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Direct flights from Maine to Miami coming this late fall

Aug. 03, 2021 16:25 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An airline is going to start offering direct flights from Maine's most populous city to Miami starting late fall. Frontier Airlines said Tuesday the nonstop flights will begin three days a week in November. The airline has served Portland since...

Maine state regulators open probe into area code shortage

Aug. 03, 2021 15:16 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Public Utilities Commission has opened an investigation into a lack phone numbers available in the 207 area code, the only area code used in the state. The investigation centers on the number-forecasting practices of the provider Verizon,...

Maine's largest health system to require staff vaccinations

Aug. 03, 2021 14:56 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — MaineHealth, the state's largest health care provider, is going to make COVID-19 vaccinations a requirement for employment, mandating that 23,000 workers get vaccinated this fall, officials announced Tuesday. The parent of Maine Medical Center...

DEP: No violations in clearing of woods for power line

Aug. 03, 2021 11:54 AM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — There's no evidence to support claims that Central Maine Power is violating its permit requirements while clearing a path for a transmission line in western Maine, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection said. DEP Commissioner Melanie...

Man charged with manslaughter in crash that killed son

Aug. 03, 2021 11:32 AM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A Maine man has been charged with manslaughter for a crash killed his 10-year-old son and injured his wife last summer. Stephen Fiddie, 50, of Hermon, was on drugs when he crashed a minivan into a building in Bangor on Aug. 20, 2020, prosecutors...

Court declines to hear church's attack on COVID restrictions

Aug. 02, 2021 20:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear a lawsuit by a Maine church that sought to take a preemptive strike against future restrictions associated with a variant of the virus that’s spreading across the country. Calvary Chapel in Orrington...

Portland, Maine, has rainiest July in more than 100 years

Aug. 02, 2021 16:02 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's largest city recorded its rainiest July in more than 100 years last month, and came close to setting a new record. The rain arrived in time to help counter a long drought. The city recorded a little more than 9.5 inches (24 centimeters) of...

Maine: Portland eyes more remote City Hall; deaths hit 900

Aug. 02, 2021 09:52 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's largest city might continue conducting business remotely because of the surge in coronavirus cases in the state and elsewhere. Portland officials said the City Council might issue an order declaring a “limited emergency” so it can...

Skipper: Docs show no coverup in submarine sinking

Aug. 02, 2021 09:39 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The release of about 3,000 pages of documents delving into the deadliest submarine disaster in U.S. history has not yielded any sinister effort to hide the truth, a retired Navy skipper says. Instead, documents show the Navy’s policies and...

Cyclist dies after colliding with pickup truck in Maine

Aug. 02, 2021 09:35 AM EDT

FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — A bicycle rider who was hit by a pickup truck in Farmington died the following day at a hospital, officials said. Both cyclist Christopher Krol, 55, of Chesterville, and the truck driver were headed west when witnesses said the cyclist cut into...