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Maine proposal to help homeless students graduate moves on

Feb. 23, 2020 10:29 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A proposal designed to improve high school graduation rates in Maine for students who are homeless or in foster care has received the approval of a legislative committee. Maine's overall graduation rate in 2018 was a little less than 87%, but the rate for homeless youths was less than...

Oregon governor calls for breaching 4 Snake River dams

Feb. 15, 2020 5:30 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The governor of Oregon has come out in favor of removing four hydroelectric dams on the Snake River in Washington state, saying that is the best way to increase endangered salmon runs. Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, sent a letter to Washington’s Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee this week,...

Woman sues Idaho church after church van crashes in Oregon

Feb. 6, 2020 1:13 PM EST

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — A young woman from Idaho who sustained a traumatic brain injury in a 2018 van crash while traveling to a Christian conference in Portland, Oregon with her youth group is suing the church and the youth pastor who was driving the van. Leona Ranstrom alleges in the lawsuit filed in...

L.L. Bean is cutting 200 jobs and closing a call center

Feb. 5, 2020 11:22 AM EST

FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — L.L. Bean is eliminating 200 jobs across the company and closing its call center in Maine's second-largest city as part of a reorganization. The outdoor retailer's job cuts will occur at all levels, company spokeswoman Carolyn Beem said Wednesday. All the 130 call center agents in...

Officials: Social Security scam claimed over $37M in 2019

Jan. 30, 2020 8:53 PM EST

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — The Social Security Administration recorded nearly 500,000 complaints about attempted impersonation of agency employees alleging issues with a Social Security number, according to Gail Ennis the Social Security Administration’s inspector general. The Senate Aging Committee...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, file photo, shows the waterfront in Portland, Maine. Northeastern University announced on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, they are planning a graduate school and research center in Portland in hopes of transforming the city into a technology hub and sparking economic growth. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Northeastern to open $100M research center in Portland

Jan. 27, 2020 1:39 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine native is donating $100 million to Northeastern University to establish a graduate school and research center in Portland in hopes of transforming the city into a technology hub and sparking economic growth, officials said Monday. The Roux Institute, which will open in the...

Verso moves forward with $400M deal that includes Maine mill

Jan. 21, 2020 8:54 PM EST

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A paper mill company announced it has the necessary regulatory approvals to move forward with plans to sell its Maine mill as part of a $400 million deal. Ohio-based Verso Corp. will receive its final approval on Jan. 31, when shareholders meet in New York to vote on the sale at the...

Fans of conservative speaker find new venue for appearance

Jan. 17, 2020 5:50 PM EST

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — Maine supporters of Michelle Malkin said Friday they had located a new venue for the conservative speaker's appearance after three sites canceled. Malkin is an author, blogger and former FOX News contributor who has rallied against foes she calls “Beltway crapweasels,”...

3 arrested after shooting and apparent standoff in Lewiston

Jan. 12, 2020 11:22 AM EST

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Three people have been arrested following a shooting and apparent standoff in the city of Lewiston. Benjamin Alan Brown, 28, of East Boston, Massachusetts, was charged on Saturday with Class C reckless conduct with a firearm, a felony, police said. Elisha Felix Rios, 19, of Jersey...

Police Detective Ryan Rawstron walks past bullet casings that litter the street in front of 21 Walnut Street in Lewiston, Maine early Saturday morning, Jan. 11, 2020, after a reported fight and shooting several hours earlier resulted in a standoff with the Maine State Police Tactical Team. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal via AP)

2 arrested in Maine standoff

Jan. 11, 2020 4:49 PM EST

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Police were on the scene of a standoff in Lewiston early Saturday morning. Two people were led out of an apartment building and placed in handcuffs, newscentermaine.com reported. It appeared that police were evacuating apartment buildings on the street, which was closed. Neighbors...