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Trump’s Welfare Policies Could Look a Lot Like Maine’s

To carry out its aggressive efforts to shrink Maine’s welfare rolls, the LePage administration has turned to a Florida-based group that also has strong roots in Maine. The Foundation for Government Accountability, or FGA, is now working to replicate the Maine experience nationwide, with help from a Republican-controlled Congress and President-elect Donald Trump.
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LEWISTON, Maine _  Health insurance co-op, Community Health Options, which provides Affordable Care Act coverage to Mainers,  can proceed with its attempt to recover some payments which it says it's owed under the Affordable Care Act's "risk corridors" program.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine's Department of Marine Resources will use a $32,000 grant to improve its ability to test for domoic acid, a biotoxin that can cause amnesic shellfish poisoning.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ Retired Massachusetts congressman Barney Frank and the Maine Justice Foundation are holding an event in Portland to launch a new fund designed to help gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people access civil legal aid.

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A recreational rail-trail project that has been nearly 30 years in the making was completed Friday with the addition of two final miles connecting Ellsworth to Calais 87 miles away.

The multi-use Downeast Sunrise Trail is the longest trail of its type and part of the East Coast Greenway, which extends all the way to Key West, Florida.

The final phase of the $1.3 million project is expected to boost the Ellsworth-area economy.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's independent senator is calling on President Barack Obama to release top-secret information on alleged Russian attempts to interfere with the presidential election.

The Portland Press Herald reports that U.S. Sen. Angus King was among seven senators on Wednesday who signed a letter asking Obama to publicly release details on potential Russian involvement in the election.

King says a foreign government aimed an arrow "at the heart of democracy'' and says America should take it very seriously.

"I lost more than 80 percent of my university friends," recalls Jagannath Lamichhane.

After silently struggling with depression for two decades, Lamichhane published an essay in Nepal Times about his mental illness. "I could have hid my problem — like millions of people around the world," he says, but "if we hide our mental health, it may remain a problem forever."

TOWNSHIP 14 RANGE 7, Maine - State and federal wildlife authorities are investigating the killings of a pair of rare Canada lynx in Maine.

The Maine Warden Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service say the lynx were shot to death in northern Oxford and Aroostook counties.

The lynx is listed as a threatened species under U.S. endangered species laws and killing one unlawfully carrier a fine of up to $100,000 and imprisonment of up to one year.

The warden service says the lynx are increasing in population in Maine.

LEWISTON, Maine - Some colleges have boycotted athletic events in North Carolina because of its new law that limits protections for LGBT people.  The University of Maine Black Bears will take a different approach. 

Vice President of Student Affairs Robert Dana says it was a complicated decision to allow the men's basketball team to play the top-ranked Duke Blue Devils tomorrow evening in North Carolina. 

But Dana says the team will go to show solidarity with the LGBT community.  They'll meet with LGBT student groups in North Carolina and Maine before and after the match. 

Unemployment dropped by 0.3 percentage points, to 4.6 percent, last month — the lowest rate since 2007 — according to the monthly jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

An inmate at the Androscoggin County jail was found unresponsive on Thursday evening and later died at a local hospital.

Scott Harmon, 52, of Auburn was facing felony drug-related charges. He had been in custody at the jail for just 24 hours when a corrections officer doing rounds discovered Harmon was having difficulty breathing.

Androscoggin County Sheriff Eric Samson says Harmon was transported to Central Maine Medical Center, where he died.

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