Latest Maine News

Divers find body of missing Maine canoeist in rural lake

Sep. 22, 2020 8:30 PM EDT

DEAD RIVER TOWNSHIP, Maine (AP) — Authorities in Maine said a dive team recovered the body of a missing 31-year-old canoeist in the state's rural interior on Tuesday. Caitlin Giunta of York, Maine, was canoeing with two other people on Flagstaff Lake in northern Maine on Saturday when their canoe capsized,...

FILE - In this June 9, 2020, file photo Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, is followed by reporters as she arrives for the weekly Republican policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington. Collins is once again in a pressure cooker over an issue riveting the nation. This time it's the battle over President Donald Trump’s effort to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Supreme Court vacancy rattles Susan Collins' Senate race

Sep. 22, 2020 4:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's so on brand for Sen. Susan Collins to be in a pressure cooker over how she'll vote in a showdown riveting the nation. This time, it's unclear how the battle over President Donald Trump’s effort to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court will affect...

PUC approves largest green energy purchase in Maine history

Sep. 22, 2020 3:59 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday approved 17 renewable energy projects for long-term contracts, representing in the largest procurement of renewable energy in Maine’s history. Based on the project bids, the projects would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by...

FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2018, file photo, ballots are recounted in Maine's 2nd Congressional District in Augusta, Maine. Ranked choice voting will be used for the first time in a presidential race under in the Nov. 3, 2020, election after a ruling Tuesday, Sept. 22, by the Maine Supreme Court. The court concluded the state Republican Party failed to gain enough signatures for a referendum to reject a state law expanding ranked choice voting. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, file)

Ranked choice voting in Maine a go for presidential election

Sep. 22, 2020 3:31 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Ranked choice voting will be used for the first time in a presidential race in the U.S. under a ruling Tuesday by the Maine Supreme Court, which concluded that a GOP-led petition drive intended to prevent its use came up short. The Supreme Judicial Court concluded the Maine...

Maine CDC opens investigation into school outbreak

Sep. 22, 2020 3:31 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — State officials have opened an investigation into an outbreak of coronavirus that forced a school to move into full-time remote learning mode, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. The outbreak at Sanford High School and Sanford Regional Technical Center...

Drought conditions in Maine qualify farmers for federal help

Sep. 22, 2020 12:51 PM EDT

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (AP) — State authorities in Maine are encouraging farmers in the northern part of the state to contact the U.S. Department of Agriculture for assistance in the wake of the declaration of a drought disaster. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has designated Aroostook County, home to most...

Maine buffeted by powerful surf, gusts from Hurricane Teddy

Sep. 22, 2020 12:48 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Hurricane Teddy brought dangerous surf conditions to the Maine coast on Tuesday. The hurricane passed to the east of the state, but was expected to bring waves of up to 15 feet to coastal areas, WMTW-TV reported. High waves began in the state on Monday. Even bigger swells from the...

Maine Supreme Court decision allows use of ranked choice voting for 1st time in presidential race after failed GOP bid

Sep. 22, 2020 11:32 AM EDT
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine Supreme Court decision allows use of ranked choice voting for 1st time in presidential race after failed GOP bid.

Maine man accused of hitting bride with a car at wedding

Sep. 21, 2020 5:04 PM EDT

LIVERMORE, Maine (AP) — A Maine man has been arrested on assault charges for allegedly striking a bride and two others with his car at a wedding. Curtis Moody, a guest at Saturday’s private wedding, allegedly struck three people when others at the private event attempted to stop him from driving,...

Lawsuit says Maine must do more to help voters amid pandemic

Sep. 21, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Election advocates in Maine want a state judge to rule on the constitutionality of some of the state's elections systems, including whether absentee ballots must be counted if postmarked by Election Day. The lawsuit was filed against Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap and...