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Brother offers reward for help with unsolved homicide case

Sep. 22, 2021 09:53 AM EDT

CARIBOU, Maine (AP) — A man has spent six years saving money so he can offer a $10,000 reward for information that helps solve the case of the death of his brother in northern Maine. Firefighters found the body of Kenneth Zernicke, 58, of Caribou on Sept. 24, 2015,...

More than 90% of Maine COVID-19 deaths among people over 60

Sep. 22, 2021 09:18 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The vast majority of Maine's deaths from COVID-19 have been people who are age 60 or older. Residents of that age group represent less than a fifth of the state's population, but they have accounted for more than 90% of Maine's COVID-19 deaths,...

University of Southern Maine to open new $10M music school

Sep. 21, 2021 17:51 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The University of Southern Maine will be opening a new $10 million music school, thanks to a longtime supporter. D. Suzi Osher gave the USM Foundation its largest-ever donation. The donation will serve to advance plans for a new Center for the...

Maine budget surplus exceeded goals for August, gov says

Sep. 21, 2021 14:31 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's state government had a budget surplus of more than $40 million for the month of August, officials with the governor's office said Tuesday. The office of Democratic Gov. Janet Mills said the $42.4 million surplus for the month beat...

Police discover human remains at landfill in Lewiston

Sep. 21, 2021 14:25 PM EDT

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Police are investigating the discovery of human remains on Tuesday at a landfill in Lewiston. Lewiston and State Police detectives were at the scene on River Road and were conducting interviews. Officials from the state...

Maine college gets largest gift in history for music school

Sep. 21, 2021 13:21 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A public Maine university will use the largest monetary gift in its history to build a home for its school of music. Philanthropist D. Suzi Osher has given the $10 million gift to University of Southern Maine. USM President Glenn Cummings told the...

Maine tops 1,000 deaths as delta variant fills hospitals

Sep. 21, 2021 11:58 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine topped 1,000 COVID-19 deaths as the delta variant continues to fill the state's hospital beds, and Gov. Janet Mills used the “grim and unwelcome milestone” to press Tuesday for residents to get vaccinated. An additional 18 deaths...

Maine House speaker joins push to defend abortion rights

Sep. 21, 2021 10:12 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's Democratic House speaker has joined a group of state lawmakers that is filing court papers in support of maintaining abortion rights. Maine House Speaker Ryan Fecteau said Tuesday he is one of almost 900 state lawmakers in the country who...

Police charge man with leaving scene of fatal crash

Sep. 21, 2021 09:37 AM EDT

SABATTUS, Maine (AP) — Police have arrested a suspect in a weekend hit-and-run that killed a 28-year-old woman in Sabattus, Maine. A home security system captured an image of a black pickup truck that police believe struck Renata Schalk of Sabattus and drove away early...

Body found in Maine is identified more than 10 years later

Sep. 20, 2021 19:00 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The state medical examiner's office has identified a man whose remains were discovered more than a decade ago in northern Maine, officials said Monday. DNA tests confirmed the remains were those of Christopher Roof, of Concord, Massachusetts,...