrollment period, nearly doubling federal health officials’ target. The open enrollment period begins again on Nov. 15 and will last through Feb. 15.

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‘LOVE’ Artist Indiana Doesn’t Show At Celebration

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VINALHEAVEN, Maine (AP) — Maine-based artist Robert Indiana was expected make an appearance outside his island residence to take part in a celebration of his art around the world on his 86th birthday but he didn’t come out his home on Saturday, disappointing dozens of fans.

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AG Investigating Secret Recording Of Call

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine attorney general’s office is investigating whether laws were broken when a conservative blogger listened in and recorded a conference call by several liberal groups.

Mike Tipping of the Maine People’s Alliance tells the Portland Press Herald that investigators are talking to participants in the Sept. 4 call. The liberal advocacy group contends blogger Steve Robinson violated Maine law when he secretly recorded the call because he was not invited and his presence was unknown.

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HHS Providing $3M For Maine Health Centers

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The federal government says $3 million in Affordable Care Act funding will be used to help 14 health center centers expand service in Maine.

Officials say the funding will help the centers hire an estimated 48 new staff, stay open for longer hours and expand their services. The government believes the funding will help the centers reach an estimated 10,367 additional patients.

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