Latest Maine News

Senators: New data say Lyme disease under-reported in US

Jan. 27, 2021 1:45 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A bipartisan push for more data about Lyme disease has yielded a new estimate that nearly a half million people are diagnosed and treated for the disease every year. Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Democratic Sen. Tina Smith of Minnesota called on the U.S. Centers for...

Houston Rockets' John Wall reacts during the second quarter against the Washington Wizards in an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, in Houston. (Carmen Mandato/Pool Photo via AP)

Wall scores 24 to lead Rockets over Wizards 107-88

Jan. 27, 2021 12:06 AM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — On a minutes restriction because of a sore knee, Houston's John Wall had to wait until the seven-minute mark of the fourth quarter to re-enter Tuesday night's game against his former team. When he finally checked in, it didn't take long for him to put a punctuation mark on a solid...

Nonprofit holds Maine's 1st drive-through vaccination clinic

Jan. 26, 2021 2:37 PM EST

BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — More than 150 people received vaccinations for COVID-19 in the state's first drive-thru clinic, officials said. A Brunswick nonprofit that provides services for adults with intellectual disabilities vaccinated about 70 clients and 90 caregivers on Monday outside its headquarters....

Maine fishing groups remain skeptical of offshore wind plans

Jan. 26, 2021 12:31 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Members of the fishing industry in Maine said they remain skeptical of plans to develop offshore wind in the Gulf of Maine in the wake of a moratorium proposed by the state's governor. Maine Gov. Janet Mills, a Democrat who supports offshore wind, has proposed a 10-year moratorium on...

Senate majority leader gives up post after taking new job

Jan. 26, 2021 11:30 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Democratic Sen. Nate Libby is giving up his position as majority leader, as he seeks to scale back his legislative work. Libby, of Lewiston, said he no longer has as much time for the commitments of the leadership post since taking a job in December as president of Community Concepts...

Maine US representative Pingree put in powerful House post

Jan. 26, 2021 11:20 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree will chair a powerful House subcommittee that oversees the budget for many federal agencies including the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Forest Service and most of the Department of Interior. The Maine Democrat's appointment was announced on...

Maine police investigate discovery of 2 bodies in New Sharon

Jan. 26, 2021 10:55 AM EST

NEW SHARON, Maine (AP) — Police in Maine are investigating the discovery of two bodies in New Sharon. Maine State Police said the bodies of an adult man and woman were discovered on Monday after a request for a well-check visit. The chief medical examiner's office is scheduled to conduct autopsies on...

Some Maine soldiers are returning home, others heading south

Jan. 26, 2021 9:34 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — About 75 members of the Maine National Guard are headed to Washington, D.C., this week as most of the original 200 soldiers who were deployed are returning home, officials said. They'll be joining about a dozen soldiers from the original group who volunteered to remain on duty in the...

Collins: New federal virus relief bill needs refinement

Jan. 25, 2021 6:09 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine said the Biden administration's coronavirus relief package needs to be refined before she can sign on to it. Collins and U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, led a conference call for lawmakers with National Economic Council...

Maine can't afford same tax credit as feds on pandemic aid

Jan. 25, 2021 5:53 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Mills administration told lawmakers Monday the state cannot afford to fully mirror federal tax cuts on pandemic aid that funneled into Maine, saying it would cost $100 million. Republicans pushed backed, saying more needs to be done to help hard-hit businesses. Several billion...