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Maine books-to-children program to add 2 dozen more schools

Jun. 21, 2021 04:01 AM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A program that gets books to Maine schoolchildren said it is adding two dozen new schools in the coming academic year. Dirigo Reads seeks to get a book to every Maine first-grader each month during the school year by 2025. The campaign said the...

Maine's statewide single-use plastic bag ban starts July 1

Jun. 21, 2021 03:15 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's statewide ban on single-use plastic bags will begin on July 1. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection said it is working with retail stores and restaurants to make sure they are ready. The Maine Legislature passed the ban in 2019...

1977-made Minot city bus to get new home in Wisconsin museum

Jun. 21, 2021 01:05 AM EDT

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — A 44-year-old Minot city bus was getting its pre-trip inspection recently from museum representatives who plan to drive it to its new home in Wisconsin. The 1977 American Motors General Metropolitan transit bus donated to the Midwest Bus Museum by the...

Pandemic-delayed surgeries share blame for blood shortage

Jun. 20, 2021 16:30 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Some New England hospitals are delaying or rescheduling surgeries because of a shortage of blood donations during the pandemic. “We haven’t seen anything like this in about 30 or 40 years at least,” Dr. Vishesh Chhibber, director of transfusion...

The Latest: Blood shortage forces New England surgery delay

Jun. 20, 2021 14:57 PM EDT

BOSTON — Some New England hospitals are delaying or rescheduling surgeries because of a shortage of blood donations during the pandemic. “We haven’t seen anything like this in about 30 or 40 years at least,” Dr. Vishesh Chhibber, director of transfusion medicine...

Maine looking to implement stricter school air quality rules

Jun. 20, 2021 13:21 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Stricter air quality standards are likely coming to Maine schools. The Maine Legislature has approved a proposal to create consistent standards across the state. The proposal from Democratic Rep. Rebecca Millett of Cape Elizabeth would also charge...

Island farm donated to American Farmland Trust

Jun. 20, 2021 10:39 AM EDT

NORTH HAVEN, Maine (AP) — A 153-acre farm on North Haven Island has been donated to the American Farmland Trust, which plans to continue using it as working farmland. The Turner Farm property was one of North Haven’s largest farms in the 1800s and it underwent a...

Senators ask Biden administration to help biomass industry

Jun. 20, 2021 08:34 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Maine and New Hampshire's U.S. senators are part of a group that's asking the Biden administration to increase opportunities for the biomass industry. The group, led by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, a Democrat, and Susan Collins of Maine, a...

Maine might tighten standards for traffic stops

Jun. 20, 2021 08:23 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine might ban traffic stops that are intended as a way to investigate unrelated criminal activity. Such traffic stops are sometimes called “pretextual” stops. A proposal by Democratic Rep. Victoria Morales of South Portland would end the...

Bill signed into law makes Juneteenth a Maine holiday, too

Jun. 19, 2021 14:03 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's law making Juneteenth a state holiday won't officially take place until next year. But people were still celebrating Saturday, especially with President Joe Biden signing a federal law. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills said the bill she signed...