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Zone forecast from Maine.gov

A state trooper and his wife helped save a puppy hit by a vehicle in Windsor. WGME reports they were out for a walk when they saw the 8-month-old puppy get hit on the Tyler Road. Windsor Veterinary Clinic and Troopers Foundation paid for the puppy’s staples since the family could not afford it.

A woman shot her husband outside their home in Readfield yesterday. Centralmaine.com reports he was taken to the hospital to be treated for his injuries.  Police have been to the house before.

A 5 year old found walking home along Brunswick Ave in Gardiner has set off a school department investigation. Centralmaine.com reports the boy went unnoticed after the school bus run and was walking trying to get home when he was found.

Benton Elementary School had a precautionary lockout yesterday. Centramaine.com reports was in response to following a report of a suicidal man with a weapon about a half-mile away.

From the Associated Press:

Medicaid recipients are pushing back against Maine’s proposal to create the nation’s toughest requirements for the health care program for low-income residents that states run. The health care proposal recently approved by U.S. House Republicans would let states require certain Medicaid enrollees to work. He also wants to require $20 co-pays for non-emergency emergency room visits and allow providers to charge for missed doctor’s appointments. Maine says such adjustments may decrease enrollment and generate $8 million annually.

Southeast New Hampshire and coastal Maine are part of poor air quality alert for Thursday with the hot, summary weather sticking around a bit. The Environmental Protection Agency and state air quality forecasters are predicting areas of unhealthy air quality in parts of New England. They suggest that people limit their strenuous outdoor activity and help reduce emissions by choosing to carpool, use public transportation and limit the use of electricity during peak electrical use hours.

The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife says bears are on the prowl across northern New England looking for something to eat. Experts are expecting another record year for bear conflicts and they are asking the public to help by removing any potential food sources that would cause bears to associate people with food.

The state is launching a new texting service aimed at helping those seeking access to opioid treatment services. Simply text your zip code to 898-211, and you’ll be connected with a trained specialist. The state says some people are intimated by the idea talking about their treatment needs aloud over the phone.

The University of Maine is receiving more than $1 million in federal money for projects focused on improving the rural economy in the state. The money is from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative. The largest of the three projects is a nearly $500,000 grant to investigate what beekeepers and maple syrup producers need to scale up.

Maine Attorney General Janet Mills is giving the address at the annual observance at the Maine Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. The memorial contains the names of 83 law officers killed in the line of duty. No new names are being added for this year’s event.

Even as the Justice Department announced the selection of lawyer Robert Mueller as special counsel to conduct the Russia investigation, separate inquiries underway in Congress will proceed as planned. Two men mentioned in connection with Hill probes _ Trump associate Roger Stone and former campaign manager Paul Manafort _ have provided documents to the Senate intelligence committee. That’s according to a Senate aide who provided the information on condition of anonymity.

A jury has acquitted a white Oklahoma police officer who says she fired out of fear last year when she killed an unarmed black man with his hands held above his head. The family of Terence Crutcher burst into tears and expressed outrage after jurors found officer Betty Jo Shelby not guilty of first-degree manslaughter in the Sept. 16 shooting. The verdict prompted a peaceful protest and demonstrators briefly blocked a main road in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Asian stock benchmarks skidded lower Thursday following Wall Street’s worst day in months as Washington’s political chaos made investors more nervous about risky assets and the outlook for President Donald Trump’s business-friendly proposals. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 index slid 1.7 percent and South Korea’s Kospi lost 0.7 percent.

Donald Trump Jr. has traveled recently to Dubai to discuss “new ideas” with a billionaire business partner and give a commencement address at a private university. An Instagram picture posted Tuesday night showed Trump with Hussain Sajwani, the chairman of DAMAC Properties, who built one Trump golf course and plans a second in Dubai. Recent filings suggest DAMAC wants more business deals with the Trump Organization, though it says it won’t make new foreign deals while Donald Trump is president.

Iraq’s Sunni minority is pushing for a greater say in power once the Islamic State group is defeated, reflecting a growing sentiment that the country’s government must be more inclusive to prevent extremism from gaining ground once again. But so far, many Shiite politicians are wary, and the Sunni leadership is divided and disorganized. The danger is that Iraq will fall into the same sectarian cycle that has plagued it for more than a decade.

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