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Deadline passes for requesting absentee ballots in Maine

Oct. 31, 2020 2:26 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The deadline has now passed to request an absentee ballot in Maine, unless extenuating circumstances are shown. All told, nearly 480,000 Mainers had voted by absentee ballot either in person or returned through the mail as of Friday. Friday was also the last day to cast an early...

Massachusetts reinstates travel rules; cases surge in Maine

Oct. 31, 2020 12:17 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Here is a look at pandemic-related developments around New England: —- MASSACHUSETTS Massachusetts is reinstating quarantine rules for travelers who visit the state from Connecticut and New Jersey. Visitors from the two states will be required to quarantine for two weeks or have proof...

57 tons of unwanted drugs collected in New England take back

Oct. 31, 2020 9:04 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Officials collected more than 115,000 pounds of expired, unused and unwanted drugs during the 19th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day in New England. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration held the event on Oct. 26. The volume of drugs collected increased by a factor of more than four...

This absentee ballot for the 2020 Maine general election, photographed on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020 in Falmouth, Maine, shows how Maine voters are allowed to rank presidential and senate candidates in order of ranked choice preference. It is the first time a ranked voting system is being used for a presidential race. (AP Photo/David Sharp)

AP News Guide: A look at Maine's general election

Oct. 31, 2020 8:30 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The 2020 election in Maine on Tuesday will carry a footnote: It marked the first use of ranked choice voting in a presidential contest in the U.S. Maine voters first approved ranked voting in federal races in a statewide referendum in 2016. The Legislature later enacted a law to...

Deer, moose look for costumes as Maine hunters hold big day

Oct. 31, 2020 8:13 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — It might not be the happiest of Halloweens for deer and moose in the Pine Tree State, because Saturday is “Maine Resident Only Day” for hunters. The day kicks off the firearms season for deer, which begins in full on Nov. 2. That's also the day of the longest stretch of...

735 acres of ancestral land returned to Penobscot Nation

Oct. 30, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

ORONO, Maine (AP) — The private foundation that donated land for the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in Maine has returned 735 acres of ancestral land to the Penobscot Nation, officials said Friday. The land transferred from Elliotsville Foundation is located to the west of the town of...

Maine ban on tuition payments to religious schools is upheld

Oct. 30, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed Maine’s exclusion of religious schools from a high school tuition voucher program, upholding the law after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a Montana case seemed to open the door to more public funding for parochial schools. The...

Hydropower corridor opponents launch new referendum drive

Oct. 30, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A new referendum drive aimed at stopping a 145-mile (233-kilometer) hydropower transmission corridor in western Maine is underway. The Maine secretary of state on Friday provided the paperwork necessary for signature collection to begin, and referendum supporters plan to be at...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Oct. 30, 2020 4:43 PM EDT

Recent editorials of regional and national interest from New England’s newspapers: CONNECTICUT: Crackdown on COVID violations a sad necessity Hearst Connecticut Media Editorial Board Oct. 28 The frustration with month after month of COVID-related restrictions is understandable. Everyone is tired of...

Maine sets single-day record of more than 100 virus cases

Oct. 30, 2020 2:23 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine topped 100 new coronavirus cases in a 24-hour period for the first time sine the start of the pandemic, setting a single-day record, the Maine Center for Disease Control reported Friday. The 103 cases, reported Friday, followed several days of growing numbers and increasingly...