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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 2:44 PM 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 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...

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...

Maine committee approves Veterans Bill of Rights proposal

Aug. 4, 2020 2:15 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine legislative committee has approved a proposal for a “Veterans Bill of Rights” that promises support for vets in the state. Democratic Sen. Mike Carpenter proposed the bill, which is designed to help make sure veterans have access to jobs, education, physical and...

Governors conference planned for Maine will be moved online

Aug. 3, 2020 2:09 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A meeting of governors from around the country that had been scheduled to take place in Maine has been moved online to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus. The Summer Meeting of the National Governors Association had been slated to convene Wednesday in Portland. The...

Vaccine bait to be dropped to try to curb rabies in Maine

Aug. 3, 2020 3:10 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Authorities in Maine are distributing oral rabies vaccines in bait form in the northeastern part of the state early this month. The Maine Department of Health and Human Services said the vaccines will be distributed starting around Aug. 3 and the effort will last for several days. The...

Don't open those mystery seed packets, Maine officials say

Aug. 2, 2020 9:47 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine agriculture authorities are asking residents who receive unsolicited packages of seeds from China in the mail to avoid opening them and contact the state. People around the country have reported receiving the packages. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and...

Maine museum, archives building to close for repairs

Aug. 1, 2020 1:01 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Cultural Building in the state's capital city will be closed for mechanical upgrades and asbestos abatement. The building is located near the Maine State House and is home to the Maine State Library, Maine State Archives and Maine State Museum. It could be closed for up to...

A temporary sign reminds the public to take precautions to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, Friday, July 31, 2020, in Belfast, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Maine recommends reopening schools, cites low virus risks

Jul. 31, 2020 2:42 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Schools around Maine are at relatively low risk for the new coronavirus, and that means all of them can open with in-person instruction this year, state officials said Friday. The state is using a three-tiered system for recommendations about how schools should function as they...