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Maine Governor to Hold Third Annual Opioid Crisis Summit

Maine’s governor plans to host the a virtual summit about the opioid crisis this week. Democratic Governor Janet Mills said she has scheduled the third annual Governor’s Opioid Response Summit for Thursday. She said the event is designed to assemble …

Maine Eyes Tougher Lead Testing in School Drinking Water

Maine lawmakers want to strengthen lead testing in school drinking water. The Maine Legislature has been considering a proposal to decrease the standard for lead in drinking water from 15 parts per billion to four parts per billion. The Maine …

Roundup of New England COVID-19 Developments

Public health officials in Vermont said the state is considering becoming the second state to mandate flu shots as a way to ease the burden of influenza amid the coronavirus pandemic. Vermont Health Commissioner Mark Levine said Friday the rate …

Maine Firefighters Get Meters to Prevent Future Explosions

Twenty fire departments in Maine are getting gas detection meters from the state to help prevent another disaster like the Farmington gas leak explosion. The explosion last September killed Farmington fire Capt. Michael Bell and injured seven other people. Democratic …

Maine Reminds Reopening Businesses to Comply with Insurance Contract Terms

Maine Superintendent of Insurance Eric Cioppa has reminded business owners of the importance of complying with the terms of their insurance policies as they begin the reopening process. As businesses reopen, Cioppa said they should consider Governor Janet Mills’ COVID-19 …

Next Up, Locusts? Maine Had Five Potential Disasters in a Week

A third of the state lost power because of a freak snowstorm and a powerful windstorm as residents were locked down because of the pandemic. Rivers swelled because of heavy rain. Then an explosion ripped through a paper mill. It …

Explosion Causes Significant Damage to Maine Paper Mill; No Injuries

An explosion at a paper mill in Maine shook the ground Wednesday and produced a plume of black smoke that was visible for miles around, but it appeared no one was injured. The blast rocked the Androscoggin Mill in Jay, …

Disaster Declaration Sought; Stay-Home Order Underway in Maine

Maine Governor Janet Mills requested a federal disaster declaration Wednesday as the state recorded two more COVID-19 deaths, dozens more people tested positive, and the start of a “stay-at-home” order neared. If approved, the declaration would open the door to …