March 30, 2017 RSS feed / Maine

Legislators skirt spirit of fundraising rules

Lawmakers use timing, creative wording

AUGUSTA Sen. Justin Chenette, D-Saco, came to a statehouse committee room on Feb. 27 to slay dragons. More...

Republican wants to require well testing

AUGUSTA (AP) — The Republican leader of the Maine House wants to require testing of private wells that provide drinking water.  Half of Maine’s population gets it drinking water from private wells, and the state says it assumes very More...

Senator exploring run against Angus King

AUGUSTA (AP) — A Republican senator is exploring a possible 2018 run against incumbent independent   U.S. Sen. Angus King.  More...

LePage cuts servers’ tips to fight for credit

AUGUSTA (AP) — Gov. More...

Plan to fix shrimp fishery going public

ELLSWORTH (AP) — Interstate fishing regulators are sending a plan to try to fix New England’s shuttered shrimp fishery to the public for a series of June hearings.  More...

Portland man pleads guilty in shooting

PORTLAND (AP) — A Portland man has pleaded guilty to a federal gun charge in connection with a 2015 shooting and stabbing that left two men injured.  The Portland Press Herald reports that 28-year-old Moses Okot pleaded guilty Wednesday to More...

Insurer doesn’t have to pay legal fees

SOUTH PORTLAND (AP)  — Maine’s highest court has ruled that South Portland’s liability insurer doesn’t have to cover the city’s rising legal fees in an ongoing federal lawsuit.   More...

Brewers, Icelandic shipper teaming up

PORTLAND (AP) — Maine brewers and an Icelandic shipping company are partnering to try to bring the Pine Tree State’s suds to more of the world.  Eimskip and the Maine Brewers’ Guild are set to announce the beer bond on Thursday More...

Harpswell lawmaker proposes $1.50-a-pack hike in cigarette tax

AUGUSTA Proponents of raising the state tax on cigarettes by $1.50 per pack hope this session to overcome opposition that has stymied the anti-smoking effort for years. More...

Despite LePage’s wishes, Maine can’t spurn health care law

AUGUSTA   Maine’s Republican governor says that he wants the state to look into withdrawing from the federal health care law known as “Obamacare.”  But the state can’t actually withdraw from a federal law.  More...

FairPoint, Consolidated shareholders approve $1.5 billion merger Tuesday

PORTLAND   Shareholders of telecommunications companies Consolidated Communications and FairPoint Communications voted on Tuesday to approve a proposed merger.  More...

Collins comes out in support of nominee Gorsuch

PORTLAND   Maine Sen. More...

Man pleads guilty to manslaughter in Maine shooting deaths

BIDDEFORD (AP) — Authorities say a New York City man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges in the shooting deaths of two men inside a Maine apartment.  The Portland Press Herald reports Assistant Attorney General John Alsop says 37- More...

Officer won’t face charges in crash

LIVERMORE FALLS (AP) — Prosecutors will not seek charges against a police officer who was involved in a crash that killed a pedestrian last year.  More...

Senators: Give more vets free park access

BAR HARBOR (AP) — Maine’s senators say Congress should pass legislation that would make many veterans eligible for a free lifetime pass allowing entry to national parks.  More...

Decision coming on cut in moose permits

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine wildlife managers are almost finished taking comments from the public about a plan to again trim the number of moose hunting permits.  The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife wants to cut the number of mo More...

Bill to restrict food foraging up for vote

AUGUSTA (AP) — A Maine bill that could restrict food foragers’ ability to gather wild food on other people’s property is up for a potential vote.  More...

On Muslims’ agenda: Fight anti-Sharia proposals in U.S. states

Muslims complain they are frivolous bills meant to spread fears and sow suspicion of their religion in a nation divided.  But supporters of state proposals to prevent Islamic code from being used in American courts argue they aren’t overtl More...

FairPoint shareholders to have say on merger

Shareholders from Consolidated Communications and FairPoint Communications are set to vote on the proposed merger.  Consolidated announced in December it was buying Fair- Point for $1.5 billion, assuming its debt and offering dividends to stockh More...

Proposals to store natural gas criticized

AUGUSTA (AP) — A plan to invest up to $75 million a year into storing and distributing natural gas in liquid form is receiving criticism.  The Maine Public Utilities Commission’s staff is urging regulators to rule that none of the st More...