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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...

Consumers find slightly lower lobster prices as summer nears

May. 27, 2022 11:06 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Lobster prices are dipping somewhat just before Memorial Day weekend — the unofficial start of the industry's critical summer season. The price of lobster and seafood at large has shot up in recent years, and the price to lobster fishermen at the docks...

Judge considers motion to dismiss public defender lawsuit

May. 27, 2022 08:57 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A judge is considering a motion by the state to throw out a lawsuit over the system that provides attorneys to those who can’t afford them. The class-action lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine contends there’s a failure to train,...

Editorial Roundup: New England

May. 27, 2022 07:13 AM EDT

Bangor Daily News. May 26, 2022. Editorial: An avoidable mistake will cost the University of Maine System, in terms of money and credibility It’s human nature not to want to share bad news. However, it should also be well understood that bad news can’t be hidden...

Collins blocks NOAA appointment over whale rule objections

May. 27, 2022 01:17 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine Sen. Susan Collins halted a nominee's potential appointment to a federal post over objections to rules designed to protect rare whales. Collins cited new regulations on her state's lobster fishing industry that she described as “onerous.” The rules...

Affidavit: Man strangled his mother to death in Maine

May. 26, 2022 17:27 PM EDT

BATH, Maine (AP) — A man charged with killing his 66-year-old mother told police he strangled her after she attacked him, according to court records. Jason Ibarra, 42, is expected to make his initial court appearance Friday following the killing of his mother, Jeanine Ross, the...

CMP wants rate hike to improve power grid

May. 26, 2022 17:14 PM EDT

HALLOWELL, Maine (AP) — Central Maine Power notified regulators Thursday of plans to submit a proposal for improving power grid reliability that would increase monthly bills by $10 over three years. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills and Public Advocate Bill Harwood immediately attacked...

Maine plans to open new shelter for displaced asylum seekers

May. 26, 2022 09:03 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The state of Maine plans to fund a temporary emergency shelter and renovated housing units in Portland, South Portland and Brunswick for asylum seekers, an adviser to the governor said. Senior Housing Adviser Greg Payne disclosed the plan as South Portland on...

Triple killing trial is underway in Belfast, Maine

May. 25, 2022 17:18 PM EDT

BELFAST, Maine (AP) — A Maine man on trial in the killings of three people delivered his own opening statement Wednesday, calling the victims “drug addicts" and describing the deaths as “accidents” and “self defense.” A prosecutor described a calculated plan in which...

Francis Quinn, longtime State House reporter, dies at 70

May. 25, 2022 14:31 PM EDT

MEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Francis X. Quinn, a former Associated Press reporter who covered Maine government and politics with fairness and integrity for more than a quarter century, has died. He was 70. From 1981 to 2009, Quinn was a fixture in Maine where lawmakers and others...