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Abortion could be a major election issue in Maine

Abortion could be a major election issue in Maine

Many political analysts believe that the abortion might become a major issue in the upcoming elections in the state of Maine.

The issue will most likely become key points in campaigns in Maine's 2nd Congressional District. Second District Rep. U. S. Rep. Mike Michaud will not be contesting for the re-election because he is running for the seat of the governor. Voters are some of the most rural counties in the country are likely to vote for a newcomer for the first time in 12 years.

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Democrats challenge Governor LePage to show a new plan to aid Maine nursing homes

Democrats challenge Governor LePage to show a new plan to aid Maine nursing home

Two top Democrats have accused Republican Governor Paul LePage of trying to govern through press releases and television interviews instead of allocating more funds for nursing homes in Maine.

On the last day of the legislative session, LePage reiterated his call for lawmakers to support his bill that proposes to take $5 million from the Fund for a Healthy Maine and give the money to nursing homes. But, the bill collapsed as Democrats declined to support it.

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Maine school failed to protect its student from bullying: MHRC concludes

Maine school failed to protect its student from bullying: MHRC concludes

Brunswick Junior High School has state-of-the-art anti-bullying policies but it failed to protect a boy from bullying by his peers because of his perceived sexual orientation, the Maine Human Rights Commission (MHRC) said in its report.

The Commission concluded that there were reasonable grounds to believe the student of the Brunswick Junior High School who accused his peers of bullying him for two years and the school district of discriminating against him.

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Maine lobster population has not reached legal harvesting size yet

Maine lobster population has not reached legal harvesting size yet

Maine's lobster industry is feeling the pain of slow start this year as the lobster population in waters off the state's coasts has yet not fully reached legal harvesting size.

The lobster harvesting season normally starts after a major proportion of the lobster population sheds its shells and subsequently reaches legal harvesting size. Last year, that occurred in late June. In 2012, that occurred in mid June.

But, state officials and lobstermen are concerned this year as the lobster population has not yet reached that milestone this year.

Storms bring flash floods to Western Maine

Storms bring flash floods to Western Maine

While climate officials had issued tornado warnings for Somerset and Franklin Counties earlier this week, the powerful storms fetched flash floods to Western Maine, instead.

The flash flooding in Farmington forced authorities to close part of Route 43, which is also known as Industry Road, on Tuesday night as department of transport workers were busy in repairing a washed-out part of the road.

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Maine has highest number of older prisoners

Maine has highest number of older prisoners

According to a new report, the state of Maine has the highest percentage of prisoners in the country at the age of 55 years or older.

The higher number of older prisoners requires the state to bear the burden of increased prison health care, the report said. It also said that the states that are aiming to expand Medicaid coverage will benefit in opportunities for savings as against those who chose not to expand the programme.

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Somali residents concerned over sending money home

Somali residents concerned over sending money home

Experts have said that the Somali residents in Maine are concerned over sending money back home to support family as the banks that helped transmit the money are going out of business.

Many Somali immigrants in the US act as a lifeline for their family members in Somalia. They sent more than $200 million back home every year, according to OxFam America. There are concerns that this flow of funds might be affected as banks that wire the money to the African country are facing difficulties in continuing operations.

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