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Maine scallop divers soon to get out of water for the year

Apr. 10, 2021 09:46 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's scallop divers are entering their final few weeks of the season. The state's scallop fishery includes divers who plunge into frigid waters to collect the valuable seafood. Diver scallops are beloved in the culinary world. ...

Maine hockey coach Red Gendron dies unexpectedly at 63

Apr. 09, 2021 17:24 PM EDT

ORONO, Maine (AP) — University of Maine hockey coach Red Gendron died unexpectedly Friday, the school announced. He was 63. The Boston native, who took over coaching the Black Bears in 2013, died after suffering a medical emergency, university officials said. ...

Maine: Unemployment claims up; July 4th Pops canceled again

Apr. 09, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — New unemployment claims rose again in Maine despite an increase in hiring around the country. The Maine Department of Labor reported 2,100 initial claims for state unemployment insurance for the week that ended April 3. That was an increase from...

Maine man charged with lying to get $60,000 PPP loan

Apr. 09, 2021 12:56 PM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A Maine man accused of lying to get a $60,000 loan from the Paycheck Protection Program and spending some of the money on shopping has been charged in federal court. Nathan Reardon, 43, of Skowhegan, was charged this week with bank fraud and...

Maine dumps plan that sought to remove Kennebec River dams

Apr. 09, 2021 11:42 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine is stopping a plan to remove up to four dams from the Kennebec River because of concerns that the state doesn't have the authority to go ahead with the proposal. Brookfield Renewable Partners of Toronto owns the dams. The company sued the...

Maine eyes easier access to HIV prevention drugs

Apr. 09, 2021 10:44 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine is considering a proposal to require health insurance providers to expand their coverage of HIV prevention drugs. Democratic Sen. Heather Sanborn, of Portland, submitted the proposal, which was the subject of a hearing before the Maine...

Islamic leaders battle misconception about vaccines, fasting

Apr. 09, 2021 09:46 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Islamic leaders are using social media, virtual town halls and face-to-face discussions to spread the word that it’s acceptable to be vaccinated for the coronavirus during daily fasting that happens during Ramadan, the most sacred month of the year for Muslims. ...

Senators propose support for child abuse hotline

Apr. 09, 2021 02:26 AM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A pair of senators wants to provide federal support to a national hotline that handles calls about child abuse. Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona have proposed a bill that would allow the federal...

Donor may take back statue of justice in Plessy v. Ferguson

Apr. 08, 2021 19:46 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The donor of a statue of the chief justice who served when the U.S. Supreme Court legalized racial segregation in 1896 might be willing to take it back. The Kennebec County Board of Commissioners voted in February to move the statue of Melville...

Maine police using fentanyl tests to curb opioid epidemic

Apr. 08, 2021 17:36 PM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) — More Maine police departments have begun distributing fentanyl testing strips to people who may have been exposed to the powerful opioid. The Bath and Brunswick police departments are the latest agencies to join the Police Assisted Addiction and...