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LePage Plan to Cut Reimbursement for Mental Health Services Meets Resistance

AUGUSTA, Maine - The LePage administration wants to cut Medicaid reimbursement rates for community mental health services. The rationale is to streamline rates and bring them in line with other New England states.
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Proposal Seeks Clear Language Allowing Maine Parents to Opt Kids Out of Standardized Testing

AUGUSTA, Maine - A top Democratic lawmaker in the Maine House wants to make sure parents know they have the right to opt their school-age children out of taking standardized tests.
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Pediatric Transgender

Learn about Maine Medical Center's first-in-the-region pediatric gender clinic, which now has more than 50 patients from Maine, New Hampshire and other states.

BANGOR, Maine - A Maine man charged with using Facebook to lure a teenager to her death will not testify on his own behalf in his trial.

WABI-TV reports 21-year-old Kyle Dube declined to testify in court on Thursday. Defense attorneys and prosecutors have presented their cases in the trial and will end with closing statements Friday. The case then goes to the jury.

It's Thursday and time for Across the Aisle, our weekly foray into Maine Politics. Joining us this week is Cynthia Dill, an attorney and former Democratic state senator, Meredith Strang Burgess of Burgess Advertising and Marketing, a former Republican state legislator, and Dick Woodbury, an economist and former independent state senator. They spoke with Keith Shortall.

Across the Aisle is heard most Thursdays on MPBN Radio.
 

BANGOR, Maine - The widow of a man who was killed in an accident during Bangor's Fourth of July parade two years ago is suing the city.

The lawsuit that Lorena Fenlason filed with the Penobscot County Superior Court says that Bangor officials didn't perform "competent, reasonable and necessary maintenance'' on the antique fire truck that struck her husband, Wallace Fenlason, during the 2013 parade.

Lorena Fenlason is also suing the organizers of the parade and Patrick Heathcote, a firefighter who was driving the truck.

AUGUSTA, Maine -- Seasonal weather for the next two weeks minimizes the risk of river flooding, but an uncertain forecast for April and heavy snow has emergency agencies concerned.

During the annual meeting of the Maine River Flow Advisory Commission, meteorologists and geological experts met to compare notes on the past winter and what could be ahead for Maine.

Many people will see the snow that's currently blanketing much of the Eastern seaboard of the U.S. as a nuisance coating sidewalks and roads. Others are celebrating it as an excuse to spend the day swooshing down a hill.

As for me, I like to think of snow as food.

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AUGUSTA, Maine - A new study by the Maine Public Utilities Commission confirms what environmental groups have been saying for some time:  Solar power delivers a powerful economic and environmental return on investment.

Dylan Voorhees, clean energy director of the Natural Resources Council of Maine says it was a complicated analysis.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine senators voted 24 to 10 to kill legislation that would have designated the Labrador retriever as the official state dog.

The measure drew no opposition at a public hearing, but received a negative recommendation from the Legislature's State and Local Government Committee.

By Patrick Whittle, The Associated Press
ROCKPORT, Maine - Maine fishermen set a state record with a catch valued at more than $585 million in 2014.

State fishery officials tell The Associated Press the combined fisheries jumped $44 million in value from 2013 to 2014. Lobsters accounted for more than $456 million of the total in 2014, a surge that helped propel the record haul. Lobsters grew in value by more than $86 million from 2013.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A bill seeking to crack down on "cheater pints'' of beer has overcome its first hurdle in the Maine Legislature.

The Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee voted 12-2 Wednesday in support of Democratic Sen. John Patrick's bill. The version the committee supported would require bars and restaurants that advertise that a beer is a pint to sell it in a glass that's at least 16 ounces.

Patrick says some establishments use 14-ounce glasses even though they advertise the beers as pints.

Responding to concerns over her use of a personal email account to conduct official business while in office, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she wants the public to have access to her emails. The State Department says it will review messages for possible release.

The issue rose to importance earlier this week, after it was revealed that during her entire tenure at the State Department, Clinton used a personal email account — a move that had kept the emails out of the government's control and circumvented archival practices.

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