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Democratic Senate challenger Gideon outraises Collins again

Jul. 3, 2020 3:58 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Sara Gideon raised more money between April and June 24 than the incumbent Republican Sen. Susan Collins for the second quarter in a row. Gideon, who is speaker of the House in Maine, brought in $8 million, while Collins' re-election campaign...

No COVID-19 at youth center; cases rise among out-of-staters

Jul. 3, 2020 3:48 PM EDT

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Universal testing at a youth detention center has yielded no positive cases of coronavirus, the Maine Department of Connections said. The state conducted campus-wide testing at Long Creek Youth Development Center in South Portland after a person who was being released from the...

Mainers shatter record for absentee ballots in a primary

Jul. 3, 2020 11:54 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine voters are taking advantage of absentee ballots at an unprecedented rate in advance of the July 14 primary. The Bangor Daily News reported Friday that 163,000 Mainers have requested the ballots. Voting on the day of the primary is likely to be complicated by the coronavirus...

Maine requiring ATVs to be registered again

Jul. 3, 2020 2:15 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine has lifted suspensions on registration of all-terrain vehicles, and ATV owners must now register or renew them. ATV registrations are valid from July 1 to June 30, 2021, the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry said. It's possible to renew online. New...

Brendan Williams, president of the New Hampshire Health Care Association, right, is handed gowns and masks which were received in a shipment from the federal government, by an employee at the Webster at Rye senior care center on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in Rye, N.H. Isolation gowns with no sleeve openings for hands, child-sized gloves and surgical masks with ear loops that break when stretched make up the bulk of the personal protective equipment recently sent by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to New Hampshire nursing homes, according to Williams. The facility is not using the items they received from FEMA. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Better safe than soggy? Wet ballots worry election officials

Jul. 2, 2020 5:28 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — When it comes to this fall’s elections, officials are worried about both safety and soggy ballots. The secretary of state’s office hosted an online meeting Thursday for town moderators to discuss preparations for the Sept. 8 state primary and Nov. 3 general election....

Local landowner, energy firm propose 700-acre solar project

Jul. 2, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — Local landowners are proposing a 700-acre solar energy project in Benton, Clinton and Unity Township in partnership with a renewable energy company. Bessey Development Company, which owns the land, and Longroad Energy, based in Boston, want to invest $190 million in the project...

Maine stopped tens of thousands of fraudulent benefit claims

Jul. 2, 2020 3:30 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The state of Maine canceled tens of thousands of fraudulent unemployment claims during a period of less than a month, its labor department said Thursday. The Maine Department of Labor has spent weeks investigating unemployment impostor fraud in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic....

Picketers acknowledge a honking motorist outside an entrance to Bath Iron Works, Monday, June 22, 2020, in Bath, Maine. Production workers at one of the Navy's largest shipbuilders overwhelmingly voted to strike, rejecting the company's three-year contract offer Sunday and threatening to further delay delivery of ships. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Shipyard hiring temporary workers; mediation next week

Jul. 2, 2020 2:05 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — With more than 4,000 workers on strike, Navy shipbuilder Bath Iron Works plans to bring in more subcontractors to join management and existing contractors to try to avoid falling further behind on production, the company's president said Thursday. The company and Machinists Union...

Feds push back plan to resume at-sea fishing monitors

Jul. 2, 2020 2:10 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government has pushed back its plan to resume at-sea monitoring in Northeast fisheries by a month. The monitors are workers who gather important data on fishing boats to help manage fisheries. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration had announced plans to...

UMS announces guidelines for students' return on Aug. 31

Jul. 1, 2020 3:46 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine System has adopted a set of principles to guide campuses in welcoming back students on Aug. 31, officials said Wednesday. The UMS chancellor, seven campus presidents and the dean of Maine Law adopted the principles that call for screening strategies to...