Latest Maine state government News

Maine legislators want college prep program funding back

Dec. 06, 2021 14:24 PM EST

FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — Legislators from Maine are pushing back against a federal decision to reject a public university's application for a college prep program grant. The four members of Maine's congressional delegation said the U.S. Department of Education shot down University...

Vehicles pile up on icy section of I-95 in Maine

Dec. 06, 2021 13:20 PM EST

More than a half-dozen vehicles crashed on an icy section of I-95 Monday morning, forcing closure of part of the southbound lanes for several hours. Several people were hurt, but it appeared that there were no life-threatening injuries, said Shannon Moss, Maine State Police...

Gov. Mills: Lawsuit against CMP parent company 'alarming'

Dec. 06, 2021 10:02 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Janet Mills described allegations contained in a federal lawsuit against the parent company of Central Maine Power as “alarming and deeply troubling.” In the lawsuit, Paulo Silva, a cybersecurity expert and CEO of Pennsylvania-based...

Jonesport fish farm buys land, receives DEP approval

Dec. 05, 2021 12:05 PM EST

JONESPORT, Maine (AP) — A Dutch-owned firm looking to build a $110 million land-based fish farm in Jonesport has acquired property and received final permits from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. The approval of the final DEP permits and the purchase of...

Abandoned Maine railroad to become a new multi-use trail

Dec. 04, 2021 12:29 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — An abandoned Maine Central Railroad Company corridor is being converted to a new multi-use trail. The Madison Branch spans 32 miles across Kennebec and Somerset Counties and will connect with the Maine Interconnected Trail System and Maine ATV...

Former Maine speaker who lost to Collins will donate $3.5M

Dec. 01, 2021 12:02 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A former speaker of the Maine House of Representatives and U.S. Senate candidate said Wednesday she is donating $3.5 million in leftover campaign money to a civil legal aid nonprofit group in the state. Sara Gideon, a Democrat, lost to Republican...

Environmental groups ask Maine to suspend energy project

Nov. 30, 2021 16:25 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine environmental groups have requested that the federal government suspend the permits it issued to a billion-dollar electricity project for Massachusetts residents, which Maine voters rejected in a referendum last month. Three groups, including...

Maine lawmaker resigns after wife's COVID-19 death

Nov. 30, 2021 09:34 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A state lawmaker who flouted mask requirements in the Maine State House and fought against pandemic restrictions has resigned from his seat because of his wife’s death from COVID-19. Rep. Chris Johansen, R-Monticello, told House Speaker Ryan...

Maine lawmakers ask Baker to halt transmission line project

Nov. 23, 2021 21:17 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A bipartisan group of Maine lawmakers on Tuesday asked Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker to do everything in his power to terminate a $1 billion hydropower transmission project in Maine that will benefit Massachusetts. The lawmakers said proceeding...

Some deer ingested chemicals, shouldn't be eaten, Maine says

Nov. 23, 2021 17:31 PM EST

FAIRFIELD, Maine (AP) — Deer harvested by hunters in part of central Maine should not be consumed as food because of elevated levels of an environmental pollutant, authorities in the state said Tuesday. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife said it...