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Maine university president withdraws after hiring complaints

May. 23, 2022 15:21 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The incoming president of a public university in Maine has voluntarily withdrawn from his position amid complaints from faculty members about his hiring. Michael Laliberte was set to start as president of University of Maine at Augusta on Aug. 1. He was the...

Man pleads not guilty to holding knife to guard's neck

May. 20, 2022 10:31 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A man who held a knife to a security officer's neck before being shot in a federal building in Maine's capital has pleaded not guilty. Derik Broox Wight, 41, of Augusta entered the plea Wednesday to a single charge of assaulting a federal officer. Wight is...

3rd faculty senate rebukes UMS Chancellor Malloy

May. 19, 2022 09:16 AM EDT

FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — Faculty on a third University of Maine System campus gave a vote of no confidence to Chancellor Dannel Malloy. The faculty senate at the University of Maine at Farmington delivered the rebuke Wednesday after the elimination of nine staff positions amid...

Faculty furious over failure to disclose no confidence votes

May. 13, 2022 17:23 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine System chancellor who didn’t think a no-confidence vote was important enough to share with a search committee is now the subject of his own no-confidence votes. The faculty senate at the University of Maine at Augusta issued...

Georgia nuclear plant's cost now forecast to top $30 billion

May. 08, 2022 17:53 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A nuclear power plant being built in Georgia is now projected to cost its owners more than $30 billion. A financial report from one of the owners on Friday clearly pushed the cost of Plant Vogtle near Augusta past that milestone, bringing its total cost to $30.34...

UMS chancellor knew incoming president was asked to resign

May. 06, 2022 17:00 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The head of Maine's public university system said he was aware that a newly hired university president was asked to resign from a previous job. Michael Laliberte was hired to serve as president of University of Maine at Augusta in early April. The following...

Ex-GOP Gov. LePage: Democratic Gov. Mills hurting economy

Apr. 30, 2022 12:59 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Former Republican Gov. Paul LePage, seeking to return for a third term, attacked the administration of Democratic Gov. Janet Mills during a speech Saturday at the Maine Republican Party's convention at the Augusta Civic Center. He criticized Mills for...

Man put knife to federal officer's throat before being shot

Apr. 21, 2022 19:00 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — An Augusta man who was shot while assaulting a Federal Protective Service guard is facing federal charges, officials said Thursday. Derik Broox Wight, 41, held a knife to the throat of a security officer contracted by the Department of Homeland Security's...

Governor signs off on $850 relief checks for most Mainers

Apr. 20, 2022 19:48 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Democratic Gov. Janet Mills signed off on a $1.2 billion supplemental budget Wednesday that sends more than half of the money to residents in the form of $850 relief checks. Backed by dozens of lawmakers and cabinet members, the governor signed the bill into...

FBI: Man shot after assaulting guard in federal building

Apr. 20, 2022 15:02 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A man armed with a knife was shot Wednesday after assaulting a Federal Protective Service guard in the federal building in Augusta, officials said. The unidentified assailant was taken to the hospital after being shot. His condition was not known. ...