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Farmland trust leader to take over as Maine ag commissioner

Jan. 18, 2019 2:35 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's governor says she is nominating the president of the Maine Farmland Trust to serve as the new leader of the state's department that oversees agriculture. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills says Amanda Beal is fit to be the next commissioner of the Department of Agriculture,...

Dad, daughter serving together in Maine House, 1st on record

Jan. 18, 2019 1:31 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — More women are serving in Maine's Legislature than ever before, and this session will also see the state's first recorded instance of a father and daughter serving side-by-side in the same chamber. Republican Reps. Amy Arata and Richard Bradstreet have both begun two-year terms in the...

Teacher accused of sexually assaulting student changing plea

Jan. 18, 2019 12:21 PM EST

FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — A former teacher at a private Christian school in Maine accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old student is expected to change his plea to guilty this month. Thirty-seven-year-old Derek Michael Boyce was arrested in September after police say the girl's mother caught him at her...

Another ice disk grabs attention in Maine

Jan. 18, 2019 11:45 AM EST

MILLINOCKET, Maine (AP) — The massive ice disk that formed on a Maine river has a baby brother. Officials at Baxter State Park in northern Maine shared a photo of an ice disk that's about 30 or 40 feet wide, located in wilderness more than 200 miles north of much larger disk that formed in Westbrook....

Bill would end non-medical vaccine exemptions in Maine

Jan. 18, 2019 11:15 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Lawmakers in Maine will consider a bill designed to end non-medical exemptions from childhood vaccinations this year. Maine has one of the lowest vaccination rates for children entering kindergarten. It's also home the country's highest rate of whooping cough, a dangerous disease that...

Unemployment remains low in Maine

Jan. 18, 2019 10:48 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine labor officials say the state's low unemployment rate held steady in December. The Maine Department of Labor said Friday that the 3.4 percent unemployment rate was unchanged from October and November. The rate was up from 3.1 percent a year ago, but remained at historic lows....

Man who pleaded guilty to sending emails wants early release

Jan. 18, 2019 9:20 AM EST

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — A man who pleaded guilty to sending false, threatening emails that appeared to be from police has asked a judge for his release from prison until he's sentenced. The Portsmouth Herald reports a lawyer for 23-year-old Austin Santoro, of York, Maine, filed a memo in federal court in...

Maine man killed in snowmobile crash

Jan. 18, 2019 8:27 AM EST

ROXBURY, Maine (AP) — Game wardens say a snowmobile operator died in a crash in Roxbury, becoming the second person killed in a snowmobile crash this season in Maine. Wardens say 47-year-old Gregory Simmons, of Andover, Maine, was thrown from his snowmobile Thursday evening on a trail in the town north of...

Drug Enforcement Agency launches app for anonymous tips

Jan. 18, 2019 12:25 AM EST

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency has released a new cellphone app where people can anonymously report suspected drug activity. Officials say the Maine DEA app released Thursday allows agents to respond as part of an anonymous two-way conversation. The app, created by developer...

Lawmakers target back pay for low-wage federal employees

Jan. 18, 2019 12:16 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's independent senator is among a group of lawmakers promoting legislation to secure back pay for employees who work as contractors for the U.S. government during the ongoing federal shutdown. The bill is called the Fair Compensation for Low-Wage Contractor Employees Act. Sen....