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Editorial Roundup: New England

Feb. 03, 2023 19:37 PM EST

Hearst Connecticut Media. February 1, 2023. Editorial: Help for ex-prisoners benefits everyone Connecticut has made significant strides in criminal justice reform in the past decade, with the clearest example the closure of prisons due to falling inmate populations....

Justice Douglas tapped to serve on Maine Supreme Court

Feb. 01, 2023 11:54 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A judge who has served for two decades at the Superior Court and District Court levels was tapped Wednesday by Democratic Gov. Janet Mills to serve on the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. Justice Wayne Douglas, of Old Orchard Beach, was first nominated to serve...

Maine regulators allow wind, utility project to move forward

Jan. 31, 2023 17:41 PM EST

PORTLAND, Mane (AP) — Maine utility regulators on Tuesday gave final approval to a wind power project that would provide enough electricity for at least 450,000 New England homes along with construction of a new transmission corridor in northern Maine to get the electricity to the regional power...

Debt limit trigger aimed at consumer utility meets threshold

Jan. 27, 2023 11:22 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A proposal aimed at restricting long-term debt necessary to create a consumer-owned electric utility has enough signatures to appear on the November ballot in Maine. The secretary of state confirmed Thursday that the threshold was met for the Central Maine...

AG says company fined for threatening negative reviewers

Jan. 27, 2023 09:58 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A moving and storage company in Maine has agreed to pay a $125,000 fine and refrain from using a misleading email address to threaten customers who leave negative reviews, according to the state attorney general's office. The attorney general's office said...

New England states getting hit by latest winter storm

Jan. 23, 2023 16:54 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Some of the New England states were getting hit with a winter storm Monday that was snarling roads, knocking down electric wires and keeping some children home from school. A winter storm warning issued by the National Weather Service is due to expire Monday...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Jan. 20, 2023 12:23 PM EST

Hearst Connecticut Media. January 19, 2023. Editorial: State’s housing crunch grows more urgent As work at the General Assembly gets underway at the start of a new session, lawmakers are taking on any number of major challenges. Health care, education and tax policy...

Maine is the latest state to ban TikTok for state workers

Jan. 19, 2023 18:30 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The state of Maine is banning TikTok from devices that connect to the government network, joining states banning the social media app owned by a Chinese company from state phones and other devices. Maine Information Technology notified executive branch workers...

Maine panel votes to appeal to seek child death records

Jan. 13, 2023 18:13 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A legislative committee voted Friday to appeal a judge's conclusion that lawmakers aren't entitled to full investigative files on four child deaths that spurred further child welfare reforms. The Maine Legislature's Government Oversight Committee voted 6-4 to...

Report: Deputy justified in shooting teen with gun, machete

Jan. 13, 2023 14:38 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A deputy was legally justified in fatally shooting a 16-year-old who pointed a gun at the officer while holding a store employee hostage, the state attorney general's office announced Friday. The episode unfolded on Dec. 27, 2019, when Christopher Comacho...