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Nobel Prize winner for physics dies in Maine

SACO, Maine (AP) — A physics professor who earned a Nobel prize for pioneering work that changed the way physicists think about phase transitions has died in Maine at age 77.

Kenneth Wilson was in the physics department at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., when he won the Nobel Prize in 1982 for applying his research in quantum physics to phase transitions, creating a mathematical tool called the Renormalization Group that is still used in physics.

The son of a Harvard chemist, the Waltham, Mass., native joined Cornell University in 1963 and later retired from Ohio State University, where he founded the Physics Education Research Group.

Wilson had been living in Maine in Gray. Friends and family say he died Saturday at a nursing home in Saco from complications of lymphoma.


Assistant GOP leader backs Medicaid veto override

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Senate’s assistant Republican Leader who helped craft a Medicaid expansion compromise says he is hopeful they can get enough votes to override Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s veto.

Roger Katz of Augusta said on Tuesday that he is disappointed in the veto to expand Medicaid coverage, which came Monday night.

Katz authored an amendment to cut off Maine’s participation in the expansion after three years, designed to ease Republican concerns about the potential costs on the state when the federal government begins to lower its share.

Votes in the House and Senate last week fell just short of the two-thirds majority now

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