Governor LePage is expected to unveil a plan this week to close a $120 million deficit in the budget for the state Department of Health and Human Services.While details of the plan have yet to be revealed, LePage said during his weekly radio address Saturday that the state can no longer afford a Medicaid program that provides health insurance to some 19,000 low-income adults who do not have children.LePage says the program which began in 2002 has cost the state nearly $40 million dollars over the past two years.Supporters of the program say it would be wrong to take health coverage away from residents at this time.Democratic leaders have urged LePage to consider balancing the department’s budget by looking for cuts in other agencies.
An arrest warrant turned into a foot chase for Bangor police Sunday.Officers were called to the K-Mart store around 5:30 p.m.They had gotten word that Sean Latham, 25, was inside.The westbrook man had a warrant for Felony Robbery out of Southern Maine.Officers say when they approached Latham, he took off.
More than 17,000 unemployment recipients in Maine could be cut off in the weeks and months ahead as federal emergency extended-benefits programs come to an end.Maine Labor Commissioner Robert Winglass says the state is preparing for expiration of the programs, which provide additional weeks of jobless benefits to workers who exhaust regular state unemployment benefits without finding new employment.Winglass says the Labor Department’s Career Centers are adding workshops and increasing outreach to unemployment recipients.
The owner of a Maine ski area has been hospitalized after being run over by a snow-grooming vehicle.Police say 40-year-old David Beers and another man were trying to make repairs to the snow groomer at Eaton Mountain Ski Area in Skowhegan on Sunday when the 18,000 pound vehicle slipped into gear and rolled over Beers.The victim, who lives in Massachusetts, suffered serious injuries and was flown by helicopter to the Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.
A portion of the Bennoch Road in Alton was closed for nearly two hours Sunday night, following an accident.Officials say when they arrived on scene the vehicle was up against trees, with two people trapped inside.
An Augusta man has been charged with threatening another city resident at the occupy encampment at Capitol Park.Police say the 27-year-old man is known only as Jarody.Police say he threatened another Augusta resident with a sledgehammer.He’s due in court in January.
You could treat your furry friend to some fun holiday events Sunday.Friends of the Bangor Dog Park hosted a Pawliday event.You could make a paw print ornament or have your photo taken with your pet.All the money will help get the dog park off the ground.” Just the love that they give to us and loyalty, we feel that we owe it to them to give them a fenced in, off the leash area where they can all run and play.
For those of you that can’t join the Wreath Across America journey, you can follow along via the internet.They call it Wreaths Across America Radio.They will be live streaming all the stops they make along the way at schools and communities.A photographer will be on hand to include pictures.They say the stories are so emotional and they get to the core of what Wreaths Across America is all about.”It’s not about the wreaths.