Latest Maine state government News

Latest: Alaska has new daily high in coronavirus infections

Sep. 15, 2021 20:58 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska is reporting its highest number of new coronavirus cases a day after the state’s largest hospital announced it had entered crisis protocol and started rationing care because of a flood of COVID-19 cases. Officials on Wednesday reported...

2 Maine senators, both vaccinated, test positive for COVID

Sep. 15, 2021 14:33 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Two of the top ranking Democratic members of the Maine Senate have tested positive for COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated. Maine Senate President Troy Jackson tested positive for coronavirus, becoming the highest-ranking official in state...

Murder conviction overturned in machete killing in Maine

Sep. 14, 2021 17:10 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's top court on Tuesday overturned the conviction of a man in the machete killing of his neighbor in 2016, but the court appeared to leave open an avenue for retrying the case. The Supreme Judicial Court ruled unanimously that Bruce Akers'...

Maine has new steward to address affordable housing crunch

Sep. 14, 2021 10:36 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's new advisor on housing policy is a veteran of the state's push to create more affordable housing. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills said Tuesday that Greg Payne has been appointed senior advisory on housing policy. Payne is the former director of...

AG investigates parking lot incident as possible hate crime

Sep. 11, 2021 13:21 PM EDT

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (AP) — The attorney general's office is investigating as a possible hate crime an incident in which a white motorist allegedly aimed her vehicle at a Black man and his two nephews. Michael Stiggle, 50, said he had to jump to get out of the way of the...

Parties still tweaking redistricting proposals in Maine

Sep. 10, 2021 11:36 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The chair of a bipartisan redistricting commission said proposed maps developed by Republicans and Democrats will likely be released in a week or two, ahead of a Sept. 27 deadline. Republicans and Democrats have been working for several weeks on...

Group calls for councilor's resignation over racist remarks

Sep. 08, 2021 17:35 PM EDT

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization is calling for the resignation of a Maine city councilor over racist remarks targeting Black people. Councilor Leroy Walker made the remarks during a discussion about naming a pedestrian bridge in...

Black man inducted into Maine Franco-American Hall of Fame

Sep. 07, 2021 17:15 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The late founder of The Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center has become the first Black Mainer to be inducted in the state's Franco-American Hall of Fame. Alain Jean Claude Nahimana, who died at age 49 last year, was one of three people to be...

Governor: Feds contribute $128M to high-speed internet

Sep. 06, 2021 08:07 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The federal government is providing more than $128 million in American Rescue Plan funds to expand broadband in Maine, Gov. Janet Mills said. “This pandemic has laid bare the dire need for strong connectivity in every part of Maine, and this...

COVID-19 cases rise in Massachusetts; Maine football upended

Sep. 04, 2021 16:58 PM EDT

The number of new cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts increased by more than 1,700 on Friday while the number of newly confirmed coronavirus deaths rose by 10. The new numbers pushed the state’s confirmed COVID-19 death toll to 17,909 since the start of the pandemic,...