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Maine town police department closes, chief resigns

Aug. 6, 2020 1:32 PM EDT

DIXFIELD, Maine (AP) — The police department in a Maine town is closing because the police chief resigned and because they do not have enough full-time officers. The Dixfield town board voted on Monday for the Oxford County sheriff to replace the town's police department, the Rumford Falls Times reported....

Maine Republicans again decline to hold special session

Aug. 6, 2020 12:16 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Republicans have again declined to agree to a special session of the state Legislature to address bills left unfinished by the coronavirus pandemic. The Republicans shot down the idea on Wednesday. It was the second time they've declined to hold the session, which would be held...

Visitors wear masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, at Old Orchard Beach, Maine. Tourists have returned to the popular seaside town in a state that ranks one of the lowest in the nation in positive cases of coronavirus. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Maine gov: State needs 10% spending trims due to pandemic

Aug. 6, 2020 11:52 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's Democratic governor has directed most state department heads to come up with 10% spending cuts to address revenue lost because of the coronavirus pandemic. The departments have until Aug. 19 to submit their proposals to the administration of Gov. Janet Mills, the Bangor Daily...

Maine solar development attracts $100M investment

Aug. 5, 2020 6:50 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Dublin-based solar-electric development company has partnered with a Maine firm to develop large-scale projects in eight communities. BNRG Renewables and Dirigo Solar LLC in Portland are in the first phase of a plan that could bring 350 megawatts of generating capacity, or enough...

1 dead in collision with dump truck in Maine

Aug. 5, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

MORRILL, Maine (AP) — Police in Maine said a 34-year-old man was killed in a traffic crash on Wednesday when his car crossed a center line and collided with a dump truck. The crash killed Nicholas Day, of Belmont, police said. It happened in Morrill on Route 3. Day was pronounced dead at the scene. Police...

As a precaution to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, beach attendant Danielle McClure takes the temperature of Colten Ryan before allowing him and his brother, Finn, left, to enter Maranacook Beach, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Winthrop, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Maine governor touts progress, renews state of emergency

Aug. 5, 2020 3:36 PM EDT

MILBRIDGE, Maine (AP) — Maine's governor extended a “state of civil emergency” order on Wednesday that allows the state to use all available resources in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Janet Mills said the emergency order has been extended until at least Sept. 3. It was the fifth...

Maine court hears arguments about bid to stop hydro plan

Aug. 5, 2020 12:21 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's highest court heard arguments Wednesday that could be a taste of a long legal fight over the fate of a proposed hydropower transmission corridor. The Maine Supreme Judicial Court heard arguments about the future of a citizens' campaign to block the much-debated hydropower...

Shipyard union says talks 'breaking down' with shipbuilder

Aug. 5, 2020 11:59 AM EDT

BATH, Maine (AP) — A shipyard workers’ union in Maine said Wednesday that talks with a Navy shipbuilder appear to be “breaking down” amid a strike that has gone on for more than a month. The Machinists Local S6 union that represents about 4,300 workers at Bath Iron Works resumed...

Anfernee Simons, left, of the Portland Trail Blazers knocks the ball away from Russell Westbrook, right, of the Houston Rockets during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)

Lillard, Anthony help Blazers over Rockets, 110-102

Aug. 5, 2020 12:34 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Damian Lillard scored 21 points and Carmelo Anthony hit a big 3-pointer late to help the Portland Trail Blazers to a 110-102 victory over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night. The Blazers led by one before Lillard made one of two free throws. Anthony’s 3 then extended...

Portland votes to ban facial recognition ahead of referendum

Aug. 4, 2020 8:14 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine city council has voted unanimously to ban the use of facial recognition technology. Portland City councilors voted Monday in favor of the proposal submitted by City Councilor Pious Ali in November, the council did not explain why now was the time to move the item, the...