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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.

A.J. Higgins / Maine Public

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.

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. 

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.

PORTLAND, Maine - Some Southern Maine landlords say they are shocked by a 90-day jail sentence handed to Gregory Nisbet for a code violation related to the 2014 fire death of six people in a Portland multi-unit he owned.

Brit Vitalius, president of the Southern Maine Landlords' Association, says it's "terrifying," given that Nesbit never received formal notice of the violation.

By Marina Villeneue, The Associated Press
AUGUSTA, Maine - Republican Gov. Paul LePage is telling legislators he will rubber-stamp their election certificates, despite his concerns about the accuracy of Maine's official election results.

Democratic lawmakers are criticizing the governor for casting doubt on the integrity of election results certified by the Democratic Secretary of State without providing any evidence.

Democratic Rep. Justin Chenette tweeted that LePage's "baseless rhetoric hurts democracy.''

Mainers are being fleeced through fraud and identity theft at rates far lower than in most other states, and they’re losing less money overall, according to a study released this week by consumer and finance data site, WalletHub.

The study found that Maine had fewer cases than average of identity theft, fraud complaints and losses through online fraud, and ranked dead last in the amount of money being lost through fraud.

Overall, Maine is ranked as the second safest state fraudwise among the 50 states and District of Columbia, just behind South Dakota.

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine is among 18 states that will receive federal grant money through the Preschool Development Grants program to expand access to preschool education for children from low- and moderate-income families.

The U.S. Department of Education says Maine will receive a little more than $3.7 million. The money is part of more than $247 million being distributed among the 18 states.

The education department says the grants are going to states that are working with communities to prepare disadvantaged children for success in school.

U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King announced Thursday that two tribes in northern Maine will share more than $200,000 in USDA funds.

The Aroostook Band of Micmacs and the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians will use the funding to develop economic and business opportunities for tribal members.

The Micmac, in part, plan to study the feasibility of developing specialty food products and renewable energy on some 3,000 acres of land it owns. The Maliseets plan to make business loans available to tribal members.

BAR HARBOR, Maine — Acadia National Park is shutting down the Park Loop Road to motor vehicles this month.

The closing takes effect on Thursday for all of the 27-mile road except for a two-mile stretch from the Sand Beach entrances to Otter Cliff Road, and Jordan Pond area.

The scenic road is still open to pedestrians and bicycles.

After the snow flies, it’ll be open to snowmobiles. Also closing for December is the 3.5-mile road that leads to the top of Cadillac Mountain.

Across the Aisle: Rearranging the Swamp

Dec 1, 2016

It’s Thursday, and time again for the Across the Aisle, our weekly roundtable on politics.

This week, Dick Woodbury, an economist who served in the Legislature as an independent; Meredith Strang Burgess of Burgess Advertising, a former Republican lawmaker; and Cynthia Dill, an attorney who served in Augusta as a Democrat.

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