April 20, 2018 RSS feed / Maine

Lawmakers face unresolved issues as House GOP lists demands

AUGUSTA   Resistance by House Republicans to extending the legislative session forced Maine lawmakers to return home Thursday, leaving work undone on tax reform, infrastructure bonds, the opioid crisis and Medicaid expansion.  More...

Officials warn of impostor posing as child services worker

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine health officials are warning state residents that someone is impersonating a child protective services caseworker.  More...

State ferry service hike doubles prices, sets off residents

BANGOR (AP) — Some Maine residents are up in arms over a state ferry service hike that has more than doubled the price of a ticket.  The Bangor Daily News reports the increase that goes into effect May 21 sets the standard price for the en More...

Report: Opioid prescribing declined sharply last year

AUGUSTA (AP) — A national health report released this week indicates opioid prescribing has fallen over 13 percent in Maine last year, the sixth steepest drop in the nation.  More...

S. Portland police start selfie hashtag to drum up support

SOUTH PORTLAND (AP) — The South Portland Police Department is encouraging Mainers to snap a picture with a police officer to support law enforcement.   More...

Rockport restores server after ransomware attack

ROCKPORT (AP) — The Rockport Town Office reopened this week following a ransomware attack.  The Portland Press Herald reports municipal servers were infected with the virus last Friday. More...

Wellesley grad recalls Barbara Bush commencement speech

WATERVILLE Returning to her student dormitory back in 1990, Wellesley College graduate Christine Bicknell Marden received a message from Barbara Bush asking her to call the White House. More...

Scarborough police seek ‘individuals’ who sent threatening letter to superintendent

SCARBOROUGH   Several individuals may have been involved in sending a defamatory and threatening letter that was received at the home of Scarborough school Superintendent Julie Kukenberger, police announced Wednesday.  Police also are inves More...

Student from Zambia fights to compete in U.S. poetry contest

PORTLAND   Lawyers for a high school student who fled his native Zambia and is suing to compete in a government funded national poetry competition say the case is about an “educational benefit” for any public school student.  More...

Official: Maine has money, plan for ranked-choice voting

AUGUSTA ( AP) — Maine’s top election official says he has the money and plans to allow voters to rank candidates in the June primary.  Democratic Secretary of State Matt Dunlap said Wednesday that his office will be able to pay for r More...

Maine to receive $2 million in grants to fight opioid crisis

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine is set to receive $2 million in federal funding to fight the heroin and opioid abuse crisis. Last year 418 Mainers died from drug overdose, an 11 percent increase compared to 2016. More...

Officials approve salmon farming site

BELFAST (AP) — Town officials in Maine have voted to approve a planned inland salmon farm.  The Belfast City Council unanimously approved zoning changes Tuesday, allowing the Norwegian firm Nordic Aquafarms to move forward with planning th More...

Waterville to move “Ticonic” sculpture

WATERVILLE ( AP) — Waterville officials have approved funding to relocate a public sculpture.  The Morning Sentinel reports the city council voted unanimously Tuesday to use $15,000 from the public works equipment account to fund the move More...

Court clears way for ranked-choice voting

AUGUSTA Maine’s highest court on Tuesday cleared the way for a system in which voters are allowed to rank their candidate choices during the June primaries. More...

Remembering Barbara Bush

Former first lady known in Maine for her love of literacy

PORTLAND Former first lady Barbara Bush is being remembered in Maine for her promotion of literacy, her welcoming ways and her sense of humor. Bush was the wife of former President George H.W. Bush and the mother of former President George W. Bush. More...

Wardens find home for orphaned bear cub

CARIBOU (AP) — Maine game wardens have found a new home for an orphaned black bear cub.  WAGM-TV reports Game Warden Alan Dudley found the cub last week in Caribou when he responded to a crash that killed its mother.  More...

Effort to change ballot questions dies

AUGUSTA (AP) — A push to change Maine’s constitution to require citizen referendum campaigns to gather signatures from both congressional districts is dead.  More...

State seeks to lower premiums for Mainers

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) —  The state wants public input on an effort to lower individual health insurance premiums for Mainers.   More...

Supreme Court rejects anti-abortion pastor’s appeal

WASHINGTON   The U.S. Supreme Court won’t hear an appeal from a Maine pastor who challenged a state law’s noise limit that was used to restrict his anti-abortion protest outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Portland.  More...

Maine’s Rep. Bruce Poliquin ahead in fundraising before June primary

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin reported more than $2.2 million in his campaign war chest as of March as Democratic opponents prepare for their June primary.  More...