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Maine institute gets grant to boost access to local seafood

Dec. 6, 2019 7:52 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine research institute has received a $480,000 boost from the federal government for a drive to increase access to local seafood. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is awarding the money to Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland for the project. Democratic Rep. Chellie...

USM ditches attempt to become UMaine-Portland

Dec. 6, 2019 2:37 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The University of Southern Maine is ditching its effort to become the University of Maine at Portland, for the time being, at least. The state lawmaker sponsoring a bill to change the name has withdrawn the proposal at the request of USM officials. USM President Glenn Cummings...

Maine hospital gets boost toward planned new Portland campus

Dec. 6, 2019 1:15 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Four anonymous donors are providing a Maine hospital with $1 million toward its plan to consolidate operations in the state's largest city. Northern Light Mercy Hospital received state regulatory approval earlier this year to consolidate its services and hospital operations at a...

A new role for Steve Kerr: He gets to teach this season

Dec. 3, 2019 2:20 AM EST

Steve Kerr is teaching. And learning. That is his silver lining from this season. After five consecutive years of being No. 1 in the Western Conference — and ending up as NBA champions in three of those seasons — the Warriors are at the bottom of the league. Everyone knows why: Kevin Durant left,...

In some Maine communities, marijuana market already locked

Dec. 1, 2019 10:40 AM EST

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine will start accepting marijuana business licenses this month, but the market is already closed in some communities. The Maine Office of Marijuana Policy will publish applications for state provisional licenses to grow, sell and manufacture cannabis products, kicking off a...

Portland to reimburse groups for asylum seeker assistance

Nov. 26, 2019 12:45 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Officials in Portland say they’re launching an application process for community groups to request reimbursement for assistance they provided while the city handled the arrival of hundreds of asylum seekers. The city operated an emergency shelter this summer and housed more...

Maine plans to expand syringe exchange program

Nov. 24, 2019 2:23 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine plans to launch a $1.5 expansion of syringe exchanges to combat the surge in hepatitis C cases in the state. The Maine Center for Disease Control says the state has had 51 acute cases in 2019 and is running a rate nearly three times the national average. Director of the Maine...

Voters in Maine city can expand ranked voting in March

Nov. 24, 2019 9:03 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Voters in Maine’s largest city will decide whether to expand a ranked style of voting in March. The Portland City Council has decided to send the question to voters on the March 3 presidential primary day. Portland already uses ranked-choice voting in its mayoral race, and...

USM name change would be in the ‘million-dollar category’

Nov. 23, 2019 9:27 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The president of the University of Southern Maine said the costs of changing the name to the University of Maine at Portland would be recouped within a couple of years if lawmakers give their approval. Some lawmakers are already balking. USM President Glenn Cummings said the cost...

Maine man convicted of murder in shotgun killing of wife

Nov. 22, 2019 2:33 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Prosecutors went to great lengths to show jurors what happened in the pre-dawn darkness when a man killed his wife with a shotgun blast, saying he thought she was an intruder. Jurors visited the home in Windham and saw the staircase where the shot was fired. Prosecutors even built a...