AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A state legislative panel today takes up Governor Paul LePage's decision to hire an outside consultant to look at the state's Medicaid program. The Alexander group was brought in to review financial issues in the program. Lawmakers will also take up a program giving rides to Medicaid patients that has seen troubles since it was inaugurated in August.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A Hermon manufacturer of tension-fabric structures is laying expansion plans. Governor Paul LePage says Ntension Corporation plans to expand this spring into a new 40,000-square-foot facility, which in turn will mean the creation of just over 20 new jobs over the next two years.
GARDINER, Maine (AP) - Police say more charges are possible against a Wiscasset man arrested in the weekend shooting of his girlfriend at a home in Gardiner. Sean Kingston allegedly witnessed the shooting. He turned himself in yesterday and currently faces a firearms charge. The 34-year-old victim is expected to survive after being shot in the torso.
LEBANON, Maine (AP) - A man who was hit last week by a car while walking along a Lebanon road has died. Authorities say Ryan Kelly died yesterday at a Portland hospital. Police tell the Portland Press Herald Kelly was wearing dark clothing and at least two other vehicles swerved to avoid him before he was hit.
LEBANON, N.H. (AP) - Several New Hampshire and Vermont hospitals are looking into the possibility of centralizing their lab services. The hospitals have agreed to be part of a pilot project with Dartmouth Hitchcock's pathology department, with patients getting blood drawn at the local hospital but Dartmouth-Hitchcock processing the tests.
NASHUA, N.H. (AP) - An overnight crash at a ramp onto the Everett Turnpike has killed a teenage driver from Hollis. Police say Cameron Ricard's pickup hit a guardrail and rolled over late last night while trying to get onto the turnpike at Exit 1. Investigators have ruled out alcohol as a factor in the crash.
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Two job fairs are set for today in Manchester. A recruiting event involving multiple firms will be held at the state Employment Security office this morning. Today also marks the second day of a three-day job fair for Bass Pro Shops at Manchester Community College.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - State wildlife officials are raising money to fund a research initiative on terns that live on the Isles of Shoals. The Isles are home to the largest colony of breeding terns in the Gulf of Maine. Researchers are trying to learn about the birds' foraging practices and how those affect their ability to raise their young.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont has joined 29 other states in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a lower court standard that would help recover attorneys' fees in patent litigation cases. Attorney General Bill Sorrell says the effort is aimed at so-called "patent trolls" and would make it easier for businesses that successfully defend meritless claims to recover some of their legal costs.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A federal lawsuit that began in Vermont is forcing changes to national Medicare practices that advocates say should improve long-term care coverage. Medicare officials wrote new rules after a court settlement in the dispute challenging some providers' stance that the rules specified that certain patients had to be considered improving to have their coverage continue.
LYNDONVILLE, Vt. (AP) - Education policy will be the subject of a series of debates this winter involving two Vermont think tanks. The forums involving the Ethan Allen Institute and Public Assets Institute will take up school choice and other education questions. The first debate is set for Friday evening in Lyndonville.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Two dozen police dogs across Vermont and New Hampshire now have special vests to protect them from bullet and stab wounds. A nonprofit provided the doggie body armor, using private and corporate sponsorships for the effort.
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