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Religious schools may face another hurdle to state tuition

Jun. 25, 2022 11:43 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Religious schools got what they wanted when the Supreme Court allowed them to participate in a state tuition program. But the state attorney general said the ruling will be for naught unless the schools are willing to abide by the same antidiscrimination law...

Co-owners sue Georgia Power in $695M Vogtle contract dispute

Jun. 21, 2022 17:22 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The owners of a majority share of a nuclear power plant being expanded in Georgia are suing lead owner Georgia Power Co., claiming the company is trying to bilk them out of nearly $700 million by unilaterally changing a contract. The lawsuits, filed in recent days in...

Guilty plea to involuntary manslaughter in 2021 drownings

Jun. 21, 2022 17:08 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia woman pleaded guilty to reckless conduct and two counts of involuntary manslaughter Tuesday in connection with the drowning deaths of two men in 2021. Augusta area news outlets report that Shontover Kirkland pleaded guilty Tuesday. She was sentenced...

Georgia cooperatives move to freeze nuclear costs at $8.1B

Jun. 18, 2022 17:18 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — One of the owners of a nuclear power plant being expanded in Georgia says it's shifting overruns to Georgia Power Co. in exchange for giving up a sliver of its ownership. Oglethorpe Power Corp. which provides power to 38 electric cooperatives, said Saturday that it...

UMaine System gives chancellor short-term extension

Jun. 17, 2022 01:46 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's public university system extended the contract of its chancellor into the summer, but has yet to make a decision about his long-term future. Chancellor Dannel Malloy has received votes of no confidence from faculty at three of the system's campuses....

Rep. Gifford becomes 4th sitting legislator to die in 2022

Jun. 13, 2022 18:13 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Maine (AP) — State Rep. Jeffery A. Gifford, a retired paper mill worker who served five terms in the Maine Legislature, has died at age 75. Gifford, R-Lincoln, served four terms from 2006 to 2014 and was elected to another term in 2020. He was unopposed on the Republican...

Georgia mayor hopeful floats plan to rework long-closed mall

Jun. 05, 2022 11:23 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A candidate in a runoff for mayor of Georgia’s third-largest city is announcing a plan to redevelop a site where a long-vacant mall stood until 2020. Steven Kendrick of Augusta made the announcement last week, with several Augusta commissioners. ...

UMS chief legal officer resigns, citing stress, amid turmoil

Jun. 03, 2022 08:08 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine System's chief legal officer cited stress as a reason for resigning this week following turmoil over a presidential job search that led to faculty votes of no confidence in the chancellor. Jim Thelen, who served as vice chancellor for...

Prosecutor becomes latest in Georgia to drop marijuana cases

May. 29, 2022 09:17 AM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The district attorney of coastal Georgia's largest county has become the latest prosecutor statewide to say she'll generally stop prosecuting misdemeanor marijuana cases involving possession of less than an ounce of the drug. Chatham County District Attorney...

University president who bowed out to get $235K on July 1

May. 28, 2022 09:58 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A settlement approved for the University of Maine at Augusta president who bowed out amid controversy ensures he will be paid at least $235,000 in the first year. Michael Laliberte will receive an additional $30,000 for a housing allowance on top of his...