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Commission to review performance of Maine's nursing homes

Jul. 7, 2020 12:35 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An independent commission is going to review the performance of Maine’s nursing homes during the pandemic. A commission of 25 experts from across the country, including one from Maine’s veterans’ homes, is launching the review as part of a federal effort to...

Maine businesses launch "Let's Be Kind" PSA about mask use

Jul. 7, 2020 11:49 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Businesses in Maine have launched a public service announcement with the theme of “Let's Be Kind” in the wake of some squabbles with customers over mask use. The Retail Association of Maine, Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce and Maine Grocers and Food Producers...

Commission to review performance of Maine's nursing homes

Jul. 7, 2020 11:15 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An independent commission is going to review the performance of Maine’s nursing homes during the pandemic. A commission of 25 experts from across the country, including one from Maine’s veterans’ homes, is launching the review as part of a federal effort to...

FILE - In this June 10, 2020, file photo, Olivia Chan's father helps her with a new mask she received during a graduation ceremony for her Pre-K class in front of Bradford School in Jersey City, N.J. School districts across America are in the midst of wrenching decisions during the summer about how to resume classes in settings radically altered by the coronavirus pandemic, with socially distanced school buses, virtual learning, outdoor classrooms and quarantine protocols for infected children as the new norm. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Debates turn emotional as schools decide how and if to open

Jul. 5, 2020 11:31 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — School districts across America are in the midst of making wrenching decisions over how to resume classes in settings radically altered by the coronavirus pandemic, with school buses running below capacity, virtual learning, outdoor classrooms and quarantine protocols for infected...

USDA to help Maine schools develop local food projects

Jul. 5, 2020 10:17 AM EDT

LEE, Maine (AP) — Several Maine organizations are slated to receive grants as part of a federal “Farm to School” program intended to connect students with food programs. The money is part of more than $12 million the U.S. Department of Agriculture is awarding around the country. The grants...

Portland businessman charged with parking lot assault

Jul. 5, 2020 9:48 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An argument in a supermarket parking lot escalated into an assault in which the victim said she was targeted by homophobic slurs, police said. Michael Roylos, 63, of Portland, shouted at a motorist he accused of reckless driving and then assaulted her when she began recording the...

Parade goers draped in American flags walk down the street before a Fourth of July parade begins Saturday, July 4, 2020, in Bristol, R.I. The town, which lays claim to the nation's oldest Independence Day celebration in the country, held a vehicle-only scaled down version of its annual parade Saturday due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

A Fourth with less fizzle during pandemic in New England

Jul. 4, 2020 11:21 PM EDT

The Fourth of July had many of the traditional trappings in New England despite the coronavirus pandemic: Cheap lobsters, warm weather and barbecues. But absent were large crowds and most public fireworks displays on Saturday. The pandemic contributed to a low-key Independence Day. The Boston Pops canceled its...

No COVID-19 at youth center; cases rise among out-of-staters

Jul. 3, 2020 3:48 PM EDT

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Universal testing at a youth detention center has yielded no positive cases of coronavirus, the Maine Department of Connections said. The state conducted campus-wide testing at Long Creek Youth Development Center in South Portland after a person who was being released from the...

Maine stopped tens of thousands of fraudulent benefit claims

Jul. 2, 2020 3:30 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The state of Maine canceled tens of thousands of fraudulent unemployment claims during a period of less than a month, its labor department said Thursday. The Maine Department of Labor has spent weeks investigating unemployment impostor fraud in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic....

Portland board votes to remove officers from high schools

Jul. 1, 2020 10:08 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The school board in Portland voted early Wednesday to remove school resource police officers from the city's high schools amid protests nationwide and in Maine calling for racial justice and an end to police brutality. The Portland Board of Education voted 7-2 in favor of the...