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It will likely take donations to help the Twin Cities recover from damage by looters; and state and local governments look for relief in next stimulus bill.

2020Talks - June 5, 2020 


Democrats and Republicans have had drastically different responses to President Trump's militarized response to protests in the nation's capital. And, new electoral maps will be drawn next year, some by legislatures and others by outside entities.

Public News Service - ME: Health

According to federal OSHA guidelines, hair salons are

TOPSHAM, Maine -- Maine is one of the first states to reopen hair salons, but so far, many who work in salons say it hasn't been worth it. On May 1, Maine included hair salons in its first phase of business reopening after the COVID-19 shutdown. While many were eager to open, some salon owners hav

Gov. Janet Mills extended Maine's state of emergency until May 15, which currently includes the stay-at-home order. Until there is the ability to implement widespread testing, infectious disease specialists caution against opening state economies. (Airman 1st Class Sara Kolinski/U.S. National Guard)

AUGUSTA, Maine -- Maine Gov. Janet Mills says she is coordinating plans with the governors of New Hampshire and Vermont to reopen the economy once it is safe to lift stay-at-home orders. But according to an infectious disease expert, a few measures must be in place to lower the chances of COVID-19

Houlton Regional Hospital in rural Aroostook County had to announce pay cuts between 2% and 10% for high- and mid-level salaried employees last week, and one furlough day a month for hourly workers. (Houlton Regional Hospital)

AUGUSTA, Maine -- Gov. Janet Mills has announced $10 million in state funding to help Maine hospitals struggling financially in the COVID-19 outbreak. Hospital officials say it's welcome -- but a drop in the bucket. At a Tuesday news conference, Mills said the supplemental financing is from the Mai

An estimated 100,000 Maine residents remain uninsured.(Wavebreak/iStockphoto)

AUGUSTA, Maine - Health care advocates are speaking out on the Trump administration's decision against a special enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act, which would have made it easier to get subsidized health care plans during the COVID-19 crisis. The administration doesn't want to undermi

Maine was the only state in the Northeast that blocked Medicaid expansion, which explains part of why it had the highest rate of children who were uninsured in the region last year. (LMMiller9/Pixabay)

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine had the highest rate of uninsured children in the Northeast in 2018, according to new findings. The Georgetown University Center for Children and Families released a report today that detailed how larger numbers of children have been uninsured since 2016, reversing a nearly d

Maine has seen a 41.5% drop in opioid prescriptions since 2013. (Tech. Sgt. Mark R.W. Orders-Woempner/U.S. Air Force)

AUGUSTA, Maine — Experts from across the country are in Maine today for the state's first Opioid Response Summit. Gov. Janet Mills will be joined by health-care providers, law enforcement and people affected by the crisis. Though overdose deaths in the state were down from 417 in 2017 to 354

So far this year, 12 states have enacted some type of abortion ban. (Charles Edward Miller/Flickr)

AUGUSTA, Maine – A mid-year report on abortion access in the United States puts the state-level divide on abortion policy front and center. The Guttmacher Institute reports that legislatures across the South, Midwest and Plains states enacted 58 abortion restrictions, nearly half of which wo

More than 4,000 parents and caretaker relatives have signed up for MaineCare Expansion this year. (BewitchingGrace/Creative Commons)

AUGUSTA, Maine – According to a new report, Maine ranked among the five worst states in decreasing the uninsured rate for women of childbearing age from 2013 to 2017. The Georgetown University Center for Children and Families assessed the impact of Medicaid expansion on maternal health covera

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