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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.

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.

A.J. Higgins / MPBN

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's rivers are in no immediate danger of flooding, but as the mercury rises, emergency management officials are concerned about problems caused by the melting snowpack.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Animal advocates and pet store owners were among those who filled a legislative hearing room to testify on a bill that would ban the sale of cats and dogs by pet stores, unless the animals were born and raised at the same store.

Democratic Rep. Kimberly Monahan, from Cape Elizabeth, sponsor of the bill, says the legislation is aimed at stopping pet stores from bringing in animals bred in so-called puppy mills.

Jay Field / MPBN

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.