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Stools sit on window front counters in a shuttered coffee shop due to the coronavirus pandemic in Portland, Maine, Thursday, April 9, 2020.  (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Maine unemployment surges; nursing home has 13 virus cases

Apr. 9, 2020 4:17 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The number of Mainers filing for unemployment is growing as businesses furlough workers during the coronavirus pandemic. There were about 30,900 unemployment claims in the week ending April 4, setting a new weekly high for the third week in a row, the Maine Department of Labor said...

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 18, 2020 file photo, Visitors to the Department of Labor are turned away at the door by personnel due to closures over coronavirus concerns in New York. Americans are seeking unemployment benefits at unprecedented levels due to the coronavirus, but many are finding more frustration than relief. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Record 16.8 million have sought US jobless aid since virus

Apr. 9, 2020 10:56 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a startling 6.6 million people seeking unemployment benefits last week, the United States has reached a grim landmark: More than one in 10 workers have lost their jobs in just the past three weeks to the coronavirus outbreak. The figures collectively constitute the largest and...

Late-season storm to bring snow to northern New England

Apr. 9, 2020 8:57 AM EDT

A late season storm is bringing the possibility of snow — some of it heavy — to parts of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. A coastal storm will intensify Thursday afternoon, bringing rain along the coast and snow in western and northern Maine, said Derek Schroeter from the National Weather Service...

Maine man hurt in deadly propane blast is returning home

Apr. 8, 2020 8:24 PM EDT

FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — A maintenance supervisor credited with saving lives by evacuating a building minutes before a deadly gas explosion is returning to his home in Maine after more than six months in hospitals in Boston. Larry Lord, 61, of Jay, is expected to return home Friday after being discharged...

$300M contract to get New England Energy Connect moving

Apr. 8, 2020 7:39 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The New England Clean Energy Connect on Wednesday announced it has awarded more than $300 million in contracts for upgrading transmission lines and clearing land for the project led by Central Maine Power. The contract was awarded to Maine-based Cianbro in a joint venture with three...

Sam Mawhinney does his best to bring a moments of joy to motorists as spreads his message of love while walking in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, Wednesday, April 8, 2020. Officials announced Wednesday that Maine now has more than 500 confirmed cases of coronavirus. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Maine schools to remain closed; state wants more test kits

Apr. 8, 2020 5:28 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s education commissioner recommended that school administrators keep classrooms closed and to continue online learning programs for the rest of the academic year. Commissioner Pender Makin said her recommendation is based on guidelines from the federal Centers for...

Chief justice leaving to be dean of Maine's only law school

Apr. 8, 2020 1:32 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The chief justice of Maine's highest court is stepping down to take a position as the dean of the University of Maine School of Law, state officials said Wednesday. Leigh Ingalls Saufley has served as the chief justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court since 2001 and will leave on...

Maine to make farmers markets more accessible to SNAP users

Apr. 8, 2020 1:10 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's state government is working with farmers markets to create a new program that assists the markets in using wireless equipment to process transactions with federal food assistance. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry said on Monday it's working with...

FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2019, file photo, acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly testifies during a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee about about ongoing reports of substandard housing conditions in Washington, on Capitol Hill. Modly says the captain of the COVID-stricken aircraft carrier who was fired last week had betrayed his service and may have been “too naive or too stupid” to be commanding officer of the ship. Officials are confirming that Modly made the comments Sunday, April 5, 2020, to the ship's crew in Guam. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Maine state primary postponed, likely to middle of July

Apr. 7, 2020 4:11 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's state primary can't safely be held in June as planned, and will likely be postponed until July 14, the state's governor said Tuesday. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills said the postponement is about “taking every measure to minimize in-person contact” and avoid...

Let's not add nuisance bears to list of problems, Maine says

Apr. 7, 2020 1:10 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine wildlife officials are asking residents to take precautions to avoid unwanted confrontations with black bears. The state has the largest population of black bears in the contiguous 48 states. Bears are awakening in the state, and they're hungry, which means sometimes they enter...