PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's Supreme Court says it will rule "expeditiously" on disputed petitions needed to proceed with a November referendum on a $1 billion hydropower transmission corridor project.

Portland city councilors Monday night agreed to allow the temporary licensing of existing marijuana testing facilities, which are necessary for the adult use recreational marijuana industry to open in Maine.

COVID-19 forced an early end to the annual town meetings held in many smaller communities around Maine. That has complicated life for municipal officials. Kate Dufour is director of the State and Federal Relations Department at the Maine Municipal Association. Dufour tells Maine Public's Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz that the association has been talking with Mills administration officials about these issues, including when cities and towns collect property taxes.

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Both U.S. Sen. Angus King and U.S. Rep. Jared Golden want Congress to change the rules to allow remote voting and virtual meetings.

PORTLAND, Maine — Scammers are targeting small businesses with a promise of access to paycheck protection loans.

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, a Republican, is the co-author of the Paycheck Protection Program and says it’s the focus of the scam. The program is designed to provide forgivable loans to help small businesses and their workers who have been hurt by the coronavirus pandemic.

Collins said the scammers are promising guidance and advice about getting a Paycheck Protection Program loan and asking for a fee. The loan has no application fee.

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U.S. Rep. Jared Golden says he supports the latest stimulus bill to address the economic problems caused by the coronavirus pandemic, but he says there is still more to be done.

Maine Center for Disease Control Director Dr. Nirav Shah says a new federal relief bill that has cleared the U.S. Senate could allow Maine to ramp up testing capacity for the novel coronavirus.

Knocking on doors and meeting personally with voters has long been crucial to political campaigns in Maine. Voters often like to talk to those who want to represent them in the legislature or in Congress. But the coronavirus pandemic has changed how candidates campaign.

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House members return to Washington this week to vote on the economic stimulus bill that was just passed in the Senate.

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says he'll sign an executive order "to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States" because of the coronavirus.

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Portland City Councilors unanimously agreed Monday night to temporarily ease some restrictions on businesses deemed to be non-essential under the city's COVID-19 stay-at-home order.

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Protesters gathered on the streets and sidewalks outside of the Blaine House in Augusta on Monday to call on the state to relax restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19.

While Maine is known for its high voter turnouts in general elections, it’s nearly last in the nation in responding to the 2020 Census.

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Talks between Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over the next round of funding to help mitigate the coronavirus pandemic continue this weekend. Republican U.S. Senator Susan Collins is cautiously optimistic a deal can be reached.

Around the country, epidemiologists are saying that one key for economic recovery during the pandemic will be expanded testing for the COVID-19. Independent U.S. Senator Angus King is critical of the president's position on this issue. King says President Trump has abdicated his responsibility to make testing available.