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Maine's opioid crisis continues to worsen amid pandemic

Oct. 21, 2020 1:59 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's drug overdose crisis has worsened during the pandemic, largely because of the opioid epidemic, the state's attorney general said Wednesday. A report compiled by Marcella Sorg of the University of Maine's Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center showed that drugs caused 132 deaths in...

Maine farmers eligible for federal assistance due to drought

Oct. 21, 2020 10:52 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The federal government is making Maine's farmers eligible for disaster relief assistance due to the drought that has affected the state. Most of Maine is facing extreme or severe levels of drought, according to the United States Drought Monitor. U.S. Department of Agriculture...

Maine unemployment dips to 6.1%; state passes 6,000 cases

Oct. 21, 2020 10:11 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Unemployment in Maine has dipped close to 6% as the state's economy continues to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, the state's governor said. Maine unemployment fell from 7% in August to 6.1% in September, Democratic Gov. Janet Mills said. The number of unemployed people in the...

Buyers line up to purchase cannabis products at Theory Wellness on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, in South Portland, Maine. Friday is the first day of legal marijuana sales for adult recreational use in the state. (AP Photo/David Sharp)

Lawsuit filed over Maine marijuana retail licenses

Oct. 21, 2020 9:53 AM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Two small Maine-based marijuana businesses are suing the agency that oversees recreational marijuana operations, arguing state licenses were illegally awarded to out-of-state owners. State law requires owners of marijuana operations to live in Maine and to have filed state income...

Database shows Maine has more than 600 kinds of spiders

Oct. 21, 2020 1:45 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A database published by the Maine Forest Service shows that the state has more than 600 kinds of spiders. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry said the state's spider checklist is the result of 14 years of work and collaboration between the state and...

Military personnel enter the Sudima Hotel in Christchurch, New Zealand, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. A number of fishing crew who flew into New Zealand on chartered planes have the coronavirus. The crew members have been in quarantine at the Christchurch hotel since they arrived, and tested positive during routine testing, officials said. The news could deal a blow to New Zealand’s efforts to restart its fishing industry, which has struggled to find local workers to crew fishing vessels.  (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

The Latest: Imported workers test positive in New Zealand

Oct. 20, 2020 10:27 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Eighteen fishing crewmen who last week flew to New Zealand from Moscow have tested positive for the coronavirus, underscoring the difficulty New Zealand faces in trying to import needed workers while remaining virtually virus free. A total of 235 crew from Russia and Ukraine were...

Maine sets state record for absentee ballot use

Oct. 20, 2020 6:25 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine voters have set a state record for use of absentee ballots with two weeks still to go before Election Day. Mainers have successfully returned more than 278,000 of the ballots so far. The number of votes cast so far represents roughly a quarter of the number of registered voters...

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Campaign signs link Gideon with police defunding movement

Oct. 20, 2020 4:51 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Democratic Party tried to associate Republican Sen. Susan Collins with a polarizing president with campaign signs that said “Trump/Collins.” The Republican Party responded by with its own signs declaring, “Vote Sara Gideon/DEFUND THE POLICE!” Jason...

Church outbreak grows; Mills spars with GOP on Pence rally

Oct. 20, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

BROOKS, Maine (AP) — A coronavirus outbreak centered around a church in a small town in Maine has grown to more than 40 cases and could spread significantly, public health authorities in the state said Tuesday. The outbreak began at Brooks Pentecostal Church in the small Waldo County town of Brooks, Maine...

Man arrested in California stemming from 2016 Maine killing

Oct. 20, 2020 4:30 PM EDT

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Police in Maine said a 23-year-old man was arrested in California in connection with a 2016 shooting death in Portland. Aristotle Stilley, formerly of South Portland, was arrested in Sacramento, California, early Tuesday morning, Portland police said. A Cumberland County grand...