LePage To Cut Short Deal That Outsourced Medicaid Staff

Jul 11, 2018
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Gov. Paul LePage’s administration is putting an early end to a contract it awarded to a Massachusetts firm to handle part of the state’s Medicaid application process and take over the jobs of 10 state employees.

Colby College Museum of Art

A significant painting by the renowned 20th Century painter Jackson Pollock now hangs in the Colby College Museum of Art.

Director Sharon Corwin says the painting, “Composition with Masked Forms,” was purchased last month for an undisclosed sum and hung this morning. Some art historians say the painting highlights a master artist working to develop his own style.

Corwin says she hopes the acquisition inspires curiosity in Mainers and tourists alike.

PORTLAND, Maine - A thunderstorm has knocked down trees and damaged some homes in parts of Maine and New Hampshire.
Tuesday night's storm brought wind gusts up to 60 mph and hail. Trees and power lines were brought down.
Nearly 4,000 customers in Maine were without power at one point, most of them in Portland.
In New Hampshire, damage such as trees falling on houses and overturned boats was reported in Northwood, Andover, and other towns.

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Maine independent U.S. Sen. Angus King had some harsh words for President Trump this morning.  King said on CNN that Trump's rhetoric going into the NATO summit played into the political machinations of Russia's leader Vladimir Putin and could weaken Western alliances.

"He [Putin] views the Western alliance as a threat and he wants to see it undermined," King said. "That's their strategy and that's why they got involved in European politics, they got involved in our politics. This is what they want to do and I'm afraid that we're playing into Putin's hands."

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Gov. Paul LePage is crafting a bill that he says will improve Maine's child protection system.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions is going to discuss the opioid and fentanyl crisis in Maine.

The Portland Press Herald reports that Sessions will deliver his remarks in Portland at the U.S. attorney's office on Friday, a day after attending a similar event in New Hampshire.

Sessions unveiled a task force in February to address the drug crisis. Its first action was to lend support to local officials in lawsuits against manufacturers and distributors of powerful opioid painkillers that are fueling the nation's drug abuse crisis.

FRYEBURG, Maine - A massive fire has destroyed two buildings and damaged several others at a historic fairground in Maine.
Officials say the fire started inside a sheep barn at the Fryeburg Fairgrounds Tuesday night and spread to the cattle shed.
Both buildings burned to the ground, and fair officials say six other buildings are damaged.
No animals were inside the structures at the time of the fire, and no injuries were reported.

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PORTLAND, Maine - A transgender former middle school student who fought to use the bathroom of her choice in Maine is preparing for her big screen debut.
Nicole Maines is starring in the indie horror film "Bit'' as a transgender teen trying to co-exist with and understand a group of feminist vampires in Los Angeles.  

Bridgton town officials have reopened a local pond to swimming after it passed a water quality test.

Last Friday swimming was prohibited at Woods Pond. The town says it was contacted by the Maine Center for Disease Control about several people who reported abdominal illnesses after swimming in the pond last week. Town officials say the pond water was found to be safe, but water from the bathroom sinks failed for e coli levels and was shut off.

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Some Maine lobster dealers who have seen sales to China shoot up over the last decade are now suddenly shut out.

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Maine Sen. Susan Collins says the U.S. Supreme Court nomination process has become hyper political and could damage public confidence in the courts. Collins' comments come just a day after President Trump announced Federal Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee.

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With near unanimous support, lawmakers overrode the Governor's veto Monday of the broad reform bill for the state's medical marijuana program.

Maine lawmakers have passed a bill that allows doctors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants to recommend medical marijuana to any patient they think would benefit, not just those with one of several "qualifying conditions." 

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About twenty people spent their lunch break in downtown Bangor Tuesday protesting President Trump's nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Jill Weber, a member of activist group Indivisible MDI, arrived wearing a black robe and carrying a poster that gave her the hair, earrings and necklace of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She hopes Senators Collins and King vote against Kavanaugh's nomination. 

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Dozens of protesters in Portland Tuesday publicly challenged Maine U.S. Sen. Susan Collins to vote against President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. 

The Maine Public Utilities Commission has unanimously voted to expand the investigation of Central Maine Power’s billing system. 

Liberty Consulting’s audit will now review how CMP has handled consumer complaints about the system that was implemented last fall. 

“Matching the Liberty Consulting group’s audit scope to the summary investigation scope will assure no stone is left unturned, which will improve the overall quality of the result," said Commissioner Randall Davis.