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Hospital launches opioid drug treatment program

Mar. 20, 2019 4:13 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine hospital has launched a new program to help get people with opioid addictions into recovery. The Portland Press Herald reports patients who come to Northern Light Mercy Hospital in Portland because of a withdrawal, overdose or another drug-related issue will be treated and...

Police: Boyfriend of dead woman says she 'tormented' him

Mar. 19, 2019 5:36 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Police say a 59-year-old woman who was found dead in a Portland apartment was strangled. Authorities have released more details about the death of Patricia Grassi after her body was found Sunday. Court documents show she was strangled with a blanket, and her partner, 61-year-old...

Maine House OKs switch to Indigenous Peoples Day

Mar. 19, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A proposal to trade the Columbus Day holiday for a tribute to Native Americans has received initial approval in the Maine House. The House voted 88-51 Tuesday in support of the bill, which faces further votes. Democratic Rep. Benjamin Collings of Portland sponsored the bill renaming...

Dragic, Wade lead Heat past Westbrook-less Thunder, 116-107

Mar. 18, 2019 11:45 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Thunder were foundering without their star point guard, and the Miami Heat — like Oklahoma City trying to improve their playoff position — took advantage. Goran Dragic had 26 points and 11 assists, and Dwyane Wade added 25 points in the Heat's 116-107 win Monday night...

Groups want trial to allow non-doctors to perform abortions

Mar. 18, 2019 1:31 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union and a group of abortion providers argued on Monday that a federal court should allow a trial on whether to strike down a 40-year-old Maine law that prevents non-doctors from performing abortions. The ACLU, Planned Parenthood, Maine Family Planning...

Car crashes through fence at Portland airport; no delays

Mar. 17, 2019 10:18 PM EDT

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An official says a car crashed through the fence surrounding the tarmac at the Portland International Jetport. No flights were affected. Assistant Airport Director Zachary Sundquist told WGME-TV that the crash Sunday night was a security breach, but the procedures in place...

Police arrest man in killing of woman in downtown Portland

Mar. 17, 2019 6:57 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland police have arrested a man on murder charges in the killing of a woman in downtown Portland. Lt. Robert Martin said in a statement that 61-year-old Gregory Vance was taken into custody at the scene Sunday. Intake officer Chris Phillips says that Vance is being held at the...

US, Canada lobstermen to gather for common claws in Maine

Mar. 17, 2019 8:47 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Members of the lobster industry from the United States and Canada will meet in Maine's largest city next month for a meeting about the state of the business. The University of Maine Lobster Institute is hosting the 15th Canadian/U.S. Lobstermen's Town Meeting on April 5 and 6 at the...

New director named for Maine veterans' health system

Mar. 17, 2019 8:46 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's health care system serving about 43,000 veterans is getting a new director. Tracye Davis is set to serve as the system's new director starting April 14. The system's main campus is in Augusta. Its seven community outpatient clinics include locations in Saco, Portland, Lincoln,...

Late fire chief is laid to rest in Maine

Mar. 16, 2019 7:19 PM EDT

OXFORD, Maine (AP) — Maine firefighters said goodbye Saturday to a fire chief who died nearly a week ago after suffering a medical event while honoring a fallen firefighter. A funeral for Oxford Fire Chief Gary Sacco was held at the Oxford Hills Comprehensive School. The 63-year-old Sacco served as fire...