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FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2018, file photo, ballots are recounted in Maine's 2nd Congressional District in Augusta, Maine. Ranked choice voting will be used for the first time in a presidential race under in the Nov. 3, 2020, election after a ruling Tuesday, Sept. 22, by the Maine Supreme Court. The court concluded the state Republican Party failed to gain enough signatures for a referendum to reject a state law expanding ranked choice voting. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, file)

Ranked choice voting in Maine a go for presidential election

Sep. 22, 2020 1:55 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Ranked choice voting will be used for the first time in a presidential race in the U.S. under a ruling Tuesday by the Maine Supreme Court, which concluded a GOP-led petition drive intended to prevent its use came up short. The Supreme Judicial Court concluded the Maine Republican...

Drought conditions in Maine qualify farmers for federal help

Sep. 22, 2020 12:51 PM EDT

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (AP) — State authorities in Maine are encouraging farmers in the northern part of the state to contact the U.S. Department of Agriculture for assistance in the wake of the declaration of a drought disaster. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has designated Aroostook County, home to most...

Maine buffeted by powerful surf, gusts from Hurricane Teddy

Sep. 22, 2020 12:48 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Hurricane Teddy brought dangerous surf conditions to the Maine coast on Tuesday. The hurricane passed to the east of the state, but was expected to bring waves of up to 15 feet to coastal areas, WMTW-TV reported. High waves began in the state on Monday. Even bigger swells from the...

FILE - In this June 9, 2020, file photo Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, is followed by reporters as she arrives for the weekly Republican policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington. Collins is once again in a pressure cooker over an issue riveting the nation. This time it's the battle over President Donald Trump’s effort to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Supreme Court vacancy rattles Susan Collins' Senate race

Sep. 22, 2020 12:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's so on brand for Sen. Susan Collins to be in a pressure cooker over how she'll vote in a showdown riveting the nation. This time, it's unclear how the battle over President Donald Trump’s effort to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court will affect...

Maine to make $95M in pandemic recovery grants available

Sep. 22, 2020 11:57 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine plans to make about $95 million in coronavirus pandemic recovery grants available to businesses and nonprofit organizations in the state. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills said the grants are a second phase of funding available via the Maine Economic Recovery Grant Program. Up to $5...

Maine Supreme Court decision allows use of ranked choice voting for 1st time in presidential race after failed GOP bid

Sep. 22, 2020 11:32 AM EDT
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine Supreme Court decision allows use of ranked choice voting for 1st time in presidential race after failed GOP bid.

Maine man accused of hitting bride with a car at wedding

Sep. 21, 2020 5:04 PM EDT

LIVERMORE, Maine (AP) — A Maine man has been arrested on assault charges for allegedly striking a bride and two others with his car at a wedding. Curtis Moody, a guest at Saturday’s private wedding, allegedly struck three people when others at the private event attempted to stop him from driving,...

Lawsuit says Maine must do more to help voters amid pandemic

Sep. 21, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Election advocates in Maine want a state judge to rule on the constitutionality of some of the state's elections systems, including whether absentee ballots must be counted if postmarked by Election Day. The lawsuit was filed against Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap and...

Maine warns of potential coronavirus exposure at airport

Sep. 21, 2020 3:32 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — People who traveled through the largest airport in Maine this weekend might have been exposed to coronavirus, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday. The Maine CDC said an individual with the virus and a close contact of the individual went to Portland...

2 die in mobile home park fire in Downeast Maine

Sep. 21, 2020 10:50 AM EDT

MACHIAS, Maine (AP) — Two people were found dead after a mobile home park fire in Downeast Maine, state fire marshals said on Monday. The fire killed two at a mobile home park on Armstrong Lane in Machias, the Office of the State Fire Marshal said. The fire marshal's office said the scene was still under...