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The LePage administration says state lawmakers must appropriate funding before a voter-approved Medicaid expansion can be rolled out.

The court filing this week says the Legislature must act because a statewide referendum did not specify where the money to expand Medicaid would come from.

Groups that support the Medicaid expansion sued after the administration missed an April 3 deadline for an application to receive an additional $525 million in annual federal funding. The LePage administration contends the deadline doesn't commence until money is appropriated.

Canadian Salmon Firm Admits Using Lobster-Killing Pesticide Near Maine Border

May 17, 2018
Robert F. Bukaty / Maine Public

For the second time in five years, a Canadian salmon aquaculture firm has admitted in a New Brunswick courtroom to illegally using a pesticide known to kill lobsters for treating salmon off an island that abuts the Maine border.

Mal Leary / Maine Public

With a twenty-one-gun salute, hundreds of police officers from across Maine paid tribute to law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty.

Bucksport Police Chief Sean Geagan, president of the Maine Chiefs Of Police Association, spoke at the annual ceremony before a monument at the state capital.

“Always remember…that although we call it a thin blue line, it is very strong. And it will never be broken,” Geagan said.

Sheriff's deputies in a Maine county will be using body cameras and new patrol car cameras.

The Sun-Journal reports Androscoggin County commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday to approve spending over $126,000 on 14 body cameras, 14 car cameras and an updated system that includes new software and technical support.

The system will be financed for five years through Government Capital Corp.

Sheriff Eric Samson says the county patrol car cameras are outdated. Samson says the new system will offer "better connectivity." Videos will be stored on a cloud system.

Steven Senne / Maine Public

Former President H.W. Bush is headed back to Maine, says family spokesperson Jim McGrath.

McGrath says the 41st president is looking forward to getting to Maine next week, and having a great summer with family and friends. The elder Bush has visited Walker's Point, the family compound in Kennebunkport, every summer of his life – with one exception: 1944, the year he served as a Navy pilot and was shot down over the Pacific.

The federal government says Maine had one of the top ten gains in "real personal income," in 2016.

The Bureau of Economic Analysis figures, released Thursday, show real personal income rose 2.2 percent that year. It was the fastest rate of real income growth in New England.

What makes these income figures "real" in government-speak is that they take into account both inflation and the relative cost of living between Maine and the rest of the country.

Maine's U.S. senators are joining 61 of their colleagues in a call for the Federal Communications Commission to advance broadband services in rural America.

Republican Sen. Susan Collins and independent Sen. Angus King are joining other senators in sending a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. The senators say improving accessibility of broadband is necessary to make sure rural residents have “access to high quality voice and broadband services.”

The senators say they support a recent order that addressed budget shortfalls in the Universal Service Fund's high-cost program.

Irwin Gratz / Maine Public

Eleven candidates are vying for the major party gubernatorial nominations. Four more are running for the Democratic nomination in the 2nd Congressional District. But those numbers have yet to lead to saturation broadcast advertising.

“Morning Edition” host Irwin Gratz talks with Sam Surprise of Surprise Advertising and Brenda Garrand, a founder of Garrand Mohlenkamp. Both have years of experience in crafting political advertising and devising ad strategies.

For disclosure, Brenda Garrand is a board member of Maine Public.

ORONO, Maine — A pub that’s been a preferred after-class hang-out for students at the University of Maine for more than 23 years says it will close its doors at the end of this month.

The Bear Brew Pub opened in 1995 in Orono, after the original owner spent two years renovating a long-empty Main Street building into a cozy neighborhood brewpub. The Bangor Daily News reports the bar and restaurant offered classic pub food like burgers and chicken wings alongside a small array of beers brewed on site.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

When state wildlife officials last formulated a long-range management plan for moose back in 1999, the population was booming, and both wildlife watchers and hunters could count on finding the state’s iconic critters in likely spots.

Today, the population is lower, and as biologists have gathered valuable data over the last eight years, a grim reality has begun to creep into discussions: We may still have too many moose, and the density of moose in some regions may be linked to thriving parasites and an unhealthy herd.

Robert F. Bukaty / AP Photo

MaineCare's ban on abortion coverage was challenged in the state Supreme Court Wednesday.

Bangor Health Organization Adds Free Clinic To Serve At-Risk Patients

May 16, 2018
Health Equity Alliance

Health Equity Alliance, a Bangor health organization that serves marginalized communities, will add a new clinical service aimed at bridging its clients’ path into the greater health care system.

Starting this week, the social justice-oriented health organization will begin offering a twice-weekly “triage” clinic providing medical advice and basic treatment to its clientele: people who use drugs, belong to the LGBT community or who have HIV/AIDS, said Andrea Littlefield, HEAL’s director of development and communications.

Police in Maine's largest city say no one will be charged in the stabbing death of a 31-year-old man because the stabbing occurred in self-defense.

Anthony Best died as a result of the April 2016 stabbing, which took place during an altercation in a Portland parking lot. Police say a fight ensued in which Best was stabbed several times in the torso, and an investigation reveals that he was the aggressor in the incident.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

Bus drivers for RSU 16 School District, arrived at work Wednesday morning only to find their entire fleet of buses inoperable.

The buses had been vandalized overnight, forcing school officials to cancel classes for about 1700 students.

Irwin Gratz / Maine Public

An index of real estate development in Maine has hit its all-time high.

The "MEREDA" index says there is more development going on around the state than before the Great Recession. Paul Peck, the President of the Maine Real Estate and Development Association, says the biggest driver has been commercial development, despite the challenges facing brick-and-mortar retailers.

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