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Bill would remove waiting periods for children's dentistry

Jan. 22, 2020 1:30 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A proposal in Maine would stop insurance companies from mandating waiting periods between children's dental treatments. Democratic State Sen. Heather Sanborn of Portland was expected to introduce the new rule for a public hearing on Tuesday. Sanborn said the proposal is about making...

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2020 file photo, House speaker Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, flashes a thumbs up at a Democratic colleague prior to the start of the first session of the new year at the State House House in Augusta, Maine. Planned Parenthood announced Tuesday that it is endorsing Gideon, a Democratic challenger to Republican Sen. Susan Collins in Maine, saying Collins “turned her back” on women and citing her vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court as well as other judicial nominees who oppose abortion.  (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Planned Parenthood endorses challenger to Sen. Susan Collins

Jan. 21, 2020 5:48 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Planned Parenthood on Tuesday endorsed a Democratic challenger to Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, saying Collins “turned her back” on women and citing her vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court as well as other judicial nominees who oppose...

Catholic school announces closure due to rising costs

Jan. 19, 2020 12:11 PM EST

WINSLOW, Maine (AP) — A Catholic school in Maine announced it will close at the end of this school year due to financial struggles and shrinking enrollment, school officials said. Officials at St. John Catholic School in Winslow sent a letter last week announcing the school would be closing after 92 years,...

Waterfront park in Maine's largest city gets federal support

Jan. 19, 2020 9:15 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government has given a boost to a planned waterfront park in the state's largest city. The project, Portland Landing Park Development Project, has been awarded $750,000 through the National Park Service's Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Grant Program. The city will...

Several hundred turnout for women's marches in Portland

Jan. 18, 2020 4:32 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Several hundred women and their allies marched in Maine's largest city Saturday as part of their continued call for equal rights for women and people of all backgrounds while taking part in the fourth annual women's march. The protesters who marched on Portland's Congress Street...

Fans of conservative speaker find new venue for appearance

Jan. 17, 2020 5:50 PM EST

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — Maine supporters of Michelle Malkin said Friday they had located a new venue for the conservative speaker's appearance after three sites canceled. Malkin is an author, blogger and former FOX News contributor who has rallied against foes she calls “Beltway crapweasels,”...

Another loaded handgun found at Portland jetport

Jan. 17, 2020 2:37 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Transportation Security Administration on Friday stopped another loaded handgun from being taken onto a plane at the Portland International Jetport. A Hampden man tried to board a plane with a 9 mm handgun loaded with 12 bullets, the agency said. The man told officials he did not...

New Maine forest preserve protects recreation, water source

Jan. 17, 2020 1:10 AM EST

SEBAGO, Maine (AP) — Conservation groups in Maine have announced the permanent protection of 1,400 acres in the southern part of the state, which will be home to a new community forest. The new preserve is called Tiger Hill Community Forest, and it is located in Sebago. The Trust for Public Land announced...

Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook (0) looks for a shot as Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) reaches in during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)

Lillard leads Trail Blazers to 117-107 win over Rockets

Jan. 16, 2020 1:20 AM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — After getting off to a disappointing start this season, the Portland Trail Blazers are focused on playing much better going forward. On Wednesday night against the Houston Rockets they did that, limiting James Harden to his fewest points of the season in a 117-107 win. “A season is...

Fisherman pulled from water at Maine pier dies

Jan. 15, 2020 2:32 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A fisherman who fell from a fishing vessel into the water as the boat was preparing to dock in Portland has died, authorities in Maine said Wednesday. The man who died was a 51-year-old fishermen who has not yet been identified by name by authorities. He fell from the vessel at 8:43...