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Maine home sales could break last year's sales record

Sep. 20, 2019 10:52 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine realtor group says the state might break its record for single-family home sales. The Maine Association of Realtors says statistics released on Thursday show an increase of a little more than 3% in sales from August 2018 to August 2019. Last year was the best home sales year...

Mills reveals members of Maine Climate Council

Sep. 20, 2019 12:55 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Democratic Gov. Janet Mills has unveiled the membership of her Maine Climate Council, which is aimed at recommending strategies for boosting renewable energy and reducing greenhouse emissions. The 39-person council will meet for the first time next week. The members include state...

Leaves start to turn in northern Maine as leaf-peeping nears

Sep. 20, 2019 12:51 AM EDT

CARIBOU, Maine (AP) — Summer doesn't officially end for a few more days, but some leaves are already beginning to turn in far northern Maine. The Maine Office of Tourism says the far north is showing less than 30 percent color change and less than 10 percent leaf drop, so there's still a long way to go...

Park director wants to take 'Mount' out of 'Mount Katahdin'

Sep. 19, 2019 5:38 PM EDT

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine (AP) — The director of the Baxter State Park Authority is floating the idea dropping the "Mount" from Maine's "Mount Katahdin." Eben Sypitkowski told Piscataquis County Commissioners in an email that Katahdin was named by the Penobscot Indians and means "greatest mountain." Therefore,...

Another firefighter leaves hospital after deadly blast

Sep. 19, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — Another firefighter injured in a propane explosion in Farmington, Maine, has been released from the hospital. Officials announced Thursday that Capt. Timothy Hardy was released from Maine Medical Center in Portland. That leaves four people hospitalized in Portland and Boston, with...

3 charged with breaking herring fishing laws in Maine

Sep. 19, 2019 3:14 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Marine Patrol says it has cited three men for violating laws designed to protect an economically important species of fish. The laws protect Atlantic herring, a bait fish that has been the subject of deep fishing quota cuts in recent years. The marine patrol says it has...

Maine's tougher new distracted driving ban in effect

Sep. 19, 2019 2:36 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A new Maine law that prohibits the use of hand-held phones and other devices while driving is now in effect, and police will be keeping an eye out for violations starting Thursday. The new law adds restrictions to the state's rules against distracted driving. It states that no one...

Portland settles age discrimination lawsuit

Sep. 19, 2019 10:54 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Two former airport maintenance workers who sued the city of Portland, Maine, over alleged age discrimination have reached a settlement agreement. The Portland Press Herald reports Robert Lang and Stephen Congdon said they were forced out of their jobs at the Portland International...

Woman says she buried body in backyard _ and has no regrets

Sep. 19, 2019 10:44 AM EDT

NORWAY, Maine (AP) — A woman says she buried her friend in the backyard of a home in Norway, Maine, where officials discovered the body this week. Vernelle Jackson says she fulfilled the dying wish of her friend — and has no regrets. The 83-year-old Jackson says her friend died 18 months ago. She...

Largest cannabis conference in Northeast coming to Maine

Sep. 19, 2019 12:46 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The largest cannabis conference in the Northeast is coming to Maine's largest city next month. The New England Cannabis Network says the 5th Annual Maine Cannabis Convention will take place in Portland on October 5 and 6. The event is expected to bring more than 150 exhibitors and...