PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Cases of the coronavirus in Maine are growing, and the state's governor said Tuesday that officials are reviewing public health recommendations about the virus.
The number of daily coronavirus infections has quadrupled in Maine over the last two weeks.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Public health authorities in Maine said a second case of a rare tick-borne infection has been located in the state.
The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday that laboratory tests confirmed a case of Powassan virus in a resident of Knox County.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A commission in Maine is going to study ways to implement a paid family medical leave policy for the state.
Gov. Janet Mills signed a bill about the proposal into law earlier in July.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine officials cautioned on Monday that air quality will be worse than typical in the early part of this week due to smoke from fires elsewhere in the U.S. and Canada.
The Maine Department of Environmental Protection said particle pollution concentrations started to rise in the state's western mountains earlier in the day Monday than expected.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Some unemployment claimants in Maine and elsewhere will soon have to submit proof that they were employed when they lost a job due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The federal government is requiring the proof of employment by Aug.
Firefighters doused a pair of fires in schools — one in northern Maine and the other in southern Maine — over the weekend, officials said.
A fire destroyed one of the two wings of the Dr. Levesque Elementary School in Frenchville on Sunday, forcing School Administrative District 33 leaders to meet Monday to come up with a plan for the coming school year.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The month of July is now designated in honor of Maine's most popular fruit crop.
The U.S. Senate has unanimously passed a resolution to designate July as “National Blueberry Month.” Maine Republican Sen.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's bear hunters can start setting bait for the animals later this week.
Maine has a large and growing black bear population that numbers about 35,000. State biologists have said that population is growing by about 3% every year.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine is working with a tax assistance coalition to help low-income residents get more money out of their tax returns.
Democratic Sen. Eloise Vitelli proposed a bill to make state funding available to CA$H Maine, a group that is made up of more than four dozen nonprofit and for-profit institutions.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Proposed rules designed to protect a declining species of whale have arrived at the White House for review.
The federal government is working on rules designed to reduce risk to North Atlantic right whales.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine teachers will be protected by a new law designed to prevent workplace bullying of educators.
The proposal requires school districts to have internal policies that address and stop bullying and harassment of educators and school staff members.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine is home to the last wild Atlantic salmon populations in the U.S., but a new push to protect the fish at the state level is unlikely to land them on the endangered list.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine residents soon will be able to register to vote via a secure online portal.
Gov. Janet Mills, a Democrat, has signed a proposal passed by the Maine Legislature that proponents said will expand voting access.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A consultant hired by Maine's largest city to review a police response to Black Lives Matter protests last year has found that local law enforcement acted appropriately.
Portland hired consultants CliftonLarsonAllen to audit the police response to protests that drew hundreds of people to the city in June 2020.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine will celebrate its wild blueberry crop with a new weekend of events in early August.
Maine is home to the only commercial-scale wild blueberry producers in the U.S., and the wild blueberry is the official state berry.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The number of new coronavirus cases has ticked up in Maine in recent weeks, but state health officials say they aren't sounding the alarm about it yet.
The state's daily caseload had dwindled in early summer, with less than 20 new cases reported on some days in June and early July.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — About 125 Maine National Guard members are going to deploy this fall to the Mexican border, replacing others who's already deployed.
The soldiers will provide support for Customers and Border Patrol agents for about a year, much like the 262nd Engineer Company that returns this fall, the Maine National Guard said.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The pace and price of home sales in Maine increased again last month as the state's housing market stayed hot.
The Maine Association of Realtors said Thursday the statewide median sales price increased by $5,000 to $310,000 in June.
GORHAM, Maine (AP) — An airplane's landing gear fell from the sky onto a golf course in Maine but no one was hurt, police said.
The strut with tire and wheel crashed onto the seventh hole fairway Tuesday evening at the Gorham Country Club, said Sgt.
FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — The federal government is going to help fund a dam removal project in Maine that conservationists have said is critical to restoring fish habitat.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is giving more than $300,000 toward the Walton's Mill Dam removal project.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's largest airport is in line to set a record for summer travel.
The Portland International Jetport has been busier than usual as travelers resumed flying, and the number of airplane seats for sale into and out of Portland broke records in July and August, the Portland Press Herald reported.
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (AP) — Maine's governor and congressional delegation believe it's time to open the international border to vaccinated Canadians.
Maine is home to several border communities that have been disrupted by the closed border during the coronavirus pandemic.
HOLDEN, Maine (AP) — Maine officials have proposed preserving more than 1,600 acres of wetlands to help offset the environmental impact of a highway construction project that has drawn criticism.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's so-called “rainy day” fund has grown to nearly $500 million, the highest total ever recorded, despite the pandemic, Gov. Janet Mills said.
Republicans previously said the Democratic governor would drain the fund, but she announced a $224 million deposit on Tuesday.
A New York man and a Maine woman are facing charges over cocaine disguised as a cake that was seized from their vehicle, the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency said Wednesday.
