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FILE - This May 8, 2019, file photo shows a lobster atop others in Arundel, Maine.  Maine's congressional delegation announced Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, that China is making U.S. lobster eligible for a tariff reduction. Starting the following week, Chinese businesses could apply for a tariff exemption that would let them buy U.S. lobster at a lower price, officials said. ( AP Photo/Rodrique Ngowi, File)

US lobstermen may see relief from steep Chinese tariffs

Feb. 25, 2020 1:37 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — China is making U.S. lobster eligible for a tariff reduction, good news for lobster fishermen who lost a key export market during trade hostilities, Maine's congressional delegation announced Tuesday. The one-year exemption process may exclude $300 million worth of U.S. seafood from...

Maine delegation opposes Trump's destroyer construction cuts

Feb. 11, 2020 5:30 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — President Donald Trump's budget proposal includes funding for two destroyers like those built at Bath Iron Works in the upcoming year but would slash the number of destroyers built in subsequent years, Maine's congressional delegation said Tuesday. The delegation “strongly...

Jackson Laboratory gets funding boost for genetics research

Feb. 10, 2020 1:10 AM EST

BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — The federal government has awarded about $2.8 million to a Maine science lab for projects that will focus on genetics. The National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health has awarded the money to The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor. The biggest piece of the money is...

Disease center closure could hurt coronavirus fix, pols say

Feb. 9, 2020 11:54 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Two senators from New England have charged that the shutdown of a government program designed to identify infectious diseases will make it more difficult for the U.S. to help combat coronavirus. Independent Sen. Angus King of Maine and Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of...

Maine senators want FDA chief to crack down on plant milk

Feb. 3, 2020 6:00 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's two U.S. senators are among a group of lawmakers pushing for the federal government to crack down on the use of dairy terms on plant-based products. Republican Sen. Susan Collins and independent Sen. Angus King want U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn...

King to hold Maine listening session on impeachment

Feb. 2, 2020 8:35 AM EST

BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — U.S. Sen. Angus King wants to hear from constituents ahead of Wednesday's expected final impeachment vote. King, an independent, is holding a listening session Sunday afternoon. He says he's been listening intently to the arguments presented during President Donald Trump's...

Maine lawmakers lead push for more temporary work visas

Jan. 30, 2020 2:10 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Lawmakers from Maine are helping lead a charge for an increase of a cap on work visas this year. Independent Sen. Angus King and Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree said Tuesday they are leading a bipartisan group in calling for U.S. Department of Homeland Security acting Secretary Chad...

King: Impeachment acquittal would shift power to White House

Jan. 26, 2020 12:54 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Acquitting President Donald Trump of obstruction during his impeachment trial could reshape the power structure between the president and Congress forever, creating graver implications than the abuse-of-power claims, Sen. Angus King said. Allowing a president to thumb his nose by...

Maine farmers' markets get fed help to drive up attendance

Jan. 24, 2020 1:30 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's farmers' markets are getting a boost from a federal government program designed to increase turnout at the markets. The Maine Federation of Farmers' Markets has been awarded $160,111 for its “Workplace to Market Project" through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's...

Historic Maine library to be renovated with humanities grant

Jan. 20, 2020 2:36 PM EST

KITTERY, Maine (AP) — The National Endowment for the Humanities will help renovate a historic library in southern Maine that dates to the 19th century. The town of Kittery has received $500,000 from the agency for renovation and expansion of Rice Public Library, said Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins and...