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Maine land preservation program reactivated after 4 years

Oct. 16, 2021 08:44 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A land preservation program in Maine will be used to provide money for conservation for the first time since 2017. The administration of Democratic Gov. Janet Mills said it is asking for proposals for conservation and recreation projects via the...

Beshear touts relaunched Kentucky health insurance exchange

Oct. 15, 2021 17:53 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Saying the COVID-19 pandemic reinforced the necessity for accessible health care, Gov. Andy Beshear marked a milestone Friday for Kentucky's relaunched health insurance exchange — where consumers now can shop for health coverage for the coming year. ...

New Mexico awards $2M contract for 'academic coaches'

Oct. 15, 2021 17:51 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico education officials are on track to renew a $2 million contract for a Utah-based education company to call and text struggling students, usually when they’ve been chronically absent from school. State and school district officials...

New York's likely new mayor plans to preserve gifted program

Oct. 15, 2021 16:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Democrat who will likely become New York City's next mayor says he does not intend to get rid of the city's program for gifted and talented students, nipping plans that outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio just announced. Brooklyn Borough President Eric...

Massachusetts Medicaid fraud case settled for $25M

Oct. 15, 2021 11:54 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A private equity firm and two former executives at a mental health provider have agreed to pay $25 million to settle a lawsuit that alleged they caused fraudulent claims to be submitted to the state's Medicaid program, the state attorney general's office said. ...

Cyprus to revoke 'golden passports' granted to 45 people

Oct. 15, 2021 11:19 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' government has started procedures to revoke citizenship granted to 39 foreign nationals and six of their family members under the east Mediterranean island nation’s canceled investment-for-passports program, an official said Friday. The...

New tool to allow Mainers to window shop for health coverage

Oct. 14, 2021 16:30 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal authorities have signed off on Maine's health insurance marketplace, and residents can start comparing plans on Friday. The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has approved CoverME.gov. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills said...

Contributions pour into partisan funds for legislators

Oct. 13, 2021 17:25 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Political donations are pouring into special campaign-related funds for New Mexico state legislators in a nonelection year. The Brian Egolf Speakers Fund that bears the name of the Democratic House speaker on Tuesday reported contributions of just...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Oct. 13, 2021 16:55 PM EDT

Tampa Bay Times. October 13, 2021. Editorial: The Tampa Bay Rays loss hurts. Losing the Rays would hurt a lot more The Rays are looking for a new stadium. Will the Tampa Bay area deliver? That hurt. Losing a playoff series always...

Ricketts promotes Nebraska jobs program for SNAP recipients

Oct. 13, 2021 16:20 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts dished praise Wednesday on a federally funded job-training program that helps Nebraskans on food stamps pay for textbooks, transportation and other services to help them get higher-paying jobs. Ricketts singled out the SNAP Next...