PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The top health official in Maine says the cost of Maine's Medicaid program is making it unsustainable without significant reforms. The Portland Press Herald reports Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew told Portland-area business leaders today that the state can't afford to expand Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The former owner of a live music venue in Portland has pleaded guilty to his role in smuggling nearly 170 pounds of cocaine from California to Vermont. The Portland Press Herald reports Robert Evon, former owner of the Port City Music Hall, pleaded guilty in federal court in Syracuse to a single count of conspiracy to distribute the cocaine.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Four groups have submitted applications to start charter schools in Maine. The four applications submitted by the December 2nd deadline include the Lewiston-Auburn Academy Charter School in Lewiston, Many Hands Montessori School in Windham and two virtual charter schools, the Maine Connections Academy and Maine Virtual Academy.
BANGOR, Maine (AP) - A Maine man has pleaded guilty to stealing copper wire and pipe fittings from property operated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Togus. Twenty-six-year-old Derek Less of Richmond, Maine, pleaded guilty to the theft today in U.S. District Court in Bangor.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A Rochester, New Hampshire, hospital excluded from the Affordable Care Act's provider network for individuals says it also is being denied access to information about why it's being left out, but the Insurance Department says it's still sorting out what it can release. Frisbie Memorial Hospital President Al Felgar is fighting Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield's decision to exclude his hospital from the network for individual policy holders.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire's tax collections are $23 million above estimates so far this fiscal year despite falling slightly below projections in November. The state took in almost $149 million in November, which is $1.6 million less than anticipated. Administrative Services Commissioner Linda Hodgdon attributed some of the shortfall to a higher amount in refunds paid to businesses.
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Police in Manchester say a parking dispute between two men has led to an arrest. Police said 53-year-old Richard Sinotte of Manchester tried to park his pickup at a Hannaford supermarket yesterday. He started yelling at a man sitting in an SUV next to him, apparently upset that the man's vehicle was encroaching on his space. Police say the men started arguing, and eventually Sinotte raised a gun and made a threatening comment.
CAMPTON, N.H. (AP) - Police are investigating an accident in which a pedestrian was struck by a car in Campton and later died. The accident happened at about 4:45 p.m. yesterday. Police said 29-year-old Sarah Leech-Black of Thornton was crossing near Route 49 when she was struck. WMUR-TV reports she was able to speak to police at the scene, but later died at the hospital of her injuries.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Opponents of a plan to bring the F-35 fighter plane to the Burlington International Airport say they're undeterred by the Air Force's decision to base 18 of the planes with the Vermont Air National Guard. South Burlington lawyer James Marc Leas says they're planning to use a combination of continued public pressure and legal actions to keep the planes from being based in Vermont, scheduled for 2020.
SHELBURNE, Vt. (AP) - Police in Shelburne are asking for help to find a man and a woman in connection with an assault and robbery at a local motel. Police said the clerk at the North Star Motel was confronted by a man and a woman on Monday afternoon. The clerk was struck by an unidentified wooden object and suffered minor injuries. The two left after emptying the cash drawer.
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. (AP) - A home-health care worker has pleaded guilty to falsifying timesheets to get payment for services that weren't provided under a Vermont Medicaid program. Candice Swan of Middlebury was sentenced yesterday in Windsor Superior Court to 2 ½ to six years in jail, all suspended, and placed on probation with conditions including that she not work as a care provider or serve as the employer-of-record under any Medicaid waiver program for five years.
ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) - The St. Johnsbury Athenaeum Board has a new director. The Caledonian Record reports Bob Joly, who joined the Athenaeum in 2004 working primarily in library services and expanding the collection, will be responsible for the overall management and promotion of the Athenaeum's services and programs.
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