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Hallowell voters will decide Friday on $2.36M in bonds. reports the city put a handful of bonds together for the votes that affects a number of projects and improves around the city.

A five year old playing with a lighter or matches started the fire on Mt Vernon Ave in Augusta Monday. reports that no one was injured in that fire.

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Two brothers from Westbrook are facing federal charges for operating massive welfare fraud at a grocery market in Portland. The indictment alleges that from June 2011 through April 2016 the two brothers allowed customers to exchange food assistance benefits for cash at a discounted rate.

A leading proponent of a new national in Maine is challenging Republican Gov. Paul LePage to spend some time on the land before criticizing it. Lucas St. Clair, son of philanthropist Roxanne Quimby, said after LePage derided the land's beauty that the governor has never visited the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.

A former Maine health official accused of binding her 5-year-old foster child in a high chair with duct tape and convicted of manslaughter in the child's death has been released from prison. WCSH-TV reports ex-Department of Health and Human Services supervisor Sally Schofield was sentenced to 17 years in the 2001 death of Logan Marr and was released Tuesday. Schofield denies intentionally harming Logan, who suffocated in the overturned high chair.

The Portland City Council plans to extend the season for the Portland-to-Nova Scotia ferry service by two weeks. The City Council unanimously approved a contract to extend the season on Monday. The Portland Press Herald reports the agreement is expected to generate an additional $16,600 for the city.

A new congressional estimate could upend President Donald Trump's tax plan even before he releases it. As part of Trump's plan, he would propose a massive cut in the corporate income tax, reducing the top rate of 35 percent to 15 percent. The official budget scorekeeper for Congress said Tuesday that even a more modest rate cut, to 20 percent, would add to long-term budget deficits _ even if the tax cut is temporary.

The White House is blasting a federal judge's decision Tuesday blocking President Trump's attempt to withhold funding from "sanctuary cities" that do not cooperate with U.S. immigration officials. But they say they're confident they'll prevail in the Supreme Court.

President Donald Trump says that he hasn't changed his position on building a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. Trump tweeted Tuesday, "Don't let the fake media tell you that I have changed my position on the WALL. It will get built and help stop drugs, human trafficking etc." Trump told a gathering of around 20 conservative media reporters Monday evening that he would be willing to return to the wall funding issue in September.

The nation's first double execution in more than 16 years is raising a new issue involving transparency and the death penalty: Should witnesses be allowed to hear what goes on in the death chamber? A lawyer who watched Monday's executions in Arkansas says he saw an inmate open his mouth several times. That prompted another lawyer to claim that Jack Jones was gulping for air. Other witnesses did not see it that way. An open microphone could have settled the question.

South Korea says key parts of a contentious U.S. missile defense system have been installed a day after rival North Korea showed off its military power. The South's trumpeting of progress on setting up the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD, comes as high-powered U.S. military assets converge on the Korean Peninsula and as a combative North Korea signals possible nuclear and missile testing. North Korea conducted live-fire artillery drills on Tuesday.

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