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2 GOP candidates eye challenge in competitive Maine district

Sep. 17, 2019 11:47 AM EDT

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Republican challengers to Democratic Rep. Jared Golden are coming into focus, as one candidate is set to announce and another is very close. Former GOP state Sen. Eric Brakey is scheduled to formally declare his intention to run for Golden's seat on Tuesday. The Sun Journal reports...

US Christian evangelical delegation meets Saudi crown prince

Sep. 10, 2019 6:01 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met Tuesday with a delegation of American evangelical Christians in the Red Sea city of Jiddah as the kingdom works to forge closer ties with an influential electoral base in the U.S. that could be crucial to the 2020 elections. The...

Aid coming to Maine to help communities hit by mill closures

Sep. 6, 2019 1:05 PM EDT

EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine (AP) — A federal-state partnership is providing more than $2 million to assist the forest products industry in Maine. The money's from the Northern Border Regional Commission, which supports rural and economically depressed communities in the Northeast. The largest grant's an award...

King, senators want to crack down on cellphone fraud

Aug. 19, 2019 6:11 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's independent senator is among a group of lawmakers calling on the Federal Communications Commission's chairman to do more to combat cellphone fraud. Sen. Angus King says Chairman Ajit Pai should take action "to protect and educate consumers on the issue of cellphone fraud and...

Maine clinics, hospitals get boost to fight opioid crisis

Aug. 18, 2019 10:08 AM EDT

BUCKSPORT, Maine (AP) — Maine will invest almost $6 million in federal money in community health centers and other institutions to try to fight the state's opioid abuse crisis. Republican Sen. Susan Collins and independent Sen. Angus King say the money was awarded through the U.S. Department of Health and...

Senators look to help rural businesses be energy efficient

Aug. 11, 2019 2:32 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's U.S. senators are offering a proposal to help businesses that want to invest in energy-efficient technology. Independent Sen. Angus King and Republican Sen. Susan Collins say the move would benefit businesses in rural states such as Maine. Their proposal is called the Combined...

Plan for more rural Maine medical residencies gets boost

Jul. 28, 2019 8:29 AM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Maine's largest hospital is getting a boost to help develop a program that would train new doctors for rural areas. Republican Sen. Susan Collins and independent Sen. Angus King say Maine Medical Center will receive more than $725,000 toward developing the new rural residency programs....

Franken says he 'absolutely' regrets resigning from Senate

Jul. 22, 2019 7:50 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota told The New Yorker magazine in a story published Monday that he "absolutely" regrets resigning from the Senate after several women accused him of unwanted kissing or touching. In the same article, seven current or former senators say...

Maine senator backs funding conservation through hunting

Jul. 21, 2019 9:24 AM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Maine's independent senator is getting behind a proposal to continue funding wildlife conservation through money generated by hunting and sport shooting. Sen. Angus King is joining a push to modernize the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act of 1937. The act allows for tax...