• fishing September 9, 2022 10:20 am

    Gov. Mills, Other Maine Leaders Call on Group to Reverse Lobster's ‘Red List' Warning

    Maine’s congressional delegation and Gov. Janet Mills have called on an influential conservation group to immediately reverse their “red list” designation of lobster, or provide evidence to back their “irresponsible” claims that the seafood poses too much of a risk to rare whales and should be avoided. Seafood Watch, which rates the sustainability of different seafoods, said this week...

  • fishing September 8, 2022 12:03 pm

    Retailers Pull Lobster From Menus After Group's ‘Red List' Warning

    Some retailers are taking lobster off the menu after an assessment from an influential conservation group that the seafood poses too much of a risk to rare whales and should be avoided. Seafood Watch, which rates the sustainability of different seafoods, said this week it has added the American and Canadian lobster fisheries to its “red list” of species to…

  • Maine September 7, 2022 9:19 am

    Avoid Eating Lobster, Sustainability Group Says. Here's Why

    As of this week, Seafood Watch announced that it has classified American lobster, including Maine lobster, as a seafood to avoid.

  • fishing September 6, 2022 6:09 pm

    Avoid Eating Lobster, Sustainability Group Says. Here's Why

    A major New England staple is now red-listed by a sustainability group that works with Whole Foods, The Cheesecake Factory and other national brands. As of this week, Seafood Watch announced that it has classified American lobster, including Maine lobster, as seafood to avoid. The group, which is a program of the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California, said in a…

  • coronavirus July 10, 2022 4:36 pm

    Health Care Workers Suing Maine Gov. Ordered to Reveal Identities

    Nine health care workers who sued Democratic Maine Gov. Janet Mills over the state’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate have until Money to reveal their identities. The workers have so far remained anonymous, but on Thursday a federal appeals court in Boston rejected a motion by the workers and gave them until Friday to file an amended complaint with their names. The...

  • Roe v. Wade June 28, 2022 7:49 pm

    Maine Governor Candidate LePage: ‘I Don't Have Time for Abortion' Amid Other Issues

    Calling abortion an issue that affects “few Mainers,” former Gov. Paul LePage said Tuesday he doesn’t expect the issue to take up a lot of his time if he’s elected to lead the state again. Reporters asked LePage, a Republican, about the issue as he accepted an endorsement from a construction advocacy group as he challenges Gov. Janet Mills,...

  • relief funding June 1, 2022 1:49 pm

    Maine Sending $850 Relief Checks to Residents Starting This Week

    Maine’s economic relief program is about to be put into effect, benefitting an estimated 858,000 people. The first round of 5,000 $850 relief checks will be sent to Maine residents on Thursday, and will be followed by waves of 200,000 checks per week in subsequent weeks, Gov. Janet Mills announced Wednesday. In late April, Mills signed the budget into law…

  • COVID-19 April 29, 2022 7:44 pm

    Maine Gov. Janet Mills' Office Gives Update on Her COVID Case

    Maine Gov. Janet Mills is isolating after testing positive for COVID-19 with a BinaxNOW rapid test on Thursday. According to statements from Mills’ office, she still has, “a mild scratchy throat but is otherwise feeling well,” she is fully vaccinated, has received two COVID-19 vaccine booster doses and is taking the oral antiviral Paxlovid, which has been authorized for use…

  • Maine April 28, 2022 4:15 pm

    Maine Gov. Tests Positive for COVID-19

    Maine Gov. Janet Mills announced Thursday afternoon that she has tested positive for COVID-19. The governor said she tested positive via a BinaxNOW rapid test after developing a mild scratchy throat. She is experiencing no other symptoms and said she feels well. Mills is fully vaccinated and has received two boosters — the second on April 8. She is currently…

