Indiana-based Purdue University is buying for-profit Kaplan University, which has three campuses in Maine among its 15 locations nationwide.

In a press release, Purdue, a land-grant institution founded nearly 150 years ago, says the acquisition will lead to the creation of a new public university intended to expand access to higher education.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine lawmakers are considering whether to repeal the current 24-month limit on MaineCare treatment of opioid addiction with Suboxone. 

Rep. Patty Hymanson is a retired doctor.  The York Democrat said the limit on coverage is unwarranted, and urged her colleagues to repeal it.

“Relapse brings nothing but pain with the potential for criminal behavior, overdose and death," Hymanson said. "Keeping the two-year cap on Suboxone and evidence-based treatment is arbitrary and unsound.”

HOUSTON - Former President George H.W. Bush has been released from a Houston hospital where he received treatment for a mild case of pneumonia and chronic bronchitis during a two-week stay.

Bush spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement that the 92-year-old Bush was discharged from Houston Methodist Hospital on Friday.

McGrath says Bush is "pleased to be home.''

University of Maine System Trustees have approved a first step in the University of Southern Maine's master plan:  They've given the green light to an $80 million capital campaign.  

Most of that money will pay for construction of a 1,000-seat performing arts center on the Portland campus. USM President Glenn Cummings says the facility will serve several functions.

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U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine’s 1st District is sharply critical of the Republicans’ new health care proposal, which she says is worse than the one they abandoned a few weeks ago.

“I believe all Americans deserve protections for the coverage of essential health services and preexisting conditions, not just members of Congress,” she says.

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AUGUSTA, Maine - Gov. Paul LePage has signed into law legislation aimed at bringing Maine into compliance with the federal Real ID program. 

NEW YORK - New York City's Department of Investigation says the correction commissioner spent 90 days outside the city last year, even amid violence problems at the Rikers Island jail complex.
The New York Times says investigators also found that Commissioner Joseph Ponte took his city-owned vehicle to Maine in violation of guidelines.
The report says many Correction Department employees routinely misused their agency vehicles.

ORONO, Maine - The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency says one person died and four others were arrested following a fire at a meth lab in Orono.
Officials say a couple who rented the apartment and two others were charged Thursday with operating a meth lab. They say a fifth person wanted in connection with the incident is believed to have died after fleeing the scene with severe burns.
Maine Public Safety Department spokesman says the victim's body was transported night to Augusta for an autopsy. His name was being withheld Friday morning.

Linda Bean Won’t Sell Her Businesses As She Readies for Retirement

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PORT CLYDE, Maine — Linda Bean, 76, granddaughter of retail giant founder L.L. Bean and a major player in the Maine lobster industry, does not plan to sell her businesses in the wake of her retirement.

Bean began stepping back last year from managing her myriad businesses and properties that spread across the state.

“The problem is I’m no longer young. I keep looking up the road to when I am no longer here.”

“I have businesses and properties in several Maine counties, and it is not my intention to sell any,” she wrote in an email this week.

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CAIRO - Pope Francis has arrived in Egypt for a historic, two-day visit to show a united Christian-Muslim front against religious militancy.

The Catholic pontiff will hold a series of deeply symbolic meetings with Egypt's religious and political leaders and participate in an international peace conference organized by Al-Azhar, the world's primary seat of Sunni Islamic learning.

Camden-based author Tess Gerritsen is best known for mystery novels, including a string of books that inspired the TV series “Rizzoli and Isles.” She is now branching out into film, or as she proudly describes it, low-budget horror.

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President Donald Trump this week ordered a review of the U.S. Antiquities Act. The move could impact the Atlantic Ocean's first-ever marine national monument, created last fall.

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The Maine PUC has added five more towns to the list of communities will no longer receive regulated for basic landline service under a plan that was approved last year by the state Legislature.

PUC spokesman Harry Lanphear said, as part of the approved schedule, the PUC will no longer regulate provider-of-last-resort services, or POLR, in Scarborough, Gorham, Waterville, Kennebunk and Cape Elizabeth.

PORTLAND, Maine - Last year's drought is officially over in Maine.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine lawmakers are set to consider bills to protect babies exposed to drugs and support peer recovery.
More than one person a day died from drug overdoses in Maine last year, and lawmakers this year have taken steps to increase access to medication-assisted treatment.