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Trial of Maine man in Alaska woman's death underway

Jan. 20, 2022 02:33 AM EST

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The trial of a Maine man who is charged in the death of a woman at an Alaska university in the 1990s is underway after numerous delays. Steven Downs, 47, of Auburn, is on trial for charges including murder and sexual assault in the death of 20-year-old...

Blunt scores 23 to lead UMass Lowell over Maine 71-62

Jan. 19, 2022 21:51 PM EST

LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — Allin Blunt had a career-high 23 points as UMass Lowell beat Maine 71-62 on Wednesday night. Blunt made 4 of 6 3-pointers. Kalil Thomas had 13 points and six rebounds for UMass Lowell (10-7, 2-3 America East Conference). Justin Faison added 11...

Report says Maine should change language in correction laws

Jan. 19, 2022 19:26 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine should rewrite some of its laws relating to the state corrections department so that the language is not demeaning to people in its system, who are regularly referred to in statutes as “prisoner, inmate or convict,” according to a report that's under review by a...

New state insurance marketplace sees ups, downs

Jan. 19, 2022 17:58 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s state-run health insurance marketplace encountered problems for consumers and brokers during its first few months in operation, but also enrolled 10% more people than the previous year. The state's new marketplace started in November, and open...

Thousands lose power in far northern Maine

Jan. 19, 2022 17:37 PM EST

MADAWASKA, Maine (AP) — Thousands of customers were without power in far northern Maine on Wednesday due to a disruption of electricity on the other side of the Canadian border. Power company Versant Power said more than 11,000 customers lost power. Almost all of those were in...

DOL miscue allows personal information to be seen by others

Jan. 19, 2022 17:11 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Department of Labor says personal information belonging to 146 unemployment benefit recipients were seen by others because of a mistake made while uploading tax documents. The documents were loaded into the incorrect accounts, making the benefits and...

Portland officer charged with assault for on-duty incident

Jan. 19, 2022 13:42 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Portland police officer has been charged with assault for an incident that happened on duty last May, officials said Wednesday. Patrol officer Christopher Crout was issued a summons after an investigation into the incident on May 2, officials said. ...

Waters off New England hit record fall temperature in '21

Jan. 19, 2022 10:27 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A body of water off New England and Canada had its warmest fall surface temperatures on record last year, a Maine science center reported. The Gulf of Maine has long been a focus of climate scientists because it is warming faster than most of the world's...

Supporters of consumer-owned utility aiming for 2023 ballot

Jan. 19, 2022 09:23 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Falling shy of their signature-gathering goal, supporters of a referendum drive aimed at establishing a consumer-owned electric utility will extend their efforts — delaying a potential vote until next year. Canvassers collected nearly three quarters of the...

Small town is against big quarry near Penobscot River

Jan. 18, 2022 21:08 PM EST

HEAGAN MOUNTAIN, Maine (AP) — A dispute is heating up between residents of a small town on the Penobscot River and a Virginia-based mining company that wants to quarry granite there, after the company applied for two key permits last month. Salmons, Inc. has already purchased most...