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Revised budget adjustment removes obstacle as Maine lawmakers try to wrap up work

Apr. 15, 2024 17:37 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Democratic-led Maine Legislature’s spending committee revised its budget proposal Monday in response to complaints from both Republicans and the Democratic governor, removing a late obstacle as lawmakers try to wrap up their work this week. The revision...

Maine is the latest to join an interstate compact to elect the president by popular vote

Apr. 15, 2024 17:13 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine will become the latest to join a multistate effort to elect the president by popular vote with the Democratic governor's announcement Monday that she's letting the proposal become law without her signature. Under the proposed compact, each state would...

Maine is latest state to approve interstate compact for social worker licenses

Apr. 14, 2024 11:20 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine is set to become the latest state to join an interstate compact for social worker licensure. The proposal is designed to make it easier for social workers to practice in new states. Proponents say the process of seeking a separate license in each state...

Search continues in Maine as officer is charged with lying about taking missing person to hospital

Apr. 13, 2024 12:34 PM EDT

WASHBURN, Maine (AP) — A Maine police officer accused of lying about a missing-person case was charged with several crimes, including falsifying a report in which he claimed he had taken the missing man to a hospital, police said. Washburn Police Sgt. Chandler Cole resigned after...

Maine lawmakers reject bill for lawsuits against gunmakers and advance others after mass shooting

Apr. 13, 2024 08:00 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine lawmakers turned down a proposal to allow residents to sue gunmakers over injuries stemming from illegal gun sales while advancing several other proposals after last year's Lewiston mass shooting. The Maine House of Representatives previously passed the...

Payton Pritchard scores a career-high 31 points as Celtics rest starters and cruise past Hornets

Apr. 12, 2024 22:36 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Payton Prichard scored a career-high 31 points and the Boston Celtics rolled to a 131-98 win over the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night. Pritchard added 11 assists for his second double-double this season and helped the Celtics avoid losing three consecutive games in...

Maine lawmakers approve shield law for providers of abortion and gender-affirming care

Apr. 12, 2024 22:25 PM EDT

The Democratic-controlled Maine Legislature gave final approval Friday to a bill that would protect health care workers who provide abortion and gender-affirming care from legal action brought in other states. If signed by Democratic Gov. Janet Mills, Maine would join more than a...

Maine governor signs bill restricting paramilitary training in response to neo-Nazi's plan

Apr. 12, 2024 21:39 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A bill to restrict paramilitary training in Maine in response to a neo-Nazi who wanted to create a training center for a “blood tribe” was signed into law by Democratic Gov. Janet Mills on Friday. The law, which the governor signed without public comment,...

Maine sues biochemical giant over contamination from PCB-tainted products

Apr. 12, 2024 18:26 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine is suing biochemical giant Monsanto for allegedly knowingly selling products containing harmful chemicals that have contributed to contamination in the state. The latest lawsuit targeting the company over the manufacture and sale of products with...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Apr. 12, 2024 12:50 PM EDT

Portland Press Herald. April 7, 2024. Editorial: Digital privacy should not be a state-level priority A bill that would place novel limits on digital marketing in the name of consumer protection could do more harm than good. Increasingly predatory means...