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Senate GOP again blocks Democrats' election bill

Oct. 20, 2021 16:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the third time this year, Senate Democrats on Wednesday tried to pass sweeping elections legislation that they tout as a powerful counterweight to new voting restrictions sweeping conservative-controlled states. Once again, Republicans blocked...

David Flanagan, longtime Central Maine Power executive, dies

Oct. 14, 2021 15:39 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — David Flanagan, who was at the helm of Maine’s largest electric utility during the disastrous 1998 ice storm, served as president of the University of Southern Maine and returned to lead the utility out of a series of missteps, has died. He was 74. ...

Maine senators join new push to preserve U.S. wildlife

Oct. 14, 2021 01:32 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's two U.S. senators have signed on to a push to try to improve protections for America's wildlife. Republican Sen. Susan Collins and independent Sen. Angus King said they're co-sponsoring the Recovering America's Wildlife Act. The proposal...

Praise for border reopening plan across northern New England

Oct. 13, 2021 14:39 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Political and business leaders from across northern New England on Wednesday praised plans by the Biden administration to begin allowing people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter the United States across the land border with Canada. ...

Senators propose assistant secretary of state for Arctic

Oct. 09, 2021 13:53 PM EDT

A pair of senators want to establish an assistant secretary of state for Arctic affairs to elevate Arctic issues in U.S. foreign policy. Sens. Lisa Murkowski, a Republican from Alaska, and Sen. Angus King, an independent from Maine, proposed the new post in a bill. The...

Maine to get $1.5M to clean up more brownfields

Oct. 06, 2021 01:46 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Three Maine organizations are going to receive about $1.5 million from the federal government to help clean up more of the state's brownfields. Brownfields are typically former industrial sites that suffer from pollution. The U.S. Environmental...

Senate confirms McElwee as Maine's top federal prosecutor

Oct. 05, 2021 19:43 PM EDT

The U.S. Senate confirmed federal prosecutor Darcie McElwee on Tuesday to serve as U.S. attorney for Maine. Republican Sen. Susan Collins, who shares a hometown of Caribou with McElwee, spoke in support of the nomination on the Senate floor. The nomination was confirmed...

Judiciary Committee advances nomination of new US attorney

Oct. 04, 2021 19:27 PM EDT

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday advanced the nomination of longtime federal prosecutor Darcie McElwee to serve as U.S. attorney for Maine. The nomination will likely be acted on by the full Senate this week or next week, officials said. McElwee has been a federal...

Maine schools getting help to improve internet access

Oct. 03, 2021 09:54 AM EDT

UNION, Maine (AP) — Maine schools will receive more than $1.6 million in federal money to help improve internet access for students. The Federal Communications Commission is sending the money to 23 Maine schools and school districts. It's a round of funding from the...

Daughters of Carl Levin christen US warship bearing his name

Oct. 02, 2021 15:41 PM EDT

BATH, Maine (AP) — The future USS Carl M. Levin was christened Saturday by the Michigan senator's daughters, who simultaneously smashed bottles of sparkling wine against the warship's bow at Bath Iron Works. Daughters Erica Levin, Laura Levin and Kate Levin Markel...