May 26, 2017 RSS feed / Maine

Fredette says LePage walking back from June prison closure

AUGUSTA (AP) — A leading Republican says Maine’s governor is walking back from a proposal to close a minimum-security prison in June. More...

Man gets 12 years for sexual assault of 12-year-old

FARMINGTON (AP) — A Maine man who was accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old has been sentenced to prison.  The Waterville Morning Sentinel reports Lance Woodbury was ordered Thursday to serve 12 years. More...

Adviser to LePage to become Trump speechwriter

PORTLAND (AP) — An adviser to Republican Gov. Paul LePage is leaving the administration to become a speechwriter for President Donald Trump.  David Sorensen called the new job an “extraordinary honor.”  More...

Beloved 96-year-old bagger at New England grocery chain dies

Arthur St. John, who at 96 was the oldest employee of a New England grocery chain and among its most beloved, has died.  St. John died Monday at his home in Exeter, New Hampshire, the Brewitt Funeral Home said.  More...

Gorham chief on leave after exchange of gunfire

GORHAM (AP) — The town of Gorham is without its police chief — temporarily, at least.  Police Chief Dan Jones was placed on administrative leave after he exchanged gunfire Wednesday with a suspect who was eventually apprehended. More...

State report shows mixed bag for those who left welfare

AUGUSTA (AP) — A new report in Maine shows a mixed bag when it comes to job outcomes for those kicked off temporary cash assistance in 2012.  A report released Thursday by Republican Gov. More...

Maine game wardens recover body in Porter

PORTER (AP) — Maine game wardens have recovered a body from a pond in the town of Porter.  Wardens say they were searching for a man who never came home from fishing Wednesday night. More...

Tough-on-crime talking LePage to release inmates

AUGUSTA   Maine’s Republican governor, who once joked about using the guillotine to execute drug dealers, announced a plan this week to release an unknown number of "lower-risk" prisoners from the state’s correctional facilities.&nbs More...

Commissioner who spearheaded welfare reforms steps down

AUGUSTA Maine Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew, who led sweeping welfare reform efforts since taking on the role in 2011, said Wednesday she is leaving Gov. Paul LePage’s administration by the end of this week. More...

DeVos to review rejected college prep grant applications

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11-year-old hit by car while riding skateboard

SOUTH PORTLAND (AP) — An 11-year-old Maine boy is being treated for lifethreatening injuries after he was hit by a car while skateboarding.  Police say the boy had skated into an intersection in South Portland when he was hit Wednesday. More...

New York man standing trial for killing in Bangor

BANGOR (AP) — A jury waived trial is underway for a New York man charged with murder in a shooting that left one person dead and another wounded in Bangor,. More...

Georgetown Dems endorse Angus King

GEORGETOWN   The Georgetown Democratic Committee came out with an early endorsement of Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, nearly a year and a half before election day 2018.  More...

Court: says ranked-choice voting runs afoul of Maine Constitution

PORTLAND The nation’s first voting system for statewide elections that allows voters to rank their top candidate picks runs afoul of the Maine Constitution, the state supreme court said Tuesday, opening the door to legislative action to undo t More...

SAD 75 voters called to district budget meeting

TOPSHAM   The district-wide budget meeting for School Administrative District 75’s proposed $38 million budget is set for Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Orion Performing Arts Center next to Mt. More...

Committee votes against statewide teacher contract bill

AUGUSTA (AP) — A key legislative committee has voted against a bill to create a uniform teacher contract across Maine.  The Portland Press Herald reports the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee opposed the bill, 6-5, even after conces More...

What’s that smell? Truck spills chicken parts in Portland

PORTLAND (AP) — There’s a fowl smell wafting through Maine’s largest city.  Police say a truck carrying chicken parts malfunctioned, spilling gallons of poultry bits onto a Portland street early Tuesday.  Residents dealt w More...

Governor LePage to commute sentences of low-risk offenders

AUGUSTA Republican Governor Paul LePage announced plans Tuesday to commute the sentences of some “lower-risk” offenders and help them find jobs, but he has not disclosed how many people would be released. More...

LePage: Don’t install national monument signs yet

PORTLAND Motorists on an interstate that cuts through the heart of Maine won’t see signs this summer directing them to a national monument created by President Barack Obama because the governor won’t let state workers install them. More...

Bowdoin to award 478 degrees at Commencement

BRUNSWICK — Bowdoin College will hold its 212th Commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 27, and confer bachelor of arts degrees on the Class of 2017. More...