  • Maine March 11, 2022 7:03 pm

    Nominee ‘Deeply Honored' for Chance to Become 1st Black Justice on Maine SJC

    A judge who is originally from Massachusetts is nominated to become the first Black justice on the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. On Monday, Maine Gov. Janet Mills announced that she would nominate District Court Judge Rick Lawrence to serve on the state’s most powerful judicial body.   If confirmed, Lawrence, a Harvard Law School and Yale graduate who is from…

  • Maine March 8, 2022 6:34 pm

    ‘So Much Left to Do': Maine Gov. Janet Mills to Seek Second Term

    Maine’s Democratic governor announced Tuesday she will seek a second term in office. The announcement from Janet Mills sets up a possible contest against former Gov. Paul LePage, a Republican and a rival of Mills when she served as the attorney general. Mills became the first female governor in Maine history after she was elected in 2018. That was also…

  • Maine February 10, 2022 7:04 pm

    Maine Gov. Janet Mills to Give $411M From Surplus Back to the People

    Democratic Gov. Janet Mills is ready to deliver her first State of the State address to a live audience of lawmakers since the pandemic began.

  • COVID-19 January 14, 2022 9:14 pm

    169 More National Guard Troops to Help Aid COVID Response at Maine Hospitals

    Another 169 Maine National Guard members are heading to health care facilities in the state to help out as COVID-19 cases spread. The initial announcement was made on Tuesday, with Gov. Janet Mills explaining Friday that 16 facilities would receive the additional support. Maine Medical Center in Portland is expected to receive the most National Guard members, with 30 planned…

  • FEMA December 21, 2021 7:52 pm

    Federal Government Sending Aid to New England Amid COVID Spike

    As the omicron variant threatens to exacerbate the coronavirus pandemic in New England, some states are getting new federal help. For weeks, health officials across Maine have been concerned about capacity in terms of beds in intensive care units and overall, as well as staffing. On Tuesday, the White House announced it would send eight ambulances and a portion of…

  • Maine December 8, 2021 5:31 pm

    Maine National Guard Activated Amid Intense COVID Surge

    Maine’s largest hospital is out of ICU beds for COVID patients as the governor activates the National Guard to help health care professionals statewide.

  • Maine December 8, 2021 6:52 pm

    Gov. Mills Activates Maine National Guard Amid Rise in COVID Hospitalizations

    Saying Maine is at a “tipping point” amid a sustained surge of COVID-19, Gov. Janet Mills on Wednesday announced the activation of the Maine National Guard to help alleviate capacity constraints at hospitals. She is also asking the Biden administration for federal COVID-19 response teams to help. “These actions, we hope, will alleviate the strain on our health care system…

  • coronavirus November 22, 2021 6:46 pm

    $285 ‘Thank You' Checks Going Out to Mainers Who Worked During Pandemic

    More than half a million Mainers are expecting disaster relief payments of $285 before the end of 2021. The money will arrive in the form of a paper check mailed to people in Maine who were working during the pandemic, officials said. The payments will only go to those who earned an adjusted gross income of under $75,000, for people…

  • coronavirus November 19, 2021 8:17 pm

    ‘Things Are Bad' in Maine, Amid Pre-Thanksgiving COVID Spike

    As millions of New Englanders make plans to travel somewhere near or far for Thanksgiving, some states in the region are setting all-time records for COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Maine, for one, hit its highest-ever single-day case rate this week, along with a record 280 hospitalizations and its highest two-week PCR test positivity rate. “Things are bad,” said Dr. Nirav…

  • hydropower October 31, 2021 6:12 pm

    Political Campaign Over $1B Power Line Project Is Most Expensive in Maine History

    Mainers have weighed in on a number of high-profile ballot questions — casinos, universal health care, marijuana legalization, assisted suicide, abortion and same-sex marriage, to name a few. None of them come close to the level of spending as the battle over a 145-mile electricity transmission line.

  • Janet Mills October 13, 2021 5:44 pm

    Maine's Gov. Talks Health Care Staff Shortage

    As a federal judge opposed Maine’s COVID vaccine mandate for health care workers, Gov. Janet Mills took questions about a shortage of health care workers.

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