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Mills takes novelist's advice on 'secretary of the future'

Jan. 17, 2019 5:32 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's governor credits late novelist Kurt Vonnegut with her vision for a new state office dedicated to the future. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills said Thursday she's tapping former state House Speaker Hannah Pingree to pioneer an Office of Innovation and the Future. Mills said she's...

Battles expected in many states over abortion-related bills

Jan. 16, 2019 7:12 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — On each side of the abortion debate, legislators and activists emboldened by recent political developments plan to push aggressively in many states this year for bills high on their wish lists: either seeking to impose near-total bans on abortion or guaranteeing women's access to the...

Report draws few conclusions about wind industry in Maine

Jan. 15, 2019 6:10 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine commission created as part of the former Republican governor's efforts to hinder wind projects has released a report drawing few conclusions about the impact of wind turbines. The wind energy advisory commission's report released this month said its initial information does...

New governor set to sign senior housing bonds

Jan. 15, 2019 12:06 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's new Democratic governor is set to sign senior housing bonds held up by her Republican predecessor since 2015. Gov. Janet Mills' office said she intends to sign the bonds Tuesday. Republican Gov. Paul LePage refused to release the bonds for years to protect Maine's fiscal...

Maine GOP re-elects chair following rough 2018 election

Jan. 12, 2019 6:03 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Republicans who suffered blistering losses in November re-elected their leader and chose an outspoken city mayor as vice-chair Saturday. The GOP re-elected Demi Kouzounas as chair and chose Waterville Mayor Nick Isgro as vice-chair in a Saturday morning election. Secretary...

Maine relying on federal funding for Medicaid expansion

Jan. 12, 2019 12:29 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine has taken steps to expand Medicaid without a federal stamp of approval, but the woman nominated to lead the state's health agency said there's no question that Maine will receive federal funding. Former White House official Jeanne Lambrew said Friday the federal government...

Mills: 529 Mainers qualify for care under expansion

Jan. 10, 2019 5:45 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's new Democratic governor said Thursday that more than 500 Mainers have qualified for health care coverage under voter-approved Medicaid expansion. Gov. Janet Mills on her first day signed an executive order to start expanding Medicaid that nearly 3 of 5 voters demanded in 2017....

Report finds lack of mental health services for children

Jan. 10, 2019 12:10 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The administration of Maine's new Democratic governor has released a report finding the state is struggling to help children with unmet needs for mental health services. The Department of Health and Human Services released the report Wednesday. Massachusetts-based firm Public...

New governor says she'll move forward on housing bonds

Jan. 10, 2019 12:02 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's new Democratic governor says she'll soon sign senior housing bonds held up by her Republican predecessor since 2015. Gov. Janet Mills' office said Thursday she intends to sign the bonds in coming weeks. Republican Gov. Paul LePage refused to release the bonds for years to...

Maine to change 'Open for Business' sign to 'Welcome Home'

Jan. 9, 2019 11:16 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The last governor wanted businessmen to feel at home in Maine. The state's new chief executive wants everyone to. Maine is moving forward with plans to replace its "Open for Business" highway sign with one that reads, "Welcome Home," as part of Democrat Janet Mills' push to attract a...