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Tourists relax the use of their pandemic masks while gathered to view a seal swimming near their tour boat, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, off Portland, Maine. The state has one of the lowest number of coronavirus cases in the country. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

"Masked Moose" among public health projects on way in Maine

Aug. 11, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Dozens of cities, towns and tribal governments around Maine will receive $4 million in grants to improve their response to the coronavirus pandemic, the administration of Gov. Janet Mills said Tuesday. The grants are designed to help fund projects that support public education...

Seal, whale response teams to get help for Maine effort

Aug. 9, 2020 1:32 PM EDT

BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — A pair of Maine institutions is receiving grants totaling nearly $200,000 to help with recovery efforts for stranded marine mammals. Marine mammals such as whales and seals sometimes wash up on New England shores in need of assistance. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2007, file photo, with the Capitol Dome in the background, U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington. Lewis, who carried the struggle against racial discrimination from Southern battlegrounds of the 1960s to the halls of Congress, died Friday, July 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson, File)

New England colleagues react to death of US Rep. John Lewis

Jul. 18, 2020 3:08 PM EDT

Congressional members around New England are reacting to the death of their colleague, U.S. Rep. John Lewis, of Georgia, a civil rights icon who died Friday at age 80. Here are some of their written statements: ___ CONNECTICUT Rep. Joe Courtney, D-Connecticut: “John Lewis’s moral center never...

Maine to launch 18 testing sites; virus cases slow statewide

Jul. 14, 2020 3:26 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine officials said Tuesday that health organizations in the state will launch 18 “swab and send” testing sites to help make coronavirus testing more accessible to residents. The new collection sites are designed to send samples to the Maine State Lab for testing, the...

Maine lawmakers want Juneteenth to be a federal holiday

Jun. 26, 2020 10:24 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's U.S. senators are joining a push to make Juneteenth a federal holiday. Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in America and takes place on June 19. Independent Sen. Angus King and Republican Sen. Susan Collins said the holiday, which is observed by 47 states including...