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Maine moose hunters gearing up for state's permit lottery

Jan. 22, 2020 1:10 AM EST

JACKMAN, Maine (AP) — Maine's big game hunting seasons are months away, but the state is starting the process of accepting applications for the moose hunt. The Maine moose hunt typically draws tens of thousands of applicants for a couple thousand permits. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and...

Gov. Janet Mills delivers her State of the State address at the Capitol in Augusta, Maine, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. The Democratic governor used her first State of the State address on Tuesday to paint a picture of the Pine Tree State as a home of compromise and bipartisanship in an era marked by political gridlock elsewhere. (Natalie Williams/The Bangor Daily News via AP)

Maine gov: State rising above partisanship in rancorous era

Jan. 21, 2020 10:32 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's Democratic governor used her first State of the State address on Tuesday to paint a picture of the Pine Tree State as a home of compromise and bipartisanship in an era marked by political gridlock elsewhere. Gov. Janet Mills themed her address “We are not Washington; we...

Verso moves forward with $400M deal that includes Maine mill

Jan. 21, 2020 8:54 PM EST

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A paper mill company announced it has the necessary regulatory approvals to move forward with plans to sell its Maine mill as part of a $400 million deal. Ohio-based Verso Corp. will receive its final approval on Jan. 31, when shareholders meet in New York to vote on the sale at the...

Faculty member fired after sexual abuse allegation

Jan. 21, 2020 8:37 PM EST

FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — University of Maine at Farmington officials announced the termination of a part-time faculty member Tuesday after the school reviewed allegations that he sexually abused a minor at a New York City school in the 1990s. University President Edward Serna announced in a statement that...

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2020 file photo, House speaker Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, flashes a thumbs up at a Democratic colleague prior to the start of the first session of the new year at the State House House in Augusta, Maine. Planned Parenthood announced Tuesday that it is endorsing Gideon, a Democratic challenger to Republican Sen. Susan Collins in Maine, saying Collins “turned her back” on women and citing her vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court as well as other judicial nominees who oppose abortion.  (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Planned Parenthood endorses challenger to Sen. Susan Collins

Jan. 21, 2020 5:48 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Planned Parenthood on Tuesday endorsed a Democratic challenger to Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, saying Collins “turned her back” on women and citing her vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court as well as other judicial nominees who oppose...

Maine task force wants to limit size of ATVs on some trails

Jan. 21, 2020 1:30 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A task force convened by the governor of Maine is recommending numerous changes to the way the state regulates all-terrain vehicles, which could be subject to new size limits. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills created the task force to help the state cope with increasing ATV registrations...

FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2018 file photo, ice fisherman Roger Dupuis, of Waltham, Mass., shows off a pair of rainbow smelt he caught on the Kennebec River in Randolph, Maine. Maine's smelts, a small fish beloved by ice fisherman, appear to be continuing a rebound in population after years of decline. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Smelts, sought by Maine ice fishermen, continue rebound

Jan. 20, 2020 3:33 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's smelts, a small fish beloved by ice fishermen, appear to be continuing a rebound in population after years of decline . Rainbow smelts come to shallow freshwater streams to spawn every spring, which make them a popular target of ice fishermen in the winter. Ice fishing...

Historic Maine library to be renovated with humanities grant

Jan. 20, 2020 2:36 PM EST

KITTERY, Maine (AP) — The National Endowment for the Humanities will help renovate a historic library in southern Maine that dates to the 19th century. The town of Kittery has received $500,000 from the agency for renovation and expansion of Rice Public Library, said Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins and...

Maine taking last comments about hemp farming rules

Jan. 20, 2020 1:12 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine agriculture officials are taking the last of the comments about changes to the rules that regulate the state's growing hemp industry. The state has said the new rules are designed to help growers in the state ease into compliance with new federal rules, which are also in...

Man suffers frostbite, hypothermia in cold-weather crash

Jan. 20, 2020 12:23 PM EST

DYER BROOK, Maine (AP) — A man who crashed his car on Interstate 95 suffered from hypothermia and frostbite, in addition to crash injuries, after having to seek help in bitter cold weather. Richard Matthews ran about a mile in subzero temperatures to get help after his car went off the interstate and into...