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Capital Region Corps of The Salvation Army has new officers. According to Maj. Patti Murray and Capt. Scott Murray will head the service that includes Augusta, Chelsea, Hallowell, Sidney, Waterville and Winslow.

Some of the carriage roads in Acadia National Park Service have been resurfaced of 13 miles of carriage roads in time for the Fourth of July holiday.13 miles have been done and there are still 8 miles to go. According to WABI the roads need attention ever 10 to 15 years because of the weather.

From the Associated Press:

Both Republicans and Democrats are finding something to cheer in the $7.1 billion, two-year budget that ended a three-day state government shutdown in Maine. Republican Gov. Paul LePage won a victory with removal of a 1.5 percent increase in the state lodging tax. Democrats were pleased that money was added to the Head Start and Clean Election programs.

Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap said he won't comply with a request by President Donald Trump's commission investigating voter fraud. The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity asked states last week to submit information including voter names, birthdates, the last four digits of Social Security numbers and voter history, as long as it isn't prohibited by state law. Dunlap said Monday that the commission intends to make the information public but that Maine's Central Voter Registration system is confidential by law. He also said Maine law also doesn't allow access to information like Social Security numbers, full birth date, voter participation history or party affiliation.

Maine soft-shell clam diggers are hopeful for a stronger summer this year as the historic industry struggles with a multi-year decline in harvest. Maine's the soft-shell clam capital of the country, and the clams are harvested from coastal mud. Clammers harvested less than 1.5 million pounds of clam meat last year, the lowest total in a quarter century.

Maine liquor regulators see a correlation between the popularity of so-called nip-sized alcohol bottles and an increase in drunken driving arrests. Maine saw a steady decline in convictions for operating under the influence from 2006 through 2014, when annual drunken driving convictions plunged 38 percent. But they've begun climbing again, growing 8 percent to 3,735 from 2015 to 2016.

A group of Maine brewers is fighting President Donald Trump's plan to change clean water regulation. The Portland Press Herald reports Rising Tide Brewing Co., Baxter Brewing Co., Allagash Brewing Co. and Maine Beer Co. signed a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers disagreeing with changes to the Clean Water Rule. President Trump's changes would limit regulatory powers to navigable bodies of water which brewers say would hurt protections.

Maine is testing more homes for lead, following a federal recommendation that aims to stop lead exposure before children become sick. State toxicologist Andrew Smith told the Kennebec Journal that a new standard for lead levels means the state is intervening in more cases, performing home inspections to determine the source of the lead.

A construction project involving sewer systems and pedestrian crossings is going to tie up traffic in Portland, Maine, this summer. The Portland Press Herald reports the construction starts Wednesday. For two months starting in August, State Street will be closed off, making a significant impact on the average of more than 12,500 vehicles daily. The street funnels drivers getting off Interstate 295 to South Portland and Cape Elizabeth.

Americans have celebrated the United States' 241st birthday with hot dogs, small-town parades and flashy fireworks displays for massive crowds. Thousands upon thousands of fireworks turned the night skies over New York, Philadelphia and other cities into festivals of color during dazzling displays Tuesday. For President Donald Trump's first Independence Day in office he and the first lady hosted a White House picnic for military families.

The Japanese government says it is taking every measure to ensure people's safety a day after North Korea test-launched an intercontinental ballistic missile. The missile fell into the sea between the Korean Peninsula and Japan and North Korea said later its first ICBM test was successful. Japan's chief government spokesman also says Japan is requesting an emergency meeting with China, along with the U.S. and South Korea.

The Trump administration now faces the challenge of how to respond to North Korea's latest provocation. The United States has concluded that North Korea's latest missile launch was indeed an intercontinental ballistic missile, the kind capable of reaching the U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called it a "new escalation of the threat" to the U.S. The United Nations Security Council is to hold an emergency session on Wednesday afternoon.

An Iraqi commander says he believes some 300 Islamic State fighters remain in the small patch of territory still controlled by the group in Mosul's Old City. Lt. Gen. Sami al-Aridi of Iraq's special forces said Wednesday that the militants are confined to a 500 square meter (600 sq. yard) area.

In Syria, a 1,300-year-old wall breached by U.S.-backed opposition forces fighting to capture the Islamic State-held city of Raqqa is a symbol of a golden era. Raqqa's Old City wall stands as a testament to the glorious age of Islamic civilization, when the now long-destroyed town on the banks of the Euphrates River was home to the famed caliph Harun al-Rashid.

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