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Eggs of pesky invasive insect found in Maine

Sep. 29, 2020 6:11 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Agriculture authorities in Maine said Tuesday that the eggs of an invasive insect that could harm crops have been located in the state. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry said egg masses of the spotted lanternfly have been found on trees in at least four...

UMaine will rename building named for eugenics advocate

Sep. 29, 2020 6:09 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The name of a former university president and scientist who advocated for eugenics and helped obscure the health risks of tobacco will be removed from a building at the University of Maine. The board voted Monday to remove Clarence Cook Little's name from Little Hall on the Orono...

Poland Spring, UMaine to partner on alternative packaging

Sep. 29, 2020 5:49 PM EDT

ORONO, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine's Forest Bioproducts Research Institute is partnering with Poland Spring to develop materials that could be used for alternative packaging, officials said Tuesday. UMaine will explore new possible uses of materials derived from sustainably harvested Maine wood...

Man convicted in triple murder appeals to federal court

Sep. 29, 2020 5:49 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine man convicted of murdering three people in the town of Amity is appealing his conviction in federal court. Thayne Ormsby's appeal, filed this month in U.S. District Court, contends he was interviewed by detectives for three hours after he asked for a lawyer. He also contends...

Maine seeks to end jail outbreaks; a gathering causes worry

Sep. 29, 2020 5:30 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Authorities in Maine are recommending that every county jail in the state set up a COVID-19 testing plan as the state continues to grapple with a large outbreak at a jail in Alfred. An outbreak at York County Jail has sickened more than 80 people. It's connected with a large outbreak...

FILE - This pair of file photos shows incumbent U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, left, and Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, right, who are running for Senate in the Nov. 3, 2020 election. (AP Photos, File)

Collins, Gideon clash over Supreme Court, pandemic in debate

Sep. 29, 2020 4:14 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins and Democratic challenger Sara Gideon clashed Monday over the Supreme Court and the response to the pandemic during their second debate in the closely watched Senate race. Gideon, the Maine House speaker, accused the four-term Collins of failing to...

COVID-19 cases in Maine counties spiking, worrying officials

Sep. 28, 2020 3:47 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s top health official says the number of new cases of the coronavirus is growing and he’s warning about a “geometric surge.” Another health official is worried about outbreaks “coalescing into one big fire.” Dr. Nirav Shah, the director...

Maine voters can now track their absentee ballots

Sep. 28, 2020 1:57 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine is allowing voters to track their absentee ballots online, election officials announced Monday. Any voter who has requested an absentee ballot can now track the status of their request, and of the ballot itself, through Election Day, through the website for requesting ballots....

Body of missing Maine man found after multi-day search

Sep. 28, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

DENMARK, Maine (AP) — Searchers have found the body of a Portland man who was missing for several days near Pleasant Mountain. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife said the body of Samuel Kern, 29, was located on Saturday by a team from Maine Search and Rescue Dogs. Kern had been last...

University of Maine student drowns in river, police say

Sep. 27, 2020 5:39 PM EDT

ORONO, Maine (AP) — Police say a University of Maine student drowned on Saturday after jumping off a bridge in Orono. The 19-year-old jumped into the Stillwater River around 5 p.m. Saturday, according to Orono Police. It's unclear why he jumped. A passerby swam into the river to help him but was...