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Fishermen face another quota cut, could hit lobster prices

May. 25, 2019 11:15 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Fishermen already dealing with a dramatic reduction in the amount of a key bait fish they are allowed to harvest will likely face an additional cut next year that could drive up the price of lobster for consumers. Regulators on the East Coast are contending with a drop in the...

Lillard, Kemba, LeBron among noteworthy All-NBA picks

May. 23, 2019 8:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden got the most votes, and Damian Lillard and Kemba Walker also were big winners when the All-NBA teams were announced. Those guards can cash in with supermax contracts based on their selections to one of the three All-NBA teams that were announced...

Pot backers ask Maine to put locals, small businesses first

May. 23, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Marijuana enthusiasts in Maine used a public hearing Thursday to implore the state to protect the small businesses and growers they think should make up the backbone of its budding cannabis industry. The Maine Office of Marijuana Policy held the public hearing about the state's draft...

Attorney alleges Maine is unlawfully holding 13-year-old

May. 22, 2019 12:01 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine defense attorney says her 13-year-old client is being held unlawfully at the state's only youth prison. Attorney Sarah Branch filed papers last week asking the court to decide whether the boy's detention at Long Creek Youth Development Center in Portland is legal. The...

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...

Maine roofing contractor pleads not guilty in worker's death

May. 20, 2019 2:47 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine home improvement contractor has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter following the death of a worker. Saco-based contractor, 44-year-old Shawn D. Purvis faces one count of manslaughter and one count of workplace manslaughter in the death of 30-year-old Alan Loignon, his...

Maine hopes to avoid pot pitfalls during legalization push

May. 19, 2019 9:59 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Sales of recreational marijuana in Maine are on track to begin next March, and the state is looking to learn from mistakes that other states have made in legalizing the drug. The state's voters chose to legalize adult use marijuana in November 2016, and months of delays and political...

Teacher says she was fired over breaks to pump breast milk

May. 17, 2019 6:07 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A former Falmouth elementary school teacher contends the school district declined to renew her contract because she took three breaks a day to pump breast milk for her baby. Thirty-three-year-old Shana Swenson, of Portland, sued last week in federal court, claiming discrimination on...

Portland to treat park trees to stop destructive moth

May. 14, 2019 12:07 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Officials in Maine's largest city say they're getting ready to deal with an infestation of a destructive forest pest in one of the Portland's most prominent public spaces. Portland officials say the parks department has been monitoring oak trees in Deering Oaks Park and has...

Parking fee imposed at Portland Head Light park

May. 14, 2019 10:32 AM EDT

CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (AP) — The waterfront park that's home to Maine's oldest and most-photographed lighthouse will remain free to visitors — but not for their cars. The Cape Elizabeth Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to charge for parking at Fort Williams Park, home to the Portland...