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FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2020 file photo, House speaker Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, flashes a thumbs up at a Democratic colleague prior to the start of the first session of the new year at the State House House in Augusta, Maine. Planned Parenthood announced Tuesday that it is endorsing Gideon, a Democratic challenger to Republican Sen. Susan Collins in Maine, saying Collins “turned her back” on women and citing her vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court as well as other judicial nominees who oppose abortion.  (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Planned Parenthood endorses challenger to Sen. Susan Collins

Jan. 21, 2020 5:48 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Planned Parenthood on Tuesday endorsed a Democratic challenger to Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, saying Collins “turned her back” on women and citing her vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court as well as other judicial nominees who oppose...

Maine governor to deliver first State of the State address

Jan. 21, 2020 1:19 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Janet Mills is scheduled to deliver her first State of the State speech on Tuesday. Mills, a Democrat, is heading into a year in which her party hopes to maintain control of both chambers of the Maine Legislature. Mills and the Democrats also have legislative goals, such as...

Maine task force wants to limit size of ATVs on some trails

Jan. 21, 2020 1:30 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A task force convened by the governor of Maine is recommending numerous changes to the way the state regulates all-terrain vehicles, which could be subject to new size limits. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills created the task force to help the state cope with increasing ATV registrations...

FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2018 file photo, ice fisherman Roger Dupuis, of Waltham, Mass., shows off a pair of rainbow smelt he caught on the Kennebec River in Randolph, Maine. Maine's smelts, a small fish beloved by ice fisherman, appear to be continuing a rebound in population after years of decline. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Smelts, sought by Maine ice fishermen, continue rebound

Jan. 20, 2020 3:33 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's smelts, a small fish beloved by ice fishermen, appear to be continuing a rebound in population after years of decline . Rainbow smelts come to shallow freshwater streams to spawn every spring, which make them a popular target of ice fishermen in the winter. Ice fishing...

Historic Maine library to be renovated with humanities grant

Jan. 20, 2020 2:36 PM EST

KITTERY, Maine (AP) — The National Endowment for the Humanities will help renovate a historic library in southern Maine that dates to the 19th century. The town of Kittery has received $500,000 from the agency for renovation and expansion of Rice Public Library, said Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins and...

Maine taking last comments about hemp farming rules

Jan. 20, 2020 1:12 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine agriculture officials are taking the last of the comments about changes to the rules that regulate the state's growing hemp industry. The state has said the new rules are designed to help growers in the state ease into compliance with new federal rules, which are also in...

Man suffers frostbite, hypothermia in cold-weather crash

Jan. 20, 2020 12:23 PM EST

DYER BROOK, Maine (AP) — A man who crashed his car on Interstate 95 suffered from hypothermia and frostbite, in addition to crash injuries, after having to seek help in bitter cold weather. Richard Matthews ran about a mile in subzero temperatures to get help after his car went off the interstate and into...

Lawmakers look to cut down food waste in American schools

Jan. 20, 2020 10:01 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Three members of Congress have introduced a proposal to try to cut down on food waste in U.S. schools. Democratic Reps. Chellie Pingree of Maine and Suzanne Bonamici of Oregon and Republican Rep. Dan Newhouse of Washington are calling the proposal the “School Food Recovery...

NH man dies when snowmobile breaks through ice on Maine lake

Jan. 20, 2020 9:07 AM EST

ROCKWOOD, Maine (AP) — A 56-year-old New Hampshire man died when his snowmobile broke through the ice Sunday evening on Moosehead Lake, game wardens said. Steven Allard, of South Hampton, New Hampshire, was unresponsive when he was pulled from the water about an hour and 15 minutes after he crashed through...

El Darwich fills stat line to send Maine past Binghamton

Jan. 19, 2020 4:02 PM EST

ORONO, Maine (AP) — Sergio El Darwich scored 26 points on 11-of-16 shooting and distributed nine assists and Maine overwhelmed Binghamton 86-63 on Sunday. El Darwich made 4 of 3 from 3-point range while grabbing five rebounds with three steals. Andrew Fleming scored 15 shooting 7 of 10, Nedeljko Prijovic...