Good morning. Temperatures will be in the high 30s throughout the state today.
Here’s what we’re talking about in Maine today.
–Gov. Janet Mills issued an executive order Thursday, putting in motion the process to implement a Medicaid expansion law that Maine voters approved in 2017. The move fulfills a campaign promise but does not address the previous administration’s concerns about how to implement a sustainable funding mechanism for expanded eligibility into the future.
–One of Mills’ assertions in her inaugural address Wednesday night was that she would bring back the Children’s Cabinet after years of inactivity.
The Cabinet was first established in 1995 under then-Gov. Angus King, but went dormant during the tenure of Gov. Paul LePage. It’s a panel of department heads who meet regularly to focus on issues facing Maine children, but it’s effectiveness over the years has been unclear.
–Despite recently being rebuffed by state environmental regulators, ardent opponents of a land-based salmon farm in Belfast plan to continue their opposition in multiple venues. “This project is an imposition of the kind you read about somewhere else,” project opponent Paul Bernacki said. “I’m going to devote however much time in the next year necessary to drive these people away. I don’t care. I’m going to go full time.”
Marissa Kennedy’s mom will have to wait to make her case that her marriage to Marissa’s stepfather should be annulled
–A hearing on Sharon Carrillo’s petition to have her marriage to Julio Carrillo annulled will be rescheduled after he did not appear in court Thursday. The couple both face murder charges related to the February 2018 beating death of the 10-year-old girl. The annulment petition alleges that Julio was still legally married to another woman when he married Sharon in 2015.
Introduced illegally, landlocked alewives could have a negative and permanent impact on Beech Hill Pond fisheries
–Landlocked alewives were discovered in the Hancock County pond this fall as biologists used live-capture nets to study fish there. The alewives, which cannot get into Beech Hill by natural means, could have a negative and long-lasting impact on the pond’s salmon and lake trout fisheries.
–Police were investigating a student’s report that a classmate intended to shoot up one of the city’s schools. But it turned out to be a false report, and Ellsworth police have charged the student with making a false report and creating a false public alarm.
–In Ellsworth this weekend, it’s Fogtown Brewing’s first anniversary at their cozy and cool Ellsworth brewery, and there’s a party there on Friday featuring lots of great local bands including the Fremont Street String Band, Beach Trash and Curtis Russet. Also on Friday in Ellsworth, Maine’s number one comedian Bob Marley does an encore show at the Grand Theatre at 7 p.m. Here’s what else is going on.
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