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Gov. Mills names director of Maine CDC

May. 24, 2019 10:23 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The former head of the Illinois Department of Public Health has been tapped to lead the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills announced the appointment of Nirav Shah this week. The Portland Press Herald reports that Shah will take over the agency...

Maine city restores funds for asylum seekers

May. 21, 2019 12:33 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The City Council in Maine's largest city is restoring funding for a program that provides financial help to asylum seekers who don't qualify for state assistance. The Portland Press Herald reports the Portland City Council voted to restore the funding to its Portland Community...

State, county agree on pre-release center on prison grounds

May. 3, 2019 12:03 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine will build a new pre-release center on the grounds of a former minimum-security prison under an agreement struck by the governor and local lawmakers. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills' announcement Friday follows a showdown over the future of a minimum-security prison that began when...

Democrat-controlled statehouses endorsing clean energy

Apr. 27, 2019 7:39 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Soon after taking office, Maine's Democratic Gov. Janet Mills announced renovation plans for the governor's mansion. She wanted to add solar panels. The move was seen as a rebuke to her predecessor, Republican Gov. Paul LePage, whose administration put a moratorium on new wind...

Maine halting use of photos on food benefit cards

Apr. 26, 2019 6:19 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The administration of Maine Gov. Janet Mills is ending the use of photos on food benefits cards, saying there is no evidence such efforts cut down on fraud. The Democrat's administration said Friday that the state is ending the policy immediately. Republican former Gov. Paul LePage's...

Mills could restore 'neglected' tribal-state commission

Apr. 25, 2019 1:53 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's governor could restore a long-neglected tribal-state commission that saw seats go unfilled under the previous administration. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills' spokesman Scott Ogden said she plans to nominate new members of the Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission "as soon as...

Solar energy threatened in state known for eco-friendly fuel

Apr. 25, 2019 10:34 AM EDT

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) — When Todd Miller began his two-person solar installation business in a suburb of Des Moines, one of the challenges he faced was keeping up with customer orders, as tax incentives and plunging prices for the boxy roof panels created a booming demand for this form of clean energy. Four...

Pot proposal would put Mainers first in line for licenses

Apr. 23, 2019 2:59 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's proposed rules about recreational marijuana call for the people who grow, manufacture and sell pot and pot products to be homegrown. The state released its long-awaited draft rules about the marijuana program late Monday, and the proposal would limit licenses to residents of...

APNewsBreak: Numbers of Maine lawmakers who went on to lobby

Apr. 21, 2019 11:01 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — At least 14 Democrat and eight Republican lawmakers in Maine have gone on to register as paid lobbyists over the past three decades, a practice that is being targeted by a bill moving through the Legislature. The Maine House and Senate last week advanced a bill to ban future lawmakers...

Former governor pardoned at least 2 people without hearings

Apr. 14, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The former governor of Maine pardoned two people in his last days in office without going through the traditional process of consulting the clemency board and holding a public hearing, according to the state's corrections department. Maine's Constitution says the governor has the sole...