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Police: 1 man has died in car crash

Jun. 26, 2019 12:52 PM EDT

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Police say a South Portland man has died in a single-vehicle crash. South Portland police say that 39-year-old David Folsom died in a crash Tuesday evening. Authorities say Folsom was the sole occupant of the car. Police say investigators have ruled out speed as a factor but...

Stephen, Tabitha King donation boosts asylum seekers fund

Jun. 25, 2019 11:34 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Authors Stephen and Tabitha King and others have donated to a fund for asylum seekers in Maine pushing the total available to more than half a million dollars. Mayor Ethan Strimling and city spokeswoman Jessica Grondin told the Portland Press Herald city administrators received a...

Maine Episcopal Diocese consecrates first openly gay bishop

Jun. 25, 2019 1:35 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Episcopal Diocese of Maine has consecrated an openly gay bishop for the first time. The diocese says Rev. Thomas James Brown was ordained and consecrated its tenth bishop on Saturday in a ceremony that drew more than 900 people to St. Luke's Cathedral in Portland. Twenty-seven...

Argument over religious tuition payments in federal court

Jun. 24, 2019 4:31 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A small group of Maine parents that is backed by the U.S. Department of Justice argued in federal court on Monday that the state should allow public tuition dollars to be used for some students to attend religious schools. The case, which hinges on interpretation of a state tuition...

Maine city wants state's decision on aid for asylum seekers

Jun. 22, 2019 8:33 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Officials in Maine's largest city are waiting on a decision from the state about whether new African immigrants here can receive state assistance. The Portland Press Herald reports the Portland City Council has canceled a meeting that had been scheduled for Monday to discuss...

State rushes to fix how schools report alleged misconduct

Jun. 21, 2019 4:06 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine aims to improve how the state tracks investigations into educators accused of wrongdoing under a new law signed this week. Lawmakers passed the legislation to fix a rushed 2018 law the state's largest teachers union claimed didn't protect educators with teaching credentials who...

Maine CDC director: 'Job No. 1' is to fully staff agency

Jun. 19, 2019 9:12 AM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The new director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention says his "Job No. 1" is to get the agency fully staffed. Dr. Nirav Shah's agency has 55 vacancies, down from 100 unfilled positions under the LePage administration. His boss, Maine Health and Human Services...

South Portland to help asylum seekers coming to Maine

Jun. 19, 2019 9:02 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The city of South Portland is lending a hand to neighboring Portland, which is dealing with an influx of hundreds of asylum seekers from African nations. A measure approved late Tuesday by the South Portland City Council allocates up to $40,000 to the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project...

Portland City Council narrowly approves new homeless shelter

Jun. 18, 2019 2:37 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine city council has narrowly approved the construction of a new homeless shelter. The Portland City Council voted 5-4 to move forward on the proposed Riverton shelter Monday. The Portland Press Herald reports that councilors plan to form a working group to discuss policies and...

For fantasy sports players, Harden is the NBA MVP

Jun. 17, 2019 1:30 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Giannis Antetokuonmpo may have helped his team win 60 games and earn the No. 1 seed in the NBA during the regular season. That's just in the real world, though. In fantasy sports, James Harden was the biggest winner, registering the most points over the 2018-19 season to claim NBA Most...