Maine news

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Maine Lawmakers Thursday questioned staff from the Department of Education about their initial framework for reopening schools in the fall — including how districts should plan for increased costs while potentially facing budget cuts.

Nearly 3,000 more Mainers filed first-time claims for unemployment in the week ending June 13, according to Maine’s Labor Department.

Part of Maine's brand is that it is a desirable place to hold events, from summer festivals to scenic weddings to races to major conferences. These contribute substantially to Maine's economy, drawing locals and out-of-staters—and serving as catalysts for other industries, such as restaurants and tourism. How are these events taking place in light of the Covid-19 pandemic? We'll learn how many organizations are finding ways to hold events, either in a virtual format or other creative solutions.

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Molly Neptune Parker, a Passamaquoddy elder and master basketmaker, died Friday at the age of 81.

via Maine Maritime Academy

Like other colleges, Maine Maritime Academy shifted to online learning this spring due to the pandemic. But graduating seniors need time aboard the academy's training ship to obtain their Coast Guard licenses.

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A request by Hancock County Sheriff Scott Kane to purchase riot gear for his agency drew public opposition during a virtual meeting of the county commissioners on Tuesday.

Sen. Angus King joins us to discuss his work on the Great American Outdoors Act — bipartisan legislation to protect and preserve national parks and public lands. He'll also address government response to current events, including the nationwide civil unrest over racial justice and the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public

Dozens of students, parents and teachers in Portland Tuesday night called on the city's school board to end its agreement with the local police department and remove two police officers from its schools.

Youth advocates are calling on the Portland School Board to remove police officers from schools. The board will hold a hearing Tuesday evening on a resolution to end the district's contract with the Portland Police Department for two officers at Portland and Deering high schools.

Tom Porter / Maine Public

Commercial flights to and from the Portland International Jetport are slowly increasing. Director Paul Bradbury says the airport is even seeing a new seasonal service, by American Airlines to Dallas.

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Back in the 1990s, Congress authorized the transfer of certain excess military equipment to law enforcement agencies around the U.S., including many local police departments. Under the federal 1033 program, a number of police departments in Maine have acquired equipment including rifle scopes, computers, night vision goggles and armored vehicles.

Gov. Janet Mills recently announced a change to the controversial rule requiring a 14-day quarantine for out-of-state visitors to Maine. We'll discuss the new guidelines, which call for visitors from certain states with higher rates of infection to test negative for COVID-19. The new rule hinges on increased COVID-19 testing capacity in Maine. We'll discuss what the guidelines mean, how they will be enforced and how they are being received by Maine's tourism industry.

VINALHAVEN, Maine - Police in Maine are investigating a death on the island of Vinalhaven.

PORTLAND, Maine - Baxter State Park is reopening for day visits. The park on Monday is opening Togue Pond and Matagamon gates for vehicle access on the Tote Road.

Maine has extended the expiration dates of driver's licenses and state I.D. cards to Aug. 9.  Secretary of State Matt Dunlap says Bureau of Motor Vehicles offices are now beginning to tackle that backlog of renewals.