Latest Maine state government News

US high court won’t block vaccines for Maine health workers

Oct. 19, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court declined Tuesday to block a vaccine requirement imposed on Maine health care workers, the latest defeat for opponents of vaccine mandates. It was the first time the Supreme Court weighed in on a statewide vaccine mandate. It...

Agency hears testimony on disputed section of $1B power line

Oct. 19, 2021 11:22 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Opponents of a $1 billion electric transmission project that cuts across a swath of Maine forest urged state environmental regulators Tuesday to revoke the entire project's license over a disputed 1-mile lease on state land. But supporters said...

Mills backs federal plan to tackle PFAS contamination

Oct. 19, 2021 09:55 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's governor said the federal government is right to take a nationwide approach to the issue of PFAS contamination, which she called “a devastating problem” in her state. PFAS chemicals, which are short for perfluoroalkyl and...

Maine land preservation program reactivated after 4 years

Oct. 16, 2021 08:44 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A land preservation program in Maine will be used to provide money for conservation for the first time since 2017. The administration of Democratic Gov. Janet Mills said it is asking for proposals for conservation and recreation projects via the...

The Latest: Maine vaccine mandate opponents file appeal

Oct. 15, 2021 20:58 PM EDT

MAINE — Opponents of a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers in Maine filed an emergency appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court after being dealt another legal defeat on Friday. The appeal was filed hours after the U.S. 1st Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston denied...

Maine's COVID-19 mandate appealed to US Supreme Court

Oct. 15, 2021 20:08 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Opponents of a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers in Maine filed an emergency appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court after being dealt another legal defeat on Friday. The appeal was filed hours after the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals...

New tool to allow Mainers to window shop for health coverage

Oct. 14, 2021 16:30 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal authorities have signed off on Maine's health insurance marketplace, and residents can start comparing plans on Friday. The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has approved CoverME.gov. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills said...

David Flanagan, longtime Central Maine Power executive, dies

Oct. 14, 2021 15:39 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — David Flanagan, who was at the helm of Maine’s largest electric utility during the disastrous 1998 ice storm, served as president of the University of Southern Maine and returned to lead the utility out of a series of missteps, has died. He was 74. ...

Man accused of threatening at shelter killed by police

Oct. 14, 2021 15:24 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Police shot and killed a man who was accused of threatening other residents while armed with a knife at a city shelter. Dustin Paradis, 34, of Augusta, was killed on Wednesday at an emergency housing shelter in the state's capital city, police...

Maine Teacher of the Year: Hampden school's Kelsey Stoyanova

Oct. 14, 2021 12:35 PM EDT

HAMPDEN, Maine (AP) — An eighth grade language arts teacher has been selected as Maine Teacher of the Year. Kelsey Stoyanova teaches at Reeds Brook Middle School in Hampden. She was previously named the 2021 Penobscot County Teacher of the Year. The...