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Editorial Roundup: New England

Aug. 05, 2022 16:07 PM EDT

Hartford Courant. July 29, 2022. Editorial: A decision to keep a cannabis business out of Hartford was a mistake We as adults are legally allowed to possess and use up to 1.5 ounces of cannabis in Connecticut — and that does not even count that we can keep up to 5...

Sports betting law in effect soon but wagering months away

Aug. 02, 2022 10:48 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Native American tribes in Maine are going to have to wait months — possibly more than a year — before sports betting begins in the state. The law adopted by state lawmakers goes into effect on Aug. 8, but the executive director of the Maine Gambling...

Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin says he tested positive for COVID

Jul. 28, 2022 10:35 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois said he tested positive Thursday for COVID-19 and was in quarantine with what he described as minor symptoms. The No. 2 Senate Democrat, who said in a statement he was vaccinated and had received two coronavirus booster shots,...

Mills looking into amendment to protect abortion rights

Jul. 27, 2022 14:31 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Democratic Gov. Janet Mills said Tuesday that her administration is reviewing whether the right to an abortion is already enshrined in the Maine Constitution, or if an amendment is warranted. Mills said it’s possible that the Maine Constitution already has...

Gov. Mills increases fundraising advantage over LePage

Jul. 26, 2022 17:34 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Democratic Gov. Janet Mills increased her fundraising advantage over Republican challenger Paul LePage in the latest reporting period, hauling in $605,000 during the 42-day period, according to documents filed Tuesday. The report that covers the period from...

Judge allows more DNA tests in 34-year-old killing in Maine

Jul. 25, 2022 17:56 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A judge has granted a request for additional DNA tests by a man convicted of killing a 12-year-old girl more than three decades ago. Dennis Dechaine is serving a life sentence for the murder and sexual assault of Sarah Cherry, who was abducted while...

Environmental board upholds permit for hydropower corridor

Jul. 21, 2022 17:41 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s citizen board on Thursday rejected the latest effort to stop a $1 billion power line, and the next hurdle for the project lies with the state Supreme Court. The Board of Environmental Protection unanimously...

Police: Man with gun at campground shot, killed by deputy

Jul. 16, 2022 09:32 AM EDT

NEWPORT, Maine (AP) — A man with a gun at a Maine campground was shot and killed by a deputy sheriff during a confrontation, authorities said. Penobscot County authorities received a report of a social media post that there was a person with a weapon at the Sebasticook Lake...

Murphy takes over governors association amid tensions, feuds

Jul. 15, 2022 16:10 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey took over as the leader of the nation's nonpartisan governors' association on Friday in a time of deep divide between the states over issues such as abortion and gun control. Murphy took the reins as chair of the...

House votes to give tribes in Maine benefits of federal law

Jul. 15, 2022 11:01 AM EDT

The U.S. House approved a bill that would allow Native American tribes bound by a state land claims settlement in Maine to get the benefit from federal laws going forward. The proposal, attached to a defense bill approved Thursday, won’t change how the tribes are treated under...