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BELFAST, Maine (AP) _ Law enforcement officials in Waldo County are warning the public about a potentially potent supply of drugs in the area that is the suspected cause of two deaths. 

PORTLAND, Maine _ A Maine company has pleaded guilty to illegally importing Canadian sea urchins into the state. ISF Trading Company of Portland acknowledged in federal court that it violated the law when it imported 48,000 pounds  of the urchins, worth some $173,000 dollars. 

Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine is applauding a new rule being proposed by the U.S. Department of Transportation that would equip large vehicles, such as trucks and buses, with speed-limiting devices to cap the speed at which they can travel.

The Department’s proposal would require all newly manufactured vehicles with a gross weight of more than 26,000 pounds to come equipped with the speed-limiting devices.

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson, the former Governor of New Mexico, and his vice-presidential running mate, former Massachusetts governor William Weld were in Maine today searching for support among voters dissatisfied with the Democratic and Republican options.

Hillary Clinton has not held a single press conference since the start of 2016, triggering charges that she's trying to duck questions from reporters on the campaign trail.

Gov. Paul LePage left a Democratic lawmaker a profanity-laced voicemail, daring him to come to Augusta and prove that the governor is a racist.

The voicemail drew a swift response from Democratic leaders, who said in a statement that the message threatened violence and that the governor is not fit for office.

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will be one of the first official visitors to Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument that was authorized by President Obama this week. Secretary Jewell will also participate in a dedication ceremony for the new monument.

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Last January Governor Paul LePage created a firestorm of controversy when he talked about black drug dealers coming to Maine to sell their product, and impregnating white girls. At another of his his town meetings, this one in North Berwick Wednesday night, LePage claimed that more than 90% of drug dealers arrested since last January are black or Hispanic. 

Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin of Maine’s 2nd District is calling on Maine television stations to take down an ad paid for by End Citizens United that he says makes several inaccurate claims about his voting record.

Poliquin says the ad erroneously accuses him of, among other things, being a former Wall Street banker, voting to support a Medicare voucher program and boosting profits for insurance companies. The congressman says all of those charges are untrue and the attack on his record is part of a larger coordinated effort.

With Portland’s rental and real estate markets continuing to price out some longtime residents, Mayor Ethan Strimling is proposing an array of new restrictions on city landlords’ ability to raise rent and evict tenants.

Strimling says he wants to limit rent hikes to only once a year and bar them if a landlord owns any housing that doesn’t meet code, limit the number of no-cause evictions a landlord can impose on tenants who lack a lease and require landlords to accept tenants who receive housing vouchers.

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