Acting on a tip, police stopped the car on Interstate 295 in Gardiner on Tuesday, and a drug-sniffing dog found 4 pounds (2 kilograms) of cocaine worth $200,000 on the street, the MDEA said.
People are cleaning up from powerful thunderstorms in parts of northern New England, and more unsettled weather is on tap Wednesday.
Summer storms knocked down trees and power lines and caused flash flooding Tuesday evening in parts of Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A local group headed by a former soccer player has proposed two sites for a stadium that it hopes would anchor a new men's professional soccer team in Portland.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Many boats aren't complying with federal speed restrictions designed to protect an endangered species of whale, an environmental advocacy group said Wednesday.
The federal government uses voluntary and mandatory speed reduction zones to protect North Atlantic right whales, which number only about 360 and are vulnerable to ship strikes.
HALLOWELL, Maine (AP) — A Democratic state lawmaker has taken down her Facebook account after criticism from conservatives over a social media post that said straight, white men “are too emotional to be in politics.”
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Supreme Judicial Court is allowing the state more time for redistricting because of delays in the release of detailed population data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Under the Maine Constitution, lawmakers have until early June of the year following every U.S.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The City Council in Maine's largest city has decided to continue a pandemic rule to allow outdoor dining and retail to remain in place until at least the fall.
Portland is looking to end a local emergency declaration about the pandemic on July 29.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's U.S. senators have joined a push to help intelligence professionals increase their mobility.
Republican Sen. Susan Collins and independent Sen. Angus King want to allow the intelligence workers to deduct some moving expenses from federal taxes.
LITTLETON, Maine (AP) — One of Maine's nine covered bridges — and the only one in Aroostook County — has been destroyed by fire, officials said Tuesday.
The Littleton Fire Department doused the blaze on the Watson Settlement Bridge but little was left other than the frame on Monday.
PATTEN, Maine (AP) — The head of a Canadian mining company has defended comments in which he touted the state of Maine as a good place to do business because of a lack of rights for tribal groups.
Wolfden Resources wants to develop a precious minerals mine in rural Maine.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine is close to creating a commission to study a way to implement paid family leave in the state.
The Maine Senate voted to enact the proposal on Monday. Proposal sponsor Sen.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government is making $200 million available for logging businesses that have been hurt by the pandemic.
Republican Sen. Susan Collins and Democratic Rep. Jared Golden were co-authors of the Loggers Relief Act, and they pressed for the funding to be expedited by the U.S.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Democratic Gov. Janet Mills signed off Monday on nearly $1 billion in federal pandemic stimulus spending, but the bill failed to gain enough support to go into effect immediately.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Two members of the child welfare ombudsman's board have resigned, citing concerns about child welfare practices and suggesting the Department of Health and Human Services isn't receptive to oversight.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine voters could be the first state in the U.S. to decide to amend the state constitution to establish growing and consuming food as a constitutional right.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Gas prices in northern New England have held about the same over the last week.
Prices are up in the region and all over the country compared to last year, but stayed the same in Maine and New Hampshire last week.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The percentage of Maine teenagers and 12-year-olds who have had at least one dose of coronavirus vaccine has exceeded 50%.
Maine has been ahead of most of the country in vaccinating residents against COVID-19.
FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — A standoff between police and an armed man that stretched for nearly 24 hours ended Monday morning, police said.
State police tactical team members began departing after a man was taken into custody, officials said.
EAST BOOTHBAY, Maine (AP) — A Maine marine science lab is set to receive about $2 million to study the resiliency of deep sea ecosystems in the era of climate change.
Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree said the National Science Foundation is giving the grant to Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in East Boothbay.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — New coral protections are scheduled to take effect in the waters off New England later this month.
The National Marine Fisheries Service has published new rules designed to protect corals on Georges Bank and in the Gulf of Maine.
FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — A central Maine bridge will be replaced at a cost of $1.75 million.
The Maine Department of Transportation said it is replacing the Hamlin Bridge, which takes Route 133 over Wilson Stream in Farmington.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine is home to a new law that extends family medical leave protections to some grandparents.
The proposal makes Maine Family Medical Leave protections available to working grandparents who must take time off to care for a grandchild who has a severe medical condition.
WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — The Maine International Film Festival is wrapping up this weekend with a full schedule of showings.
The annual film festival, which began on July 9 and concludes Sunday, has had showings at the Waterville Opera House, Railroad Square Cinema, the Skowhegan Drive-in Theater and online.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A federal judge has ordered two men to pay back a total of more than $2.4 million for their role in defrauding a health care insurance provider for low-income people in Maine.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A bill requiring manufacturers to report their use of a class of toxic chemicals and phase them out by 2030 is now the law in Maine.
The law that took effect Thursday was one of several legislative proposals to address contamination by so-called PFAS, short for perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, which have long been used in a variety of consumer products.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A bill to create a new Office of Affordable Health Care in Maine has become law.
The bill creating an independent, nonpartisan agency to attempt to control health care spending and improve access to quality care became law without the governor’s signature on Thursday.