Green Independent member considers challenging Collins 

SOLON, Maine (AP) — An environmental and peace activist is forming an exploratory committee to consider running against Republican Sen. Susan Collins in 2020. 

Lisa Savage, of Solon, would run as a Green Independent Party candidate. She said Monday she’d provide an alternative to the political establishment that brought “endless wars abroad, impoverished us at home, and sold our democracy to the highest bidder.” 

There’s another Green Independent, David Gibson, who says he intends to run. 

If three or more candidates run, then Maine’s ranked-choice voting provisions could come into play. 

Under the system, voters rank all candidates on the ballot. If there’s no majority winner, then there are additional voting rounds in which the last-place candidates are eliminated and their votes reallocated to the remaining field. 

Students protest school’s handling of sexual assault claims 

CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (AP) — More than four dozen students walked out of classes at a Maine high school to protest the suspension of three girls who had posted notes accusing an unnamed person of sexual assault. 

Cape Elizabeth High School students said Monday that they plan to present a list of demands to school officials that include expunging the records of all of those suspended for posting notes about a “rapist” on campus. 

The Portland Press Herald reports 15-year-old sophomore Aela Mansmann is one of three female students appealing a three-day suspension for what the school administration determined was bullying. 

Donna Wolfrom, Cape Elizabeth’s superintendent, did not respond to an interview request from the Press Herald. 

Mansmann says she is “ashamed” school officials are punishing her and other students instead of the accused. 

Maine suspends pharmacy whose drugs killed 2 racehorses 

GARDINER, Maine (AP) — A mail-order pharmacy whose product killed two racehorses earlier this year has been suspended by Maine regulators. 

The state’s Board of Pharmacy voted unanimously Thursday to suspend the license of Rapid Equine Pharmacy LLC for 30 days. 

The board found the pharmacy to be “knowingly or negligently facilitating the diversion” of drugs to horses without prescription. 

The Bangor Daily News reports Rapid created 84 batches and distributed six tubes of medication meant to treat a parasite to a veterinarian who distributed two of those tubes to two horses in May. 

Both horses suffered from a neurological disease less than 24 hours after receiving the medication and were euthanized. 

Rapid says in a statement it takes the board’s decision “very seriously” and is taking action to correct the issues. 

Pumpkinfest winner weighs in at 1,832.5 pounds 

DAMARISCOTTA, Maine (AP) — They’ve crowned the great pumpkin in a Maine town. 

The biggest pumpkin at Sunday’s weigh off at the Damariscotta Pumpkinfest came in at a cool 1,832.5 pounds (831 kilograms). Edwin Pierpont, of Jefferson, gets credit for growing the massive gourd. 

The weigh-in is a prelude to the Pumpkinfest and Regatta in Damariscotta. 

The pumpkins will be displayed, carved, painted and made into boats. The highlight is the pumpkin boat race in the town’s harbor on Monday. 

Gas prices still dropping in northern New England 

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Gas prices are continuing to fall in northern New England. 

The latest GasBuddy price reports show New Hampshire’s prices dropped 2.2 cents per gallon in the last week, to $2.45. Vermont’s went down 1.4 cents, to $2.62 per gallon. Maine’s price also fell slightly, to $2.52 per gallon. 

The national average is $2.65 per gallon. That’s up 9.6 cents from a month ago, and 25.3 cents per gallon lower than a year ago. 

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