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Attorney General Janet Mills is asking a judge to dismiss Gov. LePage’s lawsuit against. According to WABI she called it 'frivolous.'  It claims she repeatedly refused to represent the administration in certain court cases and they had to hire outside council.

Augusta City councilors approved a $59.3 million budget. reports that is expected to increase taxes by just under 3 percent.

The ribbon cutting was held at the new Augusta Fire Station on the Leighton Road.  The new state of the art facility will bring services to the growing north end of the city. (Renee Nelson)

From the Associated Press:

An adviser to Republican Gov. Paul LePage is leaving the administration to become a speechwriter for President Donald Trump. David Sorensen called it an opportunity "to help President Trump make America great again just as Governor LePage has made Maine great again."

The town of Gorham, Maine, is without its police chief, temporarily, at least. Police Chief Dan Jones was placed on administrative leave after he exchanged gunfire Wednesday with a suspect who was eventually apprehended without injury.

A leading Republican says Maine's governor is walking back from a proposal to close a minimum-security prison in June. House Minority Leader Ken Fredette said Thursday that LePage is expected to propose funding Downeast through February. Fredette said he thinks LePage's shift follows concerns about timing and LePage's announcement that he would reduce prisoners' sentences.

President Donald Trump has faced a much cooler reception in Europe than the welcome he received in the Middle East. On the defensive, he has publicly scolded some of America's most loyal allies for not paying their fair share of NATO's defense initiatives. He's also refused to explicitly back their mutual defense agreement. Trump now arrives in Sicily for the final leg of a nine-day, five-stop marathon, a G-7 economic meeting.

The differences are well-known: climate change, trade and migration threaten to throw a summit of the Group of Seven leading industrialized nations off its consensus game with U.S. President Donald Trump cast as the spoiler-in-chief. But it may not play out exactly that way, according to long-time G7 observers.

AP Investigation: A Sri Lankan general dogged by war crimes allegations in his own country was sent to Haiti to investigate the alleged rape of a teenager but admits he never talked to the victim. He dismisses allegations that Sri Lankan soldiers preyed on Haitian children in a sex ring uncovered in 2007. The U.N., meanwhile, says beggars can't be choosers when it comes to patrolling the world's crises.

The Washington Post reports that the FBI is investigating meetings that President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, had in December with Russian officials. Kushner, a key White House adviser, had meetings late last year with Russia's ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak, and Russian banker Sergey Gorkov. The Post sources say the FBI investigation does not mean that Kushner is suspected of a crime.

Democrat Rob Quist conceded the contest for Montana's lone seat in the U.S. House late Thursday to Republican Greg Gianforte. The country singer and political newcomer told supporters he called Gianforte and stressed the need to listen to all Montanans.

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