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At the Democratic National Convention this week, Bernie Sanders announced that his successful rival, Hillary Clinton, had adopted one of his most popular proposals: Free tuition at public colleges.

The state ended the budget year with a surplus of about $93 million, but Gov. Paul LePage complains it was all spent as soon as it was counted.

The state surplus is made up of revenues in excess of estimates, unspent balances and unallocated funds carried forward. It totals about $93 million for the budget year that just ended.

At his town meeting in South Paris Wednesday, the governor expressed his frustration that the surplus is now gone.

It's Thursday and time for Across the Aisle, our weekly look at Maine politics.

This week, Democratic state Rep. John Martin of Eagle Lake, UMaine political science professor Amy Fried and Meredith Strang Burgess of Burgess Advertising and Marketing, a former Republican lawmaker.

A day after shocking the political and foreign policy establishments on both sides of the aisle with a call for Russia to hack into Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's email, Republican nominee Donald Trump now says he was being "sarcastic."

Less than 24 hours earlier, Trump said he would welcome Russian hackers releasing any emails they could "find" from the private email server Clinton used while serving as secretary of state.

LEWISTON, Maine - The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is warning of a new scam that dupes people into paying for a fishing license without actually providing one.

Bonnie Holding of IF&W says the scam includes a third-party website that makes it look as though you can purchase a fishing or hunting license for any of the 50 states; but after paying the fee, people are simply given more information about how to apply.

America's first image of Chelsea Clinton was as a curly-haired preteen girl with braces who shied away from the public stage while her father was president in the 1990s.

More than two decades later, the now 36-year-old mother of two will voluntarily step into the spotlight to introduce her own mother as her family seeks a return to the White House.

By Marina Villeneuve, The Associated Press
AUGUSTA, Maine - A new welfare law aiming to restore credibility in Maine's administration of federal benefits comes into effect Friday.

The law, which passed with bipartisan support, sets penalties for individuals who spend cash welfare benefits on alcohol, tobacco, lottery tickets, bail, firearms, vacations, adult entertainment and tattoos.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Department of Environmental Protection has issued an air quality alert because of climbing levels of ground-level ozone concentrations.

The agency says there will be "unhealthy'' levels along the coast from Kittery to Georgetown on Thursday. Moderate levels are also possible in the Midcoast region, the Downeast coast and the western interior of the state.

A group of nano-scientists has discovered a way to arrange individual atoms to store and rewrite data 500 times more efficiently than the best hard drives on the market.

PORTLAND, Maine - Campaigners who want to legalize marijuana in Maine are opening their headquarters in the state's largest city.

Maine residents can decide if they want to vote "yes on 1'' this November to legalize marijuana use and possession. The law would apply for those at least 21 years old.

The pro-marijuana campaigners will open their office in Portland on Thursday evening. They will use an opening ceremony to recruit volunteers and reach out to supporters.



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