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Maine House votes to eliminate police data sharing center

Jun. 14, 2021 14:58 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine House voted Monday to eliminate the state’s secretive “fusion center” created in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks to ensure data is shared among law enforcement agencies. The 88-54 vote followed a whistleblower lawsuit...

Motorcyclist killed, passenger injured in Augusta crash

Jun. 13, 2021 13:21 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A motorcyclist was killed and his passenger seriously injured in a crash with a vehicle in Augusta on Saturday night, police said. The crash happened as the driver of a sports utility vehicle was making a left turn off of Civic Center Drive onto...

Pastor seeks understanding with vandal, not prosecution

Jun. 13, 2021 11:13 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The pastor of a vandalized Georgia church said he doesn't want to seek criminal charges, but instead seeks to reach out to the person who graffitied the church's buildings. “My concern was not about the building. It was about the person,” Will...

4 inmates may have contracted tuberculosis in Georgia prison

Jun. 12, 2021 11:57 AM EDT

ALAMO, Ga. (AP) — At least four inmates may have contracted tuberculosis at a privately run state prison in south Georgia. The Georgia Department of Public Health tells WMAZ-TV that one case has been confirmed and three are suspected at Wheeler Correctional Facility in...

More judicial circuits could split after Columbia exits

Jun. 12, 2021 11:36 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Leaders in counties in at least three other Georgia judicial circuits are interested in splitting up after Columbia County successfully persuaded lawmakers to break it off from what had been a three-county Augusta Judicial Circuit. The Administrative...

6-year-old boy drives, crashes SUV, is not injured

Jun. 08, 2021 11:46 AM EDT

LIVERMORE FALLS, Maine (AP) — A 6-year-old boy took the keys to an SUV, drove it and crashed it Saturday, but was not injured, police in Maine said. The child's caretaker told police in Livermore Falls the boy had gone to bed around 8 p.m. but then got up and took the...

Georgia woman arrested after mom's body buried in backyard

Jun. 07, 2021 15:00 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia woman was charged with concealing a death after the remains of her mother were found buried in the backyard of their home, authorities said. Officers who were called to a home on Thursday about a report of a suspicious situation discovered...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Jun. 04, 2021 10:24 AM EDT

Hearst Connecticut Media. June 4, 2021. Editorial: Declaring racism a public health crisis a bold step for CT, but there’s more to do Connecticut becomes a better state when it questions its identity. Children of color should see reflections of...

Mask tension lingers as Maine lawmakers return to statehouse

Jun. 02, 2021 15:29 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Tensions between Republicans and Democrats over the use of masks lingered in the Maine Legislature on Wednesday when lawmakers returned to the Maine State House. Maine has lifted mask requirements in most of the state, but they are still required...

Maine children's support center will grow thanks to $1M gift

May. 31, 2021 12:44 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A family has donated $1 million to grow a services organization in Maine that works with children with special needs. Charlie and Nancy Shuman made the gift to the Children's Center, which provides early childhood intervention and family support...