Latest Maine state government News

Railway plan delays efforts to create bike trail in Maine

Oct. 21, 2021 18:47 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An agreement with the Maine Department of Transportation and a railway company could delay community efforts to create a multi-purpose trail between a 25-mile stretch of railroad connecting Portland and Auburn. The state wants to extend an...

Investigation into Maine child deaths yields recommendations

Oct. 21, 2021 18:02 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An independent organization that investigated the deaths of five children in a single month issued a series of recommendations Friday, and a state lawmaker quickly criticized them for not going far enough. Casey Family Services recommended that...

Maine to boost border businesses hurt by Canada closure

Oct. 21, 2021 01:46 AM EDT

CALAIS, Maine (AP) — Maine will give out more than $5.6 million to dozens of charter transportation companies and businesses that were disrupted by the closure of the U.S. border with Canada. The money is from the federal CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Funds, Democratic...

Federal appeals court won't stop health worker COVID mandate

Oct. 20, 2021 17:36 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A federal appeals court dealt another blow to a lawsuit targeting Maine's COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers, resulting in an 11th-hour appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday. A three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court...

US high court won’t block vaccines for Maine health workers

Oct. 19, 2021 18:57 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court declined Tuesday to block a vaccine requirement imposed on Maine health care workers, the latest defeat for opponents of vaccine mandates. It was the first time the Supreme Court weighed in on a statewide vaccine mandate. It...

Mills backs federal plan to tackle PFAS contamination

Oct. 19, 2021 09:55 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's governor said the federal government is right to take a nationwide approach to the issue of PFAS contamination, which she called “a devastating problem” in her state. PFAS chemicals, which are short for perfluoroalkyl and...

Maine land preservation program reactivated after 4 years

Oct. 16, 2021 08:44 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A land preservation program in Maine will be used to provide money for conservation for the first time since 2017. The administration of Democratic Gov. Janet Mills said it is asking for proposals for conservation and recreation projects via the...

The Latest: Maine vaccine mandate opponents file appeal

Oct. 15, 2021 20:58 PM EDT

MAINE — Opponents of a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers in Maine filed an emergency appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court after being dealt another legal defeat on Friday. The appeal was filed hours after the U.S. 1st Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston denied...

Maine's COVID-19 mandate appealed to US Supreme Court

Oct. 15, 2021 20:08 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Opponents of a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers in Maine filed an emergency appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court after being dealt another legal defeat on Friday. The appeal was filed hours after the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals...

New tool to allow Mainers to window shop for health coverage

Oct. 14, 2021 16:30 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal authorities have signed off on Maine's health insurance marketplace, and residents can start comparing plans on Friday. The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has approved CoverME.gov. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills said...