AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The House has approved a bill that would pay off Maine's $484 million debt to the state's hospitals, agreeing to go along with a Democrat-backed amendment calling for the state to accept federal money to expand Medicaid. The bill faces final votes in both chambers.
BANGOR, Maine (AP) - A Maine man charged in the death of a 15-year-old girl whose body was found in the woods is set to make his first court appearance. State police plan to file an affidavit with additional details to support charges against 20-year-old Kyle Dube in the death of Nichole Cable of Glenburn.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Regulators have postponed a vote on new regulations for Maine's lucrative American eel fishery. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission decided yesterday to delay the vote until August to gather more information about baby glass eels, known as elvers. Options under consideration include keeping the status quo, establishing quotas or shutting the fishery down.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Governor Paul LePage has signed a suicide prevention bill. The legislation is designed to ensure staff members at Maine schools are trained in suicide education and awareness. LePage also pledged $44,000 from his contingency fund to the effort.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The House will vote today on whether the state should legalize a casino. The Senate bill would allow 5,000 video slot machines and 150 table games at one facility. Democratic Governor Maggie Hassan has lobbied the Democratically controlled House to pass the bill.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter has introduced a pipeline amendment. It would separate approval of the pipeline project from authorization of pipeline activity between Portland, Maine and Montreal, Canada. The congresswoman says it would protect environmental interests from being affected by pending legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Funeral services will be held next week for a 23-year-old paratrooper from New Hampshire who died at Fort Bragg. Officials say 1st Lieutenant Paul DeMeo of Derry, New Hampshire, died May 14th at Womack Army Medical Center on base. Army officials are investigating the circumstances of his death.
COLEBROOK, N.H. (AP) - The Department of Environmental Services says there were no air pollution violations in a January resort fire in Colebrook. Officials say two buildings burned down at the Balsams Resort as part of a renovation.
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Documents filed by the U.S. Attorney's office allege three men had a role in the 2010 abduction and killing of a Sheffield grandmother. The three, who are related, are in federal or state custody on charges unrelated to the killing of 78-year-old Mary "Pat" O'Hagan. The Burlington Free Press reports no one has been charged in her death.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The organization helping Vermont prepare for the federal health care reform has hired groups to help people navigate the system. Vermont Health Connect says it's awarded $2 million in grants to organizations that will provide in-person enrollment assistance for health care coverage.
COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) - A St. Albans teenager has changed his plea to guilty in a fiery drunken driving crash that killed his passenger. Seventeen-year-old James Companion pleaded guilty yesterday to one count of driving under the influence with death resulting. Twenty-year-old Tasha Maring of Colchester was killed when the car crashed into a utility pole and burst into flames last May.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont is set to receive $6.3 million in federal Homeland Security grants to help the state develop prevention and preparedness programs to respond to acts of terrorism and other catastrophic events. Senator Patrick Leahy says the grants will come from two Homeland Security programs.
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