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Report recommends big changes at UMaine Law School

Jul. 20, 2019 11:22 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A new report is calling for sweeping changes at the University of Maine School of Law, including the addition of new faculty and administrators, an expansion of course offerings and an overhaul of administrative practices. The Portland Press Herald reports the report released Friday...

Judge denies request for new trial in rape, murder in Maine

Jul. 19, 2019 10:33 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine judge has denied a request for a new trial for a man serving a life sentence for a rape and killing in 1994 The Portland Press Herald reports Justice Roland Cole this week dismissed 51-year-old Foster Bates' third petition for post-conviction review. He'll likely continue...

Teen charged in fatal park brawl involved youth center fight

Jul. 19, 2019 9:53 AM EDT

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A teenager charged in a fatal assault in Lewiston park is being held in jail following an altercation at a youth detention center. Police say the 18-year-old was charged this month with assaulting another teen at the Long Creek Youth Development Center in South Portland. The Sun...

Maine making it easier for asylum seekers to quality for aid

Jul. 18, 2019 2:01 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's Democratic governor expanded aid Thursday for hundreds of asylum seekers who have arrived in the state's biggest city this summer, and said she's asked the federal government for swift funding to help the state address the influx. Gov. Janet Mills said her administration's...

Decades later, gay bar replaces windows smashed by bigots

Jul. 18, 2019 9:18 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A gay bar in Maine's largest city has put up new front windows after 28 years of covering its smashed glass with plywood in the wake of homophobic vandalism. Blackstones, in Portland's West End, opened in the 1980s, long before the city gained a widespread reputation as a...

Trial begins in lawsuit over Portland art museum bequest

Jul. 17, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A civil trial has begun over a Maine art museum's claims that a deceased benefactor's caretaker manipulated her into removing the museum from her will. The Portland Museum of Art's lawyer contends Annemarie Germain isolated Eleanor G. Potter from her family and longtime attorney...

Portland helping more than 200 asylum seekers find homes

Jul. 17, 2019 2:56 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Officials in Maine's largest city say they're working on finding temporary and long-term housing for dozens of asylum-seeking families currently taking shelter at the Portland Expo. Portland is housing 200 to 250 asylum seekers at the basketball arena. Officials say they're working...

'Antiques Roadshow' appraiser paying a visit to Maine island

Jul. 17, 2019 5:27 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Boston book store owner who's served as a frequent guest appraiser on PBS' "Antiques Roadshow" is in Maine to talk about old and rare books. Kenneth Gloss, who's appearing Wednesday evening on Peaks Island, will be giving free appraisals of books following a discussion and...

African man escaped a massacre, but death followed

Jul. 16, 2019 1:02 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — When an armed conflict erupted in his village in Congo, Blaise Matshieba Nduluyele fled from the carnage. Hundreds of people, including some of his relatives, were slaughtered. Death remained close as his family undertook a grueling journey starting in South America and extending...

Truck carrying crane crashed into overpass on Maine Turnpike

Jul. 15, 2019 4:23 PM EDT

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A truck that was carrying a crane crashed into an overpass bridge, shutting down traffic on part of the Maine Turnpike. State police say the crane overturned on the Maine Turnpike in the northbound lane in South Portland during the late morning on Monday. They say the driver,...