- Associated Press - Thursday, May 8, 2014

BANGOR, Maine (AP) - Maine is getting the nation’s largest share of federal grants to support remote learning opportunities and telemedicine.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development division says nearly $2.6 million is being distributed in six grants. Recipients include the Island Institute, four Maine school districts and a school unit, and Community Health and Counseling Services.

The Island Institute and school systems are receiving around $500,000 each. Community Health and Counseling Services is getting around $100,000.

The grant is being used by one recipient to purchase video devices it says will increase learning opportunities to such remote areas as coastal islands.