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Washington Wizards fire coach Scott Brooks after 5 seasons

Jun. 16, 2021 17:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russell Westbrook, Bradley Beal and the Wizards will have another coach next season after general manager Tommy Sheppard decided the organization is better off moving on from coach Scott Brooks. Washington made the playoffs three times under Brooks but...

Proposal to replace Maine power companies moves ahead

Jun. 16, 2021 17:33 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A proposal to replace power companies in Maine with a consumer-owned utility is moving forward in the Maine Legislature. Critics of the two biggest power companies in the state, Versant and Central Maine Power, want to replace the companies with a...

Maine regulators suspend crematorium services

Jun. 16, 2021 17:32 PM EDT

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Maine regulators have filed an order to suspend the operations and the funeral license of Affordable Cremation Solutions after the remains of 11 people were discovered in an unrefrigerated room. An investigator said that the “odor of...

Maine to give someone $1 for each vaccinated person in state

Jun. 16, 2021 14:49 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine is going to offer a cash prize of more than $875,000 to try to convince more people in the state to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. More than 56% of the state’s total population is fully vaccinated against coronavirus. That’s one...

Facial recognition bill gets initial approval in Maine

Jun. 16, 2021 13:16 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A proposal for Maine to require statewide regulations on the use of facial recognition by police and other agencies has cleared its first hurdle in the state Legislature. It was unanimously approved by Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee...

Colorado couple donates $25M to Maine Medical Center

Jun. 16, 2021 09:58 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Colorado couple is donating $25 million to a capital campaign for Maine Medical Center, the state’s largest hospital. The largest single donation to the hospital comes from John and Leslie Malone, who spend summers in Boothbay Harbor. Leslie...

MacKenzie Scott donates $4M to Maine arts programs

Jun. 16, 2021 09:55 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott has included the Maine Community Foundation’s Maine Expansion Arts Fund and Yarmouth's 317 Main Community Center in her latest round of donations. The Maine Expansion Arts Fund received $2.5 million and...

House rejects popular elections for constitutional officers

Jun. 15, 2021 18:41 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A proposed constitutional amendment to require popular elections for Maine’s attorney general, secretary of state and treasurer has fallen short in the House. A two-thirds majority is required in both chambers to send the proposed amendment to...

Bill to close youth detention center is on governor's desk

Jun. 15, 2021 16:37 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Legislature has voted to close the state's only youth detention center, but the governor hasn't said whether she'll sign the bill. The proposal would direct the Maine Department of Corrections to make a plan to close the Long Creek Youth...

Applications available for $1,500 bonus for taking job

Jun. 15, 2021 11:27 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Mainers can begin filing for a $1,500 cash incentive for taking jobs during the summer effective Tuesday. The governor announced the Back-to-Work program a day earlier to provide an incentive for people to get to work this summer. Workers who begin...