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Some legislative leaders benefited from pandemic loans

Jul. 6, 2020 9:18 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A federal program criticized by Democratic House Speaker Sara Gideon for helping special interests provided a forgivable loan of between $1 million and $2 million to the law firm where her husband works, according to data released by the Small Business Administration on Monday. Other...

3 Democrats appear together for last time before primary

Jul. 6, 2020 9:01 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — One of three Democratic candidates vying to try to unseat Republican Sen. Susan Collins sought to use the front-runner's prolific fundraising against her during their final gathering on Monday ahead of next week's primary. Attorney Bre Kidman of Saco asked House Speaker Sara Gideon...

Colleges' reopening plans could have bigger impact in Maine

Jul. 6, 2020 1:59 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — There's going to be a ripple effect through the Maine economy as colleges decide whether to reopen this fall. A report issued in June by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston found that Maine leads the region in terms of the number of municipalities that are heavily dependent on...

$17M paving project continues, tie-ups possible in Bath area

Jul. 6, 2020 9:20 AM EDT

BATH, Maine (AP) — A $17 million road paving project in the Bath area will result in ramp closures and possible traffic tie-ups in the coming week. The Maine Department of Transportation is slated to perform the paving work on Route 1 in Bath and Brunswick. It's part of ongoing work that begins at the...

Maine bird lovers will go on with annual loon count

Jul. 6, 2020 2:30 AM EDT

SEBAGO, Maine (AP) — The Maine Audubon Society is going ahead with its annual count of common loons this year. Loons have recovered slowly in population in Maine over the last four decades. The Audubon Society said its 37th annual count is scheduled to take place on the morning of July 18. Hundreds of...

Cutter departs Portsmouth Naval Shipyard for last time

Jul. 6, 2020 2:00 AM EDT

KITTERY, Maine (AP) — The Coast Guard Cutter Reliance is leaving Portsmouth Naval Shipyard for the last time. The 210-foot Reliance, which has spent 32 years in Maine and New Hampshire, was departing on patrol Monday. The ship will then continue next month to its new home at a Navy base in Pensacola,...

Massachusetts moves forward reopening; RI students scramble

Jul. 5, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

Most of Massachusetts is moving forward with the next phase of its economic reopening, which covers many indoor venues like gyms, museums movie theaters and casinos, effective on Monday. The governor's order covers all of the state except Boston, where the changes will take effect on July 13. Gov. Charlie Baker...

Cancer researchers in Maine awarded grant of $1.9 million

Jul. 5, 2020 4:12 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The National Cancer Institute has awarded a grant of nearly $2 million to Maine Medical Center Research Institute to look into how fat cells cause tumor cells to resist current treatments. The research focuses on the incurable blood cancer multiple myeloma but could apply to other...

FILE - In this June 10, 2020, file photo, Olivia Chan's father helps her with a new mask she received during a graduation ceremony for her Pre-K class in front of Bradford School in Jersey City, N.J. School districts across America are in the midst of wrenching decisions during the summer about how to resume classes in settings radically altered by the coronavirus pandemic, with socially distanced school buses, virtual learning, outdoor classrooms and quarantine protocols for infected children as the new norm. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Debates turn emotional as schools decide how and if to open

Jul. 5, 2020 11:31 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — School districts across America are in the midst of making wrenching decisions over how to resume classes in settings radically altered by the coronavirus pandemic, with school buses running below capacity, virtual learning, outdoor classrooms and quarantine protocols for infected...

In this Thursday, June 4, 2020 photo, cabins awaits campers at the Camp Winnebago summer camp in Fayette, Maine. The boys camp is going ahead with plans to open with a reduction in the number of campers and other changes to comply with guidelines for helping prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Many of the nation's 15,000-plus summer camps opting to close because of health concerns surrounding the pandemic, or because of delays in receiving rules or guidelines from licensing officials. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Fewer will attend camp this summer; some camps won't survive

Jul. 5, 2020 10:25 AM EDT

FAYETTE, Maine (AP) — Camp Winnebago was founded during the Spanish Flu and weathered all manner of health scares from polio to the swine flu over a century. It wasn't about to let the coronavirus stop the fun. But things will be different this summer at this camp and others that buck the trend and welcome...